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Entering Your Greyhound into GAP

Re-homing of all adoptable greyhounds is a key goal for GRV. This is reflected in the racing rules (LR 42.6) which require owners to make genuine efforts to re-home retired greyhounds. The most common method 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 re-home their greyhounds, GRV is continuing to expand and enhance the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) as an important, but not the only, pathway to re-homing greyhounds.

Pre-entry Assessment

Greyhounds must pass a short behaviour assessment (pre-entry assessment or PEA) prior to being accepted into GAP. PEA sessions are conducted 2-3 times each week at 10 venues around Victoria (see locations below) and are usually scheduled for up to three months in advance. To book your greyhound into a slot please contact Racing Services on gapbooking@grv.org.au or phone 03 8329 1100 at any time, advising them of your nominated location. More information is shown below.

If all sessions at the nominated location are fully booked, the greyhound will go onto a waiting list, and when new sessions are available (or slots become vacant due to a cancellation) at that location, greyhounds will be allocated slots with the earliest bookings allocated first.

Please note that desexed greyhounds on the waiting list will be given priority over un-desexed (entire) greyhounds (based on GRV having the documents to record the greyhound as desexed in FastTrack).

Desexing certificates can be emailed to welfare@grv.org.au so GRV can update FastTrack. The GRV’s Desexing and Dental Scheme (information at https://greyhoundcare.grv.org.au/rehoming/desexing-and-dental-scheme/) will cover the entire cost of both desexing and dental treatment in most cases.

Preparation for PEA

Participants can greatly assist GAP by having their greyhounds as “adoption ready” as possible before PEA, which will also maximise the chances of the greyhound passing the assessment:

  1. ensuring greyhounds are used to being around small dogs and other people; and
  2. ensuring medical issues are resolved; for example, a greyhound with a repaired fracture must be sound enough to run around and cannot be lame (if in doubt please contact GRV in advance) – a greyhound that has to rehabilitated at GAP for several months means it takes up kennel space and less greyhounds can be accepted from participants; and
  3. desexing greyhounds prior to PEA (and also getting the dental treatment done).

Advantages of desexing prior to PEA

  1. Greyhounds can be adopted quicker, often within days of arrival (if teeth are in good condition) which ultimately benefits both the participants and the greyhounds; and
  2. It also has the potential to increase the likelihood of the greyhound passing its assessment; and
  3. In the case of females, it avoids the situation of her coming into season at the last minute and not being able to attend the assessment; and
  4. As above desexed greyhounds on the waiting list have priority over entire greyhounds, meaning quicker time to assessment.

Ideally desexing should be done at least 6 weeks prior to PEA to gain the benefits from a behavioural point of view, but if it is not possible to be done that far in advance, it should be a minimum of 2 weeks for a female and 1 week for a male.

VENUE DATE TIME
Seymour Thursday, 2 June 2022 9.00am to 11.00am
Bendigo Monday, 6 June 2022 11.30am to 1.30pm
Warrnambool Wednesday, 8 June 2022 8.00am to 10.00am
Meadows Tuesday, 14 June 2022 9.30am to 11.30am
Ballarat Wednesday, 15 June 2022 10.00am to 12.00pm
Cranbourne Tuesday, 21 June 2022 10.00am to 12.00pm
Geelong Thursday, 23 June 2022 10.00am to 12.00pm
Sandown Monday, 27 June 2022 10.00am to 12.00pm
Seymour Wednesday, 29 June 2022 9.00am to 11.00am
Shepparton Monday, 4 July 2022 9.30am to 11.30am
Ballarat Wednesday, 6 July 2022 10.00am to 12.00pm
Sale Monday, 11 July 2022 8.00am to 10.00am
Seymour Wednesday, 13 July 2022 9.00am to 11.00am
Cranbourne Tuesday, 19 July 2022 10.00am to 12.00pm
Geelong Thursday, 21 July 2022 10.00am to 12.00pm
Sandown Monday, 25 July 2022 10.00am to 12.00pm
Warrnambool Wednesday, 27 July 2022 8.00am to 10.00am
Sandown Monday, 1 August 2022 10.00am to 12.00pm
Meadows Tuesday, 2 August 2022 9.30am to 11.30am
Bendigo Monday, 8 August 2022 11.30am to 1.30pm
Cranbourne Tuesday, 9 August 2022 10.00am to 12.00pm
Sale Monday, 15 August 2022 8.00am to 10.00am
Seymour Wednesday, 17 August 2022 9.00am to 11.00am
Sandown Monday, 22 August 2022 10.00am to 12.00pm
Ballarat Wednesday, 24 August 2022 10.00am to 12.00pm
Warrnambool Wednesday, 31 August 2022 8.00am to 10.00am

