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Welsh shelter seeks home for greyhound abandoned after racing career

16 May 2023 2 minute read
Black Jack was abandoned after his racing career ended

A Welsh dog rescue shelter is searching for a forever home for Black Jack the greyhound who was sadly abandoned after his racing days ended.

The five-year-old greyhound is currently in the care of Hector’s Greyhound Rescue based on the west Wales coast and has been waiting for a forever home for more than two years.

Although Black Jack is still pretty speedy on his feet, he’s been spending much of his well earned retirement snoozing on the sofa.

Hector’s Greyhound Rescue founder Hayley Bradley is desperate to find a forever family for Black Jack but says he’s one of a number of black greyhounds at the rescue centre who is overlooked because of their colour.

Black Jack has been waiting for a forever home for the last two years.


While his lighter-coloured friends are snapped up quickly, Black Jack has very sadly been left behind for too long.

Hayley said: “He comes to his pen to greet everybody that comes to look for a dog and he’s almost got a begging look on his face as if to say ‘please take me’.”

“He wouldn’t be suited to a home with cats or small furries – but he’d fit in well with older children who could play in the garden with him and his toys.

“He’s craving family life.”

Around 140 greyhounds are abandoned and collected by local authority pounds in Wales each year.

The Welsh Government are currently consulting on a plan to potentially phase out greyhound racing in Wales.

The consultation announcement came following campaigning on the issue from the RSPCA – alongside Hope Rescue, Blue Cross, Dogs Trust and Greyhound Rescue Wales, who are all part of the ‘Cut the Chase’ campaign.

Wales is one of only ten countries in the world – including all other UK nations – where commercial greyhound racing continues in 2023.

To meet Black Jack or any of the other Hector’s dogs, or to make a donation, get in touch with them via or 0300 011 011 9.

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1 year ago

What proof is there that this dog was a racing greyhound?
Plenty of people keep greyhounds who don’t race them,

Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards
1 year ago

Factcheck; Oswestry, where Hectors operate, wasn’t even in Wales let alone on the W.Wales coast when I last looked! My wife wants to do greyhound rescue near Fishguard. Which is both in Wales and on the W.Wales coast and handy for Irish greyhounds. All in a good cause.

Carrie Dunn
Carrie Dunn
1 year ago

Hector’s are based near Aberystwyth.

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