The work of student volunteers in the UL Greyhound Racing Society has been recognised in a new campaign highlighting the work of the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust.
‘Our People, Their Stories’ is reminding people that greyhounds make fantastic pets who transition from the track to the couch with ease.
The UL Greyhound Racing Society was formed in March 2017 by students Joe Sheahan and Julianne O Keefe. Both Joe and Julianne were introduced by mutual friends as they shared a passion for greyhounds and set up the society afterwards. They now organise regular walks with retired greyhounds across the UL campus, recognising the importance of a ‘whole of life’ approach to the racing greyhound.
Joe said: “I have a family background in horse racing, coming from a rural part of county Limerick. I set the society up because I felt it was important to bring like-minded people together over their love and passion for greyhounds.
“We have a dog in active training in the society and our on-campus walks with the retired greyhounds are important. It’s great to see that work being highlighted.”
The Society owns Trap Queen, who has three wins to her name in Limerick Greyhound Stadium.
The IRGT has helped to rehome over 5,300 racing greyhounds since 2008, with 853 rehomed between January and October of this year. The Irish Greyhound Board contributed over €100,000 to the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust in 2017.
The main source of funding for the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust continues to come from greyhound racing owners, through a 2% deduction of all winning prize money which is then matched by the Irish Greyhound Board.
A further 58 greyhounds are on the IRGT’s rehoming list between now and the end of the year. These greyhounds will be rehomed as pets in homes in Ireland, the UK, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Belgium.