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Our Story

Greyhound Rescue was set up to find homes for the many greyhounds surplus to requirements of the Racing Industry and launched this website in 2009. In that time we have found homes for more than 800 greyhounds which otherwise would not have had a life after finishing their racing career or failing to start one.

It is based on Sydney’s North Shore and is run by Peter and Janet, a retired couple, who have worked in dog rescue for many years and devoted their attention to Greyhounds in particular for the past nine years. More recently a number of volunteers have joined us and have added hard work and imagination to help the greyhounds.

Peter and Janet raised a family of three sons and now have eight grandchildren and although retired, have found that Greyhound Rescue is a full time job!

Greyhound Rescue currently has about 70 greyhounds in its care, some at home, some with foster carers and some in kennels. There are always more coming in or waiting to come in that need to find a loving home. Racing greyhounds have generally lived their lives in kennels and it is important that they spend some time in a home to learn to adjust to everyday happenings and sounds, like TV sets, vacuums, washing machines, small dogs, children, etc.

Greyhounds by nature are very gentle and affectionate. They don’t need a lot of exercise, don’t lose much hair, don’t have that ‘doggy smell’, rarely bark and make excellent family pets.

Our Policy Against Greyhound Racing

Peter and Janet, on behalf of our volunteers, would like to make it very clear that it is the policy of Greyhound Rescue that we are AGAINST GREYHOUND RACING.

During the time that we have homed several hundred greyhounds we have received greyhounds with injuries or in poor condition. We have also received greyhounds in good condition but at the end of the day the owners did not want them, thus adding to our problems. We also know that thousands of these beautiful greyhounds are euthanaised each year to keep the Industry going. In view of this we are against Greyhound Racing and look forward to the day when it no longer exists.

Having said this, Greyhound Rescue was formed in the beginning to take unwanted greyhounds from the Industry, often through shelters, and find them homes, so all of the time and effort of ourselves and our volunteers is spent in this pursuit. We are not activists, neither do we have time to be activists but we will always support those who choose that to be their role. One group cannot do everything and it has to be a concerted and combined effort by all groups to end Greyhound Racing.

Charity Status

Greyhound Rescue is a not for profit organisation with full charity status. Our ABN is 89 282 387 425 and our CFN is CFN/21338.

We have DGR status meaning that any donation of $2 or more can receive a tax deductible receipt.

Because we do not receive any official funding, we rely solely on donations and fundraising to pay for the initial costs involved to desex, vaccinate, microchip, heartworm test the greyhounds and the long term costs to keep them in food and shelter until they find a home. We cannot continue our work without such funds – if you would like to learn more about how you can help, please hover the mouse over the ‘donate/fundraising’ button above or contact us here:

Email: info@greyhoundrescue.com.au

Mail: Greyhound Rescue Inc, PO Box 477, Forestville, NSW 2087

Ethical Policy

Greyhound Rescue has a no kill policy and would not euthanise a greyhound unless it was terminally ill or in great pain. We do not discriminate on grounds of age, colour or sex. We also believe that greyhounds should be part of the family and live and sleep indoors.

We are sure that anyone adopting from us would be sure to agree with us!

We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for reading a little about us.

Peter and Janet


  1. Kate
    Posted January 10, 2016 at 12:34 PM | Permalink

    Hi Nicola,

    Pleas email info@greyhoundreescue for more information


  2. Kelly Hoare
    Posted April 4, 2016 at 6:43 PM | Permalink

    Hello Greyhound Rescue –
    It would be great to meet someone to discuss
    adoption of a greyhound as a companion or service dog.
    Is a small apartment (and 24-7 companionship) ok?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Kind Regards from Kelly.

  3. Kate
    Posted April 4, 2016 at 6:59 PM | Permalink

    Hi Kelly,
    Please contact the volunteers info@greyhoundrescue.com.au

  4. Kurt
    Posted July 8, 2016 at 10:30 PM | Permalink

    As of the band of nsw racing I am willing and able to take a dog on!
    I live on a farm in northern nsw and have two small dogs
    ( jack Russell’s)
    I I am not willing to pay any up front cost for this dog but I will look after it!

