Dogs Trust ask people to #Greywatch

April 12, 2018, 10:00

For Immediate Release
12th April, 2018

Dogs Trust ask people to #Greywatch in a bid to help them protect and rehome Irish Greyhounds

The campaign is a witty take on the popular 80s TV series Baywatch, which is known for beautiful people running on the beach, something Greyhounds love to do as pets!

Illustrated in a humorous and heartfelt video, the campaign highlights how wonderful Greyhounds are as loveable pets and dispels some of the common misconceptions people might have about them.

This comes in advance of the publication of the Greyhound Industry Bill in which Dogs Trust has been campaigning for the inclusion of an amendment to prevent the export of Irish Greyhounds to countries that do not have the same welfare standards as Ireland.

To find out more about how you can support this campaign or to adopt a Greyhound log onto www.dogstrust.ie/Greywatch

Dogs Trust has today launched an important campaign which highlights how wonderful Greyhounds are as lovable pets, in a bid to help protect and rehome them. The campaign asks the public to #Greywatch as a witty take on the 80s TV series Baywatch, which is known for beautiful people running on the beach, something Greyhounds love to do as pets!

There are many misconceptions about Greyhounds but the truth is they are extremely loveable couch potatoes, who enjoy spending the majority of their time curled up on a warm couch surrounded by people they love.

Despite this, Dogs Trust has found that sadly Greyhounds spend on average twice as long in their centre waiting for their forever homes. Recent research carried out by Dogs Trust revealed that 98% of people have never owned a Greyhound with half of those stating it’s because they never even thought of it. In 2016, 53% of Greyhounds who entered Irish dog pounds were put to sleep*.

To help show people just how wonderful Greyhounds are as pets, Dogs Trust has also launched a humorous, uplifting video to the Baywatch theme tune, featuring real life home video footage of Greyhounds doing the funniest things! The charity put a call out on social media for Greyhound owners to send them videos of their long legged friends and received an overwhelming response with hundreds of people sending in adorable photos and footage of their pointy dogs.

For many years, Dogs Trust has been campaigning for a ban on the export of Greyhounds to countries that have poor or non-existent animal welfare standards and most recently has proposed an amendment to the Greyhound Industry Bill, due to be published in the coming months, that will help protect the welfare of exported Irish Greyhounds. If adopted, our amendment will allow for welfare members of the International Greyhound Forum; Dogs Trust, ISPCA, The Irish Blue Cross, PAWS and representatives from the veterinary profession along with the Irish Greyhound Board to produce a draft list of countries which meet minimum standards with regard to the welfare of Greyhounds and to which licenced export of Greyhounds from Ireland is permissible.

Dogs Trust is calling on the public to contact their local TDs to help secure political support for this vital amendment.

Dogs Trust are urging the public to keep a “watch” out for Greyhounds and pay more attention to how amazing these dogs truly are. The charity wants people who may never have considered adopting a Greyhound or Sighthound to watch their video and see what fantastic pets they make.

Suzie Carley, Executive Director at Dogs Trust said: “We felt it was extremely important to launch a campaign that not only calls for the public to help protect the welfare of Greyhounds by supporting the new amendments to the Greyhound Industry Bill, but also one that highlights the beautiful sentient beings at the heart of it. Greyhounds are mostly gentle, quiet souls who make the most loyal, loving family pets and have the quirkiest sense of humour. We hope that by showing people what wonderful pets and companions Greyhounds make we can help dispel some of the common misconceptions people have about them and will hopefully encourage more people to “watch” out for them and consider them as a pet.”

You can download a draft letter to send you local representative at www.dogstrust.ie/greywatch.

Find us on Facebook or follow the conversation on Twitter @DogsTrust_IE using the hashtag #Greywatch

To find out more about how you can support this campaign or to adopt a greyhound log onto www.dogstrust.ie/Greywatch

Watch the #Greywatch video here.

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For more press information and interviews contact:

Ciara Byrne - PR and Communications Manager, Dogs Trust
Phone – 086 142 2835

Corina Fitzsimons - PR and Communications Officer, Dogs Trust
Phone – 01 8791 846
Email - communications@dogstrust.ie

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NOTES TO EDITOR:

*Dog Control Statistics - Department of Rural and Community Development: http://drcd.gov.ie/dog-control/view-our-dog-control-statistics/

Welfare of Greyhounds Act (2011)

In addition to the proposed amendments to the Greyhound Industry Bill as mentioned above, Dogs Trust are pleased to support the proposed amendment to the current Welfare of Greyhounds Act (2011), which was tabled in a Private Members Bill by Tommy Broughan TD on March 21st, 2017.

The Bill came about largely because of the impassioned work of Deputy Broughan, who was appalled on hearing about the shocking conditions endured by three Irish Greyhounds transported to in infamous Yat Yuen Canidrome in Macau, China in April 2016, which is known to have deplorable welfare standards, as well as the attempted export of 24 Irish greyhounds in May 2016.

The Bill looks to amend the Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011 and will allow for the International Greyhound Forum and Bord na gCon to produce a ‘draft list’ of countries which meet minimum standards with regard to the welfare of Greyhounds and to which licenced export of Greyhounds from Ireland can be permissible. This ‘draft list’ is then open to public consultation for a minimum of 30 days and the final list, the ‘white list’, is submitted to the Minister for Agriculture and the list shall be revised annually.

Dogs Trust Ireland

Dogs Trust has been working in Ireland since 2005 and its mission is to bring an end to the destruction of stray and abandoned dogs through a national responsible dog ownership campaign, including a subsidised neutering and microchipping campaign and an education programme.

There are currently 145 dogs and puppies, including 6 Greyhounds/Greyhound crosses in Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, awaiting their forever homes.

Dogs Trust is working towards the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.

Dogs Trust has a non-destruction policy; we never destroy a healthy dog.

The Centre is based at:

Dogs Trust Dublin Rehoming Centre
Ashbourne Road
Finglas
Dublin 11

www.dogstrust.ie

 

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