For many months, Greyhound Rescue has been facing – yet again – the daunting prospect of finding a new home. This will be the third time in just a few years, and suitable properties are almost impossible to find. A fortuitous comment at the end of a meeting led to Greyhound Rescue signing a long-term lease for a property owned by Animal Welfare League on the fringe of South West Sydney. This move will secure the future of hundreds of ex-racing hounds each year who would otherwise not get a second chance.
This property has housed Greyhounds before
In a previous life, this property was a commercial kennel for Greyhounds bred and trained for the racing industry. Now it will be transformed into a wonderful new rescue centre where Greyhounds will be rehabilitated in safety and comfort, then found their loving forever home.
The property is being renamed ‘Greysland’.
Over the next few weeks, volunteers and supporters will be packing equipment, infrastructure, all the Greyhounds (and their blankets, coats, bowls, and other belongings) and, to paraphrase Paul Simon, ‘going to Greysland’.
Co-operating in an emergency
With last summer’s bushfires still fresh in everyone’s mind, Greyhound Rescue has locked in a reciprocal agreement with Animal Welfare League. In the event of a bushfire or other emergency, Greysland will be made available to temporarily-house animals from affected properties, or, if needed, Animal Welfare League will provide temporary shelter for Greyhounds.
Looking forward to welcoming new volunteers from Wollondilly, the Southern Highlands and Wollongong
This move is an opportunity for more people to experience the greyt feeling that comes from helping to change the lives of rescued greyhounds. Greysland is located at Bargo, 20 minutes from Mittagong, 40 minutes from Wollongong and 30 minutes from Campbelltown. An extra bonus is that the travel time for most of our regular Sydney-based volunteers is virtually the same. Greyhound Rescue is looking forward to welcoming new volunteers and supporters to the family.
Help save their lives
“The move to Greysland is a big step for us and will be a life-saver for many unwanted Greyhounds” said Greyhound Rescue’s president Nat Panzarino. “It’s no small feat to move an entire operation in a tight time-frame and COVID is making it even more difficult both logistically and financially. “We depend almost entirely on donations and we’re asking the community to dig deep to help us help the hounds.”
To help with the cost of the move, we have set up a crowdfunding page at https://chuffed.org/project/greysland