How You Can Help
- NEVER attend or bet on greyhound racing. The less support the racing industry receives = fewer races = fewer greyhounds bred = fewer greyhounds exploited and abused. It’s that simple.
- Inform family, friends and work colleagues about the plight of dogs bred for racing.
- Raise awareness via the internet and media. Writing to the letters page in response to any article concerning greyhound racing is an excellent way of raising awareness.
- Protest to any company/charity promoting/sponsoring greyhound racing. Please contact us for any leaflets required.
- Write to Members of Parliament expressing why you wish to see an end to greyhound racing.
- Collect signatures for any of the current petitions (available on request).
- Support your local campaign group in activities such as leafleting, streets stalls and demonstrations. (1)
- If there is not a group within your area, set up your own group. We can help with advice and leaflets/posters.
- Join our email alerts list to keep up to date with greyhound related issues.
- If you are a talented arts/crafts person (i.e. sewing, knitting, illustration) we are always seeking quality items that we can sell to help fund the campaign.
- Display one of our collection tins in your place of work, local shop, veterinary clinic or pet store.
- Foster or adopt a greyhound. (2)
- Work on a voluntary basis helping the dogs at your local greyhound/dog rescue.
- Donate new aran and double knit wool and reels of cotton for our hand crafting volunteers to use.
Send a donation
The generosity of the public is vital to maintain the work we do and as such all donations, no matter how small, are gratefully accepted. There are three ways to make a donation:
- Send a cheque made out to Action for Greyhounds to the address given on home page.
- Download a standing order form from our website, or ask us to post one to you.
- Make a donation to AFG via our PayPal account. Just click on the link below:
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(1) Key events marked annually and used as a platform to raise awareness about the plight of dogs bred for racing:
Remembering Rusty Weekend
Held over the nearest weekend to 02 May as it was on this date in 2004 that a greyhound called Rusty was found severely injured on Fochriw Mountain, South Wales.
Following a toe injury that terminated the greyhound’s racing career, Andrew Gough was paid £10 to kill the animal. Rusty was shot in the head with a captive-bolt pistol and had his ears hacked off to prevent identification from tattoo markings. Despite the appalling injuries, the black male was still alive when found but could not be saved and was later put-to-sleep.
Greyhound Remembrance Weekend
The first commercial greyhound races were held on 24 July 1926 at Belle Vue, Manchester. Every year over the weekend nearest to 24 July events are held in memory of the hundreds of thousands of greyhounds that have suffered and died at the hands of the British greyhound racing industry.
Any events held are another good way of getting media exposure. Always send a press release and if you would like the event featured on the AFG website please email pics along with a brief write-up.
(2) If you can offer a suitable foster or forever home to a greyhound please contact us and if we do not have a dog suitable for you we can recommend other rescues. Links to sites providing contact details for rescues across the country is given on our links page.
Dogs rescued by AFG
All dogs adopted through AFG are neutered, inoculated and micro-chipped, plus any other treatment that may be required at the time including a dental.
Occasionally, dogs are placed in private boarding kennels but in most cases will be cared for in one of our dedicated experienced foster homes. Here they will become accustomed to living as a family pet and be socialised etc.
A home check is carried out prior to any dog being fostered or permanently adopted, and in some instances it is judged desirable for a dog to remain in foster care, with AFG covering the costs of food, any further veterinary treatment and sundries.