Surrey, United Kingdom (PressExposure) January 14, 2012 -- The Retired Greyhound Trust has joined forces with the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) to help raise awareness of the suitability of greyhounds as pets and boost fundraising efforts for 2012.
The BVNA has named the Trust as its official charity for 2012 in a bid to help raise much-needed funds for homeless greyhounds at the end of their racing careers, and to promote the great work of the Trust and its volunteers.
Peter Laurie, Chief Executive of the Retired Greyhound Trust, said: "This partnership makes perfect sense. The lives of BVNA members revolve around animals. They have a great appreciation and understanding of what it takes to care for so many retired greyhounds around the country while we are trying to find them loving new homes. I am delighted that we have been invited to partner with an organisation whose members will really care about what we do. We look forward to working with you to raise lots of money for the charity throughout 2012."
Claire Fraser, President of BVNA, said: "We chose the Retired Greyhound Trust because of the great work its volunteers undertake for the welfare of the dogs.
"The Trust has hundreds of volunteers around the country who work tirelessly - fundraising and looking after homeless greyhounds. We are delighted to be able to offer a little help and support to make their lives just a little bit easier throughout 2012.
"Our members know that greyhounds make wonderful pets and we are delighted to have the opportunity to spread the word and tell everyone all about the joys of owning a greyhound," she added.
The Retired Greyhound Trust volunteers will work with BVNA members around the country to provide top tips for charity fundraising and help to maximise any fundraising opportunities.
Around 8,000 greyhounds retire from racing each year, most between the ages of three and five. This means that after their racing careers, greyhounds have around seven to ten good years left in them and need to find homes to enjoy a happy life.
After retirement, greyhounds undergo a transformation. They change from being the fastest breed of dog to 'couch potatoes'. Retired greyhounds are peaceful and calm and need just two 20 minutes walks a day. The much-needed funds ensure these dogs are looked after in kennels until a home is found for them with a caring owner or family.
Without funds, the charity will struggle to continue its great work in caring and finding homes for retired greyhounds. With funds, the Retired Greyhound Trust can carry out checks to ensure homes are safe and secure for the dogs. Funds also ensure that the greyhounds are fit and healthy before they arrive at their new home - the dogs are neutered, vaccinated, wormed and flea treated.
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The charity has housed more than 50,000 dogs since it was set up in 1976. Around 8,000 greyhounds retire from racing each year.
The Retired Greyhound Trust has 72 branches across the country made up of volunteers who are dedicated to finding homes for the dogs in their areas. Many have websites, showing pictures of the dogs that need homes. For further information, go to http://www.retiredgreyhounds.co.uk or call 02083353016.