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When a greyhound retires from the racing industry, at any age, the owner must aim to have every healthy and behaviourally sound greyhound re-homed. Owners must carefully consider and plan appropriate retirement or rehoming options for their greyhound well in advance of when that retirement might occur.

The last registered owner, or person responsible for the greyhound at the relevant time, must report to RWWA Stewards, by lodgement of the prescribed form, the retirement or re-homing of a greyhound.

Greyhounds as Pets

Greyhounds as Pets Western Australia (GAP) is a program of RWWA. GAP’s mission is to promote, encourage and facilitate greyhound pet ownership to the wider community through the provision of safe, healthy greyhounds to homes throughout Western Australia. 

RWWA is committed to ensuring that the best levels of care are given to greyhounds throughout all stages of their lives, when a greyhound retires from the racing industry, at any age, RWWA will aim to achieve every healthy and behaviourally sound greyhound being rehomed.

GAP also has an Animal Behaviourist who helps the greyhounds adjust to pet life. Most greyhounds spend two to three weeks at the GAP kennels, but if a greyhound requires extra time, GAP will keep working with the greyhound until it can be successfully re-homed.

Furthermore, GAP is the only greyhound rehoming group currently recognised in WA able to issue green collars, which allows a greyhound to return to the community as a pet without having to wear a muzzle in public.
For further information regarding GAP, please click here.

Green Collaring & the National Temperament Assessment

The Government of Western Australia has amended the Dog Act 1976 to enable appropriately retired racing greyhounds to return to the community as pets without having to wear a muzzle. Exempt greyhounds are granted a “green collar status” and issued with a green collar after passing the National Temperament Testing Assessment. 

The National Temperament Assessment is a rigorous behavioural program developed jointly by all official GAP programs around Australia. It was written by a qualified Animal Behaviourist, in conjunction with each State GAP program and draws upon the collective decades of experience of these organisations. All the greyhounds re-homed through GAP have successfully completed the National Temperament Assessment.

The Dog Regulations 2013 prescribed GAP as a training organisation for the purposes of exempting a greyhound from wearing a muzzle in public. Therefore, when a greyhound is adopted from GAP, the greyhound will be issued a green collar and identification card which proves the greyhound does not need to be muzzled in public. GAP is the only greyhound rehoming group currently recognised in WA able to issue green collars.
For further information regarding GAP, please click here.


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