Australian Dog Lovers: April Adopt a Greyhound Month campaign

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Sydney charity Greyhound Rescue is again declaring April to be ‘Adopt-a-Greyhound Month’ and is launching a YouTube campaign to find homes for these ex-racers.

Greyhound Max, voiced by well-known stage performer Todd McKenney, tells YouTube viewers ‘he’s an ex-racer looking for commitment’ and a new career as a pet.

Max represents thousands [1] of Greyhounds looking for a home and now in rescue kennels, pounds and foster care around Australia. These dogs are regarded as ‘excess’ by the racing industry, either because they’re too slow, not interested in chasing the lure or have racing injuries.

Todd volunteered to do Max’s voice because he has two rescue Greyhounds of his own. “They make wonderful pets which are gentle, loving and laid-back companions, with no doggie smell! Please consider welcoming one into your household” he said.
“I got my first Greyhound by accident really. I lost my little Schnauzer Barbara and my French Bulldog Winona in close succession. A friend of mine said why don’t you try this? I’ve heard they’re really great dogs and it just changed my life.

I’d have 20 of them if I could. I’ve had four now over a nine-year period and I just love them because they’re chilled out, they’re relaxed, they’re loving and they’re sensitive.”

Adopt-a-Greyhound Month is the perfect time to welcome an ex-athlete into your dog-loving family. Greyhounds don’t need huge expanses of living area. A suburban backyard is fine and they can live in units with daily exercise. They are dogs which must sleep inside.” said Peter Flann, Greyhound Rescue co-founder.

Greyhound Rescue is offering a discount for April – $250 instead of $350 per dog – which helps pay for these ex-racers to be de-sexed, vaccinated, heartworm tested and have a full health check.

Peter Flann said the charity needs more foster carers and people who can sponsor a dog. Those interested in adopting should be aware that muzzling your Greyhound is not needed if you obtain a Greenhound [2] collar,” he said.

About fostering Greyhounds

Because racing Greyhounds have generally lived in kennels, it’s important they spend some time in a home with a foster family to learn to adjust to everyday sight and sounds, e.g. steps, TVs, vacuums, washing machines, small dogs, children etc.

Greyhound Rescue pays the full cost of necessary vet bills whilst dogs are in foster care. They will also supply a muzzle, dog coat, collar and lead. The only thing you’ll need to pay for is food and flea/worm treatment for your furry friend.

How long the dog stays with you as a foster will depend on how many adoption applications are received by Greyhound Rescue. Foster carers should be prepared to accommodate a dog for at least 6 months.

About sponsoring Greyhounds

Sponsoring is a great option for people who want to help but can’t adopt or foster a Greyhound. People can choose a weekly amount they’d like to contribute to the many expenses that go into rescuing a Greyhound, e.g. all medical care, toys, bowls, treats, collars and leashes.

People who are interested in adopting or fostering should complete an application form.

About Greyhound RescueGreyhound Rescue was set up in 2008 to find homes for the many Greyhound surplus to requirements of the racing industry. Since then, they have found homes for about 1,000 Greyhounds.

They rent kennels to house Greyhounds waiting for a foster or permanent home. They also have foster carers who take Greyhounds into their own homes.
GR, a registered charity, relies solely on donations, which are tax deductible as well as fundraising.

[1] The special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry found 50-70 per cent of the 97,783 dogs bred in the last 12 years were killed after being deemed uncompetitive as racing


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