Rehoming Assistance Schemes

Re-homing Contribution Scheme

GRNSW launched the GRNSW Re-homing Contribution Scheme, which aims to assist independent greyhound re-homing organisations. Under the scheme, GRNSW will contribute $350 to the veterinary costs of every re-homed greyhound that acquires Greenhounds status at any point in its life.

The scheme will apply to greyhounds re-homed since 1 July 2015 and the payment will be made to the re-homing provider’s nominated veterinary account.

GRNSW recognises the tireless work independent re-homing organisations undertake to secure a successful retirement for large numbers of racing greyhounds and bear significant costs in doing so.

The intent of the GRNSW Re-homing Contribution Scheme is to assist these re-homing organisations and help them continue to undertake the tremendous work they currently do.

To claim a contribution, an application for each eligible greyhound must be submitted by completing the Application for GRNSW Greyhound Rehoming Contribution Scheme.

Click here to download the application form. 

Forms may be submitted via email or post to the following address:

Re-homing Contribution Scheme
Greyhound Racing NSW
PO Box 698
Darlinghurst NSW 1300 

For further information on the Greenhounds program please visit the website

Greyhound Re-homing Desexing & Dental Care Contribution Scheme

This scheme has been introduced to provide direct support for veterinary costs incurred by rehoming organisations or individuals engaged in the rehoming of greyhounds. GRNSW encourages the desexing of greyhounds before rehoming and recognises that veterinary costs are a significant component of the cost base of rehoming organisations. Regular dental treatment is also important for all dogs including greyhounds.

The scheme provides financial assistance for the following procedures and are capped at:

  • Vet check and desexing (including all fees and expenses) - $350
  • Dental care procedures (including all fees and expenses) - $100
  • Booster vaccinations (C5 or equivalent) - $50

Evidence that the greyhound has been desexed and dental treatment carried out by a registered NSW veterinarian is required.

Organisations and individuals seeking contributions under this scheme should contact the GRNSW Chief Veterinary Officer at providing your contact details and indicating you wish to apply to receive funding under this scheme. You will then be provided with an application form and instructions regarding making claims for each greyhound rehomed.

It should be noted that this scheme does not apply to industry participants registered with the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission. Industry participants should refer to the Owner Incentive Scheme for support for desexing and dental costs.

Re-homing Grant Scheme

The Greyhound Re-homing Desexing & Dental Care Contribution Scheme replaces the Re-homing Grant Scheme and provides increased financial assistance for rehoming organisations or individuals.

Greyhounds As Pets Owners Incentive Scheme 

Under the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission (GWIC) Rehoming Policy, registered owners are required to desex greyhounds before rehoming. GRNSW encourages registered owners to take advantage of a new financial rebate scheme GAP Owners Incentive Scheme to assist with the cost of desexing and related veterinary costs for the purpose of rehoming retired greyhounds.

Funding and administration of the scheme is provided through Greyhounds as Pets (GAP) NSW. The aim of the scheme is to support participants who would like to keep their greyhounds as pets or rehome them to family or friends once their racing careers are over. The scheme provides funding for the greyhound to be desexed and have any minor dental work and booster vaccinations carried out.

Under the new arrangements for the scheme, owners registered with GWIC who retire a greyhound and intend to keep their greyhound as a pet or rehome the greyhound to family or friends, can apply to have their greyhound entered into the scheme.

Key changes from the earlier version of the scheme are as follows:

  • participants will no longer be required to pay $50 to enter their greyhound into the scheme,
  • the greyhound will no longer be required to have a behavioural assessment at a GAP facility or by a GAP staff member,
  • the veterinary examination, desexing procedure and a dental care procedure (if required) can now be undertaken at your choice of veterinary surgery or hospital anywhere in NSW.

The GAP OIS contributions are capped as follows:

  • Vet check and desexing (including all fees and expenses) - $450
  • Dental care procedures (including all fees and expenses) - $200
  • Booster vaccinations (C5 or equivalent) - $50

If there are surgical complications (eg a cryptorchid male) or the dental work required is more serious and requires extractions payment beyond the cap may be possible with the prior approval of the GRNSW Chief Veterinarian.

There are two options for payment to be made under the scheme.

  1. Payment to Owner: the registered owner or trainer pay the veterinarian and seek reimbursement from GAP by submitting the completed form and invoice receipt.
  2. Payment to Vet: the registered owner or trainer submits their invoice for the veterinary procedures with their completed form to GAP for payment to the veterinarian.

The scheme application form provides for both options.

Owners that enter the scheme are reminded that all greyhounds should not be rehomed unless their vaccination status is current (GAP recommends C5 vaccination or equivalent) and the owner details are entered into the NSW Pet Registry. Any cost associated with vaccination or registration on NSW Pet Registry is a matter for the owner or new owner.

Owners wishing to utilise the scheme are encouraged to download the form and make the necessary arrangements with their preferred NSW Registered Veterinarian or NSW Licenced Veterinary Hospital.

Download the application form here.