Could you give greyhound dogs a new home?

loving dogs: Greyhounds Tasha, left, and Tiggs with temporary foster carer Jan Brown.

loving dogs: Greyhounds Tasha, left, and Tiggs with temporary foster carer Jan Brown.

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COULD you give these dogs a home?

Tasha and Tiggs are looking for families to take them in after the previous owner fell ill and could not look after them any more.

The pair are in the care of a volunteer from Greyhound Rescue North East, a charity which tries to find loving homes for dogs.

Sharon Morgan, a volunteer from Washington, said: “Tasha and Tiggs are a lovely pair of dogs.They are really laid back and typical greyhounds.

“They’ve been in a foster home for the past six years but their foster carer became ill.”

In recent months, the charity has been struggling with high numbers of animals needing help, particularly retired racing dogs.

At the minute, Greyhound Rescue North East, which depends entirely on donations, is looking for foster homes or permanent homes for more than 40 dogs.

Sharon added: “We have faced a tidal wave of dogs recently, particularly those that finished their racing career years several years ago and have been living in homes ever since.

“Greyhounds are such easy-going dogs and really love their home comforts, so it’s hard for them to go back into kennels while we try and find them a home. Taking in a dog that has been loved and cared for in a family environment and having to put it in kennels in order to save its life is our last resort, but we are desperate for foster homes.

“We match each dog to the foster home very carefully, all the veterinary costs are covered by us and we are always here for back-up if people have any questions or problems.

“Greyhounds don’t need a lot of exercise, in fact they spend about 23 hours a day sleeping, so fostering is ideal for people who want a laid-back companion, or for those who are worried about the cost of keeping a dog.”

She added: “Sadly, our network of kennels and foster homes is almost gridlocked, and we have lots of dogs on the waiting list but until we get more foster or permanent homes, we won’t be able to help them.”

The charity is looking for a long-term foster carer for Tiggs, who is 10 – which means it will pay any medical costs because of her age – and a permanent home for Tasha, eight.

* For more information, visit www.greyhoundrescuenortheast.com.