GREY2K USA Worldwide: Greyhound Racing in Macau, China

1 Track

The Yat Yuen Canidrome is the only operational greyhound track in Macau.1 The Canidrome opened in 1931 but closed seven years later due to a declining interest in greyhound racing.2 In 1963, the site was reopened. Races are currently held nightly from 7:30 PM to midnight.3



A majority of the greyhounds racing in Macau are imported from Australia. In 2012, a total of 378 greyhounds were imported, and in the first eight months of 2013 there were 110 greyhound imports.4 The greyhounds racing at the Canidrome are euthanized when they fail to place in the top three for five consecutive races.5 There is no adoption program for the dogs, and no greyhound leave the track alive.

Wagering on greyhound racing is legal in Macau. However, from 2010 through 2013, the amount of revenue from greyhound racing steadily declined, from 340 million patacas to 178 million patacas, respectively.6



The Canidrome's sits on land owned by the government, and its concession expires in July of 2018. The Canidrome has been notified that this lease will not be renewed, and it will have to move to another location or permanently close. Due to a lack of available land, and an inability to obtain new dogs, the track has no option but to close.7

As the Canidrome in Macau closes, we are raising funds to care for and transport the greyhounds to safety



  1. Olivia Rosenman, "50 years in operation for Macau's canidrome for greyhound races," South China Morning Post, September 1, 2013, scmp.com (accessed October 6, 2014).
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Simon Parry, "Dog imports to controversial Macau track see big drop," South China Morning Post, October 6, 2013, scmp.com (accessed October 6, 2014).
  5. Simon Parry, "Owners angry as Macau Canidrome fails to stop euthanizing retired dogs," South China Morning Post, December 16, 2012, grey2kusa.org (accessed October 6, 2014).
  6. "Gaming Statistics," Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, dicj.gov.mo (accessed October 6, 2014).
  7. Raquel Carvalho, "Final battle to save Macau's exploited racing greyhounds," South China Morning Post, July 23, 2017, scmp.com (accessed October 4, 2017).

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