Re-homing of all adoptable greyhounds is a key goal for GRV. This is reflected in the new racing rules which require owners to make reasonable efforts to rehome retired greyhounds. The most common place for greyhounds to be re-homed is through friends, family and contacts of owners, trainers and other participants in the industry. To assist owners to rehome their greyhounds GRV is continuing to expand and enhance the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) as an important, but not the only, pathway to rehoming greyhounds.
Demand for a place at GAP significantly exceeds capacity. Feedback to GRV, including at recent stakeholder workshops, has indicated that uncertainty regarding access to a pre-entry assessment session is a serious concern for participants. As a result, as of Tuesday 4 October 2016 GRV has changed the way participants book a space in one of the 2-3 pre-entry assessment sessions run around Victoria each week. Participants should contact Member Services on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03 8329 1100 at any time.
Once the scheduled sessions are full each month greyhounds will be placed on a waiting list. The waiting list will provide participants with an estimate of how long they will need to wait until they are able to secure a space in the next available pre-entry assessment session. New sessions will be released on a monthly basis and participants on the waiting list will be given first access to the sessions. Please note that greyhounds that have been de-sexed and undergone a full dental check with any issues treated – will be given priority access to new sessions as they are made available.
How do I book?
- To book your greyhound in for a GAP pre-entry assessment, please email Member Services on email@example.com or phone 03 8329 1100.
- Sessions are run at: Ballarat; Bendigo; Cranbourne; GAP (Seymour); Geelong; Horsham; Meadows; Sale; Sandown, Shepparton and Warrnambool.
- There are usually 16 spaces available per session. If the sessions are fully booked, your greyhound will be placed on the waiting list and you will be provided with an estimate of when a pre-entry assessment space will become available. Member Services will keep in touch via phone or email to keep you informed.
- To be eligible for a pre-entry assessment your greyhound must:
- have a current C5 vaccination (at least 10 days prior to assessment); and,
- not have been trained, trialled or raced for at least one month (preferably two months) prior to the testing day.
- Only three greyhounds per connection can be booked in per pre-assessment session.
- There is no entry fee for greyhounds into GAP.
- Participants must provide a good quality, well fitted wire muzzle when entering a greyhound into GAP.
Scheduled Sessions: February 2017 to May 2017
|Ballarat||Wednesday 1st March 2017||9.00am to 12.00pm|
|GAP/Seymour||Monday 6th March 2017||9.00am to 12.00pm|
|Sale||Tuesday 7th March 2017||9.00am to 12.00pm|
|Geelong||Thursday 9th March 2017||9.00am to 12.00pm|
|GAP/Seymour||Tuesday 14th March 2017||9.00am to 12.00pm|
|Ballarat||Wednesday 14th March 2017||9.00am to 12.00pm|
|Bendigo||Monday 20th March 2017||10.30am to 1.30pm|
|Meadows||Tuesday 21st March 2017||9.00am to 12.00pm|
|Ballarat||Wednesday 22nd March 2017||9.00am to 12.00pm|
|Sandown||Monday 27th March 2017||10.00am to 1.00pm|
|GAP/Seymour||Tuesday 28th March 2017||9.00am to 12.00pm|
|Geelong||Thursday 30th March 2017||9.00am to 12.00pm|
|Shepparton||Monday 3rd April 2017||9.00am to 12.00pm|
|Sale||Tuesday 4th April 2017||9.00am to 12.00pm|
|Cranbourne||Wednesday 5th April 2017||10.00am to 1.00pm|
|Bendigo||Monday 10th April 2017||10.30am to 1.30pm|
|GAP/Seymour||Tuesday 11th April 2017||9.00am to 12.00pm|
|Ballarat||Wednesday 12th April 2017||9.00am to 12.00pm|
|Meadows||Tuesday 18th April 2017||9.00am to 12.00pm|
|Geelong||Thursday 20th April 2017||9.00am to 12.00pm|
|Sandown||Monday 24th April 2017||10.00am to 1.00pm|
|Warrnambool||Wednesday 26th April 2017||9.30am to 12.30pm|
|GAP/Seymour||Sunday 30th April 2017||9.00am to 12.00pm|
|Sandown||Monday 1st May 2017||10.00am to 1.00pm|
|Cranbourne||Wednesday 3rd May 2017||10.00am to 1.00pm|
|Shepparton||Monday 8th May 2017||9.00am to 12.00pm|
|GAP/Seymour||Monday 15th May 2017||9.00am to 12.00pm|
|Sale||Tuesday 16th May 2017||9.00am to 12.00pm|
|Geelong||Thursday 18th May 2017||9.00am to 12.00pm|
|Bendigo||Monday 22nd May 2017||10.30am to 1.30pm|
|Sandown||Monday 29th May 2017||10.00am to 1.00pm|
|GAP/Seymour||Tuesday 30th May 2017||9.00am to 12.00pm|
NOTE: The entry fee for greyhounds into the GAP has been waived permanently
What happens at the pre-entry assessment?
