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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Greyhound Rescue Victoria
Greyhound Safety Net
Gumtree Greys (also operate in QLD/NSW)
Greyhound Adoption Program Victoria (GAP)
Animal Welfare League NSW
Friends of the Hound (and QLD)
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)