Greyhounds As Pets, Fostering and Greyhound Adoption
Greyhounds need everyone’s help right now
– Support those groups who save greyhounds
Our society has helped created this problem and ignored it for so long, so it would be great if we were all part of the solution
Greyhounds As Pets
A patient and tolerant dog, the Greyhound is usually very good with children.
Due to their calm, sensitive and friendly nature, Greyhounds are suitable pets for people of all ages, including children and seniors, and also make great therapy pets for aged care facilities.
Most greyhounds are very sociable and mix readily with other dogs when introduced correctly. Some Greyhounds will get along well with cats, but others have too much ‘prey drive’ to live successfully with cats or other small furry pets. It must be remembered that ex-racing greyhounds have been taught to ‘chase’ and it may take some time for some dogs to understand that this is no longer expected of them or considered acceptable behaviour.
A large dog, the Greyhound stands approximately 62 to 72cm tall and weighs between 24 to 35 kilograms and has a life span of approximately 12-14 years.
Greyhounds can reach speeds of nearly 70km/hour. Despite the image people have of them, they do not require a lot of exercise or space. A short walk each day is more than enough to keep them healthy and happy. A small yard is fine, particularly if they are getting regular short walks.
They tend to be “couch potatoes” and are content to laze around on a cosy bed or on the lounge beside their owners. They rarely bark, usually only when something is wrong or when they get really excited. They are not generally suitable as a guard dog (however their size is generally a good deterrent).
Due to being quiet, predominantly lazy and placid, low-maintenance and undemanding, Greyhounds make excellent pets for suburban homes and busy families. They are perfect indoor pets and loving, affectionate housemates.
Some greyhounds are ok with cats and other small animals, but you generally have to wait longer.
Some groups will not re-homed greyhounds to families with small children. Not because they are aggressive, but may knock them over due to their size. There are however, many familues with young children who have adopted gentle and tolerant greyhounds.
Fostering a Greyhound
Fostering involves introducing a dog to new things they haven’t experienced, assessing the dog’s behaviour and most importantly giving love and attention. There may be injuries, sores or fattening up to do. Sometimes some food is provided, but some groups don’t have enough money, so foster carers provide food.
– Some dog experience is preferred
– Cat-free homes preferred, to avoid problems
– Time to walk, socialise and love.
– If you have a dog or a dog, it is best if they are well behaved and enjoy the company of other dogs.
– People are concerned about council rules if you have 2 dogs. Please don’t assume you can’t have a temporary third dogs- check with your council. Some councils don’t mind if the third dogs is not permanent, and other councils allow a dog one month before they should be registered. You also need to check with landlord if renting.
– As for adoption, foster carers are check for suitability before starting.
– If you are interesting in fostering, contact one of groups listed below.
Groups need money to pay for vet fees ( some dogs need considerable medical care when taken in to a group), food, toys, treats, bedding, collars, coats, transport and sometimes kennel fees.
Extra money gives them option of paying for kennels until a foster carer becomes free. They also appreciate any donations of doggie items.
Some dogs need considerable treatment which adds up to thousands of dollars, even when vets generously discount their services, like this puppy who was taken to a Sydney vet to be killed due to a serious and untreated injury. The vet nurse convinced the trainer/owner to sign him over for adoption. Sometimes the industry people don’t give permission and the dogs are killed.
A quick way to find a greyhound is to go to the Every Greyhound website
If you are looking at adopting a greyhound we recommended one of these
privately run greyhound adoption groups that are run by volunteers and receive no Government or industry support. In addition these groups are always looking for extra helpers for fostering, fundraising, dog walking & grooming, helping with newsletter and websites and running stalls – just for starters!
NSW Greyhound groups and other mixed breed groups who help greyhounds need the most help now, but many interstate groups also taken in many NSW greyhounds:
Friends of the Hound
Northern NSW and Hunter Valley
Some greyhounds in Sydney and ACT. Also SE QLD
Greyhound Rescue – Greater Sydney area and ACT
Gumtree Greys – All over eastern coast including rural NSW
Rescued Greyhounds NSW Central Coast – Lorraine Ramsey 0439 325 746
Greyhound Re-Homing – Rural NSW/ greater Tamworth area
Wollongong Animal Rescue Network – Greater Illawarra are
Helen’s Helping Hounds – Greater Wagga Wagga area
Claws ‘n’ Paws Pet Rescue – Central Coast NSW
Sydney Cats and Dogs Home – Sydney
Regularly save a few greyhounds
Happy Paws Haven near Grafton
Regularly save a few greyhounds
Groups outside of New South Wales
- Animal Welfare League QLD – regularly save greyhounds from Northern NSW
- Greyhound Rescue Victoria – Greater Melbourne —> Regularly save greyhounds from NSW
- Amazing Greys – Greater Melbourne
- Greyhound Safety Net – Greater Melbourne
- Greyhound Rehoming Cairns
- Greyhounds New Beginnings – SE QLD
- Pets in Need Brisbane – Fran Sanders
- Greyhound Adoptions WA -Perth
- Greyhound Angels of Western Australia – Perth
- Greyhound Rehoming Association Northern Territory
Or you can look for your greyhound on the Every Greyhound website which lists hundreds of greyhounds from Australia all waiting to be adopted.