Welcome to Rufus's web pages!


These pages were created during the last seven years of Rufus's life, in Toronto, Canada. Sadly, that life was cut short on August 10, 2015, when he was diagnosed with an inoperable tumour in his abdomen that was causing him great pain. As he was held and comforted by those who loved him most, Rufus was humanely released forever from his suffering. He had lived for twelve years, two months, and twenty days.

This web site, apart from the page you are reading now, is preserved as it was during Rufus's life (except for the replacement, from time to time, of some outdated hotlinks and other material). Use the Menu Bar above to navigate between the sections of the site.

The present page, however, continues to be updated frequently with current news headlines and other items of interest to people who love greyhounds and care about the welfare of these wonderful companion animals, wherever they are around the world. We do this in tribute to the life of Rufus, who remains forever in our hearts and minds.

World Greyhound News Headlines

The only place on the web providing current greyhound news, views, and videos from around the globe, in English

New South Wales braces for an estimated 12,000 greyhounds to be cast aside as unwanted "wastage" by the racing industry July 28, 2016

Feature article about the current battle over Wimbledon greyhound stadium July 27, 2016 — Mayor of London Sadiq Khan begins 14-day stadium consultation July 27, 2016

South Australian Greens call for parliamentary inquiry as that state's racing regulator refuses to disclose "wastage" statistics July 27, 2016

Promotional video for July 24 March for the Murdered Million July 14, 2016 — Greyhound supporters March for the Murdered Million in Sydney's Hyde Park July 24, 2016 — Canberrans march to honour dead racing greyhounds July 24, 2016 — Greens announce greyhound transition package as Canberra marches for killed racing dogs July 24, 2016 — Hundreds turn out in Hobart to back state ban on greyhound racing July 24, 2016 — Dead racing greyhounds remembered in Brisbane's silent march calling for nationwide industry ban July 24, 2016 — Brisbane protesters call for end to local greyhound racing industry July 24, 2016 — Adelaide greyhound racing opponents push for data on adoption rates in South Australia July 24, 2016 — Protest calls for greyhound racing ban in Western Australia July 24, 2016 — The fight isn't over yet for greyhound welfare activists July 24, 2016 — Hundreds march in Manchester to mourn 90 years of greyhound deaths and injuries July 25, 2016 — Opinion: On the side of light July 26, 2016 — Kind Cartel's video of March for the Murdered Million rally in Sydney July 27, 2016

Florida ballot campaign collects more than 18,000 signatures June 13, 2016 — Seminole county commissioners try to block ballot initiative despite successful petition campaign June 29, 2016 — Greyhound lovers ask Seminole County commissioners for dog racing regulations July 26, 2016

Norwich man, 76, takes a wingwalk on a Stearman biplane to raise money for greyhound charity July 26, 2016

"Atrocious" video of NSW greyhound trainer allegedly using cattle prod on dog referred to police July 22, 2016 — Racing regulator's statement July 22, 2016 — Shocking footage shows a trainer use a cattle prod to repeatedly poke a greyhound moments before it starts a race July 22, 2016 — Another black eye for the dog racing industry July 22, 2016 — NSW police investigates trainer who allegedly used 6,000-volt cattle prod on greyhound July 22, 2016 — Police to investigate NSW greyhound worker July 24, 2016 — GRNSW admits video was sent to stewards in 2012 July 26, 2016

Prominent Victoria trainer found guilty over champion greyhound's positive test for cocaine June 23, 2016 — Greyhound is stripped of 2015 Distance Championship title July 26, 2016

Radio interview with Canberra Greens animal welfare spokesperson (online podcast) July 26, 2016

Labor MP plans to table petition in NSW legislature to trigger debate on greyhound racing ban July 26, 2016 — Horse racing industry fears greater animal welfare scrutiny after online poll shows 54% support for ban on dog racing July 26, 2016 — Greyhound registrations triple in NSW as owners seek to cash in on government financial assistance plan July 26, 2016 — Opinion: Social licence is a legitimate tool for government decision-making July 26, 2016

Opposition Liberals plan to make greyhound racing an issue in October's elections in the Australian Capital Territory July 25, 2016 — RSPCA slams Liberals position on greyhounds July 26, 2016

