A new pet centre is celebrating its opening with a move to help rehabilitate greyhounds by finding homes within the community for the former racing dogs.
Best Friends Pet SuperCentre Tweed Heads South will be holding events today and over the weekend to bring local people into closer touch with the animals.
There will be a free sausage sizzle from 7am to 10am today and 10am to 2pm tomorrow and Sunday.
Members of Friends of the Hound will be on site and children and adults will have a chance to see how friendly the dogs can be. A gold coin donation is requested.
Friends of the Hound Inc is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit incorporated association dedicated to rescuing greyhounds and rehoming them as pets, and raising awareness of the plight of greyhounds.
As many as 20,000 greyhounds are bred each year, with a large percentage put down after their racing careers are over.
Friends of the Hound liaises with the racing community in an attempt to rehome the exploited animals.
Best Friends Pet SuperCentre store manager David Carter is glad to provide assistance to the local rescue group, saying, ‘our store is not just about selling goods, but helping animals’.
Friends of the Hound president Lisa White said they are very glad of the support. ‘It is often quite difficult for small rescue groups such as ours, which do not fit into the category of mainstream charities or purposes, to garner sponsorship and assistance,’ she said.
The Best Friends Pet SuperCentre is located at Machinery Drive, Tweed Heads South.