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you are reading now, is preserved as it was during Rufus's life (except for the replacement, from time to time, of some outdated hotlinks and other material).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

National Party members of NSW Legislative Assembly who voted against the government on greyhound racing ban are demoted from positions as parliamentary secretaries August 26, 2016 — MPs dumped after greyhound vote August 26, 2016

Australian prime minister thinks NSW racing ban was an "over-reaction" August 25, 2016 — Satire on the previous item August 26, 2016 — Opinion poll shows popular support for greyhound racing ban: 51% For; 31.4% Against August 26, 2016

Virgin Australia and Jetpets airlines team up to provide free transport of rescue dogs to their forever homes in Australia August 26, 2016

Greyhound races in Cairns, Queensland are cancelled due to lack of dogs nominated to run August 25, 2016

Greyhound Racing Victoria presents its inaugural welfare award August 25, 2016

NSW government will use tax revenue from wagers placed on out-of-state races to fund transition costs for the dog racing industry August 25, 2016

Second annual greyhound fundraising walkathon to be held in Essex, Ontario September 25 August 24, 2016

Actress Pauline McLynn leads Dublin protest against exporting greyhounds to Macau August 21, 2016 — Still unclear whether Macau's Canidrome will close down or relocate August 24, 2016

Sixteen greyhound on-track deaths in Tasmania in first half of 2016 August 17, 2016 — Previously secret statistics show 3 racing greyhounds die every 2 days in Tasmania August 18, 2016 — View and download the 31 page list of dead geyhounds August 19, 2016 — Tasmania state government sticks by the racing industry despite death toll August 19, 2016 — Tasmanian House of Assembly gives dog racing industry a vote of confidence August 25, 2016

Greens call for ban on greyhound racing in Western Australia August 25, 2016

Greyhound racing reform group endorses candidates in Florida primaries August 24, 2016

No jail time or fines for Victoria greyhound racing industry leaders convicted of multiple animal cruelty offences August 18, 2016 — Four more Victoria state men sentenced in court on live baiting offences August 24, 2016

Meet rescued greyhounds available for adoption at Essex Dog Day this Sunday August 24, 2016

New South Wales parliament passes dog racing ban legislation August 24, 2016 — Text of the Greyhound Racing Prohibition Act, 2016 (.pdf document) August 24, 2016 — Greyhound trainers "devastated" by racing ban legislation, vow to keep fighting August 24, 2016

Cruelty fears over proposed Victoria greyhound farm August 22, 2016 — Local planning committee says no to Greyhound farm August 23, 2016

NSW government backbencher pledges to vote with the opposition on the greyhound ban legislation August 18, 2016 — Nationals MP Kevin Humphries declares opposition to Baird proposal August 18, 2016 — Humphries appears to be the only Nationals MP who will vote against the ban August 22, 2016 — NSW member of parliament receives personal threats from racing industry supporters August 23, 2016 — Debate begins in NSW Legislative Assembly over greyhound racing ban August 23, 2016

Tasmanian greyhound trainer faces animal cruelty charges in court August 23, 2016

ACT government preparing to help greyhound racing industry transition during phaseout August 11, 2016 — Canberra greyhound club to meet with ACT government on Tuesday August 19, 2016 — Racing lobbyists meet with ACT minister to protest ban August 23, 2016

Jack the greyhound in Ann Arbor is recovering well from attack by two dogs July 14, 2016 — Jack is recovering from his injuries August 22, 2016

John Cauchi becomes first New South Wales person to be banned for life for offences related to live baiting, since the scandal broke in February 2015 July 25, 2016 — Ian Morgan becomes the second August 22, 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 — Mayor sends the file back to local council for final decision August 22, 2016 — Racing industry publication declares Wimbledon track dead August 22, 2016

NSW trainer disqualified for 36 weeks after greyhound fails test for caffeine August 22, 2016

Disgraced Queensland greyhound trainer due back in court June 29 June 22, 2016 — Trial date set for October 6 June 29, 2016 — Trial date changed to Oct. 7 August 22, 2016

