Australia is experiencing a greyhound rehoming crisis

Australia is experiencing a greyhound rehoming crisis

And it feels like nobody is talking about it. So many ex-racing greyhounds now find themselves homeless after the racing industry has deemed them no longer useful. Greyhounds en masse are being discarded at shelters, pounds, or independent rescues, or worse – many greyhounds  will never experience pet-life. 

Greyhounds are renowned for their beautiful calm and gentle nature, and make wonderful pets for all sorts of homes, lifestyles, and families. Each greyhound is unique, some love to cuddle and others just prefer to be nearby, some love to play fetch and others prefer tug-of-war, some are joyously silly and others prefer to snooze in the sun. Every greyhound deserves love, a lounge to sink into, a daily sniffari (dog walks) and all of the scritches.

Opening your home and heart to foster a greyhound means that these loveable creatures get a second chance at life. Fostering them temporarily in your home allows them to adjust to life outside of the racing industry, and learn the unbridled joy of being a beloved pet.

Whilst greyhounds are considered a large breed of dog, they’re surprisingly space-efficient and can live happily in apartments, or units. Many greyhounds adapt well into pet life, they’re gentle in temperament, forgiving in nature despite their rocky start to life, and in comparison to your Redbull-esque breeds like staffies, greyhounds are fairly low-maintenance energy-wise. 

Fostering allows you to test the waters of pet ownership, so if you are unsure about whether or not you are ready to commit to a permanent pet, fostering allows you to see what it’s like to have a dog in your home without making a long-term commitment.

Fostering a greyhound is also a way to give back to your community – by fostering you’re helping to alleviate the burden on independent rescues and animal shelters, freeing up more space for animals in need. Still not convinced? Here’s 3 things you need to know before you start fostering. 

If you’re looking for love without the commitment, consider making a difference in a dog’s life. Reach out to our rescue friends:


Greyt Greys
Gumtree Greys
Amazing Greys


Greyhound Rescue
Hounds in Homes
Elysian Fields Horse & Hound Sanctuary

Illoura Animal Refuge
Brightside Farm Sanctuary


Greyhound Adoptions WA
Greyhound Angels WA


IWaG (I Want a Greyhound)
Friends of the Hound
Love a Greyhound
Greyhound Rehoming Cairns and Tablelands District

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