Rásaíocht Con Éireann (RCÉ) / Greyhound Racing Ireland (GRI) today launched a new scheme designed to assist greyhound owners across the Republic of Ireland in modernising and improving their existing kennels.
The Kennel Improvement Scheme is the latest in a series of initiatives introduced by RCÉ over the past 12 months, including the RCÉ Traceability System, Serious Injury Scheme, Dental Assistance Scheme and the expansion of the Greyhound Care Centre Programme.
Frank Nyhan, Chair of the Board of RCÉ, said, “the scheme is being introduced to ensure money is available to the greyhound industry to assist in the modernisation and ongoing improvement of the surroundings within which greyhounds are kept, with a view to improving the welfare of these animals.”
“The objective of the scheme is to assist in the development and improvement of existing kennelling facilities within which greyhounds are kept in the Republic of Ireland. The objective is not merely to facilitate the expansion of existing kennels,” he added.
Outlining details of the scheme, William Fitzgerald, GRI Veterinary Director, stated, “On receipt of a successful application RCÉ will assist the applicant with a contribute up to 75% of the cost to a maximum of €2,500. Funding for this scheme has been ringfenced and once all of the finding is allocated, applications will be suspended until the following year.”
Mr. Fitzgerald confirmed that the scheme also will require at least one visit from an RCÉ Welfare Officer.
Terms and Conditions and application forms for the Kennel Improvement Scheme can be downloaded from www.grireland.ie/kennelimprovement
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Pictured above is William Fitzgerald, GRI Veterinary Director & Dearbhla O'Brien, GRI CEO.