Ever thought of adopting a greyhound? One Bulli family has become foster parents to the beautiful two year old boy ‘Squid’ until he finds his ‘forever home’.
Paul and Ellen Dreghorn were introduced to two-year-old Squid through the Greyhound Rescue organisation, and they couldn’t happier. Following the loss of their beloved 16 year old dog ‘Poppy’, the family had a lot of love to give.
“We weren’t ready for a life-long pet,” says Ellen. “But we are happy to take care of Squid for as long as it takes. He is such a friendly dog. He loves to walk and he stops to say hello to everyone we pass. He’s a gorgeous softie!”
Paul also loved the idea of helping Squid move from kennels into a real home. “I was surprised how much he loves to lie around,” says Paul. “Giving him basic training was no big deal and it’s a common misconception they’re aggressive because they always wear a muzzle in public. When we looked into muzzling we found it’s an outdated ruling from 1927!”
Ellen says Squid was well-prepared for fostering by Greyhound Rescue. “The charity pays the full cost of necessary vet bills, while the foster-carer covers food, shelter and flea treatments.”
How long a greyhound stays with the carers depends on the number of adoption applications received, but foster carers can expect to look after the dog for around six months. All foster dogs are de-sexed, vaccinated and tested for heart worm. The cost of adopting a greyhound is $350.
Greyhound Rescue Founder Peter Flann says all the dogs are rejects of the Greyhound Racing Industry.
“We rescue the dogs the industry doesn’t want,” says Peter. “Some haven’t done well on the racetrack, some have finished breeding, some have finished racing. Some would never have been fast enough. We look after these dogs until we can find them a home.”
Peter says his organisation re-homes around 150 dogs every year.
“11 years ago I worked with greyhounds and I fell in love. I started small, and over the years we’ve grown into a large volunteer organisation. We are always looking for more people to foster and adopt our greyhounds so ultimately, we can rescue more dogs.
“Often people ask for a small female. ” says Peter. “But I find the big boys are real softies, and are generally really easy going. They’re the best ones!”
THE GREYHOUND RESCUE ORGANISATION IS ALSO LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME. THEY NEED A HOUSE AND A YARD BIG ENOUGH FOR 20 DOGS. IF YOU CAN HELP PELASE CONTACT PETER FLANN – 0412 562 104