About GAP

The Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) is run by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) and is dedicated to finding homes for greyhounds that have retired from racing.

It is our mission to:

  • Find suitable, loving, homes for retired racing greyhounds. Encourage a more positive image of the greyhound and to stimulate the public’s desire to own a greyhound as a family pet.
  • Train and prepare greyhounds for life as family pets.
  • Provide ongoing advice and support to the greyhound and its new owners.

We at the GAP know that greyhounds make fantastic pets. As with any breed of dog, they are individuals with unique personalities. Some are high energy, excitable and affectionate, others are laid back, calm and reserved. However, in general greyhounds are best described as quiet and gentle dogs that thrive in a family home environment.

We believe there is a greyhound to suit almost every situation. Whether you prefer an outgoing dog who enjoys obedience training or playing fetch with the kids for example, or you want a calm and sensitive companion, we have a greyhound for you!

The staff at the GAP pride themselves on their ability to place the right greyhound successfully and consistently into the right home environment. We do this by taking the time to get to know each greyhound individually, learning about their personalities and training them for family homes.

There have been some recent changes at GAP, including scrapping our behavioural pre assessment testing, so that all dogs are accepted (subject to vet tests). We believe that training a dog is a lifelong journey and no greyhound should miss out on the opportunity to come to GAP and find their home.

Every dog that enters the program is health checked, desexed, wormed, microchipped, and vaccinated. They also have a dental examination and treatment. The dogs then spend time with us at the GAP or with a foster carer to help them adjust to life in a pet home.

Our foster carers play an integral role in helping our greyhounds become familiar with a variety of situations likely to be encountered once they become pets. Foster carers also implement basic obedience training, such as basic house manners and get the greyhound used to the type of routine that is normal for a family home.

Ready to adopt or foster? Meet our greyhounds.