The Greyhound Adoption Program, or GAP, is an initiative supported by Greyhound Racing Victoria (Australia) dedicated to finding homes for greyhounds that are no longer suitable for racing.
While many greyhounds become available for adoption each year, misconceptions about these dogs deter people from owning them as pets.
In the past greyhounds were required by law in Victoria to wear a muzzle in public, creating the perception that they are hostile. When they have been properly trained, greyhounds are placid and friendly, some are even quite shy - in fact they make terrible guard dogs! Greyhounds that are adopted through GAP wear a special green collar that identifies them and are exempt from wearing a muzzle.
The other common misconception is that greyhounds need a lot of exercise, when they really need no more than any other active dog. They are sprinters that tire quickly and after a short, brisk walk will be happy just to lie in the shade (or in front of the fire.)
Greyhounds are the best companion animals you will find. They bond very closely with their family and most get along well with children. They are quiet dogs, many rarely bark at all, and with a short coat they are very clean to have around the house. They are extremely smart and also have a terrific sense of fun.
Any greyhound owner will tell you what a privilege it is to have these highly intelligent animals sharing their home.
Greyhounds that are adopted through GAP have completed a foster program that takes them through the transition from racing animal to family pet. But there are ex-racing greyhounds who are in urgent need of adoption right now.
Go to GAP.grv.org.au to find out more and to see photos of the greyhounds who are currently available for adoption. Perhaps there is a greyhound waiting there who is ready to become a part of your family?
GAP - Greyhound Adoption Program
Adopt an ex-racing greyhound in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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