The cement cages at the Canidrome are all empty at last!
Eight months after the official closure of the track no greyhound is lying on damp cement anymore, or desperately seeking human contact by sticking his or her nose out from underneath the bars.
All of the Canidrome greyhounds are now somewhere else, most of them in the USA and in Europe, and those still in Macau (apart from the ones adopted there) are now in foster homes or at Anima waiting to return to Australia, where they came from such a long time ago now.
It has been an extraordinary achievement, the crowning of a dream that became reality: to save all the dogs, after the closure of the business enterprise that was literally run at the cost of their lives.
It has been a long hard campaign, with moments of both hope and disappointment, but now that it’s finally over we can be proud of the fact that yes – we did it!
All this would not have been possible without Albano Martins, a man of uncommon self abnegation, passion, clarity of vision and diplomatic and strategic skills.
My foremost and heartfelt thanks go to him. Working with him has been an honour and a great learning experience for me.
Huge thanks also to our friend and partner Christine Dorchak, and all the team at GREY2K USA Worldwide, especially Darren Rigg and Caryn Wood, and all the US rescues who took part in the adoption project.
Special thanks to my husband and Pet levrieri co-founder Massimo Grecoand our seven dogs, who have always been by my side during these two long and tiring years of hard work.
More special thanks to Macia Luparia, Eva Quinziato, Bettina Frei-Hilligardt and the whole Pet Levrieri board, and to all the Pet Levrieri associate members and friends who have helped and supported the campaign STMG and the international transport and adoption plan of the Macau greyhounds.
Thanks to our British Pet Levrieri members Isobel Deeley, Tamzi Moe Kaurand Gavin Erickson for all their precious and tireless support.
Thanks to all our adoptive and foster families.
Our grateful thanks go the following refuges in Europe:
– In the UK: the 11 British groups who took part in the project and their teams, in particular the three main coordinating rescues Greyhound Gap, CELIA CROSS GREYHOUND TRUST and Foal Farm Animal Rescue Centre, alongside Forever Hounds Trust, Scottish Greyhound Sanctuary, Makants Greyhound Rescue NW, Kerry Greyhounds UK, Erin Hounds Sighthound Rescue, Greyhound Rescue And Co-ordinated Emergencies, Greyhound Awareness League (GAL) (Scotland) and Action for Greyhounds;
In France: Catherine Madry and all the team at Levriers En Détresse Led;
In Germany: Greyhound Protection International e.V.;
In Croatia and Slovenia: the friends and partners of the Croatian association Udruga za udomljavanje hrtova Honey and the Slovenian association Društvo S hrti za hrte Slovenija.
A special thanks to Mandy of Anima, Dida Cx and the whole team of Anima volunteers who cared for the greyhounds at the Macau Canidrome.
Many thanks to Robin Olive Reich, to Fiona and Lily of SPCA HK and David Roche of Island Animal Welfare.
Finally, a big thank you to all the many people – campaigners, supporters, organisations and individuals – who have supported the #SaveTheMacauGreyhounds campaign for years, raising awareness via the press and public platforms, donating, sharing petitions, participating in events around the world, tweeting and sharing posts on social media. Every bit of support has made a difference!
On the 26th March 2019 silence falls forever on the empty cells of the Canidrome.
This silence is both a hope and a warning: sooner or later we will empty all the remaining race tracks still operating elsewhere in the world.
president of Pet levrieri