Do you own a retired greyhound?
If you own a retired greyhound and wish to enter him or her into the GAP program, please complete the online application form at the bottom of this page.
All dogs must be presented to GAP flea-free, bathed and accompanied by all transfer of ownership forms (these must be signed by the current registered owner), the greyhound history form, a copy of the racing or naming papers and a current C5 vaccination with the certificate.
Every effort will be made to make the wait as short as possible.
If your dog has been in contact with cats and you believe him/her to be cat friendly, please advise GAP Tasmania on your application form as we often have carers with cats waiting and this may significantly shorten the waiting time for your dog to enter the program.
What can I do to assist my greyhound’s transition from racing dog to family pet?
There are a number of things you can do to transition your greyhound into a pet lifestyle.
- Get your greyhound used to spending time loose in the back yard – pet homes do not generally have kennels and runs.
- Get your greyhound walking comfortably on a lead by your side.
- Introduce your greyhound to strangers and children under supervision.
- Take your greyhound out on street walks to the park, past the local school or shopping centre and beside busy roads.
- Bring your greyhound into the house for short periods at a time.
- Introduce your greyhound to stairs and slippery floor surfaces like tiles, linoleum or polished floorboards.
- Introduce your greyhound to other animals under controlled circumstances – cats, other dog breeds, horses, caged birds, poultry etc.
- Decrease your greyhound’s exercise program.
- Get some weight onto your greyhound as some dogs can initially be stressed at the changes they’re experiencing and may lose weight. Ideally your greyhound should be 2kg above their last racing weight on entry to GAP.
- In a careful manner handle your greyhound while it is eating.
- Groom your greyhound – regular brushing to remove the under coat will get your greyhound not only looking its best, but help to prepare it for a life of pampering.
- Teach your greyhound to jump in and out of the car.
- Your greyhound must have been taken out of racing or trialling regimes for 28 days prior to entering GAP, the wind down form must be lodged with the Office of Racing Integrity.
GAP Tasmania must be informed of any pre-existing health conditions before entering the program.
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