As dog people, our greyhounds mean everything. They are the stars of the sport and it’s important that after their racing careers they are provided with a rewarding retirement.

The industry has initiatives and programs in place to help ensure a successful transition from athlete to pet for greyhounds.

Our Greyhounds as Pets program promotes, encourages and facilitates greyhound pet ownership to the wider community in Western Australia.

Responsible Rehoming

Like every athlete, racing animals deserve a rewarding retirement. In WA, the Rules of Racing prevent any greyhound from being euthanised due to it being unsuitable for racing. Unless there is a medical or behavioural reason determined by a veterinarian or qualified animal behaviourist, all greyhounds bred for racing are rehomed. All statistics around the number of greyhounds entering the industry or retiring from it are openly reported in Racing and Wagering Western Australia’s Annual Report.

Greyhounds as Pets

Greyhounds as Pets is the industry’s rehoming program in Western Australia, which matches retired greyhounds with their forever homes. The program has dedicated animal behaviourists who use their expertise in canine behaviour assessment and modification to assist greyhounds to adjust from life as an athlete to life as a pet. Each greyhound is provided with a tailored plan to suit their individual needs.

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Animal Care and Welfare Course

Greyhounds as Pets WA (GAP) has partnered with Applied Vocational Training (AVT) to facilitate a short-term intensive course in animal care and welfare. The nationally recognised course, ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies Intensive (Animal Care and Welfare), is provided by AVT who provide training for students seeking a career in animal care. As part of the course, students undertake one day per week at the GAP kennels and at another leading Perth animal welfare and rehoming organisation, the Cat Haven, undertaking practical training.

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Working Together

The industry works with other greyhound rehoming groups to maximise rehoming and foster care opportunities for retired greyhounds.

All greyhounds rehomed through third party organisations must be sterilised and have undergone a dental treatment prior to retirement.