Sunday 30th July - Kennels Closed
The Ride Surrey cycle race passes through Hersham so the kennels will be closed to visitors/walkers.
Carol Marshall appointed new manager
The Board of ‘Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare’ has today (18th July 2017) appointed Carol Marshall as its new Manager.
Carol has worked at the Kennels for more than 10 years. She has been running the Sanctuary section which specialises in caring for older or infirm hounds and hounds who are less likely to find a home - although every greyhound is still available for adoption.
Before working at the kennels, Carol’s background was in corporate marketing, communications and press & public relations, and she has a B.A in English and French from the University of Liverpool. However, her real passion is for working with greyhounds: “I have always loved dogs, but greyhounds are just so special. They are gentle and trusting and having given their best in their racing careers, at whatever level, they deserve to be treated with respect and welcomed into our kennels until we can find them a suitable home. Those who do not find a home of their own are looked after for life, since we never put a healthy hound to sleep.
Previous Manager, Denise Dubarbier, has stepped down after 17 years at WGW. Carol says: “ Denise will be a hard act to follow but we have a good team at WGW and our priority will be to continue to look after the hounds as best we can until they find the right home.
I invite all our supporters, whether volunteer walkers or potential or existing ‘homers’ to continue to help with ongoing events and other fundraising initiatives. We couldn’t do what we do without you”.
See the ‘Welcome to WGW’ video narrated by Carol on YouTube.
Hound of the week
Barney, Born 2010
Such a lovely chap to care for, Barney is the unfortunate lad who shares his kennel with Maggie. That just shows you how tolerant this lad is, in fact he's a saint. Barney can be a bit shy when he first meets you but he soon gets over it.
Frazer - 14th May 2008 - 18th July 2017
We are very sad to have to tell you that our gorgeous boy Frazer died on Tuesday, 18th July.
Having had a great weekend with lots of attention and walks from visitors, he was clearly unwell when he came out of his kennel on Monday morning. We took him straight to the specialist greyhound vet in Lingfield where Martin operated on a suspected blockage in Frazer’s intestine. Despite the surgery, Frazer did not recover and he died on Tuesday.
Frazer came into our kennels in December 2014 as a ‘Christmas Gift’ from another rescue, with a report that he had probably not been treated very well and he was un-socialised and very food orientated. The rescue desperately needed to find a space for him but wanted to ensure his future was safe whatever ‘behavioural issues’ he might prove to have.
He blossomed with us and made everybody smile as he came charging and snorting out of his kennel eager to meet the person taking him for a walk. He loved getting out for walks - usually throwing his water bowl around his kennel if he was kept waiting too long - and having treats and cuddles. We are grateful to everybody who was able to help make Frazer’s time with us such a lovely one.
We will really miss this great big lovable oaf of a greyhound. X
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