- GAP staff will conduct a shortened version of the temperament test with each greyhound. This includes general observation of the greyhound’s behaviour while waiting, when handled by the GAP staff and when interacting with a small dog.
- Dog that are successful are transferred to GAP on the same day.
- Greyhounds that are unsuccessful in their pre-entry assessment test will need to be taken home by their owners. These greyhounds have the option to be tested again at a later date after some further training.
Please note that because a greyhound does not pass the assessment, it does not mean that it will not pass at a later date, nor make a good pet in the right environment.
What is the difference between the pre-entry assessment and the full GAP National Temperament Test (GAPNTT)?
The pre-entry assessment test is a shortened version of the full GAPNTT. It includes general observation of the greyhound’s behaviour while waiting, when handled by the GAP team and when interacting with a small dog, and normally takes about 10 minutes.
The full temperament test is undertaken over three days and includes repeating some of the elements of the pre-entry assessment, including general observations of the greyhound’s behaviour while waiting for assessment, during feeding and in the kennel. Observations are also made when the greyhound is handled by the GAP team and when interacting with other greyhounds and with small dogs. All greyhounds are also tested for resource guarding, which involves using a ‘dummy’ hand to move and interact with their food in the kennel. This is important as greyhounds which are found to be protective with their food may not be suitable for adoption into a family with small children. If the greyhound is considered a low risk during the small dog test, the GAP team may also test its interaction with a cat.
Any temperament test can only ever be an indication of the greyhound’s behaviour on a particular day. However, extending the observations and repeating the tests over several days allows the GAP team to develop a behaviour baseline for that greyhound. Similarly observing the behavior of the dog and different locations including at the pre-entry assessment locations, which are often at racing tracks and at the GAP in Seymour and Ballarat, assist the GAP team to understand how well the greyhound will adjust to a family environment.
What can I do to prepare my greyhound for the pre-entry assessment?
To help prepare a greyhound for their test, it is important to familiarise it with what it takes to be a pet. Greyhounds that have been given time to adjust from racing life, and that have had some life experience before they enter the program, have been shown to have a better chance of passing their pre-entry assessment test and finding a permanent home.
Please ensure that the greyhound has a current C5 vaccination (boosted no less than ten days prior to its session).
Some other ways to prepare your greyhound before attending a GAP pre-entry assessment:
- Afford the greyhound as much time out of work/away from racing as possible – the greater the time between ceasing racing and being assessed, the more likely your greyhound is to pass. A minimum should be 4-8 weeks.
- If you are able to do so safely, gradually expose the greyhound to other breeds of dog. Start with large dogs and work your way down. Dogs should always be on lead and the greyhound should always be muzzled during this socialisation.
- Where possible allow your greyhound some time in a home environment rather than the kennel environment. Let them spend time in a backyard environment and allow them some supervised access inside the house to acclimatise them to a home environment and unfamiliar sights, sounds, textures and smells.
- If the greyhound has never raced, make sure it can be handled. Greyhounds need to be able to walk on lead and be familiar with being in a car or trailer. If the greyhound has never been off your property, the more exposure you can provide to people other than yourself (both adults and children) the easier it will be for him to cope when he or she comes to GAP.
More information about activities you can undertake can be found in the Racing to Retirement brochure available below (click the brochure to enlarge the document).
The Racing to Retirement brochure PDF is also available for download here.