Nine of our best boredom-busters for dogs!

It’s that time of year again – you’re headed back to work and the furbaby who has received endless pats and attention over the holiday break faces hours of alone time at home.

While we always advise against dogs spending long stretches of time alone, sometimes it ‘s just unavoidable, and for some, this means one thing: boredom.

Greyhounds are generally relaxed by nature, with many happy to snore the day away, but all dogs, greys included, can get bored, resulting in behaviour such as pining, barking or chewing the remote control. Keeping them occupied during their alone time is just as important as cuddling them on the couch when you get home.

There are a large number of reasons of reasons why we want to avoid boredom in our pets.  According to Pet Care Consultant Liz Walden, avoiding boredom ‘helps cut down on a pet’s destructive tendencies. Any dog has a natural interest in keeping itself active and entertained, and if it doesn’t have a constructive outlet such as going for walks or playing with toys, it may act out by digging holes, tearing up furniture when inside, or trying to escape its yard (which can be dangerous in and of itself).

‘Training can assist in curbing these tendencies in most dogs, but making sure they have a healthy outlet for their boredom is the best way to keep them happy and safe.’

So what can you do to keep your dog busy while you’re out working hard to keep them in kibble? Here are nine great boredom busters to try now. Whatever you choose, always ensure you have plenty of fresh drinking water available, too. Read More »

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Greyhound Rescue would like to thank PetO!

Greyhound Rescue would like to extend a hugethanks to PetO for their generous donation of dog beds to keep out hounds comfy in our new kennels.

Check out more about PetO here »

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Reduced adoption fees until the end of January

Our kennels are full of hounds who need your help. If you’ve been toying with the idea of bringing home your new best friend, then now is the time! January is a usually a quiet month; the ideal time for settling in a new family member.

We’re offering reduced adoption fees to help more pups find their forever homes from now until 31st January, 2018. We’ve waived our usual $100 deposit- any greyhound that goes on trial will only cost $250 to adopt, and final payment will not be required until the end of February 2018!

Can you give a greyhound a forever home? This is the perfect opportunity to adopt! Get started on the best decision you’ll ever make. All you need to do is complete our application form.

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Have you considered your hound on New Years Eve?

Many dogs and other animals are frightened by the sounds of fireworks and can be distressed by crowds and parties. Follow these tips to help keep your furry friends safe;

  • Ensure that your pets have a safe place to retreat away from noise and crowds, particularly unfamiliar people who may be acting rowdy.
  • Before the festivities, take your dog for a long walk (weather permitting) so that they have used up some excess energy and are able to relax.
  • A scared animal may go to great lengths to escape a perceived threat; jumping fences, breaking free from tethers, and smashing through windows are just some of the lengths that a terrified pet could go to.
  • Double check that your dog has a sturdy collar that isn’t going to come off easily, and that your contact details are clear on the tags. Also, make sure that microchip details are up to date.
  • If you’re hosting or attending a party, keep a very close eye on your pet or keep them separated from party goers. You don’t want your dog to ingest something that she shouldn’t, and we all know that people can be silly under the influence.
  • If your dog does become nervous, sit with them and speak calmly. Generally, dogs don’t mind the topic of conversation, but a calm and soothing familiar voice can work wonders to relax them. Treats may also be appreciated.
  • A normally placid dog can behave unpredictably under stress and this can include destructive and defensive behaviours. Forward thinking and planning can help prevent any problems.
  • Watch out for signs of distress such as heavy panting/drooling, freezing, growling, pacing, excessive licking and avoidance. These signs show that a situation is simply too much for your dog and you should remove him to a safe and calm place.

Our dogs look to us for guidance and rely on us to keep them safe from harm, it is up to you to ensure that your pooch has a happy NYE.

From all the doggies and volunteers here at Greyhound Rescue, we wish you and your loved ones, both two-legged and four, a fabulous 2018!

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Happy Holidays from Greyhound Rescue

With 2017 drawing to a close, we wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of our wonderful supporters for enabling Greyhound Rescue to do what it does best, rescue and rehome greyhounds.

People just like you are what makes Greyhound Rescue tick. From our dedicated and tireless volunteers, our fantastic sponsors and supporters, fabulous foster carers, and everyone who has adopted a hound.

Happy Holidays, and on to an even more amazing 2018!

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A big festive thank you to Lush Cosmetics!

Greyhound Rescue would like to thank Lush Cosmetics once again for its generous support of our lovely hounds! After our visit to the manufacturing plant at Villawood earlier this year, the whole team has a very soft spot for Greyhound Rescue.

Lush’s Villawood Manufacturing team chooses a charity each year to be the recipient of Kris Kringle presents. Instead of gifting to one another, the team members purchase items for a charity of their choice and this year they chose us.

Thank you so much Lush!

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A dog for Christmas?

We’ve all seen those cute photos on Instagram of adorable puppies wearing a big bow and sitting under the Christmas tree. But is getting a dog for Christmas a good idea? Yes and no! While you should NEVER get a dog as a gift without consulting the recipient, the Christmas break can be the perfect time to welcome a new dog. Read More »

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Volunteer of the Month – December

We’d like to introduce you to Lex, one of our dedicated volunteers who we are recognising as our ‘Volunteer of the Month’ for the month of December.

Our volunteers are the very backbone of what we do at GR. Without them, we could not possibly save and rehome as many greyhounds as we do. While every single one of our volunteers is important no matter how much they do whether hands-on on with the dogs or behind the scenes, every month we are introducing just one of them to you and acknowledging their amazing efforts. These volunteers have demonstrated exceptional passion, commitment, reliability, and cooperation to make GR what it is, and we thank them tremendously.

We had a chat to Lex to learn more about why she loves volunteering with Greyhound Rescue…

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Help bring Christmas cheer to our kennel kids!

Our good friends at Give a Dog a Bone are once again supporting Greyhound Rescue with their Christmas Appeal. Their Appeal runs from 25 November – 15 December and provides toys, treats and food to all the dogs and cats in Rescue Services on Christmas day – no one wants to wake up to an empty stocking on Christmas morning and you can help be part of the solution for these animals.

How can you help?

Helping our hounds to have a fab Christmas is easy! All you need to do is put 1 item – toy, treat or food in your shopping basket and take it to one of the Drop off Points listed on their website.

All items are delivered in time for Christmas day to the following Animal Rescue and Community Services, including Greyhound Rescue.

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Human foods that hounds should avoid

We all love to spoil our beloved hounds, but did you know that there are some human foods that are strictly off-limits? We’ve spoken to some vets about what you should avoid sharing, and what to do if your dog does get their paws on a food that they shouldn’t!

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