Kinsley Greyhound Stadium, near Pontefract, England.

WELFARE OF GREYHOUNDS AT KINSLEY

K.O.T.A
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.

TRAINERS
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.

KENNELLING
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.

RACETRACK
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.

VETERINARY CARE
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.

ADOPTION
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

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