Greyhound Racing Victoria’s Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) is fortunate to have a special exemption from the Domestic Animal’s Act (previously the Domestic (Feral and Nuisance) Animals Act). This exemption allows greyhounds adopted under this program to be walked on a leash in public without a muzzle provided they are identified by their special, numbered, Green GAP Collar.
If you have a pet greyhound that you did not adopt from the Greyhound Adoption Program the law states that you MUST have that greyhound muzzled and on a leash at all times when off your property.
Examples of greyhounds that fall into this category are those that have been adopted from the RSPCA, Lost Dog’s Home, Greyhound Safety Net, or other animal shelters, and to those greyhounds given away as pets by their owners or trainers.
Just because your greyhound has not come from GAP, does not mean that you cannot have it assessed for a Green Collar, in fact GAP offers a ‘Green Collar Assessment for Non-GAP Greyhounds’ at their kennels in Seymour, Central Victoria. There are a number of criteria that you and your greyhound will have to meet, and your greyhound must pass the GAP Temperament Assessment Test (to ensure that your greyhound would be safe in public without a muzzle on) prior to being awarded a Green Collar.
So What is Involved?
Greyhounds that are applying for a Green Collar Assessment need to meet the following criteria:
- The greyhound must be De-Sexed (de-sexing certificate or tattoo must be sighted)
- The Greyhound must have a current C5 vaccination (vaccination certificate to be sighted)
- The greyhound must be sound and have no major, ongoing health problems
- The greyhound must stay at the GAP kennels for 1 week to allow for temperament assessments to take place
- The greyhound must pass a ‘small dog’ reaction test – ensuring that the greyhound would not show an excessive or dangerous reaction if encountering a small, active dog.
- You must be prepared to sign our standard ‘Adoption Contract’ which outlines your responsibilities under law.
What does it cost?
GAP does not charge for the Green Collar Assessment.
How long does it take to get in?
Provided your greyhound is de-sexed and has a current C5 vaccination, we aim to have the dog enter in the next available intake (usually 2-6 weeks away). You can arrange a time by calling the GAP Staff during office hours on (03) 5799 0166.
How do I find out more?
If you would like to book your greyhound in, or are just interested in finding out more about our GAP Green Collar assessments, please contact the GAP Staff on (03) 5799-0166 or email email@example.com