A Fife dog rescue charity is urging Kirkcaldy folk to consider taking on a greyhound as a family pet to help save dozens of dogs’ lives.
Jimmy and Celia Fernie, who run Greyhound Rescue Fife, say that misconceptions about the breed put a lot of people off considering greyhounds as pets, when, in fact, they are ideal family animals.
And with 40 dogs currently at the rescue kennels in Kinross and another 20 on a waiting list to come in, it could take years for the former racing dogs which have come to Greyhound Rescue mainly through age and injury, or failing to be fast enough to race, to be rehomed.
Jimmy explained: “The ones we have in our kennels at present all have secure futures, but it is those who are on the waiting list to come here which could be in danger of being put down.
“Some owners will be quite happy to keep them for months and possibly years until a space becomes available at the kennels, but others won’t be, and may decide they can’t afford to keep them and will have them put down, which is such a shame as they are beautiful animals.”
Jimmy and Celia have run Greyhound Rescue Fife, which formerly operated from kennels between Kirkcaldy and Kinghorn until it was forced to move to a new facility in Kinross five years ago, for 10 years, and during that time they have managed to rehome 762 greyhounds.
Jimmy explained: “We would have to rehome 20 of our current greyhounds before we could bring more in from the waiting list and, with us only getting two rehomed a week at present it is a long process to bring new dogs in and some owners aren’t that patient.
“I want to let anyone considering taking on a rescue dog that greyhounds make ideal family pets and the idea that they need loads of exercise is a fallacy, as they are one of the laziest dogs around.
“They love nothing better than lying around on the couch and today when it was raining, none of our dogs wanted to go out for a walk in the wet!
“Another thing people think when they see them out walking with muzzles on is that they are dangerous dogs which bite and again that is wrong.
“They are extremely gentle dogs, but they are trained to chase rabbits, so smaller dogs may remind them of a rabbit and they could try to chase them, hence the reason for the muzzles.”