What do I do if my greyhound is on the waiting list?

  1. Preparation: You can use the waiting time to further prepare the greyhound for rehoming. If you haven’t already done so you could get the greyhound desexed (and preferably dental treatment done) – GRV’s Desexing and Dental Scheme will cover the entire cost of both desexing and dental treatment in most cases. Ongoing handling and socialisation will increase the chances of the greyhound passing the assessment.
  2. Alternatives: You can try contacting other rehoming groups but be aware they also currently have waiting lists and will generally require desexing prior to acceptance.
  3. PetCheck: From March 2022, GRV will again be offering PetCheck behaviour assessments to greyhounds on the waiting list (very similar to a PEA except GAP will not take the greyhound on the day if it passes). This will be useful to provide some certainty about the greyhound’s behaviour and, if you are opting to rehome the greyhound privately, to help you better place the greyhound in the right home. If you would like to have a PetCheck for your greyhound, please ring Carly at GAP on 03 5799 0166 to discuss and book it in. The plan is to offer slots at the end of the PEA sessions and at the end of the assessment you will receive documentation on your greyhound’s assessment. To be eligible, your greyhound will need to be on the PEA waiting list; and vaccinated as per the requirements for GAP.

How GAP’s pre-entry assessment tests work

How do I book a pre-entry assessment slot?

  • To book your greyhound in for a GAP pre-entry assessment, please email Racing Services on gapbooking@grv.org.auor phone 03 8329 1100. They will provide information on what documentation is required and when.
  • Sessions are run at: Ballarat; Bendigo; Cranbourne; Seymour (GAP); Geelong; The Meadows; Sale; Sandown, Shepparton and Warrnambool.
  • There are usually up to 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. Racing Services will keep in touch via phone or email to keep you informed.
  • To be eligible for a pre-entry assessment your greyhound must not have been trained, trialled or raced for at least 28 days (preferably at least two months) prior to the testing day.
  • Your greyhound must also be fully vaccinated, at least 10 days prior to the testing day, according to the requirements below:
    • C3 vaccination(Parvovirus, Distemper and Hepatitiswithin the last 2½ years (or within 1 year if the last C3 was given earlier than 12 months of age); and
    • Kennel Coughvaccination (both Bordetella and Parainfluenzawithin the last 6 months where the Bordetella component is given as an intra-nasal or oral* vaccine. * Note that while the intra-nasal kennel Cough vaccine protects against both Bordetella and Parainfluenza, the oral vaccine only protects against Bordetella. Therefore, if using the oral vaccine, the Parainfluenza vaccine will have to have been given by separate injection (either on its own or as part of a C4 vaccine).
  • 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.
  • Desexed greyhounds on the waiting list get priority over un-desexed (entire) greyhounds. When booking a desexed greyhound in, please check with Racing Services that FastTrack has the greyhound recorded as desexed.

Two important points:

  1. A PEA slot is allocated to the nominated greyhound, not the participant, so if the greyhound is withdrawn, the participant cannot substitute another greyhound into that slot.
  2. If you are considering booking a particular greyhound into a PEA session but you are not sure, it is better to get it booked in, as you can always cancel later if you don’t need the slot.

Participant re-homing tips