It’s almost Christmas and we are sure you’ve already made plans to keep your houndie safe and happy over the holiday. But have you thought about New Year’s Eve yet? NYE can be one of the most distressing times for animals, and it is important to keep in mind the hazards fast approaching. Loud music and parties, fireworks, and owners keeping unusual hours can all lead to distress. The pounds are at their most full on  New Year’s Day with escaped pets. Don’t let your hound be one of them! A distressed and anxious dog can cause harm to themselves, and others if their anxiety escalates too much. It is important to recognise the behavioural signs of nervousness and act accordingly to keep your pet happy and healthy. Vet clinics are extremely busy New Year’s Day treating injuries sustained after panicking and attempting to escape, or managing to escape and being hit by a car. The number one consideration is to not leave your pets unattended for long periods of time – if you are going away even for a day and night they can’t fend for themselves – make arrangements for someone to look after them for you.


Is your animal’s registration up to date with your current address and contact details? If you are unsure you can contact your local council to check, all you need is your pet’s microchip number. Not sure what it is? Can’t find the paperwork? Ask your vet to scan for you. If your animal manages to escape this is how you can be reunited.

Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and ID tag, with your contact number. This should be standard in any case as it is a legal requirement in NSW for a dog to be wearing a collar and ID tag whenever they out of your property.  If your pet escapes this is the easiest and quickest way for you to be reunited as anyone finding your hound won’t have to wait for the vet or council to open to look for a microchip – extra important on public holidays when more time will lapse while you frantically search for your pooch.

If you are going out for the night DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PET OUTDOORS. Pets left outdoors are more likely to be frightened and escape in an effort to find a safe place than if they are secure indoors.

Take your hound for long walk, and spend time playing with he or she so they are tired and more likely to sleep while you are not at home. Giving a meal afterwards will leave them with a  full belly which will also make them more sleepy. It also helps to not make a big deal about leaving the house, just go quietly without making a big fuss.

If you haven’t had your pet for very long and don’t know how he or she reacts to loud noises or thunderstorms just yet – the best thing to do is to not leave your pet alone. If you know your pet does not cope well in thunderstorms, chances are fireworks are going to be just as scary. If you aren’t sure what behavioural signs to look for, anxiety will manifest in various forms such as:

  • Lip licking
  • Panting
  • Tail between legs
  • Trembling
  • Whining or barking a lot
  • Pacing, restlessness
  • Clawing at doors to get in or out
  • Destroying bedding, furniture or similar

What you can do:

  • If the anxiety is mild you can try putting the radio onto soothing music such as classic FM or putting on a CD of similar music. Leaving the television on is also comforting.
  • Close windows and draw blinds
  • Put your pet in a room where they will not hurt themselves. Leave them with their favourite bedding and toys. You can also leave puzzle treats such as a Kong or hide small puzzle treats around the room for a longer treasure hunt to distract them.

Know where your hound is! When unofficial fireworks start locate your dog quickly and put them somewhere safe, near you so you can monitor them.

If your hound has a higher level of anxiety, consider spending the night elsewhere – take your pooch somewhere quiet where they won’t hear the fireworks. This may take a bit of advance planning but a worthwhile consideration.

Or if you live somewhere that doesn’t have fireworks why not organise a NYE Pooch Party and invite your hound’s doggy friends and humans over? That way you can all celebrate the new year but know your pets are safe and supervised? No one misses out!

If this isn’t possible and your hound has a history of severe anxiety (known to your vet) chat to your hound’s dogtor about sedatives to assist in keeping he or she calm for the night. DON’T leave this option to the last minute, as this is something that will need to be properly assessed by the vet.

Have a happy and safe new year every doggy!

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Merry Christmas

2016 will forever be remembered as the year that Mike Baird raised our hopes sky high by banning Greyhound Racing only to dash those hopes by reversing his decision.

However, amidst this political upheaval, life went on as normal at Greyhound Rescue where we manage our property with room for more than 30 greyhounds, and work with an amazing network of foster carers and generous sponsors. Running this would not be possible without the help of many volunteers who clean, feed, and walk the greyhounds as well as giving them large doses of TLC in all weathers, pouring rain or 40 degree heat. Other volunteers work behind the scenes online, and raising valuable funds to keep us going.

We extend our gratitude to those who have donated to help us in our work with the greyhounds. We continue to find homes for many dogs, and by the end of the year expect to have homed about 150 greyhounds. Thank you to everyone involved and we wish you all a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year.

