Home GAP closes for dogs: Greyhounds as Pets

GAP members and greyhounds at the Hills Show Jumping Day at Parkerville Equestrian Centre.
GAP members and greyhounds at the Hills Show Jumping Day at Parkerville Equestrian Centre.

FOR 15 years Greyhounds as Pets (GAP) has run alongside the state’s greyhound racing industry.

The not-for-profit initiative overseen by state racing governing body Racing and Wagering WA, finds homes for greyhounds once their career is over.

The average ex-racing greyhound is kept in foster care for up to six weeks to become familiar with home life before moving in with their new family.

Greyhounds are notoriously low-key pets, often forgoing aerobic exercise for relaxing indoors.

At any one time, there are dozens of greyhounds available and, according to GAP spokeswoman Dana Shaw, the organisation strives to prepare the dogs for a comfortable life.

“The racing industry is dedicated to the welfare of our animals and that dedication doesn’t end when the racing is over… once their racing career is finished they deserve to enjoy their retirement as a valued family pet,” she said. “They don’t require much grooming or exercise, they love being with people, they are happy to go for a walk or just lie down at your feet as a companion and they love lots cuddles and attention.”