British trainer's dogs suspended pending investigation into an alleged "time-finding incident" July 25, 2016 — Trainer's contract terminated July 25, 2016

Victoria state greyhound breeding farm has been allowed to operate for ten years without proper permit March 11, 2016 — Planning tribunal rules against greyhound facility July 25, 2016

Radio interview with Queensland adoption group Greyhound New Beginnings (online podcast) July 25, 2016

New South Wales trainer is banned for life for offences related to live baiting July 25, 2016

Agreement means dog racing returns to Texas July 16, 2016 — Greyhound racing back on limited basis July 25, 2016

Community costs of greyhound racing industry in Canberra "often ignored" July 25, 2016

Mystery surrounds death of NSW greyhound trainer John Burrows, one year on July 24, 2016

Rescued N. Z. greyhounds Fox and Nikau are now living happily with their adoptive family July 24, 2016

Macau gives Canidrome two more years to move or close down July 21, 2016 — Historic Macau greyhound track instructed to close within two years July 21, 2016 — Countdown for Canidrome July 22, 2016 — Canidrome presented with ultimatum: close or move July 22, 2016

Animal Liberation Queensland research shows 30 greyhounds were euthanized at Queensland racetracks in first half of 2016 July 21, 2016 — Queensland greyhound racing stewards' reports over a 2.5 year period show that 125 dogs have died at racetracks after sustaining injuries July 22, 2016

UK greyhound left in parked car on hottest day of the year July 20, 2016 — British greyhound board heat advisory does not prescribe any maximum temperature for racing to be conducted July 20, 2016 — Anger as British dogs are made to race on hottest day of the year July 20, 2016 — Complaints after greyhounds raced on hottest day July 22, 2016

Greyhound Racing Victoria's adoption program completes its "Every Greyhound Has a Story" series of videos July 22, 2016

Proposed racetrack at Logan still on hold July 21, 2016 — Queensland government sending mixed signals about the future of Cronulla Park in Logan July 22, 2016

Protesters support demolition of greyhound stadium in Birmingham, U.K. May 26, 2016 — Greyhound track housing plans set for major step forward June 16, 2016 — Petition campaign opposes demolition of Hall Green stadium June 17, 2016 — Animal welfare groups back Hall Green Stadium demolition plan June 20, 2016 — Clash of opposing views shaping up for Thursday's council meeting June 20, 2016 — Planning committee votes to block Hall Green stadium demolition June 23, 2016 — Hopes of saving Hall Green Stadium fade as new report backs demolition July 15, 2016 — Stadium supporters remain defiant July 16, 2016 — Hall Green racetrack demolition is approved July 21, 2016

Tales of cruelty to greyhounds (YouTube video) July 21, 2016

British greyhound tests positive for vasodilator minoxidil July 21, 2016

Greens label Greyhound Racing inquiry a farce after more bones found at Hunter Valley track July 13, 2015 — GRNSW hires lawyer to investigate and review evidence July 13, 2015 — Independent report finds mass grave at Keinbah July 20, 2016 — At least 99 "underperforming" greyhounds killed, buried in mass grave in NSW: New forensic report July 20, 2016 — Report "realizes government's worst fears" July 20, 2016 — Property with mass greyhound grave was owned by members of one of Australia's most successful racing dynasties when killings took place July 21, 2016 — Racing industry tries to control the public relations damage July 21, 2016

Greyhound rescue group meets every Sunday in Washington, D.C. park (with TV news video) July 20, 2016

Poll shows strong support across Australia for nationwide ban of greyhound racing July 19, 2016 — Western Australia Greens call for ban on greyhound racing July 20, 2016

Why the McHugh Report is worth a read July 20, 2016 — Explained: Why NSW is banning greyhound racing July 20, 2016 — OPINION: The greyhound ban and the working man: What exactly does "working class culture" mean? July 20, 2016

Archival films are presented to mark 90 years of greyhound racing in Britain July 19, 2016

Report details concerns over doping in Irish greyhound industry July 19, 2016 — Irish Greyhound Board publishes doping and medication policy July 19, 2016

Anti-racing activists keen to see greyhounds run free in Tasmania July 19, 2016 — Rally to call for an end to greyhound racing in Tasmania July 19, 2016

