HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ADOPT?

Under 12 months old: $500

12 months to 7 years old: $375 is the adoption fee for a pure breed greyhound this includes de-sexing, vaccinations flee and worming all up to date.

Over 7 years old $300 is the adoption fee for a pure breed greyhound this includes de-sexing, vaccinations, flee and worming all up to date.

WHERE DO THE HOUNDS COME FROM?

Most of our greyhounds come from trainers who call us when they are retiring their dogs from racing.

Some greyhounds come from pounds or vet surgeries that have been surrendered by owners/trainers.

Occasionally we get calls from our members that have seen a hound that needs help and we respond by offering to take on the hound to re home.

ARE WE AFFILIATED OR DO WE SUPPORT THE RACING INDUSTRY?

No. We do not receive any funding from the racing industry. We are a rehoming charity and as such do not have a political involvement or opinion about greyhound racing. We choose to stay neutral about the racing industry and concentrate on rehabilitating and rehoming these beautiful greyhounds. Our member’s opinions are their own, however we are strictly a rehoming charity.

CAN GREYHOUNDS LIVE WITH CATS?

Like all breeds of dogs, there are some greyhounds that are good with cats and some that are not. We assess the greyhound on an individual basis in a safe environment.

Like all dogs, we can never guarantee a greyhound that is in foster care with cats will be completely trouble free in a new environment with a different cat. Introducing a new pet will take time, patience and owner discretion to work with the greyhound and your cat until you feel comfortable that they are safe together.

GNB will guide you through the introduction process for the safety of your cat and the greyhound, and one of our volunteers who has experience will bring the greyhound to you and assist with the introduction process.

We have had, and continue to have many greyhounds successfully rehomed with cats, and it’s definitely an achievable outcome.

CAN GREYHOUNDS LIVE IN APARTMENTS?

Yes. The greyhound breed is often very misunderstood due to their size, appearance and involvement in racing. Contrary to popular belief, greyhounds are often described by their owners as being sweet, placid, gentle, quiet and loving creatures that make fantastic family pets. Due to their speed on the track, it is often thought that the greyhound requires a great deal of exercise to remain entertained and prevent destructive behaviour. However, greyhounds are bred to run very fast over short distances and actually require very little exercise. In fact it is common for them to sleep up to 18 hours a day. It is this general lack of energy along with their quiet, gentle and sweet nature which makes greyhounds perfect for apartment living.

Greyhounds were recently ranked one of the ‘Top 10 dogs for Apartment Living’ due to the breed being ‘easily groomed, quiet and low activity’. The article describes greyhounds as being “…exceptionally mellow, gentle and quiet.”

The term “The world’s fastest couch potato” is used on many occasions to describe the greyhound, including who also attest to their gentle nature saying “Indoors the dog is placid, quiet, and well mannered…”

While Purina describes the greyhound as having a low tendency to bark, no amount of hair shed, and exercise requirements “…do not necessarily need copious amounts of exercise”.

With these facts in consideration, you will find greyhounds are highly suited as an apartment pet. No barking at the neighbours, energy levels too low to be destructive, very little shedding and a lot of time snoozing. If not for their cuddling and leaning you might even forget they were even there!

DO THEY EAT A LOT?

Generally greyhounds don’t eat a lot for a large dog. The amount of food required is dependent on size, gender and age of the individual greyhound. Approximately 1 cup of premium quality dry food for breakfast and then the same for dinner along with fresh, raw meat. Fish oil tablets are also very beneficial as it keeps their coats and skin in healthy condition.

DO THEY NEED A LOT OF EXERCISE?

Usually no, but again it is dependent on the individual greyhound. Generally around 15 minutes at a cool time of the day will suffice. Alternatively a good sized yard to run in at their own leisure. It is important to remember that in all deep chested dogs, it is not recommended to exercise an hour either side of meal times as it can lead to potentially fatal digestive issues.

CAN THEY LIVE WITH THE ELDERLY?

Yes. Due to the greyhound’s placid, loving nature and low exercise requirement, they are the perfect pet for mature members of the community who have room in their home and room in their hearts.

DO THEY GET ALONG WITH OTHER BREEDS OF DOGS?

As with any dog, introductions are important and the GNB team will assist with this. Individual cases may vary, but generally greyhounds are adaptable, social and friendly dogs quite capable of living with other breeds.

CAN THEY BE AN ONLY PET?

Like most dogs, a greyhound’s situation is judged on an individual basis. We have several greyhounds living as the only pet, as well as some that spend days by themselves while owners are at work. Not all greyhounds like to be the only pet as they can be very sociable and can get lonely. Greyhounds are raised with the brothers and sisters in their litter until they are around 12 months old so can be used to having company. We recommend you adopt several greyhounds at once to avoid this from occurring.

DO GREYHOUNDS HAVE TO WEAR A MUZZLE?

We recommend that your new greyhound wear a muzzle while walking and meeting other animals for at least a month, while the greyhound is getting used to their new lifestyle. Some local government authorities require dogs to be muzzled in public. Always check with your local council regarding the requirements. If you would like to be able to take your adopted greyhound in public muzzle free, green collar testing for your adopted hound is available through GAP (Greyhound Adoption Program).

WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE MONEY THE CHARITY RECEIVES?

GNB is a registered not-for-profit charity and has deductable gift recipient status. All of our members are volunteers and are not reimbursed for their time and efforts. GNB receives no money from the racing industry and funds its expenses through donations, fund raising and the sale of merchandise. All money raised goes back into medical care, medications, food and equipment. If you would like to donate to assist us with our rehoming work, please refer to the donation information on our home page.

WHAT DO I NEED TO ADOPT?

To adopt any of our beautiful greyhounds you will need to fill in the enquiry forms and forward them to us. Please refer to our adoption information page for further details.

WHATS INVOLVED WITH FOSTER CARE?

The main things required for foster care is time and patience. We supply all the required equipment for your foster hound including lead, collar, muzzle, food bowl, water bucket, bed, coat for winter, a fortnight worth of dry food and ongoing flea, tick and worming treatments for as long as the hound is with you. When you get a foster hound it is similar to having a toddler at home. Everything is new and strange and sometimes scary. Some common situations with foster hounds are that they can be scared of large open spaces, stairs, ceiling fans, televisions, loud music and general household noises like vacuums and dishwashers. All these sounds and sights are very new to them but with time and patience they will learn very quickly. Please refer to our foster information page for further details.
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