500 abandoned greyhounds tuck into Britain's biggest-ever rescue centre donation
They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch but today greyhounds Kizzy, Jasmine, Lenny and Luna (and their pals) are able to prove that’s just barking mad – as a whopping £10K of Burgess Pet Care dog food is delivered to their dog bowls.
In an unprecedented donation, the leading pet food manufacturer has gifted five tones of its premium Burgess Greyhound & Lurcher food – one of the few specialist foods on the market for this breed of dog – to five greyhound and lurchers re-homing centres across the UK to help give the rescue dogs the good nutrition they need.
The Scottish Greyhound Centre, Bristol DAWG, Sight Hound Stop Gap in Essex, Kerry Greyhound UK in Lincolnshire and Makants Greyhound Rescue North West have all received £2,000 worth of specialist food from the Yorkshire family firm to help feed the needy animals, many of which have been maltreated.
With many greyhounds bred at puppy farms, the emphasis is on physical strength rather than sociability – with some dogs barely being handled. Run on greyhound courses as puppies, most are ‘retired’ at two to four years and often end up malnourished and injured in rescue centres.
“The tireless work of the rescue centre staff is a credit to them and we wanted to help them, help more dogs,” said Matt Hawkins, dog brand manager at Burgess Pet Care. “Food can be a massive drain on resources for these centres but the right diet is so important for greyhounds because many of them have unique dietary requirements.”
Some of the dogs that will be helped by the donation include:
LENNY at The Scottish Greyhound Centre
Lenny was dropped off by a trainer with a wrist injury, which turned out to be untreated broken bone. After surgery and a long time in a cast, this nasty injury has now healed and this good-looking, happy dog is ready for a new home.
“The food donation from Burgess means that we can now pick up the phone and say yes to another dog that needs our help,” says the centre’s Katie Sibbald.
FIGURA & LUNA at Bristol DAWG
These Galgo Espanol or Spanish Greyhound recently arrived from Spain, where there is a serious welfare problem.
“We are very grateful and flattered to have received this award from Burgess,” says the centre’s Hilary McEwan Smith. “We have used Burgess food before and know how good it is.”
KIZZY at Sight Hound Stop Gap
This eight-month-old lurcher was thrown from a van aged just five months. Her leg was broken in the fall but the splint is now off and she’s full of life. She’d appreciate long walks in a busy family environment.
“Can you imagine how much money it costs to feed 12 dogs?” says the centre’s Carly Adams “Especially the ones who come in emaciated and need feeding four times a day. We’re over the moon with the Burgess donation which is a massive help and a huge weight off our mind.“
JASMINE at Kerry Greyhound UK
This working lurcher was brought in almost a year ago and was found very emaciated. Now four-years-old she has bags of energy and is a ‘cuddle monster’, but doesn’t know how to play, with a history of destructive behaviour if left alone for too long! Ideally she needs a home as an only pet with a retired couple.
PAT at Makants Greyhound Rescue North West
Rescue dog Patrick came to the Makants Greyhound Rescue North West one year ago and had never been stroked by a human before.
“A year ago Pat came to us emaciated and covered in fleas, and was so terrified by people he would freeze to the spot when approached. But after a year of rehabilitation he lets us stroke and brush him, and he totally loves his food – so he’ll be very excited about dinner time now!” says Makants founder Siobhan Hoppley.
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