In 2011, GRNSW and the NSW Department of Local Government launched the Greenhounds program. The Greenhounds program allows for pet greyhounds to go muzzle free in public places after they successfully complete a re-training program and are deemed suitable by an approved Greenhounds assessor. 

Once approved, all ‘Greenhounds’ must wear a special green collar with a certified ID tag at all times in public.

The Greenhounds program has already delivered numerous benefits since its launch, with more than 700 Greenhounds now muzzle free in NSW. 

Not only has it changed the perception that greyhounds are an aggressive breed, it has also improved the transition of greyhounds from racing to life as a companion animal, which is an ongoing commitment of GRNSW. 

In addition, the Greenhounds website ( provides the public with accessible information about greyhounds, including those that are available for adoption.

The Greenhounds program is fully funded and administered by GRNSW’s Greyhound Welfare and Veterinary Services Unit.

For more on the Greenhounds program, visit the website at