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are reading now, is preserved as it was during Rufus's life (except for the replacement, from time to time, of some outdated hotlinks and other material).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

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

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

Opinion: Floridians, vote “Yes” on Amendment 13 August 5, 2018 — Opinion: Protect dogs – yes on Amendment 13 August 5, 2018 — Opinion: A Time of Reckoning August 8, 2018 — Opinion: Heading to the finish line of Florida's cruel greyhound racing industry August 8, 2018 — Opinion: Florida’s dog racing tracks are cruel and voters should ban them August 13, 2018 — Opinion: Still on course: Florida ballot campaign closes in on greyhound racing August 16, 2018

New $9.1 million greyhound race track being considered for Mudgeeraba, Queensland August 15, 2018

Interview with new CEO of New South Wales greyhound welfare and integrity commission (GWIC) March 9, 2018 — CEO sees GWIC's role as doing public relations for the racing industry when scandals erupt August 15, 2018

Florida seeks to keep racing ban on the ballot August 3, 2018 — Opinion: Why the judge's decision was wrong August 6, 2018 — District Court of Appeal bumps case up to Florida Supreme Court August 7, 2018 — Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments August 29 August 7, 2018 — Racing ban in hands of Supreme Court (with video) August 13, 2018 — Why Judge Gievers was wrong August 13, 2018 — Racing insiders are pessimistic August 14, 2018 — Florida's attorney-general files 44-page appeal brief August 15, 2018

New South Wales greyhounds euthanized for trivial reasons, industry records show August 1, 2018 — More than half of the euthanasias were for treatable hock injuries August 13, 2018

The Spanish greyhound: A resilient breed with history August 12, 2018

British trainer fined £1,500 after dog tests positive for minoxidil August 11, 2018

Canidrome greyhounds to be into new rehab centre by September 29 July 31, 2018 — Canidrome dogs will be allowed to remain for 60 days while new rehabilitation centre is being readied to receive them August 1, 2018 — Greyhounds may be airlifted out of Macau August 6, 2018 — Activist says government-imposed deadline for neutering all greyhounds is impossible to meet August 7, 2018 — Government denies there is a deadline, but says all greyhounds must be neutered before being adopted. August 10, 2018 — Conditions at the Canidrome kennels are improving August 10, 2018

Victoria gets its version of a Racing Integrity Commission June 19, 2018 — Moves to strengthen racing's integrity June 19, 2018 — Legislation passes to set up Racing Integrity Board August 10, 2018

Four greyhounds have been euthanized and 109 injured since January 3 at the premier racetrack in New South Wales May 21, 2018 — RSPCA discover nine dead and twelve sick and emaciated greyhounds on trainer's property in Sydney, NSW July 12, 2018 — “Some of them have such horrendous dental disease that you could actually smell the rotting in their mouths” July 12, 2018 — NSW racing minister is quick to rush to the industry's defence July 12, 2018 — Green Party says this proves "nothing has changed" July 12, 2018 — Spike in greyhounds killed and injured at races in New South Wales July 14, 2018 — New South Wales trainer disqualified for 6 years after denying veterinary assistance to a greyhound who died in agony July 25, 2018 — Opinion: Time's up for greyhound racing in New South Wales August 9, 2018

Christopher Connolly, who fled from Australia to Ireland in 2015 to escape criminal charges for live-baiting greyhounds with a piglet, is fighting an Irish order excluding him from dog racing in that country August 7, 2018

Another Florida greyhound tests positive for cocaine August 7, 2018

Prominent New Zealand trainer faces disciplinary hearing after five greyhounds suffocate to death in a van August 3, 2018 — Deaths of five greyhounds "completely unacceptable", SPCA says August 7, 2018

U.K. veterinary nurse struck off for making the racing industry's greyhound rehoming program look bad August 6, 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

Application filed to build a 50-greyhound rearing compound in Lethbridge, Victoria state August 5, 2018

Florida greyhound industry goes to court to prevent voters from having a say over greyhound racing May 17, 2018 — Text of the complaint (15 pp.) May 17, 2018 — Judge says Committee to Protect Dogs can't fully participate in the legal case June 29, 2018 — Trial date set for July 26 June 29, 2018 — Judge decides to cancel trial; will decide based on legal arguments only July 6, 2018 — Hearing set for July 26 July 18, 2018 — Arguments heard in court; judge expects to issue a decision shortly July 26, 2018 — Judge orders Amendment 13 off the ballot August 1, 2018 — Attorney-General will immediately appeal to Florida Supreme Court August 1, 2018 — Text of court decision August 1, 2018 — Florida Attorney-General files Notice of Appeal August 2, 2018

