Fostering a Greyhound
The Backbone of Greyhound Rescue Victoria: Foster carers play the biggest part in helping to rehabilitate greyhounds, our dedicated foster carer network are entrusted with ensuring that a greyhound’s transition to pet-life is smooth. We have an extensive Foster Caring Handbook, a Facebook Support Group, and support from our Foster Carer Coordinator and Director
Fostering Timeline: Greyhounds are fostered by Greyhound Rescue Victoria carers for around four to six weeks to expose them to as many new experiences as possible. However, the foster period can increase beyond that timeline, and is dependent on the needs of the dog in care, the time of year, and the public’s engagement. Your evaluation of the Greyhound as a companion animal is an important part of helping Greyhound Rescue Victoria, to ensure that the right dog goes to the right home.
Costs of Fostering: Greyhound Rescue Victoria provides free food, bedding, enrichment toys, and support. Where possible, your support in providing these items to your foster dog would be greatly appreciated. During the cooler months, we provide a coat, as well as a martingale collar, lead and muzzle. We also offer ongoing support and training, as well as a private Facebook Support Group. As a foster carer, it is your job to provide a safe, loving environment, enrichment and training, be prepared to be patient, and communicate on a week-to-week basis with your foster greyhound’s progress.
Fostering a Greyhound: Most greyhounds have never really learnt household etiquette and pet-boundaries, but they’re fast and keen learners. Your role as a carer is to provide a safe and loving environment in which greyhounds can safely navigate new, exciting and sometimes daunting things, like stairs, toasters and glass doors. Most greyhounds have never truly learned to play in the same way that other dogs have during puppy-hood, as their lives have been all business. Watching a greyhound discover the joys of pet-life, and encouraging a greyhound to flourish is heart-winning and truly rewarding.
Step 1. Check if you meet fostering criteria:
- You must not have a cat or small dog. Bringing a new ex-racing greyhound into an environment with a cat is a disastrous situation. Cat testing must be done by an experienced, trained volunteer as it is extremely dangerous.
- You must have children older than 6 years of age. For the welfare of your children, we do not place greyhounds in care where there are small children. Greyhounds often do not know social boundaries, have zero spatial awareness, and often play rough due to lack of puppy socialisation and proper training. For this reason, we do not place greyhounds in foster homes with young children.
- You must have a fenced and secure yard.
Step 3. Submit an online application form.
Make sure you check the ‘foster’ box. Please
indicate your availability and start date.
Step 4. Take 2-3 backyard photos. You will be asked
to email them through in lieu of a home check.