The Greyhound Adoption Program, or GAP, is run by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission and is dedicated to finding homes for greyhounds that have retired from racing.
It is our mission to:
• Find suitable, loving, long term homes for retired racing greyhounds.
• Encourage a more positive image of the greyhound and to stimulate the public’s desire to own a greyhound as a family pet.
• Assess greyhounds and prepare them for life as family pets.
• Provide ongoing advice and 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 and gentle dogs that thrive in a family home environment. But the great thing about greyhounds is that there is a dog 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 and 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. 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 state approval to issue unique Green Collars that clearly identifies the greyhound as having graduated from our program and thus, are exempt from 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 assessed, desexed, wormed, microchipped, and vaccinated. They also have a thorough dental examination and if required, their teeth are scaled and polished. They then spend time with us or a foster carer to help them adjust from life in a kennel to life in a pet home. We aim to expose the greyhound to a variety of situations of the type likely to be encountered once it becomes a pet. 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.
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.