Nutrition and Feeding

An average dog’s lifespan is 14 years so, if on average we’re talking 2 meals a day, that’s over 10,000 meals during it’s lifetime. That makes food choice for your hound a very important one.

Below are the building blocks of knowledge for you to consider when it comes to keeping your greyhounds happy and healthy through their diet. As always, research widely, but be a critical thinker….

Why is diet so important?

Below are some simple, practical, and preventative steps you can take to ensure your return to work or routine post lockdown is as smooth as possible for the hounds in your life, rather than distressing.


These are hard times. COVID-19 has driven our nation into lockdown, the economy is trembling, and the invisible hand of disease seems to be reaching for us through thin air. We never thought we’d see the day, but here we are – for the good of our team, volunteers and the public, our normal re-homing activities have now been suspended.


During the COVID-19 Lockdown in 2020 Bec fostered Coby the greyhound and put together a realtime video update of the settling in process along with some tips and training techniques. 

Below are the videos in order and we hope these help you with settling your new greyhound into your family.

Day 1-2 - Keeping it small to help settle from Day 1

Day 2 - starting basic attention

Don't laze on the couch - work from home instead! We're on the lookout for a new team member.

This role allows you to work from home, 32 hours per week and location is flexible NZ wide (although we do prefer Auckland, Tauranga or Wellington). Check it out on Seek or below:

UPDATE: Applications for this role close Tuesday 25 February 2020 at 5pm. If you wish to apply, please send your CV and cover letter to


Maggie was so sure her favourite top is somewhere in this pile of clothes.

If you think you can help her (and GAP) out AND want to make sure we have the best dressed hounds in New Zealand, then read on.

Checking in on some of our recent  adoptions to see how they are settling into their new lives...

Welcome Home, Bryton!

"Bryton has completely settled in now. It didn't take her long at all before she took over the house. She's so relaxed about things, it's a constant surprise. Even the fireworks...she lifted her head at the first couple, then went back to sleep.

Lisa Scott, GAP Event Coordinator for Wellington and the Hutt, visited the UK this year and had the pleasure of meeting cartoonist Richard Skipworth:

"In November this year I had the pleasure of meeting Richard Skipworth, cartoonist and creator of the Greyhound Glossary 1 and 2 and many other amazing work.

As I was travelling to the UK and am inherently quite cheeky I thought I would message him via Facebook to see if he was interested in providing a cartoon for auction to raise funds for Greyhounds as Pets New Zealand. And to my surprise and gratitude he said yes.

We want to give a huge shout out to our foster carers – those who supported us for years and our newcomers – who have taken our hounds into their homes and hearts to give them the best start to pet life. Loads of people answered our ad a few months ago and lots of them currently have a hound in their home.

Thank you for all yor photo submissions for our 2020 calendar!

Gorgeous and elegant, Fury (Deathstar) has made it on the cover this time! And here are the other 44 greyhounds that will keep you company throughout the year:


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