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To Place A Dog With Greyhound Re-Homing

We are here to help you transition your dog from a racer to a family pet. Below is Bella, who was known as Five Star Kitty while racing. The video is the only one able to be viewed from Bella's 8 races. In this video Bella did not win, she placed 5th (from box 8)... In fact Bella only ever won 1 race!

Bella came to us at 2.5 yr old and left us a few months before her 4th birthday... She was a pocket rocket who needed some time to calm down and learn about pet life (she would rush into any situation excitedly). Once she matured and settled down, we managed to train her with cats and she went to live a shy cat. Now, 2yrs on, Bella and Rosie (kitty) are tentative friends... Bella wants to love on her and Rosie is still a little timid about Bella's size and enthusiasm. Bella has learnt to allow Rosie to come to her and now they occassionally share a bed (as seen in the photo below).

Greyhound Re-Homing endeavours to help as many greyhounds as possible make the transition from racer to pet. This is not an instant process & we urge all owners & trainers of a greyhound to make a plan for their dogs future after racing before the day arrives.

 

Due to the changes in legislation in NSW and the changes in procedure at GRNSW, there are now a few steps to complete before a dog is eligible to be retired from racing and entered into a re-homing program. We are here to help and make this process as smooth as possible for all owners/ trainers looking to re-home a greyhound. Please review the GWIC Greyhound Rehoming Policy prior to contacting us about re-homing your dog, as there are certain GWIC policies that owners must adhere to.

Please follow the steps listed below to have your greyhound re-homed through us.

  1. Complete a Greyhound Re-Homing Expression Of Interest (EOI) Form - Once we have received this form, we can give you an estimation on how quickly we can bring your greyhound into care for Re-Homing. **Please note: We do not require a minimum let down time, so your dog can be racing until it is ready to come into care. Click here for EOI Form.
     

  2. When your hound comes into care, you will need to complete an Ownership Relinquishment Form (which trainers can complete on behalf of owners) for our records.
     

  3. Once your dog has entered care with Greyhound Re-Homing, you will need to complete a GWIC Retirement Form. We can submit this to GWIC for you, if you would like... We do ask for a copy of this, so that we can ensure the dog has been properly retired, as they are not eligible to be assessed for their Greenhound collar unless retired properly.

What Items Need To Accompany The Dog?

  • Lead

  • Collar

  • Muzzle

  • Race Papers or Puppy Papers (If these have not been returned to GRNSW already). We will forward these for you with the Notification Of Retirement Form.

  • Vaccination, Flea and Worming Schedules

Greyhound Re-Homing also has a re-homing fee of $100, to help us with our expenses. This fee is used to assist with desexing, microchipping (if needed), vaccinations, Lifetime Registration & any other costs associated with re-homing your Greyhound. If this fee is an issue, please speak with us as we have many options we can explore with you.

** If Greyhound Re-Homing is unable to take your dog into our program, we can direct you towards other re-homing options & the items mentioned above will still need to accompany your dog.

How Can You Help Your Dog Succeed?

Pet life is a very big change for a racing Greyhound. These are a few ways you can help your Greyhound prepare for one of the biggest changes of their life:

  • Expose your dog to as many different types of animals & situations that you are safely able to.

  • Get the dog used to spending time loose in the yard & in the house, if possible.

  • If your dog pulls on the lead, start teaching it to walk by your side. A short lead will help you accomplish this. Prospective adopters can be put off by a dog pulling on the leash as they can sometimes mistake it for aggression.

  • Introduce your dog to as many flooring surfaces as possible. For example: wood, linoleum & tiles. This may be as simple as getting your dog to step onto these surfaces voluntarily by using a treat.

  • Decrease the amount of exercise the dog does and if possible try to toilet the dog later than would be normal, as most adoptive homes will not be taking the dog for toileting before around 7am.

  • Let your dog gain a little extra weight... With the lesser amount of exercise, this should be fairly easy. We suggest this as some Greyhounds become quite stressed by the big changes to their world & can lose some weight while adjusting to their new lifestyle.