The Senior: Don’t overlook greyhounds when adopting a pet

The Senior talks to Greyhound Rescue founders Janet and Peter Flann for Adopt-a-Greyhound month and why retired race greyhounds make great pets.

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WHEN IT comes to choosing a dog, many people think greyhounds are hyperactive and need lots of exercise.

That’s why Greyhound Rescue has named April as National Adopt-a-Greyhound month, to let people know what great pets these dogs can make.

And according to the animal charity, the number of greyhounds in need of homes is growing.

“Our books are full. We now have over 50 dogs. There’s now an even greater need to place ex-racers in loving homes than before,” said Greyhound Rescue co-founder Peter Flann.

He said Adopt-a-Greyhound month was the perfect time to welcome an ex-athlete into your dog-loving family. “Greyhounds don’t need huge expanses of living area. A suburban backyard is fine and they can live in units with daily exercise. They are dogs which must sleep inside.”

Greyhound Rescue secretary Sue Bradshaw said some hounds are cat and small dog friendly, while all greyhounds are low maintenance and unlike many large breeds, have no hip problems.

“Greyhounds make great pets for all ages. They are gentle 70-km per hour couch potatoes. They need only a 20 minute walk each day, unlike most other dogs, but will enjoy more. They have no doggie smell, shed little hair and seldom bark, being calm in nature,” she said.

 

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