Sydney charity, Greyhound Rescue, is again declaring April to be ‘Adopt-a-Greyhound Month’ and 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.
Janet Flann, Greyhound Rescue founder, said this year she is keen to find a home for two greyhounds in particular which have been in Greyhound Rescue's rented kennels for over a year - Zephyr and Axel:
“Sometimes the boys are overlooked and black coloured dogs are often left to last," Janet said.
"Our Zephyr had a rough start because he wasn’t socialised with humans. Now he loves our volunteers! He’s fine with other dogs, but needs a kind, patient household.
"He also needs someone at home with him a lot, as he was left on his own too much in his prior life. Someone who works from home or is retired would be ideal. Unlike many greyhounds, he’s still quite active at five years, so he also needs a backyard for the occasional zoomie,” she said.
Peter Flann, Greyhound Rescue co-founder, said the charity needs more foster carers and people who can sponsor a dog.
"People who’re interested in helping out should go to our website. Those interested in adopting should be aware that muzzling your greyhound is not needed if you obtain a Greenhound collar," he said.
Foster carers are important 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 sights and sounds, like steps, TVs, vacuums, washing machines, small dogs and children,” said Peter.
Greyhound Rescue pays the full cost of necessary vet bills incurred while your dog is in foster. Greyhound Rescue will also supply muzzle, 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 you’ll have the dog depends on how many adoption applications are received by Greyhound Rescue. Foster carers should be prepared to accommodate a dog for at least six months,” said Peter.
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