Yesterday was a very proud and very emotional day for Greyhound Gap and everyone in the Save the Macau Greyhounds team.

The first five greyhounds to arrive in the UK from the Macau Canidrome arrived safely at London Heathrow to a warm and emotional welcome from the awaiting welcoming committee, made up of some of the Gap team and members of the Save the Macau Greyhounds/Pet Levrieri support team. In all 532 greyhounds are being rescued from the Macau Canidrome, a now defunct track that  had a total kill policy. These 532 dogs are the only survivors in 50 years of racing.

The first five have now safely arrived at Greyhound Gap and will be given time to settle in, recover fully from their long trip and receive any veterinary treatments required, prior to being assessed and matched in due course to the most suitable adoptive families.

Today they have woken up, ready for the first day of their new lives in the UK (albeit a little colder to what they are used to)!

Many thanks to Albano Martins and everyone in the Save the Macau Greyhounds team in Europe (Pet levrieri) and in Macau (Anima Macau) who has worked so hard to make this happen. Thank you also to all the Canidrome volunteers who have cared for the dogs for months.

Welcome to the UK and happy new lives to Speedy Quick Quick, Happy Buddies (Ballinulty Star), Oyster Crown, Oyster Color, and As Boy!

Images by kind permission of Gavin Erickson