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are reading now, is preserved as it was during Rufus's life (except for the replacement, from time to time, of some outdated hotlinks and other material).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

Gambling industry ponders future of betting on animals in light of Florida racing ban November 12, 2018 — Attitudes to "animal sports" betting are changing November 12, 2018

Welsh greyhound sanctuary marks 25th anniversary November 12, 2018

Irish Retired Greyhound Trust has rehomed a mere 5300 dogs in the past decade November 10, 2018 — Oscar-nominated film director Lenny Abrahamson urges Irish dog lovers to adopt a greyhound or lurcher November 12, 2018

Voters put greyhound racing in America on its last legs November 8, 2018 — How the vote to end Florida greyhound racing won, and what comes next November 9, 2018 — Kansas, with no active dog racing tracks, will still feel the impact of Florida's vote November 9, 2018 — Greyhound numbers are much smaller than the fear-mongers are claiming November 9, 2018 — Pensacola race track undecided as to when it will close November 9, 2018 — No reason to panic about greyhound adoptions in Florida; statistics are overblown November 11, 2018

Veterinary professor's 25-page report on U.K. greyhound injuries is available for free download November 9, 2018 — Greyhound racing: Is it time for a ban? November 10, 2018

Irish trainers convicted of live baiting still have full access to greyhounds and other small animals April 13, 2017 — Owen McKenna launches court challenge over fines and forfeitures for greyhound doping November 13, 2017 — High Court hearing began today October 11, 2018 — McKenna loses appeal against fines and forfeitures November 9, 2018

Peter and Jodie Lagogiane trained winner of world's richest greyhound race October 20, 2018 — And you thought America was going to the dogs November 9, 2018

RSPCA condemns decision to build greyhound breeding facility in Murray Bridge, South Australia July 20, 2018 — Petition campaign launched against breeding facility July 23, 2018 — Citizens are challenging Council decision in Court October 3, 2018 — December 19 is target date for first official race at Murray Bridge November 9, 2018

Greyhound racing threatened in Iowa November 8, 2018 — Iowa Greyhound Park still hanging on, thanks to subsidies November 9, 2018 — Track could suffer further revenue loss, since many go there to bet on Florida races November 8, 2018

Canberra politician may have violated conflict of interest rules by accepting free $300 rental from racing industry November 8, 2018

Arkansas voters will decide in November on proposal to add a casino to Southland Greyhound Park September 5, 2018 — Detailed information on the casino ballot proposal October 4, 2018 — Voters passed casino gambling expansion measure, giving greyhound track a new lease on life November 7, 2018

Amendment 13 to end dog racing passes November 6, 2018 — Greyhound racing Amendment 13 passes in Florida, phasing out sport by 2020 November 6, 2018 — Timeline to Florida victory November 6, 2018 — Sarasota Kennel Club plans to run another full season of dog races November 7, 2018 — Melbourne Greyhound Park will carry on November 7, 2018 — Palm Beach Kennel Club plans to continue racing for two years, and pledges all dogs will be rehomed November 7, 2018 — Is the era of greyhound racing finally over? November 7, 2018 — Both sides expect a gradual shutdown over the next two years November 7, 2018 — Victorious Committee to Protect Dogs plans outreach effort to find homes for racing dogs November 7, 2018 — Derby Lane racetrack plans to carry on racing through 2020 November 7, 2018

Industry grumbles as Gosford track in New South Wales is closed for repairs September 6, 2017 — After $750,000 spent on fixing the track, Gosford will reopen November 27 November 6, 2018

Two metre long snake stops greyhound races at Western Australia track November 6, 2018