Stoke-on-Trent vet practice is hosting a dog show to raise money for Greyhound Gap rescue July 31, 2018

Race is on to win greyhound racing debate June 27, 2018 — Opinion: A grassroots campaign to protect dogs July 3, 2018 — Opinion: Florida racing ban will lead to compassionate freedom ride July 13, 2018 — Owner of greyhound adoption agency details abuses of dogs at Palm Beach Kennel Club July 13, 2018 — Vice-chair of YES campaign reveals history of how racing industry tried to shut her up about cruelty to greyhounds July 28, 2018 — The economics of greyhound racing (radio podcast) July 31, 2018

British Society of Greyhound Veterinarians sees no reason why greyhound racing should not take place in hot weather July 30, 2018

Operators of the former Macau Canidrome want to co-operate with animal welfare activists in rehabilitating the dogs, to avoid millions of dollars in fines for abandoning them July 27, 2018 — Joint proposal from Canidrome and Anima for a "one-of-a kind, worldwide" centre for rehoming greyhounds July 27, 2018 — Canidrome management will provide about $1.7 to $1.9 million annually to the new "International Center for the Rehoming of all Greyhounds in Macau" (CIRGM in its Portuguese initials) July 27, 2018 — Plan calls for annual rent payments of $3 million July 27, 2018 — Reuters reports July 27, 2018 — Angela Leong recasts herself as an animal lover July 28, 2018 — Help at hand for Macau's abandoned greyhounds July 29, 2018 — Hundreds of Macau greyhounds await their forever homes (YouTube video) July 29, 2018

Florida's "Yes to 13" campaign issues first video June 19, 2018 — Yes campaign releases second video June 25, 2018 — Racing industry produces fact-free video to refute its own statistics that greyhounds are confined 20-23 hours a day July 9, 2018 — Yes campaign releases third video July 27, 2018 — Link to video: The People Will Protect the Dogs July 27, 2018

Irish Greyhound Board publishes 2017 Annual Report July 26, 2018 — IGB records net operating surplus July 27, 2018 — Link to the 2017 Annual Report July 27, 2018

Florida racing industry's campaign committee raises few funds July 20, 2018 — Florida animal lovers advocate for greyhound racing ban July 24, 2018 — YES on 13 Campaign gets $1.5 million donation from Doris Day Animal League July 27, 2018 — The money will be used to buy advertising spots July 27, 2018

Macau Canidrome operator given ultimatum as deadline looms July 18, 2018 — Municipal authority "condemns" Canidrome management for planning to abandon the greyhounds July 20, 2018 — Macau authorities to care for 600 greyhounds after notorious track closes July 20, 2018 — The 600 greyhounds left behind at the Canidrome (Video) July 21, 2018 — Macau authorities take in 533 dogs after Asia's only greyhound race track shuts July 21, 2018 — Greyhounds get to see life outside the Canidrome for the first time July 22, 2018 — Abandoned greyhounds make headlines around the world July 23, 2018 — The fight to save the Macau greyhounds is not yet over July 24, 2018 — Canidrome ex-management files proposal to rehouse 533 greyhounds in a warehouse at a ferry terminal July 26, 2018

New South Wales owners complain of being "forced" to travel for hours to race their greyhounds April 12, 2018 — Trainers complain that Gunnedah track redevelopment is taking too long, want more money to finish the job July 18, 2018 — Gunnedah set to receive $480,000 from government for upgrades July 23, 2018 — Gosford track will get $762,000 in upgrades July 25, 2018

Following a dream: Bringing home a second greyhound July 24, 2018

Interview with Wayne Strong, U.S. greyhound trainer since the early 1960s – Part One July 20, 2018 — Part Two July 23, 2018

Manchester's Belle Vue racetrack could be under threat July 10, 2018 — Trainer wants to dispose of 80 greyhounds because of uncertainty over Belle Vue July 13, 2018 — Trainers launch petition campaign to save Belle Vue July 23, 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

British gambling industry is bullish on greyhound racing July 23, 2018

24 greyhounds have died on New Zealand racetracks in the first half of 2018 July 21, 2018 — Greyhound deaths likely going unreported July 21, 2018

Reason #202 to keep your greyhound on leash in open public areas July 20, 2018

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