New industry regulation governs disposal of racing greyhounds in NSW July 18, 2016 — Text of Regulation 2016NSW government will guide greyhound industry to an orderly and humane closure July 18, 2016 — Greyhound racing ban recognises the value of man's best friend July 18, 2016 — Opinion: It was long past time for the greyhound racing industry to be shut down July 18, 2016 — Frequently asked questions - GRNSW July 19, 2016 — Opinion: Not feasible to re-home greyhounds instead of banning racing July 19, 2016 — Analysis: Why horse racing isn't subject to the same scrutiny as dog racing July 19, 2016 — RSPCA doubts it can rehome up to 10,000 greyhounds if NSW racing industry is shut down July 19, 2016

Prominent Victorian trainer among latest batch of miscreants caught doping greyhounds July 19, 2016

Rally planned for today in Sydney to support the ban July 17, 2016 — Kind Cartel's video of the "Back the Ban" rally in Newtown, near Sydney July 17, 2016 — Dog owners vent outrage at Foley's support for greyhound racing July 17, 2016

Reason #192 to keep your greyhound on a leash in open public areas July 16, 2016

At least 40 greyhounds will be available at this Saturday's adoption event at Wentworth Park, Sydney July 16, 2016 — Dog adoption day sees record turnout July 16, 2016

My father loved racing greyhounds. He stopped because of the "dirty business" July 15, 2016 — 82 per cent want Australia-wide industry shutdown, poll finds July 15, 2016 — Should greyhound racing be banned Australia-wide? (TV debate with video and transcript) July 15, 2016 — Greyhound racing: gruesome facts that led to NSW ban July 16, 2016 — Track closures were planned well before the shutdown announcement, as part of a rationalization program July 16, 2016 — Greyhound racing sees states on different tracks July 16, 2016 — Tasmanian racing industry, RSPCA at odds over reaction to developments in NSW July 16, 2016 — Opinion: Racing dogs has had its day July 16, 2016

Australian nursing home adopts Sammy the greyhound April 26, 2016 — Sammy fits right in at the nursing home July 15, 2016

Greyhounds make great apartment dogs July 14, 2016

Jack the greyhound in Ann Arbor is recovering well from attack by two dogs July 14, 2016

Interim CEO of Greyhound Racing New South Wales resigns, citing industry's stubborn resistance to change July 13, 2016 — Federal deputy prime minister has no intention of reading the Commission of Inquiry report, but is undeterred from expressing an opinion July 13, 2016 — NSW deputy PM bites back at federal deputy PM July 14, 2016 — Racing ban becomes a political football July 14, 2016 — Admit it. Mike Baird has finally done something right with his greyhound racing ban July 14, 2016 — Wagering tax will provide $30 million to ease phaseout of greyhound racing in NSW July 14, 2016 — Premier meets with greyhound industry representatives July 14, 2016 — Premier dismisses charge that banning greyhound racing is "class warfare" July 14, 2016 — Animal law in the spotlight: Dog racing to end in NSW July 14, 2016 — Former racetrack veterinarian lifts the lid on greyhound racing cruelty (TV feature video, with transcript) July 14, 2016 — Trainer who live-baited greyhounds is still active in the industry (radio podcast) July 14, 2016 — Opinion: If you are part of the industry, you are part of the problem July 14, 2016

Stop sending Irish greyhounds to die on Chinese racing track, activists urge May 30, 2016 — Global rally to end greyhound export draws big crowds June 3, 2016 — A dogged attempt to end greyhound exports to China June 4, 2016 — Animal rights activists hopeful that Ireland will ban greyhound exports to Macau June 4, 2016 — Protest June 11 in Cork against exports of greyhounds to Macau (with video) June 9, 2016 — Independent Irish legislator grills government over greyhound exports (with video) June 10, 2016 — Racetrack in Cork is the site of tonight's protest against Irish greyhound exports to Macau June 11, 2016 — Protest at Irish consulate in Boston June 12, 2016 — Amateur video coverage of Cork protest June 17, 2016 — Irish government refuses to legislate, is content to rely on goodwill of airlines to stop transport of greyhounds to Macau July 13, 2016

Breed of the Month: Why we love Greyhounds July 13, 2016

Tasmanian Greens demand action as legislature's greyhound inquiry has stalled July 8, 2016 — Greens leader promises to deliver a minority report calling for ban on greyhound racing July 12, 2016

