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are reading now, is preserved as it was during Rufus's life (except for the replacement, from time to time, of some outdated hotlinks and other material).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

Western Australian parliamentary committee delivers report critical of RSPCA's animal welfare activity May 19, 2016 — Download majority and minority committee reports here (11.02 MB .pdf)RSPCA response to the report May 19, 2016 — Committee says RSPCA should require Agriculture Department's approval before commencing prosecutions May 19, 2016 — Report recommends that RSPCA declare there is "no evidence" of live baiting of greyhounds in W.A. May 27, 2016

New South Wales trainer suspended for ten weeks after greyhound fails drug test May 27, 2016

Government commissions year-long "independent study" of greyhound racing by University of Macau October 4, 2015 — Canidrome contract extended for another year November 24, 2015 — Study has been completed and given to Macau government May 19, 2016 — Interview with Albano Martins, leader of the movement in Macau to shut down the Canidrome dog racing track May 21, 2016 — Decision expected in "one or two months" on the fate of the Canidrome May 26, 2016 — Albano Martins is negotiating with airlines to keep greyhounds out of the Canidrome May 27, 2016

Protesters support demolition of greyhound stadium in Birmingham, U.K. May 26, 2016

British protesters demonstrate on Thursday at the Irish embassy in London against exports of greyhounds to China (amateur video) May 26, 2016

West Virginia looks for ways to balance the budget (with news video) May 25, 2016 — Bill in West Virginia legislature would redirect greyhound breeding development funds to road repairs May 26, 2016

Call for foster homes after 50-60 greyhounds rescued from a kennel in Mobile, Alabama May 16, 2016 — How the greyhound rescue community responded to this crisis Undated

Irish Greyhound Board running into opposition to its plans to sell Harold's Cross stadium in Dublin May 25, 2016

Greyhounds slaughtered for dental studies at Melbourne University May 25, 2016

Consultant recommends establishing of an independent Integrity Unit for Victoria's racing industry May 18, 2016 — Government accepts the recommendations in principle May 19, 2016 — Plan will take two years to implement May 19, 2016 — Opinion: Could Racing Victoria be set for an overhaul? May 23, 2016 — Consultant clarifies the report's recommendations May 24, 2016

Feeding "knackery meat" to greyhounds results in fine and suspension for Victoria trainers May 24, 2016

Call for the UK and Ireland to limit greyhound breeding on welfare grounds May 22, 2016 — 38 greyhounds are being put down a month in Ireland May 23, 2016 — Radio interview with spokeswoman for Greyhound Rescue Association, Ireland May 24, 2016

Rescued greyhound joins the congregation at Pershore Abbey, Worcestershire May 23, 2016

Greyhounds saved from China ordeal May 15, 2016 — Ricky Gervais calls for a ban on Irish greyhound exports to China May 15, 2016 — Ricky Gervais calls for ban on Irish greyhound exports to China over "certain death" of dogs sold to race May 15, 2016 — Stop servicing Macau's greyhound "hellhole": global campaign to end transportation of racers to notorious Canidrome May 16, 2016 — It needs to stop: British comedian Ricky Gervais calls on Irish Government to intervene and stop the exporting of Irish greyhounds to China as they "will face certain death" May 16, 2016 — President of Macau Society for the Protection of Animals will visit Ireland June 2 May 16, 2016 — Opinion: Greyhounds should not be exported to China May 21, 2016 — Greyhound Racing Victoria supports ban on exporting Irish greyhounds to Macau May 23, 2016

Rural communities in Scotland urged to step up fight against hare coursing May 23, 2016

Opinion: Design flaws in Australian greyhound tracks lead to collisions at the turns April 30, 2016 — New racetrack at Cannington, Western Australia, already has surface problems May 18, 2016 — Sydney engineering consultant working on designing safer race tracks May 23, 2016

Pixie the greyhound becomes a therapy dog in Australia (TV feature video) May 22, 2016

New rules in New South Wales for getting rid of the racing industry's unwanted dogs April 29, 2016 — GRNSW calls for feedback on proposed new euthanasia rule April 30, 2016 — Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds responds brilliantly to the request for feedback May 22, 2016

South Australia's greyhound racing industry still maintains it's squeaky clean May 21, 2016

Oxford city council's plans to revive greyhound racing face serious obstacles May 20, 2016 — Legal obstacles cause frustration May 21, 2016

New South Wales residents shocked to find an injured, bleeding greyhound that fell out the back of a trainer's vehicle May 20, 2016

Every greyhound has a story: This is Monty's (video) May 20, 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

Irish opposition deputy raises issue of greyhound industry cruelty in parliament May 19, 2016

Fourteenth annual Greyhound Gathering to take place in Kanab, Utah May 9, 2016 — Greyhound Gathering brings a blur of fur in Kanab May 13, 2016 — Greyhound Gang gathers in Kanab to teach old dogs new trick May 16, 2016 — Food, fun and furry friends - 2016 Greyhound Gathering May 18, 2016

