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Peter and Janet Flann founded Greyhound Rescue, which rehabilitates greyhounds after their retirement from racing. Photo: Michele MossopWith as many as 13 greyhounds traipsing around their family home at any given time, Peter and Janet Flann pace their days, packed with vet visits and daily walks to the park.
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But the dogs are often just temporary visitors as the retired couple rehabilitate the dogs for new lives outside the race track.

As the founders of not-for-profit organisation Greyhound Rescue, the couple have helped find new homes for more than a thousand greyhounds rescued from pounds, trainers, and breeders over the past decade.

But following the NSW government’s announcement of a ban on greyhound racing last week, the organisation has detected a jump in the need to relocate unwanted dogs.

Already the number of greyhounds being sent to pounds has increased, where the dogs often face euthanasia even when young and healthy, according to the couple.

Mr Flann said he is worried the ban will worsen strains on the rescue organisation, which relies upon public donations and fundraising.

“We always have been inundated with greyhounds – we currently have a list of about 20 trainers who are waiting to send their dogs to us,” he said. “But it’s probably going to get worse.”

“The important thing is that [the NSW government] has an action plan to help with the situation.”

Since the announcement, the organisation has been “flooded” with increased inquiries and adoption requests by the public.

But the process of adoption can be complicated, as the dogs often must be rehabilitated before they are ready for more mundane lives.

After rescue, the hounds are kept in the couple’s home, on their farm or in kennels and volunteers’ foster homes. Hosting numbers can reach 80 animals.

The organisation’s volunteers then gradually expose the greyhounds to smaller dogs, children, and cats to familiarise them with home life.

The couple said almost all greyhounds could be readied for family home life even where they had previously been treated cruelly or trained with live bait.

“We had one little [greyhound] who had done lots of races and had been very successful, so she might well have been live baited – we don’t actually know,” Mr Flann said.

“But she was as friendly as ever, and was good with young children, with cats, and with little dogs.”

But not all greyhounds will adjust to all situations so the organisation offers prospective owners dogs suited to their needs.

“We are very fussy about where they go,” Ms Flann said. “They will have to sleep indoors and be part of the family.”

Despite their reputation as racing dogs, most greyhounds prefer to lounge peacefully in the sun and require minimal exercise, are docile, rarely bark, and do not have “that doggy smell”.

“They are basically 70 km/h couch potatoes,” Mr Flann said. “They’re so personable and tactile. They just love company and people’s attention.”

Ms Flann said she cried with joy att the news of the Baird government’s ban on greyhound racing in the state.

“They don’t deserve the lives they are brought into. They don’t deserve to be treated like they are,” she said.

“Once you start working with greyhounds, that’s it. They’re so beautiful, you’re hooked.”

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