In many countries where greyhound racing is popular, organisations have been formed to help give greyhounds a good life in retirement, when they are no longer participating in dog races. Below, you can find some information about adopting retired greyhounds in the USA, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, and New Zeeland.
Adopt a retired greyhound in the USA
If you want to adopt a retired greyhound in the United States, you can contact the American Greyhound Council (AGC). This is the nation´s largest organisation for greyhound adoption, and it is supported by the National Greyhound Association.
You can call 1-800-366-1GPA for more information. This is a help desk run by Greyhound Pets of America with funding from AGC. Greyhound Pets of America can help you with information about greyhounds and how to go about if you want to adopt one.
The AGC also has information available on its site:
According to the AGC, 90% of all registered retired greyhounds in the U.S. are either adopted or return to breeders to be used for breeding.
Adoptera a retired greyhound in Great Britain
One of largest organisations for retired greyhounds in Great Britain is the Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT), which has around 70 local chapters in England, Scotland and Wales. Most of these chapters run kennels where retired greyhounds can live as they wait to be matched with a suitable adopter.
RGT was founded by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) in 1975 and receives annual financial support from GBGB. The headquarter for RGT is in Worcester Park, England.
In addition to RGT, there are also a number of smaller organisations that work to find new homes for retired greyhounds, and the Retired Greyhound Fund provide have provided many of them with financial support. This fund is administered by the GBGB.
Adopt a retired greyhound in Ireland
If you want to adopt an Irish greyhound, contact the Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland (GRAI). The association rehabilitates retired greyhounds and help find new homes for them.
Adopt a retired greyhound in Australia
One of the main organisations for retired greyhounds in Australia is the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP). It is headquartered in Victoria but have chapters and collaborators in many other parts of the country.
Adopt a retired greyhound in New Zealand
In 2006, the New Zealand Greyhound Racing Association Incorporated (NZGRA) founded the organisation Greyhounds As Pets (GAP) to help retired greyhounds find new homes. GAP operates two kennels where retired greyhounds can live while they wait to be matched with a suitable adopter. There is one kennel on the North Island (in Sanson) and another one on the South Island (in Amberley).