Yes! One more state bans dog racing May 17, 2016 — Opinion: It's over: But the death of greyhound racing in Arizona leaves a big mess to clean up May 17, 2016 — Rescue groups poised to collect unwanted dogs May 17, 2016 — Another major U.S. state has just banned greyhound racing May 18, 2016

Wimbledon FC says its plans to demolish dog racing track have not been delayed April 18, 2016 — The battle for Plough Lane is far from over April 19, 2016 — Opinion: Can greyhound racing win the battle to prove its worth? May 18, 2016

Reason #191 to keep your greyhound on a leash in open public areas May 17, 2016

More trainers caught cheating in Victoria and South Australia May 16, 2016 — Victoria's racing minister claims "great improvement" in the industry May 17, 2016

Australian racing fan laments: Secrecy and a lack of managerial integrity are rampant throughout the greyhound racing industry May 16, 2016

Grooming Irish schoolchildren to become animal abusers and gamblers May 10, 2016 — Opinion: Education, gambling, and dog racing: Not a good mix May 16, 2016

New Jersey Greyhound Adoption Program meet & greet set for May 21 in Milford May 16, 2016

Discarded Florida greyhounds find homes in western Pennsylvania May 15, 2016

Iowa's last remaining greyhound racing venue continues to run fewer races because of financial uncertainties May 14, 2016 — Iowa greyhound racing "staying afloat through state funds" May 14, 2016

Racetrack lobbyist admits dog racing is coming to an end across the USA May 7, 2016 — Arizona lawmakers vote to outlaw dog racing May 8, 2016 — Dozens of dogs will need homes as greyhound racing ends May 8, 2016 — Greyhounds coming off the track need help, homes May 8, 2016 — Live dog racing comes to an end in Arizona May 10, 2016 — Tucson councilman fears greyhounds may end up in the hands of coyote hunters May 10, 2016 — Governor signs bill abolishing greyhound racing in Arizona May 13, 2016 — Racing dog owners plan to discard over 400 of them now that they can no longer make money May 13, 2016 — Legislature made Tucson Greyhound Park an offer they couldn't refuse May 14, 2016

Opinion: Lies, damn lies and greyhound statistics May 13, 2016

Maisie the greyhound's owners are in trouble for letting her escape, after she killed a neighbour's cat May 13, 2016

Bessie the greyhound spreads love through senior citizen community in Indiana (with TV news video) May 13, 2016

First-round qualifier for British Greyhound Derby is disqualified for banned substance for third consecutive year May 13, 2016

Archie the greyhound saves doggy lives by donating blood May 13, 2016

New South Wales woman named Volunteer of the Year for her work in rescuing greyhounds May 12, 2016

Irish dog rescue and adoption group gives special attention to the plight of greyhounds sent to Macau May 11, 2016 — Activists protest at Manchester Airport over claim of greyhounds being transported to China May 12, 2016 — Press release from Dogs Trust (Ireland) May 12, 2016 — Manchester Airport dismisses claims greyhounds are being shipped to China through its cargo centre May 12, 2016

New South Wales injury report is released for first quarter of 2016; one dog dies every three days May 10, 2016

Seriously injured greyhound at Pensacola track waited in pain for over five hours before vet arrived to euthanize him May 5, 2016 — Greyhound advocacy group calls for reform of Florida emergency veterinary protocols May 10, 2016

Great British Greyhound Walk goes global May 9, 2016

Veterinary pharmaceutical multinational company names Nottingham greyhound rescuers as Volunteers of the Year May 9, 2016

Greyhound rescue people in Indiana give their all to recover strayed greyhounds May 8, 2016

British greyhound racing chairman admits injury statistics have been kept secret out of fear of bad publicity May 8, 2016

Two-minute amateur animated video on greyhound abuse May 6, 2016

Victoria tribunal rules that a Rural Living Zone is not an appropriate place for a greyhound farm May 6, 2016

Arizona senate passes bill to end greyhound racing April 1, 2016 — Arizona is close to banning greyhound racing April 7, 2016 — Senate gives final approval; bill now goes back to House for final vote April 11, 2016 — Bill is now in the hands of the governor for signing April 27, 2016 — Hundreds of greyhounds up for adoption as Tucson track prepares to end racing April 29, 2016 — Greyhound racing abolition bill expected to become law on Wednesday May 1, 2016 — Live racing is on the way out in Arizona May 6, 2016

Victoria state RSPCA removes four racing greyhounds from owner May 6, 2016 — RSPCA media release May 6, 2016

Dog beater sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison December 11, 2015 — Man had previous record of dog abuse; showed no remorse in court December 14, 2015 — SPCA found greyhounds emaciated, parasite-ridden, and cowering on convicted man's property December 18, 2015 — Greyhound abuse case inspires SPCA to erect a wall of remembrance for animal abuse victims May 5, 2016

