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July 28 2011 5 28 /07 /July /2011 14:57

The Retired Greyhound Trust works in conjunction with the public and the Greyhound industry to find homes for retired and unwanted racing dogs. It works to find solutions to the problem of unwanted greyhounds. It performs a variety of activities that serve the interests of racing greyhounds and operates its own subsidiary company whose profits serve the trust. This article will provide an insight into the Retired Greyhound Trust.

The trust

The problem

Greyhounds are working dogs intended to make a profit for their owners. However, not all are successful and they grow old. Those which are not used as stud [the less successful ones] may be in danger of being neglected or put down, even though they have life ahead of them. The Trust rejects putting down dogs merely because they have no economic use and it will never put down a healthy greyhound. Instead it concentrates on rehoming them.


The trust clearly has kennels which can take a greyhound when it is first received. However, the prime aim is to find a new, loving home for the hound. The trust runs a greyhound adoption service so that even if a person cannot take a hound home, he/she can pay for its keep and will receive pictures and cards detailing its progress.

The trust works in conjunction with the RSPCA who may alert them when inspectors find maltreated greyhounds.


They also have dealings with the British Greyhound Racing Federation who work with the Retired Greyhound Trust to find solutions to the problems of retired greyhounds. In this area, the trust exercises an educational function, alerting owners to the problems of retired hounds and possible solutions.


The trust is a registered charity run by a board of trustees. There are several luminaries from the greyhound racing world sitting on the committee to make the link between the trust and the industry and to give a sign of the industry's approval of the trust.

The British Greyhound Racing Federation makes an annual donation to the trust though recently, financial pressures have caused this to decline. However, public donations are growing.

The trust runs a subsidiary company that sells greyhound merchandise. For example, if a dog goes to a new home, the company can sell the new owner what it needs. It sells gift cards and general greyhound merchandise at racetracks, sending the profits to the trust to fund its work.

The trust holds sponsored events such as a recent greyhound walk or family fun day and will have a stall at country shows and fairs

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July 25 2011 2 25 /07 /July /2011 08:27

To care for teddy bear hamsters, which are related to golden hamsters, ensure that you have the right kind of cage and suitable vegetarian food. There are basic health and hygiene rules, along with safety requirements.There are basic rules for handling that must be kept to keep the hamster safe and happy.

Housing and food

About hamsters

Teddy bear hamsters are a kind of golden hamster, but their hair is longer. They are solitary creatures, preferring to live alone and not to be handled. Being four to six inches long, they are quite delicate. Pet hamsters should have a hutch about 24 by 15 inches floor section, and 12 in height, but as they like to climb, it should have different levels and ladders. They need a grill at the front to protect them from cats. Ensure that they get enough fresh air in their cage.

Food and supplies

Hamsters are herbivores, but they dislike moist food. Dry foods, such as seeds, nuts and pellets are what they like. Give a range of seeds and nuts so that the hamsters will obtain all of the nutrients that they need.Your hamster should have a supply of fresh water available all the time. Sprinkle the food through the bedding, as foraging is a hamster's natural behaviour and that gives them exercise.


Give your hamster straw bedding and change it frequently. If the bedding is allowed to become wet, your hamster can fall prey to wet tail, one of the hamster diseases to which teddy bear hamsters are especially prone. Ensure that the cage is kept shut at all times, especially if there is a cat or dog in the house. Keep cats away from the cage so that the hamster will not suffer fear.

Other considerations

Be careful about handling teddy bear hamsters,as they dislike being touched. Do not put them in a cage with another hamster, as even females fight (in most species, fighting is mainly male).

As hamsters are nocturnal, they will be most active in the evening and night. For this reason, they are not ideal pets for children who will be in bed during the dark hours and should not be kept in a room where people sleep. They will interact, though, with humans, and owners may find their hamster funny.

Final word

It is important to keep hamsters' long hair combed, and you can purchase combs from pet shops. Furthermore, they need their nails to be kept short. Ideally, they will do this by getting much exercise scampering round their hutch, as this will wear down the claws naturally. But, in some cases you might have to ask a vet to perform the job.

