Information for Independent Adoption Groups and Pounds

What are the requirements for greyhound owners who wish to transfer a greyhound to an independent adoption program?

Greyhound owners must request and receive written consent from GRNSW before transferring a greyhound to an independent adoption program or local pound. To request consent from GRNSW, owners are required to complete the Consent Form and send it to GRNSW at retirement@grnsw.com.au or post it to PO Box 170, Concord West NSW 2138.

Do owners have to seek consent from GRNSW in respect of all greyhounds surrendered?

The requirements only apply to greyhounds registered under the GRNSW Greyhound Racing Rules or a greyhound born to a registered greyhound.

How will I know if an owner has GRNSW consent to transfer the greyhound?

If consent is given, GRNSW will provide the owner with a letter of consent. An owner must not transfer a greyhound prior to receiving this written consent from GRNSW. Adoption programs or organisations may request that owners show evidence this letter before proceeding with the transfer.

While compliance with the requirements remains the responsibility of the greyhound owner, GRNSW encourages adoption programs and local pounds to remind greyhound racing industry participants of their obligations.

What should I do if an owner requests to surrender their greyhound into my program but does not have GRNSW consent?

While a greyhound owner must receive consent from GRNSW to transfer a greyhound to an independent adoption program, compliance with the requirements remains the responsibility of the greyhound owner and not you.

Greyhound adoption programs can assist owners by directing them to the forms available on the GRNSW website at www.grnsw.com.au/regulatory/rules/greyhound-racing-regulation-2016. The consent process should not take long, and once written consent has been given greyhound adoption programs can request to see this letter of consent. However, it is the owner’s responsibility to organise this, not yours.

Whether you do or do not ultimately accept the greyhound remains a matter for you.

I am a local pound operated by a local council. Can I accept greyhounds?

Yes. While a greyhound owner must receive consent from GRNSW to transfer a greyhound to a local pound, compliance with the requirements remains the responsibility of the greyhound owner and not you.

Pounds can assist owners by directing them to the forms available on the GRNSW website at www.grnsw.com.au/regulatory/rules/greyhound-racing-regulation-2016. The consent process should not take long, and once written consent has been given, pounds can request to see this letter of consent. However, it is the owner’s responsibility to organise this, not yours.

What should I do if I have welfare or integrity concerns, or suspect that an owner is not complying with their obligations?

It remains critical that participants and industry stakeholders report integrity issues for GRNSW, as a regulator, to investigate. If you would like to submit information directly to GRNSW about suspected wrongdoing around welfare or integrity matters or the conduct of a person involved in greyhound racing, you can do that by submitting it in writing via the form available http://www.grnsw.com.au/regulatory/concerns/grnsw-1. Upon completion, submit the form to intelligence@grnsw.com.au

In the alternative, please submit contact the Welfare & Integrity Hotline on 1800 680 174 or by using the online submission form available at www.greyhoundwelfare.com.au.

Does GRNSW have any guidance on appropriate rehoming for greyhounds?

Greyhounds capable of living as happy, safe pets should be given the opportunity to do so, and should only be placed in homes where it is believed they will be appropriately cared for.

To appropriately care for a greyhound it is expected that an owner:
  • will comply with all relevant legislation including, within NSW, the Companion Animals Act 1998, local government regulations and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979
  • lives in a residence that permits the keeping of dogs
  • will meet the physical, behavioural and social needs of the greyhound
  • has time everyday to positively interact with the greyhound and provide daily exercise
  • has the means to seek veterinary care as required
  • is prepared to educate themselves on greyhound care and ownership and care for the greyhound accordingly.

What financial support is available for rehoming organisations dealing with greyhound adoptions?

GRNSW has launched the Greyhound Rehoming Grant Scheme and the Greyhound Rehoming Contribution Scheme to support greyhound adoption programs in the tireless work they undertake to secure a successful retirement for large numbers of racing greyhounds.
  • Under the Greyhound Rehoming Grant Scheme, eligible rehoming organisations have the opportunity to apply for up to $10,000 towards the cost of an item or service that directly benefits their rehoming activities. Grants will be assessed and awarded tri-annually at the end of February, June and October each year. Examples of items which are potentially eligible for a grant contribution under the scheme include dog trailers, a veterinary account as well as kennel renovations and/or extensions.
  • Under the Greyhound Rehoming Contribution Scheme, GRNSW will contribute $350 to the veterinary costs of every rehomed greyhound that acquires Greenhounds status at any point in its life. This scheme applies to greyhounds rehomed since 1 July 2015 and the payment will be made to the rehoming provider’s nominated veterinary account.
GRNSW encourages greyhound adoption programs to apply for these schemes by using the application available online at www.grnsw.com.au/welfare/rehoming/rehoming-assistance-schemes or by emailing rhcscheme@grnsw.com.au.

What information and education is available for rehoming organisations dealing with greyhound adoptions?

If you would like access to up to date information on greyhound care and behaviour to provide to foster carers and adopters please send an email to education@grnsw.com.au with the subject ‘ greyhound rehoming resources’. GRNSW will reply with information, including on transitioning greyhounds into pet life, recognising prey drive and anxiety, and dealing with separation distress.

If you would like to attend the Greenhound Assessor TAFE course on 2 September 2016, further information is available at http://www.greenhounds.com.au/apply-to-become-an-approved-assessor.html . Even if you are not eligible to become Greenhound Assessor qualified, the course is open to everyone to enrol to learn more about greyhound behaviour and temperament assessment.