For Immediate Release:
8 November 2016

‘Throwaway’ Dog Used for Racing Is Given a Second Chance at Life

Silverdale – After pawing through hundreds of photographs of adorable rescued animals, PETA has chosen the winners of its Cutest Adopted Companion Animal contest for 2016, and Ash from Silverdale has won the New South Wales state title – and stolen our judges’ hearts!

Higher-res photos of him are available here and here.

He was rescued from the racing industry at 2 years old and picked up during bushfires, which is how he got his name.

“Ash is a ‘throwaway greyhound’, one who is bred to race but has no inclination to do so – in my mind, one clever boy”, says his guardian. “Luckily for Ash and me, his owner chose the path of adoption for him – many others are not so lucky.”

“He is my best friend and companion”, she continues. “I like to think we complete each other’s lives, and I would be lost without him in my world.”

Every year in Australia, thousands of healthy dogs are bred only to be killed once they are deemed unprofitable by the cruel greyhound-racing industry.

“As anyone who has adopted an animal knows, nothing compares to saving a homeless one’s life”, says PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Ashley Fruno. “We hope Ash’s story inspires people to adopt their next best friend.”

For more information about Ash or PETA’s Cutest Adopted Companion Animal contest, please visit