Limerick greyhound owners will gather next month as part of the Great Global Greyhound Walk annual event. The event sees greyhound owners from all over the world take part in a dog walking event that aims to promote the benefits of retired racing greyhounds as pets.
A number of volunteers for the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust, a registered charity that was established and is operated by the Irish Greyhound Board, have organised a walk in Adare, Co. Limerick, on Sunday 9th June.
The walk is free to attend and is open to all members of the public, whether they own a greyhound or not. Participants are asked to meet on the main street in Adare, opposite Adare Heritage Centre, at 10am.
IRGT volunteer and event organiser, Fionnuala Moloney, said: “Retired greyhounds make for fantastic pets once their racing career is over and this is an ideal opportunity for people in Limerick to see what wonderful companions they are. We’re trying to celebrate greyhounds and promote them as pets as much as possible. The best way to do that is to see them for yourselves. We welcome anyone who wants to come along, whether they own a greyhound or not.”
Welfare Manager with the Irish Greyhound Board, Barry Coleman, added: “Greyhounds make for excellent pets and have an uncanny ability to transition to the family couch with ease. They are best known as couch potatoes, needing very little exercise or special diet. With greater public awareness, we can ensure these prized athletes get the retirement they deserve and equally bring happiness to many people’s lives. Events like this one in Limerick allow people to get close to a greyhound, often for the first time. We’d encourage one and all to come along to Adare on June 9th.”
The Irish Greyhound Board, together with greyhound owners, contributed €212,000 of the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust’s total income of €242,000 in 2018.
The Trust provides financial assistance to private re-homing agencies in Limerick, as well as Clare, Tipperary, Kerry and Belfast.
337 retired Irish greyhounds have been re-homed with IRGT assistance between January and April of 2019, with over 1,000 retired greyhounds re-homed with IRGT assistance last year.