Your guide to fostering or adopting a greyhound!

Do you need more greyhound in your life? If the idea of a sweet, affectionate 'couch potato' of a dog sharing your home sounds greyt then the answer might just be YES.


LAST UPDATED: 2 May 2016

Greyhounds Australasia admitted that up to 17,000 healthy dogs and puppies are killed every year because of greyhound racing. This equates to an astonishing 96% of all pups born into the industry being killed by their fourth birthday. A lucky few dogs do make it out of the industry, but many more are waiting for their chance to be the companions they were born to be. You can help save a life by adopting or fostering a greyhound through a rescue group.

Friends of the Hound - Three happy rescued greyhounds

Is a greyhound for you?

Many people are surprised to discover that greyhounds make wonderful family pets. They're naturally gentle and loving dogs, who generally don't require a big backyard or a huge amount of exercise. In fact they make great apartment dogs — they haven't earned the nickname '60kph couch potato' for nothing! Most greyhounds are content with a daily walk and plenty of cuddles.

Friends of the Hound - Greyhound and little girl


Right now there are greyhounds around the country waiting patiently for their forever homes. By adopting a rescued greyhound you'll be saving the life of one of these amazing dogs — and gain an unforgettable family member.

Friends of the Hound - Older rescued greyhound and cat curled up


If you're not able to make the lifelong commitment of adopting a greyhound, don't worry! You can still get all the perks of sharing your home with one AND save a life — by becoming a temporary foster carer.

Greyhound rescue groups across the country are always on the lookout for committed, reliable foster carers who can help dogs make the transition from kennel to couch.

Fostering is a crucial part of the adoption process, as foster carers can help dogs become familiar with living in a home environment and ensure they go to the perfect forever family when adopted.

Friends of the Hound - Rescued greyhound

On your marks, get set … Go!

If you've got room in your heart (and on your couch), contact a rescue group in your state to discover more about adopting or fostering a greyhound:

Amazing Greys
Greyhound Rescue Victoria
Greyhound Safety Net
Gumtree Greys (also operate in QLD/NSW)
Gippsland Greyhounds
Greyhound Adoption Program Victoria (GAP)

Animal Welfare League NSW
Friends of the Hound (and QLD)
Greyhound Rescue
Gumtree Greys (also operate in QLD/VIC)
Greyhound Adoption Program NSW (GAP)
Greyhounds As Pets (GRNSW)

Animal Welfare League QLD
Friends of the Hound (and NSW)
Gumtree Greys (also operate in NSW/VIC)
Animals in Need
Greyhound Rehoming Cairns & Tablelands District
Greyhounds New Beginnings - Life After the Track
Greyhound Adoption Program Queensland (GAP)

Brightside Farm Sanctuary
Greyhound Adoption Program Tasmania (GAP)

Brightside Farm Sanctuary founder and Director, Emma Haswell with some of the hundreds of greyhounds she has found loving homes for

Greyhound Adoptions WA
Greyhound Angels of Western Australia
Greyhounds as Pets

SA Greyhound Adoption
Greyhound Adoption Program SA (GAP)

Greyhound Rehoming Association Northern Territory

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