How do I place my greyhound into the Adoption Program?
Firstly, your greyhound will need to go through an assessment to check the suitability of your greyhound for GAP training. Ring the GAP office on 8243 7124 and we will give you details to the nearest 1st point assessor to have your greyhound assessed. Once your greyhound has passed, the assessor will sign the form and give it to you. You are to complete the form and return it to the GAP office or GRSA Admin office with the registration or puppy papers for that greyhound and the placement fee.
How long is the waiting time once my greyhound goes onto the waiting list?
This will vary depending on the availability of foster and forever homes. We always have more greyhounds available to us than foster homes. We can only take a limited number of dogs into foster care at any one time and are unable to take dogs in at short notice.
When is the best time to put my dog onto the GAP waiting list?
Because of the unavoidable time delay, we encourage owners/trainers to put their greyhound onto the waiting list well before the dog retires from the track. It is generally a good idea to place your dog onto the waitlist at least six months before your dog finishes racing.
What if my greyhound is on the GAP waiting list and I change my mind?
No problems! If you find an alternative home for the dog before GAP can take it in, or if you decide to keep the dog for breeding etc, we would appreciate a call to let us know that this greyhound is no longer available so that we can then take it off our list.
If we call you to advise that we are up to your spot, and you are not yet ready for the dog to go, that's fine too. Your dog will simply remain at the top of the waiting list. When you call to advise that the dog is now ready to enter GAP, we can take the dog when we have an available foster home.
Will GAP take on any greyhound?
Provided you have a greyhound with a sound temperament that you believe will genuinely make a great pet we will endeavour to accommodate your request. All greyhounds should possess an even temperament (ie. not aggressive or extremely timid) and be sociable in the presence of other dogs.
The majority of dogs rehomed by GAP will go to family homes in suburban or inner city areas, often with other pets, and must be able to walk with their owners around local streets and parks without difficulty. Every greyhound we adopt should be safe around small, fluffy dogs (eg. Maltese Terriers, Pomeranians) by the time it is ready for adoption.
What happens when my greyhound is ready to be taken in by GAP?
When GAP is able to offer a place in the Program, we will contact you and arrange for you to deliver the dog to us. You must be able to transport the greyhound to Greyhound Racing SA Angle Park or Gawler Greyhound Track. On occasion, we might request that you drop the dog at another location for us. We also require the dog's registration papers and weight card (if applicable). We will ask you to sign some paperwork transferring possession of the dog over to GAP. You are also required to complete paperwork for GRSA advising them of the dog's retirement. Make sure you are aware of GRSA's requirements in this respect. This form can also be given to the GAP coordinator at the time of collection.
On arrival, your dog will begin its new life in a temporary foster home. The foster home will teach your greyhound how to live in a home with family, other pets etc. They will learn basic obedience and manners and prepare it for life as a pet.
During foster care the greyhound will be desexed, vaccinated, microchipped and have its teeth cleaned.
While the greyhound is in foster placement, it will go through a series of assessments. If your dog passes its assessment, it will then graduate and receive its "Green GAP Collar". After this achievement has been accomplished, GAP will begin matching the greyhound to a suitable "forever home". It will be adopted by a loving family and begin its new life!
What will it cost me to have my greyhound rehomed through GAP?
As GAP is a not for profit program we rely on funding to provide adequate care for all greyhounds that we take into the program. While in foster care, your greyhound will receive a veterinary health check, be sterilised, vaccinated and microchipped. To assist us in covering the costs for this service, we ask trainers to pay a small fee of $60 when entering your dog into the program.
How does GAP 'de-program' greyhounds so that they will no longer chase?
Unfortunately the perception that we can "de-program" these dogs from wanting to chase moving objects is not true. We are not magicians. We cannot overcome thousands of years of breed history and months or years of race training during a few short weeks in foster care. However, there is a huge range of chasing instinct (or prey drive) within the Greyhound breed. For example, some Greyhounds are terrified of cats at first. Others will never be friendly with cats. It is our job, on acquiring a new dog, to assess whereabouts in this range the dog lies. Cat-friendly Greyhounds are generally very easy for us to rehome. A Greyhound that is not safe around small dogs will fail our assessment and will not be made available for adoption.
What can I do to assist my greyhound's transition from racing dog to family pet?
There are a number of things you can do to ease your Greyhound's transition into a pet lifestyle before it is taken in by GAP. These might include:
- Get the dog used to spending time loose in the back yard - pet homes do not generally have kennels and runs.
- Teach the dog to walk nicely on lead by your side.
- Introduce him or her to strange people & particularly children under supervision.
- Take him or her out on street walks to the park; past the local school or shopping centre; beside busy roads, etc.
- Bring him or her into the house for short periods.
- Introduce him or her to stairs and slippery floor surfaces like tiles, linoleum or polished floorboards.
- Introduce him or her to other animals under controlled circumstances – cats, other dog breeds, horses, caged birds, poultry etc.
- Decrease his exercise requirements. Most adoptive homes will not get up at 4.30am to walk the greyhound, so start getting the greyhound ready for this.
- Get some weight onto your greyhound as some greyhounds can initially be stressed at the changes they're experiencing and may lose weight. The fatter they are to start with, the better!
Once rehomed, can I make contact with my former racing greyhounds new owners?
Because of privacy legislation, we can only pass on other people's contact details if they have given permission for us to do so. Many, but not all, adoptive families are curious about their Greyhound's former life and success (or otherwise) on the track. Many people like to read about their new dogs racing history and receive race photos etc. If you are happy to have contact with your greyhound's new owners, and if they wish to, we will provide your contact details to the adoptive family, so they can get in touch.
If you have read the above, and believe that you may have a greyhound/greyhounds suitable of becoming a greyhound family pet, please contact GAP on 8243 7124 to discuss placing your greyhound into the program.