Increase in number of greyhounds rehomed in 2021

Rosie, who recently retired from racing, had the honour of being the 2000th dog to be rehomed in 2021 and took up residence with her new owners in Limerick in late November. Pictured with Joanne Murray (GRI) and Catherine Smith with Rosie the 2000th greyhound adopted through the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust. Photo courtesy of Greyhound Racing Ireland.

The Irish Retired Greyhound Trust (IRGT) say they have assisted in the rehoming of more than 2000 retired greyhounds in 2021, a new yearly record for the charity organisation. 

Established by Rásaíocht Con Éireann (RCÉ) / Greyhound Racing Ireland (GRI) in 1997, the IRGT is funded through owners’ prizemoney deductions, matched donations by GRI and private donations in its work to rehome greyhounds after retirement and promote them as domestic pets.   

In the year up to 30th November 2021, the rehoming of 2,000 greyhounds has been achieved compared to 1,578 for the same period in 2020, which is an increase of 27%.