(Kennel Club Press Release) Gracie, an abandoned ex-racing Greyhound, found herself in need of a loving home but it wasn’t long before she and her puppies were successfully rehomed thanks to Greyhound Rescue West of England (GRWE).
Taken in by GRWE in May 2013, Gracie was around 43 days pregnant, but thanks to the charity, which has benefitted from a £10,000 grant from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, she and her puppies are settled in to their new homes with loving families.
Rachel Grocott from GRWE, based in Radstock, Somerset said: “We took in Gracie and soon discovered she was expecting puppies. We have found her a wonderful home for her and her litter of Greyhound puppies have also now found their forever homes. The puppies have also benefited from training classes by GRWE supporters Dog Affinity.”
Gracie now lives with her owner Brian Paterson and another Greyhound called Monty in Bristol.
Brian, who ran the Bath half marathon in March to support GRWE, commented: “Gracie has quickly settled into our family and become a lovely companion for Monty. She likes nothing better than cuddling up on the sofa – or in one of the many beds, with legs in the air and tongue hanging out….not always a lady!
“She is quite a bossy girl and will tell you if you are too slow making her breakfast, but her fun antics never fail to make us smile. We meet up with her offspring whenever we can at GRWE events.”
Before being rehomed with Brian, Gracie spent some time with a foster carer, Sandra Jones in Somerset, who went on to rehome one of her puppies, Crilly.
Sandra commented: “Crilly has settled in very well as a member of the Jones family – she has a very playful character which is so much fun. We go to as many GRWE street collections as we can to raise awareness for these fantastic dogs.”
The Kennel Club Charitable Trust recently gave Greyhound Rescue West of England a grant of £10,000 to assist with its work helping Greyhounds and Lurchers and to fund vital veterinary care.
Rachel adds: “It has been a challenging year with the floodgates seemingly opened on abandoned dogs needing our help and being in ever more distressing conditions when arriving in our care. The grant from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust will enable us to continue to look after dogs like Gracie and her puppies.”
The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has donated more than £8 million to help improve the lives of dogs since it was established in 1987. The Trust awards grants to welfare organisations which make a difference to dogs’ lives, such as the Greyhound Rescue West of England, and also provides financial support to canine scientific research and support charities.