Angels to the rescue


Sue Leitch with Greyhound Angels of WA treasurer Daniel Always and his rescued dog Bruce.        d448606
Sue Leitch with Greyhound Angels of WA treasurer Daniel Always and his rescued dog Bruce.        d448606

Greyhound Angels of WA is one of the groups being promoted as a result of Petrescue’s partnership with the Yellow Pages for its 2016 directory.

Foster and adoptions co-ordinator Sue Leitch said she hoped the extra exposure would encourage more people to think about adopting greyhounds as pets.

Ms Leitch said rescue groups generally wanted more people to think about buying rescue dogs instead of going to pet stores.

“There are lots of (rescue) dogs out there that are really lovely family pets,” she said.

“Because they are a big dog and people know that they are used to racing, people think they need lots of exercise.

“They are really oversized couch potatoes and lounge lizards; they really only need a short walk every day.

“They really do make very good pets for people in closer suburban spaces.”

The Bullsbrook resident said the Perth group found homes for about 100 dogs a year, but across Australia there were about 19,000 greyhounds retired each year and most were put down.

“They are euthanased just because they are not wanted for racing anymore,” she said.

“Most of them have never been in a home; they will have been bred in a kennel situation.

“A lot of them have never even stepped inside a house when they have finished their racing careers.

“The foster carers are a really good introduction (to family life).”

Other WA groups include Greyhounds as Pets and Greyhound Adoptions WA.

For more information, visit www.greyhoundangels.com, call 0439 556 000 or email adoptions@greyhoundangels.com.