More celebrity endorsements for Florida's Amendment 13 campaign October 24, 2018 — Ellen DeGeneres, Uzo Aduba, and Owen Wilson fight to end Florida’s greyhound racing industry October 25, 2018 — Racing has killed 460 Florida greyhounds in the last five years October 25, 2018 — Opinion: No, a vote to ban greyhound racing is not a vote to end fishing, hunting and life as we know it in Florida, no matter what they tell you October 26, 2018 — YES on 13 campaign advisor confident of win on November 6 October 26, 2018 — Jacksonville Socialists recommend a Yes vote on Amendment 13 October 27, 2018 — Floridians deciding greyhound racing's future October 28, 2018 — Will November 6 be Greyhound Independence Day in Florida? October 29, 2018 — Time to consider amendment about greyhound racing October 30, 2018 — Floridians have a chance to ban cruel greyhound racing when they go to the polls October 30, 2018 — Race to the finish October 31, 2018 — Lara Trump at "edge of victory" to end Florida dog racing November 1, 2018 — What will happen if Amendment 13 passes? November 2, 2018 — Dog racing compounds in Florida, 2018 (YouTube vide) November 2, 2018 — Amendment 13 faces "uncertain prospects" November 3, 2018 — Ten good reasons to vote for Amendment 13 November 3, 2018 — Pensacola News Journal says vote Yes, condemns "bizarre and dishonest" claims from racing supporters November 3, 2018— Dog racing compounds in Florida 2018 (YouTube video) November 3, 2018 — Late polls show a clear majority support ban on dog racing, but may fall short of 60% level required to pass Amendment 13 November 4, 2018 — News feature video about the vote on November 6 November 4, 2018 — Florida Times-Union says: Vote YES on 13 — November 4, 2018 — Election day could mean the end of greyhound racing in Florida November 5, 2018 — Florida League of Women Voters supports Amendment 13 November 5, 2018 — A vet's duty to dogs is a YES vote tomorrow November 5, 2018 — Florida breeder says he gave it up out of concern for the greyhounds November 5, 2018

Hong Kong greyhound rescuers describe current situation in Macau as a "fiasco" October 20, 2018 — Only 1 in 10 Macau greyhounds adopted so far November 3, 2018 — Save the Macau greyhounds - A YouTube documentary November 4, 2018

Forever Hounds Trust reports on APDAWG meeting, Oct. 31 November 1, 2018 — Greyt Exploitations reports on APDAWG meeting November 3, 2018 — Self-regulation has not worked in Britain and never will/a> November 3, 2018

Queensland's Greyhound Adoption Program to be at Brisbane Dog Lovers Show this weekend November 1, 2018

Ammunition, knuckle dusters, steroids, and euthanasia drugs discovered in raids on several New South Wales properties; two men charged September 22, 2017 — John and Wayne Vanderburg plead guilty as charged November 7, 2017 — Vanderburg brothers suspected of race-fixing November 7, 2017 — No jail time, just fines for the Vanderburgs November 21, 2017 — John Vanderburg is "warned off" greyhound racetracks for two years October 31, 2018

Heartbreaking video shows effect of fireworks on a poorly-socialized greyhound October 29, 2018 — Video goes viral October 31, 2018

Galgos: How rescue greyhounds became fashionable in Barcelona October 29, 2018

Pressure mounts in the U.K. for better greyhound welfare regulation October 28, 2018 — There are currently no regulations concerning the treatment of greyhounds while in trainers' kennels, where they spend 95% of their time October 28, 2018

Editorial: Queensland government should share some of the POCT revenue with the racing industry June 16, 2018 — Racing Queensland to receive $38 million windfall next year from new POC betting tax September 29, 2018 — Queensland horse racing industry threatens to strike for a share of the PC tax revenues October 4, 2018 — Strike action planned for October 27 October 6, 2018 — Queensland POC tax will pay for a new greyhound rack October 9, 2018 — Queensland government caves in to horse racers on the eve of the strike, promises $26 million extra prize money October 26, 2018

South Australian trainer Brian Wels disqualified for 6 months after greyhound fails drug test for Salbutamol October 25, 2018 — South Australian trainer Simon Gesler receives a wholly suspended disqualification for ignoring several orders to improve hygiene and maintenance at his greyhound kennel October 25, 2018

Towcester racecourse in England goes into bankruptcy protection as administrator is appointed August 16, 2018 — Track lays off majority of its employees August 16, 2018 — Possible buyers are watching developments August 18, 2018 — British Horseracing Authority will decide the fate of Towcester August 23, 2018 — 25 buyers lining up to purchase some or all of Towcester September 11, 2018 — Administrator plans to sell to preferred buyer on November 5 October 25, 2018

Victoria state trainer's greyhound failed two tests for methamphetamine and amphetamine; he gets suspended for four months October 24, 2018

New South Wales government finds bizarre ways to give away unclaimed gambling money October 22, 2018 — Government gave $850,000 of unclaimed gambling money to finance a Jackie Chan movie in 2016 October 23, 2018 — Critic called film "nonsensical garbage" October 24, 2018

