Nova Scotia

$6K gift helps greyhound charity in Musquodoboit

A Nova Scotia group that rescues greyhounds from dog racing tracks in the United States will use a $6,600 donation to improve its kennel in Musquodoboit Harbour.

A Nova Scotia group that rescues greyhounds after they're retired from dog racing tracks in the United States will use a $6,600 donation to improve its kennel in Musquodoboit Harbour.

The Greyhound Friends of Nova Scotia received the money Sunday from Global Pet Foods at the society's annual Hounds on the Park meet-and-greet at Halifax's Sir Sanford Fleming Park.

The society said it will use the money to install running water at its kennel.

Colette Lambert has three greyhounds she adopted from the society and also volunteers there. Currently she has to carry water out to the kennel to wash the greyhounds. She said the donation will change that.

"[It] is huge, because you can imagine looking after 30 dogs without running water is a bit of a challenge," she said.

Year-round operation

Lambert added that helping the dogs can be a hands-on experience.

"I helped roof the shed, which was kind of amazing. I'm petrified of heights, but I got up there and did it anyway," she said.

"They winterized the kennel, so now we can actually have dogs there all year, which is really nice. It means we can keep the adoption program running all year and more dogs get to more homes."

Lucie Larochelle, owner of Global Pet Foods, said the racing dogs are popular in the Maritimes and that's part of the reason she made the donation.

"Proportionally, I think there's more greyhounds here than elsewhere in Canada," she said. 

Stephen Gurnham runs GFONS. He and other members often travel to the U.S. to bring back dogs for adoption.

"Right now there's 25 greyhounds here and you don't hear any barking, you don't hear any fighting. They get along great," he said.

Lambert agreed. "They call it hound day when the dogs arrive, and it's the most exciting thing in the world when that hauler comes in," she said.

"We're all like little kids jumping up and down clapping our hands, it's just so exciting."

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