Around the Community
Pitmen supporter and HTFCSA committee member Paul Woodhead plays a big part in promoting the club throughout the community. He is also involved in various local groups, organisations and associations that would affect a number of supporters. Here, in a recurring article for the programme, he brings us up-to-date with news from around the area.
As part of a series of features to raise awareness of groups working in our community, we look at the Retired Greyhound Trust
Greyhounds make fantastic pets
Monmore Green (Wolverhampton) Retired Greyhound Trust is based in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. As one of the seventy branches of the Retired Greyhound Trust, Wolverhampton RGT was established in April 2004 with the aim of finding good homes for dogs when they come to the end of their racing careers at Monmore Green Greyhound Stadium.
Volunteers’ work to raise awareness about what wonderful pets greyhounds can make. Many of the volunteers have been working actively in the greyhound industry or greyhound rescue for a number of years or with other organisations such as RSPCA and Birmingham Dogs Home to name but a few. In addition they endeavour to assist local and national rescue organisations to home pet greyhounds and have been successful in finding homes for greyhounds throughout the Midlands, Staffordshire, Shropshire and indeed further afield.
The Retired Greyhound Trust name suggest that the dogs they are trying to re-home are old, but nothing could be further from the truth. Retired greyhounds can be anything between 18 months and 5 years old, not particularly old by any stretch of the imagination.
Greyhounds make excellent family pets: they are gentle, loving and adapt to home life easily. They always need more people to adopt their dogs, so perhaps you could help? These intelligent animals, which have devoted their early years to racing, now need some tender loving care in a loving family home. An estimated 10,000 dogs retire from racing every year; the Retired Greyhound Trust works hard to find new homes for as many as possible. Not everyone has the room to take in a retired greyhound, but there are plenty of other ways in which you can help Wolverhampton Retired Greyhound Trust. As with any charity, fund-raising is an essential part of our work and we depend a great deal on our army of volunteers who run our branch and look after those dogs seeking homes. Perhaps you could help?