Patience required - but giving a rescue greyhound a new home is so rewarding August 22, 2016 — Why rescuing a greyhound will benefit your physical and mental health August 22, 2016

Alex Ferguson, who heads crisis counselling service for gambling addicts, predicts suicides will result from ban of NSW dog racing August 12, 2016 — Head of crisis counselling service disassociates the organization from Alex Ferguson's remarks August 21, 2016

Sheffield Retired Greyhound Trust holds greyhound walk to celebrate the anniversary of the opening of Owlerton dog racing stadium August 20, 2016

Task Force begins work on transitioning to end of greyhound racing August 16, 2016 — New South Wales transition task force confirms financial assistance will be available to the industry August 16, 2016 — Task force holding meetings with industry representatives August 19, 2016 — Task force meets in Newcastle August 19, 2016

Remains of "at least seven" greyhounds found in bushland north of Newcastle, NSW August 14, 2016 — Bones removed by persons unknown before RSPCA arrived on the scene August 15, 2016 — Dog bones tampered with after grisly Swan Bay find August 15, 2016 — RSPCA confirms at least one of the dogs suffered a "horrific death" (with TV news video) August 15, 2016 — Forensic examination confirms bones were of a young greyhound August 19, 2016

New Jersey Greyhound Adoption Program meet & greet set for Aug. 26 in Flemington August 19, 2016

Forty greyhounds rescued from deplorable conditions on a property in Tulsa, Oklahoma August 14, 2016 — The dogs were used for hunting coyotes August 16, 2016 — Rescued greyhounds will be put up for adoption by the Humane Society August 18, 2016

Opinion: Sydney newspaper trots out "washed-up celebrities" to defend greyhound racing August 18, 2016

GRNSW rehoming policy August 17, 2016

California teen uses 3D printer to make prosthetics and splints for broken-leg racing greyhounds (with TV news video) July 27, 2016 — Teen's ingenuity gets animals back on their feet August 15, 2016 — Creature comfort & care: Teenage nonprofit founder saves injured animals with a 3D printer August 16, 2016

Tia Lurcher & Greyhound Rescue holds special event August 28 (video) August 16, 2016

NSW National Party MP tells Australian deputy prime minister to "butt out" of the state's debate on ending greyhound racing August 16, 2016

10-year-old schoolgirl raises 7,000 for greyhound rescue (with video) August 16, 2016

Disappointed NSW dog racers plan to form a new political party August 16, 2016

Tasmanian racing industry pledges to find homes for all used-up greyhounds by 2019 — except the ones with health or behaviour problems August 15, 2016 — Canberra Greyhound Racing Club pledges to do the same as Tasmania pledges, if government reverses plan to ban dog racing August 15, 2016 — Greens cast doubt on Tasmanian greyhound rehoming plan August 16, 2016

New South Wales racing regulator updates its drug testing policy August 16, 2016

Bill passes quickly, now goes to Legislative Assembly August 10, 2016 — Bill introduced Thursday morning in Legislative Assembly, to be debated later in August August 11, 2016 — Summary of bill's provisions August 15, 2016

Adoptive family seeks return of greyhound repossessed by GPA-MN adoption agency August 15, 2016

Death threats made against NSW deputy premier over greyhound ban August 15, 2016

Adventures in Zero Tolerance: South Australia trainer has 10-year ban reduced to seven years, after fifth doping offence; Queensland trainer gets suspended fine for desvenlafaxine positive swab; Another Qld. trainer gets three-year suspension for seven charges of steroid and cobalt doping; NSW trainer gets 18-week suspension for positive caffeine swab; Another NSW trainer gets three-month suspension three years after dog tested positive for steroid metabolites; etc. etc. August 15, 2016

Puff the tripod greyhound from Florida finds her forever home in Indiana August 14, 2016

Proposed new greyhound and harness racing track in Gold Coast gets favourable review from Queensland's racing minister August 13, 2016

