Gracie, an abandoned ex-racing Greyhound, found herself in need
of a loving home but it wasn't long before she and her puppies were
successfully rehomed thanks to Greyhound Rescue West of England
Taken in by GRWE in May 2013, Gracie was around 43 days
pregnant, but thanks to the charity, which has benefitted from a
£10,000 grant from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, she and her
puppies are settled in to their new homes with loving families.
Rachel Grocott from GRWE, based in Radstock, Somerset said: "We
took in Gracie and soon discovered she was expecting puppies. We
have found her a wonderful home for her and her litter of Greyhound
puppies have also now found their forever homes. The puppies have
also benefited from training classes by GRWE supporters Dog
Gracie now lives with her owner Brian Paterson and another
Greyhound called Monty in Bristol.
Brian, who ran the Bath half marathon in March to support GRWE,
commented: "Gracie has quickly settled into our family and become a
lovely companion for Monty. She likes nothing better than cuddling
up on the sofa - or in one of the many beds, with legs in the air
and tongue hanging out....not always a lady! She is quite a bossy
girl and will tell you if you are too slow making her breakfast,
but her fun antics never fail to make us smile. We meet up with her
offspring whenever we can at GRWE events."
Before being rehomed with Brian, Gracie spent some time with a
foster carer, Sandra Jones in Somerset, who went on to rehome one
of her puppies, Crilly. Sandra commented: "Crilly has settled in
very well as a member of the Jones family - she has a very playful
character which is so much fun. We go to as many GRWE street
collections as we can to raise awareness for these fantastic
The Kennel Club Charitable Trust recently gave Greyhound Rescue
West of England a grant of £10,000 to assist with its work helping
Greyhounds and Lurchers and to fund vital veterinary care.
Rachel adds: "It has been a challenging year with the floodgates
seemingly opened on abandoned dogs needing our help and being in
ever more distressing conditions when arriving in our care. The
grant from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust will enable us to
continue to look after dogs like Gracie and her puppies."
The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has donated more than £8
million to help improve the lives of dogs since it was established
in 1987. The Trust awards grants to welfare organisations which
make a difference to dogs' lives, such as the Greyhound Rescue West
of England, and also provides financial support to canine
scientific research and support charities.