The majority of Greyhounds are retired from the race track by the time they reach five years old, sometimes a lot sooner if they are injured or simply 'don't make the grade' . Considering they have a life expectancy of twelve to fifteen years, they are still young dogs when they finish racing.
Greyhound Rescues around the country strive to save as many of the hounds and rehome where possible but unfortunately, due to the large numbers bred for racing each year, there will always be homeless hounds.
Greyhounds and Lurchers make fantastic pets and loving, loyal companions. Each has his own distinct personality, but as a whole they are amazingly adaptable, intelligent and placid dogs who love people.