Finding your new best friend
IS A GREYHOUND THE RIGHT DOG FOR ME?
Greyhounds belong to the sighthound group of dogs and were historically valued hunting companions. They are a large breed of dog and with an average life expectancy of 10 to 12 years tend to live longer than many similar sized dogs. They are free from many common heritable diseases such as hip-dysplasia that affect other purebreds. You can find more information on their breed here. In spite of being considered the fastest of all dog breeds, they have a reputation for being couch potatoes. They tend to be gentle in how they interact with people and enjoy the finer things in life like a warm fleece and a soft bed.
Even though they are adult dogs, ex-racing greyhounds have not had the same experiences as pet dogs. Most greyhounds will have only known racing and kennel life; the change in what their new family will expect from them is huge. We provide you in our training section with resources to guide you through the first settling in phase, to build a secure and strong attachment, and to integrate them slowly into their new surroundings.
Please take a moment to read through our most frequently asked questions asked questions to make sure that adopting a greyhound is the right choice for you.
At GAP we either rehome hounds straight from the three GRNZ kennels (located in Cambridge, Levin, and Rangiora) or we rehome from our nationwide network of volunteer foster homes. Our foster carers gradually introduce the hounds to the big wide world one paw at a time and give them a head start learning what pet life is all about. Our Rehoming Team Leads personally know the greyhounds available for adoption and will have a conversation with you about your individual expectations of owning a pet greyhound, so we can make the best possible match. We will be with you every step of the adoption process and we are here with support and advice long after you adopted your new best friend.
To get you started, please go through the steps below and complete our adoption form.