They spend the best years of their lives as animal athletes on the tracks until they begin to slow down and are surplus to requirements.
But after life on the race track is over, hundreds of greyhounds sit on waiting lists for adoption each year before finding homes.
The Retired Greyhound Trust charity organised the Northern Greyhound Gathering last weekend in Wakefield to show off the talents of the lovable dogs.
It featured dozens of owners of greyhounds and other breeds, who competed in competitions and games on Sunday.
And there were stalls and staff from the charity’s West Yorkshire branch on hand to give would-be owners information about how to adopt.
The free gathering took place at Oakenshaw Grange Boarding Kennels in Crofton.
Visitors were asked to make donations to the charity on the day, which go towards caring for and working to rehome the greyhounds it looks after.
For more information about the charity, or to donate, contact its West Yorkshire Branch on 01484 865280 or 07723 027 995.
Charity staff will also be able to offer advice and information to people about adopting greyhounds.