Black dogs get overlooked at rescue centre

Jacko, one of the black greyhounds looking for a new home from the Retired Greyhound Trust in Marshland St James.
Jacko, one of the black greyhounds looking for a new home from the Retired Greyhound Trust in Marshland St James.

All who know about greyhounds agree they are some of the best dogs to have for their gentle and undemanding temperament .

But the Retired Greyhound Trust says when people choose pets, they are unreasonably biased against black animals, as its rescue centre in Marshland St James is well aware.

Oak Tree Kennels is currently looking for new homes for 12 dogs – double its usual capacity of six – and nine of them are black.

Owner Barbara Townsend said people always choose white, fawn or brindle greyhounds over their “black beauties” – with some being left in the kennels for up to two years before finding a new home.

“For some reason, black dogs, particularly male black dogs, are less popular, and the lighter coloured animals are snapped up much more quickly,” said Barbara. “It’s so sad as underneath their dark fur, black dogs are just the same as any other.”

Barbara is now appealing for people to consider adopting a black greyhound to help with the crisis.

She said: “The kennels are at bursting point, so until we can re-home some of our black beauties, we can’t help any more animals.”

There are five males and four females looking for new homes, aged between two and 10-years-old.

Details of the animals can be found at: www.wisbech.retiredgreyhounds.co.uk.

For more information and to arrange a visit, contact 01945 430311 or 07717 217347 or email: oaktreekennels@vodafoneemail.co.uk

Black dogs of all breeds are welcome to enter a black beauty class when Oak Tree Kennels holds its Christmas Fun Dog Show at Upwell Village Hall on Sunday.

The event, which starts at 11.30am, will also include a Christmas fancy dress class for dogs and owners, as well as prettiest bitch and more.