  5. Kate
    Posted July 9, 2016 at 7:37 PM | Permalink

    Hi Kurt,

    If you are interested in helping please email info@greyhoundrescue.com.au with your details. If you are in far northern NSW you can also get in touch with Friends of The Hound who may be closer to you as we are based in Sydney.

  6. Sandy
    Posted July 10, 2016 at 2:37 PM | Permalink

    Do you have a rescue site in Melbourne?
    If so, are there ever miniature greyhounds to adopt? I live in a one bedroom unit, so I cannot have a large dog.

  7. Kate
    Posted July 11, 2016 at 10:52 PM | Permalink

    Sandy we are based in NSW. You could try Amazing Greys based in Melbourne.

  8. Heather Michell
    Posted July 14, 2016 at 12:39 PM | Permalink

    We are interested in a greyhound pup. We expect there will be some surrenders with the ban on racing and we will be more than happy to take one. We have 3 kids and a jack russell x whippet in a well fenced yard. I also have previous experience of greyhounds as pets

  9. Kate
    Posted July 15, 2016 at 3:40 PM | Permalink

    Hi Heather,

    Could you please email info@greyhoundrescue.com.au to start the process if you wish to adopt. Thankyou!

  10. Mandy
    Posted July 19, 2016 at 12:35 PM | Permalink

    Good morning,
    Can I please ask what your adoption fee is please? I haven’t been successful in locating this on your site.


  11. Jane Stops
    Posted July 24, 2016 at 10:12 PM | Permalink

    You need some wide publicity – and fast. Greyhounds are mostly known as racing dogs, not pets. Therefore the media needs plenty of saturation with greyhounds as pets or any other function they can perform. Are there any feature films about non-racing greyhounds? Are there any interesting stories of greyhounds doing special or different things? The fact they wear muzzles I thought was to stop them picking up scraps on walks – but am told it is to protect smaller animals. Are you going to be at the Dog Lovers’ Show? Invite people to come and pat a greyhound. I am interested in herding dogs but the same principle applies. What sort of people would be best suited as greyhound owners? What are the dogs’ daily requirements in exercise, mental stimulation, company, prey instinct (will an adult greyhound be able to live happily with a cat?) I’m sure you don’t want people adopting a greyhound just because it becomes the “in thing to do”. So let us all know just “who” could be making a positive difference to their home.

  12. nick simpson
    Posted July 27, 2016 at 1:08 AM | Permalink

    Hi Iam Nick I’m very interested in adopting Anna . I have had dogs before and they lived a long happy life . I live in a large spacious 1 bedroom apartment, Strathfield Sydney . I only work 2 days a week so I can spend alot of time with Anna . There are lots of parks in the inner west I can take her to . Please contact me soon on 0415628342 .

  13. Kate
    Posted July 27, 2016 at 6:45 PM | Permalink

    Hi Nick please make contact through our email address info@greyhoundrescue.com.au so our volunteers who attend to applications can respond to you.

  14. Kate
    Posted July 27, 2016 at 6:50 PM | Permalink

    Hi Jane, thank you for your input. We have had a great deal of media interest and in the last couple of weeks have been on several news bulletins,in national and local papers, as well as radio interviews. We are always out in the community at different events and are indeed attending the Dog Lovers Show.

  15. Kate
    Posted July 27, 2016 at 6:51 PM | Permalink

    Hi Mandy, the adoption fee is located on the profile of each dog. Most adult dogs are $350, occasionally seniors or pups are a different adoption fee hence why we advertise on each one.

  16. Sharryn
    Posted March 17, 2017 at 8:29 PM | Permalink

    Hi I would like to adopt Harvey.

  17. Kate
    Posted March 19, 2017 at 12:39 PM | Permalink

    Hi Sharryn, if you wish to adopt could you please get in touch with our team info@greyhoundrescue.com.au? Thanks!

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