Race is on to find supportive souls

Anne Hewitt with Vincent and Bonnie - two of the greyhounds she’s trying to re-home.
Anne Hewitt with Vincent and Bonnie - two of the greyhounds she’s trying to re-home. Adam Hourigan

EIGHTY-EIGHT skinny legs and 22 long snouts are quick to greet you at Anne Hewitt's place.

It's sad to think those long, lean, slightly strange-looking but decisively friendly greyhounds would be dead if Ms Hewitt's heart wasn't melted by former racing dog Bonnie 12 years ago.

A greyhound can run well in a couple of races, then suddenly freeze and then is banned for life. Some compete well but need to take early retirement due to injuries, while others never develop their prey drive.

A racing dog that can't race is euthanised more often than not.

After working at the Grafton racetrack as a camerawoman, Ms Hewitt picked up her first pooch and never looked back. At her home just outside Grafton on the Summerland Hwy, she's now taken in 22 (well 23 if you count the newly-acquired border collie) and re-homed five.

"They learn how to live in a house situation and they attend obedience classes, which is a big part of their socialising and rehabilitation," she said.

"Lounge lizard" seems like the opposite way to describe the racing dogs but Ms Hewitt would know that we've got it all wrong when it comes to her "loving and loyal" pets.

"They seem to have a poor image," she said.

"But when they are racing they spend most of their time in kennels and get out to run a 25-second race.

"They are real lounge lizards."

Ms Hewitt said she would never euthanise a dog, but she has recently lost her job and needs help to feed and care for the greyhounds.

"We love them and they are our lives now and we are theirs.

"They do rely on us for their life to go on, but with no support and resources to call on, things are a bit difficult."


If you can help phone Anne on 6644 7152.

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