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July 25 2011 2 25 /07 /July /2011 07:30

Friends of Animals is an animal welfare organisation founded in New York and currently based in Connecticut, but it has a worldwide reach and operates in Britain. Originally founded to deal with stray dogs and cats, it has expanded its remit to become a campaigning organisation. It operates sanctuaries and gives veterinary and pet owner support services



In 1957, Alice Herrington founded Friends of Animals in New York to deal with the problem of pet cats and dogs that had strayed and required neutering, but it expanded into animal rescue. The organisation moved to Darien, Connecticut and expanded to other countries. It now operates in Britain from a headquarters in Rhondda, Wales, where it runs a sanctuary. It has expanded its work to campaigning against animal abuse and for animal rights.


It is interested not only in pet welfare, but in farm animal welfare and animals in zoos and other institutions. There was also an important campaign against the mistreatment of Whales and Dolphins in Sea life centres, particularly in the Sea World Centre in California, where many whales and dolphins are said to have suffered. There was a documentary on this issue, called Sea World

In fellowship with other animal welfare organisations it has been involved in campaigns against the experimentation on animals. It runs a magazine to heighten the awareness of animal welfare issues, entitled Action Line, and it has produced several documentaries on issues of animal welfare. Friends of Animals operates a website Raisingawareness.co.uk .It also runs a newsletter, which can be downloaded. There is a YouTube video about its work.

Care work

While its British headquarters are in Rhondda, Wales, it operates in other parts of Britain. Pet health is a concern, so the organisation provides veterinary services. It offers help to pet owners who need their cat spayed or their bitch neutered, but who cannot afford the veterinary fees. This is to prevent stray kittens and puppies from roaming neglected round the streets.

Finding homes for animals

It takes in stray cats and dogs and provides them with veterinary treatment. The next stage is to try to find them a good home. Re-homing dogs and cats whose owners can no longer care for them, perhaps through age, ill-health, death or having to move to another area, forms an important part of the work.


Rescuing and re-homing mistreated animals, particularly cats and dogs, is an important part of the work. It works in conjunction with the RSPCA in this matter, as the latter possesses legal powers which other organisations do not have.

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June 10 2011 6 10 /06 /June /2011 08:02

Buying any pet is a responsibility, as you need to provide it with secure living conditions that are safe from disease. You also need to provide it with a proper diet composed of food that it wants to eat. Animals like the company of their own kind, so it is likely that your rabbit will like to be with other rabbits.

Safety first


Rabbits are very vulnerable creatures, and they find it hard to defend themselves against predators.

You must therefore be sure that the hutch that you have for it is secure against cats, foxes and rats.

This means that while the rabbit must have a view out of its hutch, the mesh must be securely fixed to the wood.

The floor of the hutch is a major concern, as foxes can dig under it, so give it a strong wooden floor.

Bunny care

Bear in mind that animals like to move around and enjoy their environment.

Your rabbit must have enough space for regular exercise.

This means that if there are several rabbits in the hutch, there must be enough room for them all, and large rabbits require more room than small ones.

By the time they arrive, you should have a run for them, but to ensure that they don't burrow out, cover the ground with mesh.

Bunnies for sale.

Ensure that the bunnies that you buy are healthy.

Get them from a reputable breeder and have them checked before they arrive. Be prepared to spend on medical bills.

If you buy a rabbit after the first, ensure that they are healthy, so that disease does not enter the hutch.

Start with clean bedding and renew it often, composting the waste.

Happy rabbits

Feeding rabbits

Feeding rabbits means giving them a good, balanced diet.

There are many good rabbit foods available from pet shops.

Rabbits, though, will happily eat grass in their run and will eat fresh greens put out for them, such as lettuce and cabbage, uncooked of course.

They should never have any meat.


However, rabbits are sociable creatures, and they do not naturally love human company, so it is better to have more than one of them in the hutch. You need to be careful about the balance of the sexes.

Two or more males rarely like to live together, whereas females can live together better than males can.

A male requires the presence of a females, and will mate.

As rabbits produce young every time they mate, expect a lot of little bunnies.

If you do not want this, keep only females or be prepared to give the new babies good homes.

1 Two wild rabbits found in undergrowth at Edinburgh Zoo | date 2011-0
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