And you too can get involved their cause. Of course, one of the best ways to aid the plight of the greyhound is to volunteer. Greyhound organisations are always looking for a helping hand to support their educational mission by attending year-round promotional events. Alternatively, get involved in “rehoming” by offering to be a temporary foster carer or adopting the animal outright.
Foster carers help the animal transition from the world of its exploitation in gambling to a life outside by caring for it for approximately one-month stretches. Greyhound organisations limit these stints so that the animal can be exposed to as many different home environments as a method of preparation for eventual adoption, and so that they can evaluate its progress and suitability for rehoming.
If the greyhound is deemed to have “graduated” from this prefatory stage it is de-sexed, microchipped, vaccinated and tested for heartworm. After its convalescence from surgery, the hound is ready adoption.
If you would like to give a greyhound a new lease on life, the adoption process could not be easier. Simply apply online to your chosen organisation, and a representative will contact you to answer any questions you may have and to organise a home visit, where your home circumstances (including available yard space, ownership of other pets etc.) and suitability will be assessed. Once approved, your name is placed on a waiting list, and depending on availability, you’ll have a new beloved pet within a couple of days or at most 6 months.
Please consider changing the life of a greyhound by visiting http://www.gapnsw.org.au/home/ or http://www.friendsofthehound.org.au/. As many of the testimonials online suggest, you’ll see how they will change yours.