Forever Hounds Trust is making an urgent appeal to the public to help them reach their target of saving 1,000 lives by the end of 2016. The Trust is dedicated to rescuing and homing greyhounds and lurchers in need, and is determined to succeed in saving the lives of 1,000 of these beautiful dogs during this, its 20th birthday year.
Every dog successfully homed frees up a space for another to be rescued, meaning that 500 dogs homed results in 1,000 lives saved. Sadly there are always more dogs needing rescuing than there are spaces available.
“The hardest part of our job is turning away desperately needy dogs due to a lack of suitable home offers for the existing dogs in our care” says Emily-Burns Sweeney, Director of Homing, Kennelling and Welfare. “Each time a dog finds their forever home, another dog can be rescued. We have wonderful pets ready to start their new lives right now and we’re appealing for more people to come forward and offer them a home, so we can save even more lives.”
Greyhounds and lurchers make excellent pets. Greyhounds are affectionately known as the ’40-mph couch potato’ because although they do like a little walk each day, they are then happy to spend the rest of the time relaxing on the sofa. Although they can be quite large dogs, they don’t need a huge amount of space, so can be suitable for people with small homes, and their calm nature also makes them a great choice of pet for older and retired people.
Lurchers can be a little more energetic than greyhounds, and make wonderful family pets. A lurcher is a sighthound crossed with any other type of dog, which means that they come in all shapes and sizes, and so are suitable for most people.
Whilst Forever Hounds Trust does not advocate placing dogs in homes for Christmas, they would love to make the Christmas spirit last ‘forever’ by securing loving homes for their hounds in time for the festivities. Emily adds: “Christmas is a time when we all like to be at home, surrounded by our family and the same is true for the dogs we have in our care at the moment. They are all desperately deserving of a loving home they can call their own, and it would be wonderful to see them settled by Christmas.”
To make a donation towards the work of Forever Hounds Trust this Christmas, please visit www.foreverhoundstrust.org/foreversupport