Undoubtedly our primary mission is to promote the welfare and adoption of greyhounds and other dogs through rescue operations. We provide support and information to the adopters, adoption organisations and the public. Take a moment and explore our site for tones of information that we have assembled to help you learn more about them, and join other rescue efforts by other adopters.
We receive Greyhounds for adoption from various sources. Some are housed at our foster care, while others are at the kennel facility. We endeavour to provide a loving home for them. Having spent most of their lives in kennels, it’s critical that they transit to a place where they can adjust to the daily happenings and sounds like children, washing machines and TV sets, among others.
The Origin of Greyhounds
It’s a general consensus among animal anthropologists that almost all domestic dogs are descendants from the seminal canine of a Greyhound type. Their origin goes back to as early as 8,000 years ago during the era of decorative arts and cave drawings. The present Greyhounds are of the same lineage as the ancient distinguishable breed that emanated from the Celts and Egyptians. Among the Egyptians, Greyhounds were worshipped as gods and were often showed in paintings in the kings’ tombs. In England, one was perceived to be a gentleman if he had Greyhounds and horses. In most cases, they were included in tapestries and paintings showing hunting feasts.
Historically, Greyhounds have been associated with famous people such as Custer, Von Steuben, Prince Albert and Frederick the Great. Greyhound derives its name from the high order of rank or dog hunters. For centuries, they have adorned the suits of kings and queens, travelled with explorers, have been a focus of key industries in the U.S. and Europe, and have appeared in fine art and literature. Among the oldest open-field, coursing events for Greyhounds is the English Waterloo Cup that dates back to the 19th century. The famous American racing Greyhounds are featured in Abilene’s Greyhound Hall of Fame in Kansas.
Greyhounds for Rescue
Greyhounds in adoption and rescue centres are usually the retired, trained ones. However, some organisations may have puppies and dogs that may not have undergone training for racing. Greyhounds are bred by professional breeders whose main aim is to have speed, temperament, and endurance. There are numerous breeding centres across the country, with emphasis put on the emotional disposition and physical soundness of the puppies. As such, breeders are always keen to avoid problems associated with temperament and heredity.
In their early ages, Greyhound puppies and their littermates lived together. During this time, breeders and caregivers at the breeding centres continuously monitor them. They are kept away from other breeds of dogs while being introduced to people.