CEO of Greyhounds Western Australia abruptly resigns August 12, 2016

South Australian Greens call for parliamentary inquiry as that state's racing regulator refuses to disclose "wastage" statistics July 27, 2016 — NSW Greens propose 7-point animal welfare plan for greyhound industry winding up July 28, 2016 — Australian Greens launch national campaign to ban greyhound racing August 8, 2016 — Western Australia Greens call for ban on greyhound racing August 11, 2016

Video of the March for the Murdered Million in Brisbane, Australia on July 24, 2016 August 11, 2016

Greyhound meet & greet held in Metairie, Louisiana August 10, 2016

Video of protest demonstration in Buenos Aires against galgo racing in Argentina August 10, 2016

Reason #194 to keep your greyhound on a leash in open public areas August 10, 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 — Public hearing on proposed Greyhound Protection Act set for Aug. 9 August 8, 2016 — Opinion: I look forward to voting to protect greyhounds in Seminole County August 9, 2016 — No need for a plebiscite, as county commissioners agree to regulate greyhound registration and welfare August 10, 2016

Opinion: New Zealand should follow the lead of New South Wales and ban greyhound racing August 10, 2016

Second-quarter report shows 39 additional on-track fatalities in NSW August 9, 2016

Western Australia's new "state of the art" Cannington greyhound track is closed for at least two weeks because of an unsafe track surface August 9, 2016

Profile of Brightside Farm Sanctuary for rescued animals in Tasmania July 29, 2016 — Tasmanian government refuses to fund Brightside's greyhound adoption work, despite proof that it rehomes more greyhounds than the racing industry does August 9, 2016

New South Wales Supreme Court hears brief arguments and adjourns the racing industry's case to September 29 August 9, 2016

GBOTA offers four guarantees to NSW government in exchange for cancelling the ban August 9, 2016

New Zealand MP to attend Greyhounds As Pets greyhound walk Aug. 14 August 9, 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 — ACT government's animal services agency publishes special edition of its newsletter on adopting greyhounds August 9, 2016

Mother and child find greyhound beaten to death in a graveyard in Clonmel, Ireland August 8, 2016

2,000 reward on offer after starved, abused, and mutilated greyhound is found dead in Lancashire January 29, 2016 — BBC News picks up the story January 31, 2016 — Artistic tribute to Petal the greyhound is placed at the site where her body was discovered August 8, 2016

Greyhound racing club in NSW is fined $1,000 for allowing ineligible dog to race August 7, 2016

Derby Lane in St. Petersburg, Florida, is still the state's most deadly dog track August 7, 2016

Big dogs are a perfect fit for small homes August 6, 2016

Animal Welfare League Queensland launches greyhound fostering and adoption campaign August 5, 2016 — AWLQ looking for greyhound fosterers August 5, 2016 — Household foster care gives greyhounds a chance August 6, 2016 — Queensland racing industry's adoption program goes from 57 to 230 dogs placed per year August 6, 2016

Irish Retired Greyhound Trust looking for people to adopt the industry's cast-offs August 5, 2016

Gunnar the greyhound is a super therapy dog for autistic children in North Carolina August 5, 2016

Scottish greyhound breeder jailed for 9 years for drug trafficking August 5, 2016

Greyhound veterinarian Robert Zammit supports NSW racing ban (radio podcast) August 4, 2016 — University students debate the ban August 4, 2016 — Gambling industry expects NSW bettors to switch to other gambling alternatives once greyhound racing is gone August 4, 2016 — NSW government ignored warnings four years ago from greyhound racing integrity chief August 5, 2016 — Head of GRNSW was shocked and disappointed by the plan to ban the industry August 5, 2016

Transcripts show trainer who was publicly allied with Labor Party opposition to the NSW racing ban cares more about money than the welfare of greyhounds August 3, 2016 — Cessnock greyhound trainer Bob Whitelaw says he "never, ever" used live bait August 4, 2016 — Opinion: NSW Labor's integrity has gone to the dogs August 4, 2016 — NSW Labor looks for the biggest dope, and finds him close to home August 5, 2016

