About

The Greyhound Adoption Program, or GAP, is part of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission and is dedicated to finding homes for greyhounds that are no longer suitable for racing.

It is our mission to:
• Find suitable, loving, long term homes for racing greyhounds whose careers have come to an end.
• Educate the public about the true greyhound personality and remove misconceptions and mistaken views that many people have of this wonderful, gentle animal.
• Encourage a more positive image of the greyhound and to stimulate the public’s desire to own a greyhound as a family pet.
• Prepare and assess the greyhounds suitability as loving and loyal family pets.
• Give ongoing support to the greyhound and its new owners.

We at GAP believe that greyhounds can make fantastic pets. In general they are best described as quiet, lazy and gentle dogs that thrive in a family home environment. But the great thing about greyhounds is that there is a temperament to suit just about every situation. If you prefer a more outgoing dog, perhaps one that enjoys obedience training or playing fetch with the kids for example, then we can help find the right dog for you! The staff at GAP pride themselves on their ability to successfully and consistently place the right greyhound into the right home environment. How? By taking the time to get to know each greyhound individually and through comprehensive and ongoing behavioural assessments during the fostering process.

GAP QLD greyhounds are very special, so special in fact that they are the only greyhounds allowed to go muzzle free in public regardless of the local authority muzzling laws. As of July 1, 2009 greyhounds adopted through GAP are able to enjoy being in public without muzzles. Based on our stringent assessments of both greyhounds and the homes we place dogs into, GAP QLD has been awarded state approval to issue unique Green Collars that clearly identifies the greyhound as having graduated from our program and thus, are exempt from local authority muzzling laws. Note that each collar is numbered and must be worn at all times in public for the dog to be exempt. This exemption became official through the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 which was passed in State Parliament on Wed, December 3, 2008.

Every dog that enters the program is thoroughly temperament tested, desexed, wormed, micro chipped, and vaccinated by our own veterinarian. They also have a thorough dental examination and if required, their teeth are scaled and polished. 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 the greyhound to a variety of situations of the type likely to be encountered once it becomes a pet; they then gauge its reactions. Foster carers also implement basic obedience training, such as basic house manners and get the greyhound used to the type of routine that is normal for a family home. It is only after this process that they are made available for adoption, which is why finding the right dog may take a bit of time.

Brisbane

The head office of GAP Queensland is located on Atkinson Dam Road, Churchable 4311

General Enquiries: gap@qric.qld.gov.au or ph: 07 3174 0594

We can be contacted between the hours of 8:30am – 4pm Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours please leave a message.

Foster Carers and Volunteers!

To every single one of you, we couldn’t do it without your help! Our hounds thank you as do we!

Please note:- There is a longer waiting period for owners of cats due to the fact that cat freindly greyhounds are not always readily available. It may take up to 6 months to find the perfect greyhound for your family but rest assured we will try our very best to accommodate you.