Former Greyhound trainer weighs in on the NSW ban July 11, 2016 — Both NSW ruling National Party and opposition Labor are split over the issue July 11, 2016 — Labor leader Luke Foley slammed for "captain's call" July 11, 2016 — No choice but to ban the dogs July 11, 2016 — Opinion: Greyhound racing has closed itself July 11, 2016 — Why the dogs turned men into monsters July 11, 2016 — Veterinarian defends greyhound ban July 12, 2016 — Opinion: What the hell is with NSW Labor? July 12, 2016 — NSW regulator suspends secondary race meetings indefinitely, pending review of its ability to oversee track safety and animal welfare July 12, 2016 — Australian Veterinary Association endorses ban July 12, 2016

Disused greyhound stadium in Cheshire likely to be replaced by housing November 11, 2015 — Housing scheme races ahead June 30, 2016 — Housing plans approved for former racing site July 6, 2016 — Work to begin in August on 141 new homes July 12, 2016

Great British Greyhound Walk goes global May 9, 2016 — How it all began 10 years ago May 31, 2016 — Humans join hounds for annual walk in Burton-on-Trent, June 19 May 31, 2016 — How a walk that started life in Essex went worldwide June 6, 2016 — Walk planned for Tauranga, N.Z. June 7, 2016 — Braintree greyhound charity walk now a global phenomenon to help retired breeds in need of care June 7, 2016 — Eight New Zealand towns will participate in the walk June 10, 2016 — Biggleswade, Bedfordshire walk June 14, 2016 — Blenheim, N.Z. walk June 15, 2016 — Winchester walk June 16, 2016 — Australia walks June 17, 2016 — Upton Country Park, Dorset walk June 18, 2016 — Twenty greyhounds walked in Pukekura Park in New Plymouth, N.Z. June 19, 2016 — Nine greyhounds, two labradors and a doberman walked in Invercargill, N.Z. June 19, 2016 — Blenheim, N.Z. walk (with video) June 21, 2016 — Over 4,700 dogs walked in 152 locations around the world (figure later revised to more than 5,000) June 21, 2016 — GGGW in New Zealand July 12, 2016

Move over, Golden Retrievers: There's a new family dog in town July 11, 2016

Greyhound Rescue Wales opens fourth retail charity shop in Cardiff July 11, 2016

Rescued greyhounds have unique needs: Consider these 3 facts before adopting one July 11, 2016 — Adopt a Greyhound - You won't regret it! July 11, 2016

Greyhound trainers ditch fight to have live baiting footage thrown out July 11, 2016 — Live baiting scandal: Top Victoria greyhound trainers to plead guilty on animal cruelty charges July 11, 2016

New South Wales Premier Baird answers critics July 9, 2016 — Victoria residents fear influx of greyhound trainers and kennels from neighbouring New South Wales July 9, 2016 — Greyhound industry is a victim of society's changing tastes July 9, 2016 — Greyhound adoption now more important than ever July 9, 2016 — How a single phone call triggered the newspaper investigation that led to the demise of greyhound racing in NSW July 10, 2016 — New South Wales RSPCA warns of impending "meltdown" in animal welfare faciities, putting future in doubt for the racing industry's castoffs July 10, 2016 — Bad sports: Romanticising the greyhound industry doesn't change the facts July 10, 2016 — Federal senator wants to set up a parliamentary inquiry into the closure of the NSW greyhound industry July 10, 2016 — Breeders, owners, and trainers say they have tens of millions of dollars to wage legal fight against the NSW government July 10, 2016 — Despite cries of poverty, cashed-up greyhound industry goes to war with government July 10, 2016

More positive drug tests in British greyhounds July 8, 2016

Incomplete figures show at least 77 dogs euthanized at race tracks in Western Australia since 2013 July 8, 2016

