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are reading now, is preserved as it was during Rufus's life (except for the replacement, from time to time, of some outdated hotlinks and other material).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

Sanford-Orlando Kennel Club denies endorsing its employee Richard Drummond as a candidate for Longford city Commission, despite public records showing the maximum contribution to his campaign October 11, 2017 — Why has the greyhound industry invested thousands in Richard Drummond and Matt Morgan campaigns? October 16, 2017 — Anti-racing candidate for Longwood City Commission gets endorsement from local member of the Florida House of Representatives October 21, 2017 — Track employee acknowledges conflict of interest October 22, 2017 — Candidates backed by racing industry win spots on Longwood Commission November 7, 2017 — Florida bill would require any introduction of card games at Sanford Orlando racetrack to be approved by county plebiscite November 22, 2017

Bandit the therapy greyhound helps kids in Rainham, England, to improve reading skills November 22, 2017

GREY2K USA Worldwide launches revamped website November 21, 2017

New South Wales deputy premier invites ACT racers to come to a new racetrack in his state November 5, 2017 — NSW Greens legislator says money should be spent on hospitals and schools, not new racetracks November 6, 2017 — Industry news organ says the ACT racing industry has "a pristine record surrounding animal welfare and integrity breaches". November 6, 2017 — Racing supporters plan Canberra rally November 21, 2017

Ammunition, knuckle dusters, steroids, and drugs used to put-down animals were discovered in raids on several NSW 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

13-year-old Texas greyhound survives weeks alone in house with deceased owner (with animal shelter video) November 20, 2017

New South Wales government announces names of three Commissioners who will head up the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission September 1, 2017 — Green Party doubts anything will change September 4, 2017 — Racing industry welcomes the announcement September 5, 2017 — NSW dog racer hails industry "reforms" September 21, 2017 — GWIC will begin operations July 1, 2018 November 20, 2017 — Applications invited for CEO position November 20, 2017

How to draw a greyhound (YouTube video) November 18, 2017

Queensland's Premier offers $70 million for rural racetracks ahead of November 25 election November 7, 2017 — Opposition LNP ups the bid to $72.9 million November 16, 2017

Florida state senator proposes constitutional amendment to phase out greyhound racing over three years November 1, 2017 — If put to a state-wide vote, it would need 60% support to pass November 1, 2017 — Text of the proposed Constitutional Amendment November 1, 2017 — TV News video November 3, 2017 — State loses money on greyhound racing, says senator November 3, 2017 — Veteran greyhound rescuer explains why greyhound racing must end (with TV news video and transcript) November 5, 2017 — Former senate president Don Gaetz supports the amendment November 5, 2017 — New hope: Florida proposes ban on cruel dog racing November 6, 2017 — Florida Greyhound Association responds with veiled threats to kill their racing dogs if the industry is banned November 8, 2017 — Opinion: Greyhound racing is a bad bet in Florida November 9, 2017 — There's a "full-blown lobbying effort" to kill the proposed amendment November 14, 2017 — Senator Lee tweets 10 reasons why greyhound racing should be banned November 15, 2017 — Greyhound racing at the finish line? November 16, 2017 — The racing industry's tactics of desperation November 17, 2017

Racing greyhounds can easily be replaced with computers November 16, 2017

Lismore, New South Wales to consider development application to allow 40% increase in greyhound racing at local track November 16, 2017

Millions more dollars announced for Victoria state breeders, owners, and trainers November 3, 2017 — Breeding fees waived and registration process enhanced to encourage more breeding November 9, 2017 — Racing industry is happy with new breeding incentives November 16, 2017

Queensland man faces criminal charges after assault on racing integrity inspectors November 15, 2017

Irish trainer with long history of convictions for doping offences is honoured by the industry for the third time as "Personality of the Year" November 14, 2017

U.K. dog track suspends racing after failing fire safety exercise November 14, 2017

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

PETA enlists help of Sir Paul McCartney to rescue Texas greyhounds from "blood bank" October 10, 2017 — McCartney writes to Patterson's CEO October 10, 2017 — Billboard Magazine picks up the story October 10, 2017 — PETA to hold protest demonstrations October 16, 2017 — Patterson CEO faces protests at his home October 18, 2017 — Video interview with whistleblower October 21, 2017 — PETA buys one share in Patterson Companies Inc., to keep up the pressure on the company October 23, 2017 — PETA's petition: Stop farming greyhounds for their blood October 25, 2017 — Captive blood bank greyhounds in Texas are to be rescued and rehomed October 26, 2017 — Dog blood bank closes following allegations of neglect October 27, 2017 — PETA's recap of its successful campaign (with photos and videos) November 3, 2017 — National Greyhound Association comes out with new policy on greyhound blood donor colonies November 10, 2017 — PETA welcomes the new NGA policy November 13, 2017

Greyhound lives with homeless man in Mandurah, Western Australia November 13, 2017

Dog owner challenges Irish Greyhound Board for withholding race prize money over doping allegation November 13, 2017 — Case comes up in court in January November 13, 2017

Connecticut greyhound Mandy wins therapy dog award November 12, 2017

U.K. greyhounds are exported to Pakistan to participate in cruel hare coursing events (YouTube video) November 11, 2017

New South Wales regulator looking to find ways of coping with reduced breeding numbers November 6, 2017 — Australia's largest greyhound breeder fears animal welfare concerns are killing the industry November 10, 2017

