Foster Process

We are currently experiencing a high volume of applications and thank you in advance for your patience. You can expect to hear back from us within two weeks.

Foster carers play an incredibly important role. As a foster carer with Greyhound Rescue you will be provided with ongoing support as you start a rescued hound on their journey to pet life.

At present, we are only seeking foster carers who are prepared to take on hounds with higher needs. We require carers who are willing and able to work with hounds that may be timid, have medical issues or in need of further training in terms of how they relate to other dogs and people.

If this doesn’t sound like something you can do, why not consider adopting a hound (we match hounds to homes on a case-by-base basis, with a two-week trial period to ensure a good fit), or even sponsoring via our Help A Hound program.

We have no set time on foster care, however the average placement is 3–6 months.

All of our foster hounds come with some food to get you started*, and our New Hound Kit which includes a collar, leash, muzzle and loads of other goodies to help you get your new foster hound settled.

Step 1

Download our foster application form

Our application form is an interactive PDF, so you can simply enter the information directly into the form provided within the PDF. If you prefer, you can print out the PDF version to complete the form and then post it or scan and email it.

Please give us as much information as possible – about your family members, any other pets, work hours, type of house and yard, sleeping arrangements, exercise plan and your household’s lifestyle. This all helps us to find you your perfect match! Please attach written approval from landlord and strata where required.

Step 2

Email and attach your foster form and written approval from landlord and strata where required.

If you don’t have access to email, then post it to PO Box 745, Lane Cove, NSW 1595. Someone will get in touch and discuss the next few steps.

Step 3

We will review the info, get in touch and chat. We might suggest a few hounds that might suit your home and lifestyle, or if you have indicated you have seen a hound that interests you we will be able to tell you if that hound is a possible match for your application. We will arrange a house visit to ensure the living arrangements are suitable for a greyhound and to meet the rest of your family. We have volunteers everywhere so don’t worry about your location!

Step 4

A visit to see and meet the greyhound(s) you are interested in is essential, especially if you have other dogs. It is important everyone has a great meet and greet to be in the best position for a successful foster. Sometimes it can be a visit to their foster home, or to our kennels located in Western Sydney. Make sure all your family members or housemates come too – especially if you have kiddies. We love it when the right hound goes to the right home and always try our best to make sure we set everyone up for success! If we advise that a hound you have shortlisted might not suitable for your circumstances it is all so everyone is a-ok.  Just like humans, greyhounds all have different personalities and likes and dislikes. Some like small dogs, some don’t mind cats, some love children, and some don’t! We want your new family member to fit in as quickly and smoothly as possible – it’s all about finding your perfect match.

Step 5

We ask you to complete some paperwork for the hound to be in your care, and then that hound will stay with you until they find a home (unless there are any issues of course). Greyhound Rescue recommends you stay in touch with updates and photos for their web profile and Facebook promotion and attend Greyhound Rescue events to help them find their forever home. All vet bills are covered as a foster and although we ask if you can help pay for their food, flea and worm treatment – we can help should you desperately require it. Just let us know and we can organise this.Often greyhounds do not show their true personalities immediately especially if they have been in kennels or different foster situations. We would expect that during that time you keep your routine as normal as possible to give the dog the best chance to settle in. We would suggest avoiding a time when you are going away on holidays, about to move home or have extra visitors.

Please keep in touch with us to let us know how you are going. We are happy to assist with any hiccups or queries along the way, including behaviour issues, suggestions for the best food to use, coats, bedding, exercising etc.



*Food supplied is subject to availability.

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