The latest Greyhound Care Centre has opened in Kildare, the first in Leinster and the first which will operate exclusively for Irish rehoming’s. A partnership between Rásaíocht Con Éireann (RCÉ)/ Greyhound Racing Ireland (GRI) and the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust, this Care Centre is the next chapter in a racing greyhounds life and will help ex-racing greyhounds find their new families and their forever homes as pets.
Pictured above; Tom Wall and retired Greyhound Heidi pictured at the Leinster Care Centre which opened in 2023.
The centre, which is independently run, is funded by RCÉ/GRI through the Greyhound Care Fund. The Greyhound Care Fund, which was established in 2019, is solely dedicated to supporting a range of care and welfare projects for racing greyhounds and is funded from patrons at greyhound stadia, 50% of sponsorship for greyhound racing, prizemoney and also matched by funding from RCÉ/GRI. The Greyhound Care Centre is overseen by the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust, the industry charity that facilitates the rehoming of former racing greyhounds as pets.
At the care centre greyhounds are helped make the transition from racing on the track, to being welcomed in a new family on their retirement. This video takes us behind the scenes as the Tom introduces us to the day-to-day life in the Care Centre and the process of matching greyhounds with their new families.
Pat Meskell, Veterinary Director with RCÉ/GRI, explains the importance of the Care Centre to our sport and the greyhounds as they provide an opportunity for “people to come and see greyhounds that they might be interested in adopting.” He continued, “We already have a Care Centre in Co. Limerick which has been working very successfully for a number of years but realised that we needed something in the eastern side of the country. Since 2019, approximately 8,000 Irish Greyhounds have been adopted, some by the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust and others by rehoming organisations that have been supported by the IRGT.
”The full video showing the Leinster Care Centre is available here: https://bit.ly/NewLeinsterCareCentre
Further information on Greyhound Adoption or the Care Centre can be obtained from the IRGT on irgt.ie or by emailing email@example.com.