Peter and Janet

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Mocha (Homed)

Mocha is kindly sponsored by Leigh & Pat.


Hi I’m Mocha, and just like the hot beverage I’m dark and sweet! Please don’t look past me becaus eI’m a little grey around the muzzle, as I am quite a catch. I’m a pretty lazy older gent even by greyhound standards, so it has to be REALLY worthwhile for me to get out of bed – I hope that you will make the effort to come and pat me of course…. If you adopt me consider me to be the resident couch ornament or doona weight, because I’m not going to move very much – you may even have to dust me to be honest! A short walk is all that’s required and I am very good on the lead. I am friendly with children; I’m great with other dogs and I do love the ladies – if you had a couple of girl doggies I don’t mind moving into a harem, it would be a tough job but somedoggy has to do it and it may as well be me. If you are looking for a gentle senior that just requires a comfy spot to snooze my days away, some good tucker, and lots of love, then I may just be the hound for you. Get in touch with the volunteers


  • DOB 25.02.08
  • Located in Sydney
  • Desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, heartworm tested and treated
  • Adoption cost $350
  • Cat Tolerant: Not tested
  • Other Dogs: Very friendly
  • Children: Friendly
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Keeping Houndies Safe at Christmas



‘Tis the season to be jolly, and nodoggy wants a trip to the vet over the holidays! To help you houndie helpers and doggy parents out we’ve got a few tips for you to keep your hound happy and healthy while you are putting up your decorations and eating lots of human treats! Don’t forget if you are unsure about what your pet has ingested or if there has been an incident call your dogtor!


  • Make sure you anchor your Christmas tree securely to prevent a curious snout toppling it over
  • Sweep up pine needles (real or artificial regularly) so nodoggy licks them up by mistake
  • If you are decorating your tree with breakables put them up high out of reach, or better yet don’t use them at all.If they get knocked off they could be hazardous for paws. Also try and avoid tinsel which if ingested can cause serious issues and a trip to the vet.
  • DON’T decorate with edibles – they are far too tempting for houndies who will easily move from being counter surfers to tree surfers!
  • keep tree light cables secured and check regularly in case someone has had a nibble! Nobody wants an electric shock!
  • Use a  barrier around your tree if possible to prevent dogs from drinking the water for a real tree and DON’T add preservatives to the water, these are toxic.
  • Don’t leave presents under the tree where doggies can find them, especially if there is food in them.



  • Don’t give your dog cooked bones of any kind, as they can splinter in the stomach and intestine.
  • If you are cooking a ham or turkey make sure you don’t leave it on the bench for counter surfers to find. Instead of putting bones in the kitchen bin wrap them up and but them straight into your big bin outside. A determined dog will sniff out the bones and knock over your bin otherwise!
  • Don’t give too many human food scraps to your dog. Too much fatty foods can cause severe gastric upsets and even pancreatitis.
  • Chocolate, mince pies, plum puddings, fruit cake, alcohol and lots of other Christmas goodies are toxic for dogs. Put all food away and out of reach, and dispose of all wrappers, foil, and string in a secure bin.


Christmas is a busy and stressful time of year – don’t forget your hound can get stressed too! With lots of people coming and going, kiddies with noisy toys and everyone in a rush don’t forget to make your best friend comfy.

  • Ensure gates and doors are closed quickly, and remind guests to shut them. You may even pop up a note on your exterior doors as a reminder for people without pooches who could easily forget there is a four legged family member about!
  • If you have guests staying overnight keep doors to bedrooms shut and ask guests to make sure their bags or suitcases are closed securely. Also ask them if they have any medications to keep them out of reach of nosey needle noses!
  • If you can create a safe place for your hound to go away from all the noise and stress in another room. Give them their favourite toys and blankets, turn on the radio low to something soothing such as Classic FM, and give them a long lasting treat, and leave plenty of water.
  • If you are going out keep in mind it can be stressful for your pet to have an unusual routine, so don’t go out all day and night without checking on your hound. If you are taking your hound with you make sure you can put he or she somewhere safe for time out if need be too, and that wherever they are is safe and secure with people going in and out.

Have a safe Christmas!



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Christmas Time Reduced Adoption Fees

As many of you know, Greyhound Rescue is always completely full. With some leaving for their forever homes, but daily requests to take on  more, we cannot save them all as there is literally “no room at the inn.” As joyful as the Christmas season is, the cost to adopt at an expensive time of year is an obstacle for some people who would otherwise be only too willing to give a greyhound a home. This is a pity as many people are on annual leave and school holidays and are at home more which is a great time to settle in a new family member.

