History of Friends of the Hound
Friends of the Hound Inc. was inspired by a gorgeous, timid, blue greyhound at the Tweed Shire Pound in December 2002.
Lisa White managed to rescue this particular dog – the first ever Greyhound to be adopted from her local pound. Zada (meaning “lucky one”) became the first pet Greyhound of the White family and was joined a few months later by another adopted hound, Bimbi, and they have fostered several hundred greyhounds since!
Zada and Bimbi lived harmoniously with their young kids, other dogs, cats, horses, chooks, guinea pigs and pet rabbit on their small, rural acreage.
Zada was the inspiration for Lisa White to vow to help more Greyhounds and, in 2003, the Friends of the Hound Greyhound Adoption Group was formed with help from members of Friends of the Pound (Tweed) Inc. – it’s mission to create public awareness of the Greyhound as a gentle, affectionate dog and excellent family pet and advocate ADOPTION, NOT DESTRUCTION. The group later formed as independent incorporated association known as Friends of the Hound Inc. in January 2010.
Who we are…
Friends of the Hound Inc. is volunteer-based and not-for-profit, relying solely on fundraising and donations. It is the generosity and support of the community and the efforts of our members and volunteers that enable the group to achieve its aims.
Friends of the Hound Inc. helps greyhound owners, breeders and trainers from all over NSW and SE QLD to rehome their dogs as pets, and rescues Greyhounds from pounds and shelters where possible.
Why do we exist??
The sad, ugly fact is that there is a horrendous mass wastage of greyhounds as a direct result of the dog racing industry. Despite this being refuted or simply ignored by some racing supporters it, simply, is the truth. The extremely limited number of greyhound adoption agencies in Australia cannot cope with the enormous volume of dogs being routinely discarded – it is impossible to rehome the thousands upon thousands of greyhounds that become surplus to racing industry requirements each year.
It is THE QUICK, OR THE DEAD for Greyhounds, and Friends of the Hound Inc. is a group who is actively trying to help as many of these dogs as possible.
Many of our wonderful members, volunteers and supporters, expend lots of time, energy and effort in helping Greyhounds. Friends of the Hound Inc. is made up of a diverse group of supportive people, most are passionate dog-lovers that feel strongly about the welfare issues surrounding Greyhounds, and often other animal welfare issues focusing on the ethical treatment of animals.
Our mission is to save the lives of Greyhounds and reduce the mass wastage that currently occurs by promoting awareness about the welfare of Greyhounds and advocating their suitability as pets and companion dogs.
Through a continued program of promotion and education, Friends of the Hound Inc. aims to dispel the public misconceptions about Greyhounds and change the perception of the breed as “just a race dog”. The organisation works tirelessly to rescue Greyhounds and rehome them into suitable, permanent homes as family pets and companions.
It is all about the dogs.
As you can appreciate, a shortage of funds and hands-on help afflict most voluntary organisations. Friends of the Hound is a small group, operating over a large geographical area, who does not fit in to the categories of most mainstream charities.
The dream of this organisation is to have its own greyhound adoption centre. A place set up as a home for rescued Greyhounds, where the dogs can be housed safely and potential adoptees can meet the Greyhounds and access information about the breed and the organisation. This would greatly improve on the current successful, but limited, rescue, fostering and rehoming efforts, so that many more beautiful dogs can be saved. The Hound Haven project needs help to transform from a dream to the much-needed reality.
With vision, and a voice – it is hoped that the current sad situation for greyhounds can change and that the disturbing mass wastage of these lovely dogs can be greatly minimised or stopped.
GREYHOUNDS MAKE GREAT PETS!