The Greyhound Adoption Program, or GAP, is an initiative of Greyhound Racing Victoria dedicated to finding homes for greyhounds that are no longer suitable for racing.
Greyhounds can make fantastic pets – they are quiet, lazy and gentle dogs that thrive in the family home environment. Greyhounds that have passed through our program and have been awarded a special green GAP collar, do not have to be muzzled in public.
Every dog that enters the program is thoroughly temperament tested, desexed, wormed, microchipped, and vaccinated. They then spend time with a volunteer foster carer to help them adjust from life in a kennel, to life in a pet home. Our foster carers aim to expose their charges to a variety of situations the greyhound is likely to encounter once it becomes a pet, work on basic manners and get the greyhound used to the type of routine that is normal for a family home. It is only after this that they are made available for adoption.
It is one of our main goals to change the negative image so many people have of greyhounds, and through a more positive reputation, hope to increase the public’s desire to care for these wonderful dogs after their racing careers have finished. To assist with this, GAP volunteers attend many events during the year spreading the word and dispelling common myths.
Are you interested in adopting a greyhound or currently waiting to adopt? Many of our greyhounds are such placid, laid back dogs that they are suitable to adopt straight from our kennels. You can find the greyhounds ready to go straight away in our list of available dogs, or come and visit the kennels to see who we have for you to love.