For the first time, the Greyhound Adoption Program has held a Foster Care event in conjunction with the Sandown Adoption Day.
About 200 people attended the event which saw 15 greyhounds find homes and 18 others meeting their new foster families.
The event aimed to show the importance and need for foster carers as well as finding forever homes for the greyhounds that were available for adoption.
Greyhound Racing Victoria’s Rehoming Manager Sean Stanton said that it was an exciting initiative to include foster care with an adoption day.
“Foster care is an integral part of the adoption process and we are always looking for carers to help get our greyhounds adoption ready,” Mr Stanton said.
“The response and feedback from people interested in fostering has been fantastic.
“Each greyhound is unique, so it doesn’t matter if you work full-time or part-time; live in an apartment or a house; have other pets or don’t, we almost always have a greyhound for you.”
Foster care helps ‘fill the gap’ between racing and retirement as many greyhounds that come into the program need some extra help before finding their forever home.
Foster carers help the greyhound adjust to retirement life by helping them get familiar with a range of things including stairs, carpets, other pets and kids.
To find out more information about becoming a GAP Foster Carer or adopting a GAP greyhound visit gap.grv.org.au.