Florida's Attorney-general and Lara Trump blame "crony capitalism" for the continued existence of greyhound racing October 20, 2018 — Greyhound industry using scare tactics to fight a battle it already lost in state Supreme Court October 22, 2018 — Greyhound breeders are already cutting back in anticipation of a Florida racing ban October 22, 2018 — Greyhound breeders holding off on breeding until after November 6 October 22, 2018 — Opinion: Greyhound racing hurts dogs, wastes tax money October 23, 2018 — Animal shelter becomes target for racing industry dirty tricks (with TV news video) October 23, 2018 — Will voters decide to ban greyhound racing? (with TV news video) October 23, 2018

Victoria government gives $25,000 to Melbourne Cup race event October 18, 2018 — Government promises another $4 million if re-elected next month October 18, 2018 — Vic government gives $200,000 to Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club October 22, 2018

New South Wales government throws more taxpayer money at the racing industry July 30, 2018 — NSW Government spends half a million dollars to fund "Australia's Richest Greyhound Race" July 31, 2018 — World's first $1 million greyhound race announced for Sydney July 31, 2018 — Huge boost to dog racing industry July 31, 2018 — A "taxpayer-funded apology" to the racing industry July 31, 2018 — Greens call the development "sickening" July 31, 2018 — Opponents of greyhound racing are already planning a protest demonstration at the final event October 20 July 31, 2018 — Racing insiders criticize government for not spending even more money on them August 1, 2018 — Comment: Political courage gone to the dogs after government switch on greyhound racing August 2, 2018 — Comment: As greyhound racing gets more money, dogs still have plenty of friends August 3, 2018 — Comment: Cruelty continues despite "reforms" August 4, 2018 — Protest planned at Wentworth Park August 6, 2018 — Government's half a million dollars is to come from the Community Development Fund September 3, 2018 — Government and racing regulators desperate to avoid embarrassing animal welfare issues in "Million Dollar Chase" events October 4, 2018 — Entertainers pull out of performing at Million Dollar race finals October 9, 2018 — Australian protesters defy thunderstorm at world's richest dog race October 20, 2018

Florida "Yes" campaign announces first list of endorsers July 6, 2018 — More endorsements announced July 10, 2018 — Still more endorsements July 13, 2018 — Fourth batch of endorsements released July 18, 2018 — Fifth batch of endorsements released July 27, 2018 — Sixth batch of endorsements July 31, 2018 — Sixty-one pro-racing adoption groups declare opposition to banning greyhound racing August 1, 2018 — 57 local businesses across Florida endorse the ban August 3, 2018 — Lara Trump supports Amendment 13 August 3, 2018 — Adoption groups join battle over Amendment 13 August 17, 2018 — Margate becomes 4th Florida city to officially endorse Amendment 13 October 3, 2018 — Florida Today editorial board endorses Amendment 13 October 4, 2018 — Naples Daily News editorial board endorses YES on 13 October 8, 2018 — Sarasota Herald-Tribune endorses Amendment 13 October 15, 2018 — Amendment 13 proponents cite dog injuries as reason to ban greyhound racing in Florida (with TV news video) October 16, 2018 — Another YES on 13 TV ad October 17, 2018 — Daily Commercial News says "Vote Yes on 13" October 20, 2018

Greyhound Racing New South Wales issues three-year "strategic plan" October 18, 2018

U.K.'s "Kinsley study" concludes "economic euthanasia" is unnecessary October 17, 2018

Macau government inaction and ineptitude leads to last-minute cancellation of greyhound relocation plans October 4, 2018 — Government gives Canidrome three-day deadline to find another location and move 500 greyhounds there October 4, 2018 — Government to conduct last-minute inspection of proposed greyhound relocation site on Saturday October 6, 2018 — Animal welfare group Anima makes a proposal to the government for the care and adoption of the dogs October 6, 2018 — Relocation site fails government inspection; government takes ownership of the dogs and they will stay in the Canidrome October 6, 2018 — Anima president offers resignation after the organization is denied access to the Canidrome dogs October 8, 2018 — Anima brokers deal to allow greyhounds to be adopted out despite any litigation over the closure of the Canidrome October 10, 2018 — 300 greyhounds from Macau's Canidrome have periodontal disease October 17, 2018

Exposé reveals sick, injured, stressed greyhounds imprisoned and used as blood donors by Hemopet in California October 11, 2018 — PETA news release October 12, 2018 — Hemopet disputes abuse claims October 12, 2018 — Protesters to demand release of Hemopet greyhounds October 15, 2018 — Garden Grove greyhound “rescue” allegedly profits off of racing dog blood October 16, 2018

Area planning committee in Durham County, U.K. denies request to allow conversion of a barn to greyhound kennels October 15, 2018 — Residents concerned with noise October 15, 2018

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