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Paula Beniston, coordinator of the Greyhound Retirement Scheme with the Greyhound Board of Great Britain

“I think I might have squealed when I found out that I got the position…”

Paula Beniston on landing a position on the Greyhound Board of Great Britain

Show Notes

Paula Beniston’s journey with Greyhounds started more than 30 years ago with a weekend job at a local Greyhound training and breeding center, where she got to work with Greyhound puppies. In the past 20 years, she’s fostered over 100 Greyhounds and lurchers. After serving with another Greyhound rehoming group for 18 years, Paula bought her own Greyhound rehoming center with other volunteers in Bristol.

In 2020, while COVID raced through the United Kingdom, Paula took her next step in Greyhound adoption. She submitted her CV to the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) for new Rehoming Coordinator position. Her background in Greyhounds and experience as a professional accountant led to a job offer. In late 2020, Paula joined the GBGB as Coordinator for the Greyhound Retirement Scheme.

The GBGB’s Greyhound Retirement Scheme helps offset the costs of local Greyhound adoption groups and retirement trusts. In just the first 7 months of the program, the GBGB made 1200 disbursements of funds from the Scheme to rehoming centers around the United Kingdom. The disbursements serve as a “pension” fund for each registered Greyhound, helping to fund participating rehoming centers.

In this episode, host John Parker and Paula sit down to talk about rehoming Greyhounds in the United Kingdom. Paula shares how she’s able to channel her passion for the breed into her role with the GBGB. Paula also discusses the British Greyhound adoption process, international adoption initiatives, and the growing relationships between trainers, rehoming centers and adopters.