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Candy Cane Rescue was set up by Kerry Elliman, founder of Birmingham Greyhound Protection, based in the UK on 25th of June 2017. The non-profit charity’s aim is to help provide a safe environment in which greyhounds rescued from the Chinese meat trade can be cared for. Also, we send them to the UK, Europe or USA and find them loving homes. Greyhounds are exported from Ireland and Australia by breeders and owners to race in China and are kept in the most awful conditions. We also believe that dogs are exported from the U.K. but we have yet to find a British tattooed greyhound in China.

Many have already spent their entire life racing and should be allowed to retire in their old age. Instead, they are sent to a country which has NO ANIMAL WELFARE LAWS to race or breed.

Greyhounds are also sent to Shanghai Wildlife Park where, locals report, they are fed alive to big cats and other predators and forced to race against Cheetahs for entertainment.

When they have outlived their usefulness many end up in the meat trade to be beaten, hung, boiled or skinned alive.

Kerry felt the organisation needed to be set up when it’s namesake ‘Candy’ was killed by another dog just the day before she was due to fly to the UK to be rehomed. Candy Cane can now ensure that rescued greyhounds in China can be kennelled with other greyhounds safely until they are well enough to travel.

We couldn’t make this happen without the brilliant and brave Chinese activists and rescues who we work hand in hand with. Candy Cane Rescue is an organisation of hope. Hope that one day the export of greyhounds and the meat trade of dogs will end.



Latest from Candy Cane Rescue News

Magnolia Finds the Perfect Family

Magnolia went to Fast Friends Greyhound Adoption and through them she has found the perfect home, this sweet girl deserves nothing less! Here’s what her mom Emily has to say about their new addition: “Just a quick note to say that Magnolia (Maggie) is doing very well. She loves to sniff away in our fenced … Continued

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Vietnam Family

Candy Cane Rescue were asked to help four greyhounds in South Korea last week. One adult female and her three female babies. All four dogs were at a dog farming place for the meat trade dogs 💔💔😢😢 The whole family were rescued a couple of days ago but the two white and brindle pups have … Continued

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The Greyt Unite

Great day yesterday at The Greyt Unite. It’s the first event we’ve held like this but it was such success we have already decided we are doing it again next year. The event was to raise awareness about the racing industry, greyhounds as pets and the exports of racing greyhounds. We also had Tina Wales … Continued

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Tigerlilly Finds a Great Home

Tigerlilly went to Minnesota Greyhound Rescue and they’ve found her an excellent home. Here’s what they had to say about it! “Tigerlily, our tiny tidbit from Candy Cane Rescue in Beijing, has found an awesome family! She will be super spoiled, along with her 3 greyhound sisters. This family are longtime friends and supporters of … Continued

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100 Plus Dogs Rescued From Meat Market


Plush bear have gone to a meat market today. Along with 100 plus dogs there were 16 greyhounds and whippet type dogs. All have been loaded now into trucks and are in the slaughter house until the money is raised to save them. To save the hounds it’s £1500. We work very close with Plush … Continued

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We Lost Belle 💔

Poor little Belle has sadly passed away 💔😢. She was a meat trade dog who was rescued by Plush Bear Shelter and then came into our care. She had a miscarriage two days ago and another one today. She was too weak to have any kind of surgery as she also had distemper 💔💔💔. She … Continued

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