Greyhound adoption programs (GAP) have been set up across Australia. They are not-for-profit organisations that have been established to find homes for retired race greyhounds or greyhounds that are no longer wanted.
GAP Victoria gives you the option either to adopt a greyhound to give it a home for life, or to foster a greyhound for three weeks. Although many greyhounds can be adopted straight from the kennel, others benefit from a period of time in foster care prior to being adopted so they can adjust to life in a domestic environment. Fostering can also operate as a trial period for people who may be interested in – but are not certain about – adopting a greyhound. Fostering is an ideal way for prospective adoptees to get to know the breed before making a final decision to adopt. Greyhounds are becoming a popular choice for Australians as they come to understand just how placid and friendly this breed of dogs is.
They don’t require much exercise – only a daily 15 minute walk– and they generally sleep for around 20 hours a day. Greyhounds rarely bark and require little grooming. And contrary to what many people think, greyhounds don’t need to wear a muzzle in public if they have been adopted through the GAP program and are wearing a special green GAP collar. Greyhounds are easygoing, docile and perfect for apartments. You couldn’t ask for a better pet. for more information on the Victorian GAP, visit http://gap.grv.org.au