Greyhound Adoption Program Australia supports every greyhounds full life cycle and adoption into a forever home. It is the greyhound racing industry’s commitment to every greyhound’s transition from racing into their forever home.
Greyhound Adoption Program Australia supports greyhound racing industry adoption programs find a home for every retired greyhound by supporting your adoption process with training and guidance.
Lifecycle of a greyhound
Every greyhound that is born into a litter is cared for and closely monitored. They are free to socialise as much as possible and fed to ensure optimum health. Maintaining close proximity to their litter is incredibly important for every greyhound puppies wellbeing and development.
While other domestic breeds are taken away from their litter at a very early stage, greyhound pups are usually raised in their sibling groups and develop positive social skills as a result. They often have access to large paddocks or areas to play, gallop and explore as much as they want while also being exposed to different stimulation. Greyhound puppies are taught to adjust to differing environments and tasks including car travel, vet visits and general handling. This is a long term strategy to help every greyhound be ready for both the track and domestic life.
When greyhound pups are ready to be weaned, they are slowly introduced to puppy food and the time they spend with their mothers is reduced slowly and carefully. This deliberate process gives each greyhound pup the time to adjust to their new routine.
Greyhounds will often be taught their racing skills between the ages of 12 and 15 months. After this initial training period, they will be handed to a pre-trainer to be prepared for racing for 4 to 12 weeks – depending on the requirements of each dog. Each greyhound will adjust to living in a race kennel environment, improve their fitness level, transition into a race diet, trial at race tracks by themselves and interact with other dogs.
During their racing life, greyhounds are closely monitored in a very regimented schedule. While their feeding and exercise sessions are set at consistent times each day, their handlers can often change day to day and they are surrounded by other race dogs. This constant interaction with different stimuli makes them an adaptable and easy to manage breed after they retire into domestic life.
Foster homes play an integral role in a greyhounds transition from racetrack to domestic life. Each greyhound will need some time to adjust to a slower pace, different diet and more familial context. During their fostering stage, greyhounds will meet other breeds of dogs and animals, be introduced to household rules and have all their immunisation and health check ups completed.
You will be supported in the adoption process by your state’s representatives. Greyhounds are carefully matched with a suitable home according to the dogs characteristics and needs as well as the adopters expectations. You will have access to insight and information to help your greyhound adjust to their new domestic home life. Once settled in, your greyhound will be a permanent loving feature in your life.