The Irish Greyhound Board is seeking more people interested in fostering greyhounds as they transition from their life on the track to domestic pets.
The IGB said it intends to identify a “wider pool of suitable foster homes to enable greyhounds to transition from their life on the track to domestic pets before moving on to their ‘forever homes’.” The board also announced that greyhound rehoming agencies will now be offered an additional €100 per retired greyhound rehomed in Ireland to encourage and further facilitate domestic rehomings.
The new measures are just some of those announced by the IGB in recent days after concerns were raised about widespread culling in the Irish greyhound racing industry.
An RTÉ Investigates programme claimed that the greyhound industry is breeding 1,000% more puppies than it needs, leading to a cull of thousands of greyhounds every year.
Popular tea company, Barry’s Tea, recently announced that it will no longer sponsor an annual greyhound race at Curraheen Park worth €5,000 in the wake of the RTÉ show.
Following the programme, the IGB approved a number of measures aimed at ensuring thousands of greyhounds are not euthanised illegally.
The IGB confirmed on Wednesday that financial incentives for private rehoming and an extension of the IGB Scheme for Foster Care of Retired Racing Greyhounds, have come into effect.
“The intention of these measures is to ensure that as many Irish families as possible are aware that greyhounds make excellent pets and have an uncanny ability to transition to the family couch with ease, and to provide further opportunities to increase rehomings in Ireland,” said IGB Welfare Manager Barry Coleman.
People interested in fostering a retired greyhound are asked to submit expressions of interest by post to the Irish Greyhound Board, Welfare Department, Limerick Greyhound Stadium, Dock Road, Limerick, or email email@example.com.
The IGB explained that all premises will be assessed and be subject to a welfare inspection before a decision can be made.
If approved, the premises will be subject to regular welfare inspections.