Florida Greyhound Association proposes legislation to allow "environmental levels" of steroids and cocaine in racing greyhounds November 9, 2017 — Florida mulls letting greyhounds test positive for cocaine November 10, 2017

Florida mayor calls for decoupling of local greyhound track from poker rooms October 26, 2017 — Mayor wants to demolish track and redevelop the land October 30, 2017 — Senate gaming bill 840 calls for decoupling November 9, 2017

Inside the New South Wales greyhound export racket: Ringleaders found guilty of 464 charges June 4, 2017 — Fines and petty suspensions handed out to ringleaders of cruel greyhound export racket October 23, 2017 — Three Farrugias fined and suspended over exporting 166 dogs to China and Macau November 9, 2017

Victorian greyhound trainer banned for life for animal cruelty November 6, 2017 — Two more Victorians banned for life for animal cruelty November 9, 2017

Opinion: New Zealanders require cultural shift to get over animal cruelty November 7, 2017

RSPCA in Durham County, UK investigate reports of men repeatedly throwing a greyhound into the sea November 5, 2017 — Dog walker was horrified witness November 6, 2017

Florida greyhound racing has a drug problem (with TV investigative video report) November 2, 2017

Two Florida greyhound trainers whose dogs failed a total of 24 tests for cocaine file petition to have a court strike down the rules under which they face disciplinary charges November 3, 2017

Canberra Greyhound Racing Club still doesn't get it October 19, 2017 — March 1, 2018 target date for ban on greyhound racing in Australian Capital Territory October 19, 2017 — "Confusion" continues October 20, 2017 — Canberra racing club has February court date to try to force renewal of racetrack lease October 27, 2017 — Club wants 50-year extension on racetrack lease October 28, 2017 — Legislation introduced to ban greyhound racing November 2, 2017 — Racing ban will still allow breeding, owning, and training racing greyhounds November 2, 2017 — Government media release November 2, 2017 — Ban to take effect April 30 November 2, 2017 — Industry lobbyist calls it a "cynical move" November 2, 2017 — Australian Veterinary Association told the ACT government not to ban dog racing November 3, 2017 — Attorney-General defends the ban legislation November 3, 2017

New South Wales trainer is suspended on suspicion of live baiting with rabbits May 17, 2017 — Veteran trainer plans to leave the racing industry because it doesn't allow live baiting any more June 2, 2017 — Hubert Murray banned for 16 years for using dead rabbits as training lures November 3, 2017 — Another "participant" banned three months for failing to appear at hearing November 3, 2017

Steroid bill dies in Florida senate, despite sufficient votes to pass May 1, 2017 — Florida state legislators re-file bills to ban steroids from greyhound racing October 27, 2017 — Florida lawmakers push against use of steroids November 2, 2017

Video: Tasmania set to relax (somewhat) the law requiring greyhounds to be muzzled in public November 1, 2017

Greyhounds in Darwin, Australia, hit with potentially deadly flesh-eating tropical virus October 20, 2017 — Flesh-eating disease kills three racing greyhounds in Darwin kennels October 21, 2017 — Death toll was "at least four" November 1, 2017

West Virginia dog racers are desperate to keep their industry going October 31, 2017

Prohibited substances and bad behaviour continue in Australian greyhound racing October 31, 2017

New CEO and Deputy CEO announced for Greyhound Racing New South Wales October 25, 2017 — "The stink of live-baiting still lingers" October 26, 2017 — Interview with Tony Mestrov October 31, 2017

Gulf Greyhound Park in Texas will not offer live or simulcast races for at least the next year August 30, 2017 — Texas Racing Commission says greyhound tracks have renewed licences for another year October 30, 2017

Future still uncertain for Macau's Canidrome October 11, 2017 — Canidrome owner says racetrack will "properly handle" its dogs after the track closes next year October 23, 2017 — Canidrome owner and ANIMA are at odds over the fate of the greyhounds October 27, 2017 — ANIMA says Canidrome owner is fully responsible for the fate of all 600 dogs remaining at the Macau racetrack October 30, 2017

Opinion: Last year's tabloid media "jihad" against the greyhound racing ban in New South Wales September 24, 2017 — How Jones and Hadley have dominated for 14 years October 29, 2017

Tips to keep your greyhound safe on Hallowe'en (podcast) October 28, 2017

Internet betting on greyhound racing is becoming more popular worldwide October 27, 2017

Greyhound Racing Victoria issues 2016-17 annual report October 19, 2017 — Download the report (.pdf) October 19, 2017 — 65% of discarded greyhounds were adopted out last year; the remainder were euthanized October 19, 2017 — GRV looking for a new "Senior Education Officer" for animal welfare October 25, 2017 — Racing industry participants call for GRV Board to resign October 26, 2017

Opinion: Racing industry simply doesn’t see what’s wrong with the continued exploitation, abuse, injury, and deaths of the greyhounds in their care October 25, 2017

Chair of U.K. Labour Party faces conflict of interest problems over his undeclared ownership of two racing greyhounds October 25, 2017

Iowa's last remaining greyhound track faces uncertain future October 25, 2017

Orinoco the U.K. greyhound beats osteosarcoma October 24, 2017

Greyhound wanders home after being stolen in Victoria state October 24, 2017

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