WELFARE OF GREYHOUNDS AT KINSLEY
At Kinsley the safety of the Greyhound is paramount to everyone involved in racing. In Jan 2001 K.O.T.A. The Kinsley Owners and Trainers Association
was formed to raise funds for retired Greyhounds.
Most race nights a raffle is run with some prizes donated by trainers, the aim is to raise money for the upkeep of retired greyhounds at
Kinsley and to make funds available for donations to registered greyhound sanctuaries.
All trainers at Kinsley have their kennels inspected on a regular basis to insure the greyhounds are housed in clean and comfortable kennels;
this inspection is carried out by GBGB registered stewards, who report back to the racing management at Kinsley.
The kennel block at Kinsley is aimed at providing comfortable conditions. It includes individual vetbed rugs for each kennel and air conditioning
for warm summer evenings and warm air electric blowers for the winter months. Kennel security is of paramount importance, every part of the
kennels are videoed to DVD discs and stored for six months including the outer inspection yard.
Kinsley has one of the safest racing surfaces in the country, with a 10" minimum depth of clay based sand and well cambered bends,
this has proved to be a kind surface for Greyhounds to run on.
Ian Saunders and his colleagues provide Kinsley with excellent veterinary care, and are always willing to advise and help any of our
trainers with any problems they may have with their greyhounds.
At Kinsley we have an active adoption programme of re-housing retired greyhounds. To date we have found homes for over 100 retired
greyhounds. Anyone looking to adopt a greyhound is interviewed by our re-homing managers and then given advice on feeding, exercising
and the best way of looking after a retired greyhound for the remainder of its life.
THINKING OF ADOPTING
Despite the image people have of greyhounds, they are very placid and usually good with children. Male greyhounds are approximately
30-35kg in weight and range from 67-72cm in height. Females are usually smaller at 24-30kg and 62-68cm tall. Greyhounds do not require
lots of exercise. Greyhounds are sprinters; they run for less than 50 seconds in a race and apart from their normal walking exercise
will be happy to spend the rest of the day resting. Despite their large size, greyhounds are not expensive to feed. Once retired a
good quality dry commercial food supplemented with occasional table scraps is all that is required. Greyhounds are loyal and loving
pets and make wonderful companions for anyone that needs a friend.
CONTACTS TO ADOPT
If you would like to adopt a Greyhound or would like further information, visit these web sites or ring the following numbers:
RE-HOMING MANAGER - KINSLEY RACING: K.O.T.A.
RE-HOMING SECRETARY - KINSLEY RACING: MARGARET GRAY
FENBANK GREYHOUNDS: www.fenbankgreyhounds.co.uk
Or ring 01754 820593
KAREN SCHULTZ ring 01759 319312
Retired Greyhounds Trust: www.retiredgreyhounds.co.uk