The Macarthur Chronicle – April is ‘Adopt a Greyhound Month’

The Macarthur Chronicle, a News Ltd surburban newspaper, reaches 75.849 readers each week and covered two of our adopters, the Fenatos.

April is ‘Adopt a Greyhound Month’ and Harrington Park adopters, Elisa and Alex Fenato, encourage people to open their hearts and homes to the lovely breed.

The couple adopted greyhound Summer, aged five, from Greyhound Rescue (GR) last year.

The charity recently opened the doors to its newest facility in Camden.

“My husband Alex was the one who suggested adopting a greyhound. He knew they had an affectionate, calm nature and would suit our lifestyle,” Elisa said.

Basic training is often needed for rescue greyhounds, many of whom had never been a pet before.

Elisa said it had taken a little time and patience for Summer to feel at home, but it had been completely worthwhile.

“Summer was quite anxious when first coming into our household, but after a few days she settled right in. She has a wonderful nature, just wants to be a part of the family and loves when guests come over, including small children. Summer also enjoys going for walks and playing in the backyard,” she said.

Elisa said not to believe the saying ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’.

“Within a couple weeks of her arriving, my husband taught Summer how to sit and she does so easily on command. She is a wonderful dog and we adore having her as part of our family,” she said.

Greyhound Rescue co-founder Peter Flann said the charity now has over 50 dogs needing adoption or foster care.

“Greyhounds make great pets for all ages. They are gentle 70-km per hour couch potatoes. We have many wonderful greyhounds being cared for in our kennels. They need permanent homes or fostering in temporary homes,” he said.

“Greyhounds shed very little hair, have no ‘doggie smell’ and need just a 20-minute walk each day, but like most dogs are happy to do more.”

Adoption costs $250 during April, instead of the usual $350. This fee goes toward the cost of desexing, vaccination and a full health check.

People interested in adopting should complete an application form on GR’s website — greyhoundrescue.com.au/adopt/adoption-process

If they want to, adopters can convert their greyhound to being a Greenhound – Mr Flann said under an old NSW law, greyhounds must wear muzzles when not at home, unless they have passed the test for a Greenhound collar.

“Happily, almost all greyhounds which undergo the Greenhound test pass it. But, if you see a greyhound with a muzzle on, try not to judge. It’s due to an old law left on the books since the 1930s,” he said.

“It’s very encouraging that the RSPCA supports the complete removal of compulsory muzzling requirements for pet greyhounds in a public place.”

Details: greenhounds.com.au

Volunteer roster co-ordinator, Lauren Jumikis, said Greyhound Rescue still needs a few more kennel volunteers.

“We still need a few more volunteers. The Saturday morning shift badly needs a few regular vollies. We do a lot of ‘meet and greets’ with prospective adopters, as well as the usual poop-scooping, feeding and cleaning up, during that shift,” she said.

“There are also some empty spots on our weekday morning shifts and on Sunday morning.”

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