Irish actress Pauline McLynn joins the protest in Dublin today against the export of greyhounds to Macau (Interview video) May 4, 2016 — Europe rallies to call for Irish greyhound export ban May 5, 2016 — Video of the protest at the Irish embassy in London May 5, 2016

Forced to run: Should Florida end greyhound racing? May 2, 2016 — Opinion: Florida government is at odds with public opinion on greyhound racing May 4, 2016

U.K. greyhound rescued from a dark past May 4, 2016

Irish greyhounds exported to Macau to be raced to death April 10, 2016 — A backward step for greyhound welfare April 13, 2016 — Irish greyhounds arrive in Macau to race and be killed at the Canidrome (YouTube video) April 14, 2016 — Opinion: Irish Greyhound Board has no intention of improving greyhound welfare April 15, 2016 — Board washes its hands of any control over Irish greyhound owners who export dogs to Macau Undated(!); probably April 22, 2016 — Joint open letter to Irish minister on the exporting of greyhounds to Macau April 28, 2016 — Opinion: Macau greyhound misery must end May 2, 2016 — Protest demonstrations to be held in Dublin and London tomorrow against the export of Irish greyhounds to China May 3, 2016 — Minister under fire over greyhound exports May 4, 2016 — Macau's ANIMA welfare organization criticizes Canidrome management May 4, 2016

British greyhound rescue group raises funds for oxygen masks to treat animal victims of smoke inhalation March 16, 2016 — Campaign receives overwhelming response May 3, 2016

New South Wales dog racing industry to get $1.1 million boost in prize money May 3, 2016

New South Wales greyhounds have lost a true friend and a tireless campaigner against greyhound racing, with the death of John Kaye, MLC May 3, 2016

Outbreak of severe respiratory disease in NSW August 18, 2015 — Greyhound owners warned of deadly streptococcus outbreak August 18, 2015 — Greyhound biosecurity warning over kennel cough August 27, 2015 — Incidence of kennel cough appears to have slowed down May 2, 2016

Eleventh annual Greyhound Event of Michigan, May 13-15 (with TV feature video) May 1, 2016

May 1 will see Melbourne's biggest ever greyhound adoption day April 22, 2016 — Greyhound adoptions booming among dog lovers (TV news video) April 23, 2016 — Melbourne event sees 70 greyhounds adopted in three hours May 1, 2016

Two-year disqualification for Queensland trainer who subjected 15 greyhounds to "unnecessary pain and suffering" with barking muzzles; another trainer fined $5,000 for doping offence April 17, 2016 — Stewards' report April 17, 2016 — Opinion: Barking muzzles: A common form of abuse? April 25, 2016 — Opinion: Barking muzzles are another form of animal abuse May 1, 2016

Legislative session closes in Kansas without a vote on legislation to restore greyhound racing to the state April 30, 2016

Improved economy and employment result when greyhound track is demolished and land put to better use April 30, 2016

Appeal to raise 2,000 to save the sight of a horribly abused greyhound, one of several rescued last Saturday in Lancashire from hellish conditions April 21, 2016 — Jacob's life has been transformed since his rescue April 30, 2016

Brandeis University students offer companionship and care to rescued greyhounds awaiting adoption April 29, 2016

Greyhounds enjoy life in Kingston, Ontario April 29, 2016

California adoption group wants you to buy a one-year sponsorship of a rescued greyhound and give it to your mother for Mother's Day (the sponsorship, not the dog) April 29, 2016

Nelly Belle the ex-racer passes away in North Carolina April 29, 2016

Greyhound kennel approved in central-west NSW despite concerns from residents April 28, 2016 — Council approves training facility for up to 200 greyhounds April 29, 2016

April 23 protest planned at opening of new racetrack in Western Australia April 19, 2016 — Mass protest greets opening of $13 million Cannington track in Western Australia (TV news video) April 23, 2016 — Protest organizers blame outsiders for any disruptive tactics April 29, 2016

Greyhound attacks three dogs and their owners April 28, 2016

Queensland establishes new Racing Integrity Commission April 22, 2016 — Government will contribute $11 million a year to operating new Commission April 22, 2016 — Government guarantees annual subsidy until at least 2020 April 22, 2016 — Commission will have equal power with Racing Queensland to investigate animal cruelty matters April 22, 2016 — Opinion: Queensland racing to remain stuck in the past April 25, 2016 — Racing integrity commissions based on hope alone April 28, 2016

Rescued Greyhound mauled by dog while out for a walk in Newark, New York April 13, 2016 — Fate of attacking dog remains undecided (TV news video) April 15, 2016 — Death sentence for Rocky the pit bull April 20, 2016 — Reggie the greyhound has succumbed to his injuries April 27, 2016 — Well-wishers donated $9,200 to pay for Reggie's vet bills April 28, 2016

Zac the greyhound finds his forever home in Milton, NSW April 28, 2016

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