Welfare

We are a country of animal lovers and sports lovers so it is vital that animal welfare is at the heart of greyhound racing.

The industry employs over 7,000 people who work to provide outstanding care to the thousands of registered racing greyhounds throughout the country.

Our Greyhound Commitment sets out our expectations of how our sport and industry should be run, with greyhound welfare at its heart. It has been agreed by all trainers, owners and stadiums that we regulate because without happy, healthy hounds - we have no sport.

Part of this commitment is to ensure that, wherever possible, every greyhound that can be homed is homed.

For more information on rehoming a greyhound see here.

 

Safety and Welfare

The safety of every greyhound racing at a GBGB registered track is absolutely paramount.

Like any animal, a racing greyhound is likely to experience injuries and illnesses throughout its lifetime, however, we constantly strive to minimise the possibility of any injury occurring whilst a greyhound is racing at our tracks.

Every year we fund research into track improvements with the aim of reducing injuries and helping to extend racing careers. 

An independent Veterinary Surgeon is present at all GBGB tracks to check the health and wellbeing of every animal both before and after racing and to provide emergency care in the event that any dog needs it.

There have also been a number of upgrades to racecourse kennels over recent years and the sport has provided a number of grants for total rebuilds or for the installation of temperature control and air management systems to ensure greyhounds can rest in comfort and safety before and after their races.

 

Injury and Retirement Data

Our injury rates are the lowest independently verified figures in the world and we are determined to decrease these still further through our Greyhound Commitment.

Data on injuries and retirement from 2017 can be found here. These figures have been audited and verified by our own experts and by external, independent auditors.

 

Welfare Research

Across our sport we are committed to pursuing evidence-based policy, basing decisions on results from solid, scientific research.

The programme of welfare research underway continues to expand. It currently includes major projects examining potential new track surface materials, methods of identifying greyhounds, methods of oestrus suppression, track preparation methods and greyhound training practices.

Our sport also offers bursaries each year to student vets wishing to carry out smaller research projects of benefit to greyhound welfare and offers work experience to student vets at greyhound training centres across the country.

 

Greyhound Forum

The GBGB works closely with major welfare charities via the Greyhound Forum. This body, established more than ten years ago includes representatives from the RSPCA, Blue Cross and Dogs Trust.

The Forum is an important arena for the discussion and development of industry-wide welfare projects.