The Norfolk online “newspaper” EDP24 reported today that a new branch of the Retired Greyhound Trust has been set up in the area by RGT volunteer Michel Atkinson.

Ian Burt.

Michael Atkinson with Blade

The new West Norfolk branch of the RGT will hold 6 ex-racing greyhounds but they hope to increase this to 10 in the near future.

EDP24 reports:”A retired police dog handler, a boarding kennels and a vet have teamed up to rehome retired racing greyhounds. Six former racing dogs are already awaiting new homes at Lodge Farm Boarding Kennels, at Stoke Ferry.

Mr Atkinson said greyhounds were good tempered and did not need as much exercise as some might expect, despite the turn of speed they can show on the track.

“They’re sprinters so two 20 minute walks a day is sufficient,” he said. “When we get them we have them spayed, vaccinated, wormed and get their teeth and feet checked, so when people get a dog it comes fully MOT’d by Crossings Vets, in Downham Market.”

Prospective owners can expect a visit to ensure their homes are up to scratch for their new four-legged friend. “We always home check, that’s very important,” said Mr Atkinson. “Our greatest concern is the welfare of the dog.””

To read the full report please see the EDP24 website: LINK