U.K. racetrack stages Afghan Hound race to raise funds for retired greyhounds August 4, 2016

General manager of RSPCA Tasmania says dog racing should be banned unless every greyhound is assured of a home after racing August 4, 2016

Handy greyhound facts and other reasons to adopt a large pointy dog today August 4, 2016

NSW premier has no intention to shut down horse racing August 4, 2016

NSW Liberal MP speaks out against decision to ban greyhound racing August 1, 2016 — Three Liberal backbenchers speak out against racing ban August 1, 2016 — Liberal and National parties hold caucus meetings to discuss proposed ban on greyhound racing, ahead of Tuesday's resumption of NSW parliament session August 2, 2016 — Premier Baird stands firm August 2, 2016 — Racing industry stages protest rally in Sydney, presents petition against racing ban August 2, 2016 — Chairman of racing regulator from 2003 to 2012 insists he had no idea live baiting was taking place during those nine years August 3, 2016

New South Wales government begins "Dogs Deserve Better" public education campaign August 2, 2016

All Ireland Retired Greyhound Show (YouTube video) August 2, 2016

NSW newspaper uses greyhound's serious racing injury to show the industry's compassion for the dogs August 2, 2016

Wolverhampton Retired Greyhound Trust is desperate for a new place to keep their kennels, as current property is to be sold by owner August 1, 2016

New South Wales MP says racing industry's money would be better spent on cleaning up their act than on anti-government advertising July 31, 2016 — Racing industry objects to NSW government advertising of findings of the Special Commission of Inquiry August 1, 2016

NSW trainer/breeder disqualified for 9 months and fined $800 for a number of offences involving cruelty and neglect July 29, 2016 — Text of steward's decisionGunnedah greyhound trainer Janet Silver disqualified August 1, 2016

Newly-released photographs of greyhound cruelty give validation to industry shutdown in NSW July 31, 2016 — Opposition Labor Party believes cruelty of greyhound racing industry in NSW can be reformed away July 31, 2016

Reason #193 to keep your greyhound on a leash in open public areas July 30, 2016

Veterinarians and vet students speak up in support of greyhound racing ban July 29, 2016 — New South Wales greyhound racing industry launches legal challenge against shutdown July 29, 2016 — Legal battle begins over NSW government ban July 29, 2016 — Greyhound racing industry dogged to its death by "social licence" July 30, 2016 — Industry launches challenge to "impossible" measure July 30, 2016

Wendy the Indiana greyhound survives weeks of intensive care and rehab for rare disease July 29, 2016

Peter the greyhound is looking for a home in New Jersey July 29, 2016

Gentle dogs seek escape from abuse and captivity — Can you help? July 29, 2016

Queensland judge rules secret video footage of live-baiting activities is admissible as evidence in criminal court, in the public interest July 29, 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 trainers may face charges over mass slaughter July 28, 2016 — Forensic investigators retained as new allegations are made of mass greyhound graves elsewhere in New South Wales July 29, 2016

Trainer who live-baited greyhounds is still active in the industry (radio podcast) July 14, 2016 — Interim suspension of Harry Sarkis is announced July 28, 2016 — Sydney greyhound trainer suspended over alleged live baiting July 28, 2016 — Greyhound trainer suspended and investigated for luring and baiting offences July 28, 2016 — Suspended greyhound trainer hits back July 28, 2016 — Sarkis denies wrongdoing and slams GRNSW for targeting him July 28, 2016 — Two trainers suspended as dog industry seeks support July 29, 2016 — Interim suspension of Harry Sarkis is lifted until August 3 July 29, 2016

Firefighters save UK greyhound from burning house July 28, 2016

British trainer's dogs suspended pending investigation into an alleged "time-finding incident" July 25, 2016 — Trainer's contract terminated July 25, 2016 — Romford dog track ends contract of top trainer Jim Reynolds over integrity questions July 28, 2016

Video: International update 2016 July 28, 2016

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

Australian RSPCA's "greyhound issues" webpage July 28, 2016

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