Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) members, such as BetVictor, Kindred Group, 888 Holdings and Betway have agreed to help the British Greyhound Racing Fund (BGRF).
The BGRF was introduced to help raise an extra £1m ($1.39m) to help support animal welfare. Thanks to the support of the aforementioned operators, this target will now be reached.
Every BGC member that offers bets on greyhound racing is contributing to the fund and as part of the agreement, the BGRF ensures the money will go towards welfare and integrity projects.
Joe Scanlon, chairman of the British Greyhound Racing Fund, said: “It’s fantastic news for the whole of the greyhound industry that all of the Betting and Gaming Council members who offer bets on greyhound racing, both in retail and online, are now supporting the Fund.
“Once the country returns to normality, this added funding will result in a huge boost to the welfare of racing greyhounds.”
Brigid Simmonds, chairman of the BGC, added: “Watching greyhound racing is part of our culture and social fabric that has been closed over the last year. It is vitally important that 100 per cent of members of the BGC who benefit from income from greyhound racing also support the industry, and in particular dog welfare, whilst racing and when the dogs retire.”
The fund also supports the Greyhound Retirement Scheme, which ensures racing dogs are provided homes once their career ends.
Each year the fund spends approximately half of its revenue on animal welfare schemes; during the pandemic it provided an additional £600,000.