In an effort to find homes for the hounds during this time of year- and enable us to save the many more we are asked to take every day –  we are offering a reduction in our adoption fee. We will be waiving the usual $100 deposit when a hound goes on trial, and also offering  a longer period in which to finalise the adoption payment. Between 1st December 2016 and January 31st  2017 any greyhound that goes on trial will only cost $250 to adopt, and payment will not be required until the end of February 2017.

If you have been thinking you would love to give a greyhound a forever home but it might be stretching your budget at this time of year, this might be the perfect opportunity to adopt after all! To get ready for your new family member and start our application process please contact

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A Successful Trivia Night



A BIG thank to everyone involved in our annual Trivia Night. To the 110 people who attended and also to everyone who donated items and contributed to the running of the event to make this our most successful Trivia Night to date. The evening raised a much needed $6297!!! We are blown away by everyone’s participation in whatever capacity and are thankful for every bit.

All of the proceeds go directly to saving and rehoming the hounds and without such generosity GR could not do the work we do. We look forward to seeing you all and many more at our next fundraising event!


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Astrid (Homed)

Astrid is kindly sponsored by Nicola, Lisa, Sue, Shelley, Belinda & The No Meat Athelete Team.


Hi I’m Astrid! I might have one of the cutest needle noses you have ever seen but hidden beneath I’m a cheeky playful possum that will do everything I can to get my own way (extra snacks, cuddles, playtime…) I’m also a water baby and love to dip my feet in the water bucket, my only problem is I still can’t figure out how to get all four in there so I might have to take some yoga classes to figure out how to do it! If you had somewhere for a paddle pool at your house I might just fit in there somewhere – don’t forget I need a comfy couch too! I’m a friendly girl but would be best in a home without pocket pets or cats. If you are interested in me or any of my greyhound friends contact

  • DOB:29.05.12
  • Located in sydney
  • Microchipped, desexed, vaccinated, heartworm tested and treated
  • Adoption Cost $350
  • Cat Tolerant: No
  • Other Dogs: Friendly – small dogs TBC
  • Child Friendly: Yes
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Racing Ban Reversal

While we are extremely disappointed with the planned reversal on the greyhound racing ban in NSW, we at Greyhound Rescue will continue to do as we have always done – continue to rescue and rehome hounds that need our help. We are not activists as all our energy and limited resources is focused on rescue – but we will always support those that do and will continue to fight for an end to greyhound racing however we can.

Regardless of the announcement today it is not the end of the greyhounds’ journey or their story.

A lot of people have put in a tremendous effort to be their voice and a lot of progress has been made – the plight of greyhounds and their welfare have been put in the spotlight like never before. The Racing Industry has been put on notice, and will be watched very closely for the changes that have been, and are planned to be made. We welcome anything that improves the welfare of the hounds.

We have had an increase in adoptions following the release of the Special Commission of Inquiry’s Report in July and have been flooded with enquiries and messages. Our volunteers have been working harder than ever before behind the scenes to keep up! Let’s not lose that momentum – keep sharing, keep supporting us and other independent rescue groups, and being the voice for greyhounds throughout Australia. Whatever the government is doing our work does not stop. The greyhounds that need our help can’t wait for politicians, they need us every day!

Thank you to all of our supporters and sponsors for all the encouragement, support, and fund raising to help us do our job. As we get no official help we could not have saved and homed over 1000 greyhounds without you – that is the power of a community. And finally an enormous thankyou to all of our volunteers in their various roles for sacrificing so much to help the hounds. We will never give up.


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Nigella (Homed)

Nigella is kindly sponsored by Vanessa, Peter, Jackie, Alexandra, Amber, Flora & Liz.


Hi I’m Nigella! Although I’m not quite Nigella Lawson I’m excellent in the kitchen – you can rely on me for any taste testing as well as disposing of any leftovers. I’m a little cheeky, but after a zoom around with my toys I’m perfectly happy to be curled up. Nothing much phases me I can snooze away no matter the location, although I have been accused of sleeping on the job at GR stalls…. I think they are just jealous they don’t look this good while snoring their heads off. If you are interested in me or any of my friends get in touch

  • DOB:05.03.2013
  • Desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, heartworm tested and treated
  • Located in Sydney
  • Adoption Fee:$350
  • Cat Tolerant: No
  • Other Dogs: Friendly, Small dogs TBC
  • Child Friendly: Over 5’s
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Trivia Night


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