Earlier this week, a group of retired greyhounds and their owners, trainers and fosterers gathered in Tipperary to set off to new homes in Italy.

The Irish Retired Greyhound Trust (IRGT) arranged transport had 27 greyhounds on board and it was emotional goodbye as they were waved off for their new life in retirement.

It was a pretty miserable day as the rain bucketed down but hopefully sunnier days in Italy await. Best of luck to the 27 greyhounds, we’re sure your Irish families are missing you but no doubt you’ll settle right in to some lucky Italian homes.

Check out some of the pictures from the day shared on the IRGT Facebook page:
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Of course, prior to travelling there is plenty of work behind the scenes to get ready. As part of the IRGT rehoming process the greyhounds would have visited the vets to be neutered/spayed, receive vaccinations and get their pet passport.

If you have a retired greyhound that you would like to retire as a pet with the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust, here’s some tips to get started.

Click here to learn more about rehoming your retired greyhound

And of course, we have to give a mention to those who provide foster care for the retired greyhounds to help get them ready for rehoming as a pet. Here’s a little insight from Fionnuala Moloney Carey, a video of Goldie (one of the 27 greyhounds who headed to Italy), after he mastered climbing up and down the stairs to get ready for his new home in Italy. Well done Goldie and we hope you are enjoying La Bella Vita in Italy.