New South Wales government accepts report's recommendation to shut down the greyhound racing industry July 7, 2016 — New South Wales premier and racing minister announce plans to ban greyhound racing (YouTube video) July 7, 2016 — Official government media release July 7, 2016 — Download the Commission of Inquiry report here July 7, 2016 — Key findings of the Inquiry July 7, 2016 — Animal welfare groups are delighted July 7, 2016 — Industry participants mulling possible legal action to stop the shutdown July 7, 2016 — Comment: New South Wales government is looking at it from the dogs' point of view July 7, 2016 — Seven horrifying reasons the NSW greyhound racing industry has been shut down July 7, 2016 — Opinion: Greyhound racing culture is terminally ill and has to go July 8, 2016 — Prominent dog breeder and trainer says the industry failed to police itself; but his wife has been disqualified three times since 2005 after dogs failed drug tests July 8, 2016

RSPCA calls for Australian Capital Territory government to end funding of greyhound industry in Canberra June 17, 2016 — Greyhound rescue group in Canberra agrees with RSPCA demand July 4, 2016 — Australian Capital Territory will follow NSW's lead and close down dog racing July 7, 2016

New South Wales greyhound, disoriented after falling during a race, escapes from the the track and disappears June 27, 2016 — Racing regulator shuts down track over multiple concerns for greyhound safety July 7, 2016

Owner of cat torn apart by greyhounds wants an apology from the dogs' owner July 6, 2016

London mayor says decision on Wimbledon FC stadium plans will come "sooner rather than later" June 16, 2016 — Surge in season ticket sales boosts Wimbledon football club's case for stadium to replace greyhound track at Plough Lane July 5, 2016 — Wimbledon track struggles as dog racing industry spirals into decline July 6, 2016

Irish Agriculture Minister dismisses concerns about cruel hare coursing (Video) June 8, 2016 — Minister refuses to ban hare coursing June 10, 2016 — Independent Irish legislator calls for outright ban on hare coursing June 11, 2016 — Irish legislators debate hare coursing June 24, 2016 — Bill to ban hare coursing is defeated in the Irish Dail by a vote of 114-20 June 30, 2016 — Opinion: Hare coursing and the new politics July 1, 2016 — Opinion: Barbaric hare coursing is not a blood sport, its a blood industry July 5, 2016

38 greyhounds are being put down a month in Ireland May 23, 2016 — Hundreds of discarded racing greyhounds are put down annually in Irish dog pounds July 1, 2016 — Of 366 greyhounds seized, strayed, or surrendered to Irish pounds, 203 were "euthanized" last year July 4, 2016

Greyhounds save other dogs' lives by giving blood July 4, 2016

New Zealand racing industry integrity chief is embroiled in a sex scandal May 29, 2016 — Integrity chief resigns July 4, 2016

NSW trainer fined $1000 after greyhound tests positive for oxazepam July 4, 2016

Rugby superstar becomes an "ambassador" for Racing Queensland July 4, 2016

Fenbank Greyhound Sanctuary hosts Women's Institute tour of the premises July 3, 2016

Inquiry opened after drug raid on NSW greyhound breeder/trainer July 1, 2016

Opinion: Greyhound industry in Victoria must stop the disappearance of its dogs: Current adoption program is insufficient June 30, 2016

Every greyhound has a story: Aged care (Video) June 3, 2016 — Brunswick greyhounds lift spirits of elderly and disadvantaged June 30, 2016

Mosley the rescued greyhound does zoomies in the snow in his Batman pyjamas January 3, 2014 —Mosley has learned how to accept and give affection June 28, 2016 — Mosley does zoomies on the bed June 30, 2016

Three trainers and two track officials found guilty of rule breaches March 21, 2016 — Five men found guilty over Boxing Day greyhound mixup March 22, 2016 — Fines and reprimands issued to five men May 19, 2016 — Industry regulator absolves itself of responsibility for the scandal June 30, 2016

Shortage of dogs forces Canidrome to reduce number of races by a third May 30, 2016 — Editorial: Closing the Canidrome is "the right thing to do" June 1, 2016 — Six reasons to close the Canidrome June 10 2016 — Macau's Canidrome is unwanted and inconvenient June 12, 2016 — Widespread support in Macau for closing the Canidrome June 21, 2016 — Decision expected in July on closure of Macau's Canidrome June 29, 2016

Actor Anthony Head welcomes rescue dogs into his Somerset home to celebrate greyhound rescue charity's birthday June 29, 2016

Disgraced Queensland greyhound trainer due back in court June 29 June 22, 2016 — Trial date set for October 6 June 29, 2016

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