Greyhound Trainers

GAP is a comprehensive adoption programme which carefully prepares and places retired greyhounds into loving pet homes. To find out how the programme works please click on the questions below.

Entry forms and kennel contact details are available at the bottom of the page or you can enter your dogs online here.

Please check with your Kennel Manager or email us to confirm you have the correct Trainer ID before entering dogs.

The waiting list can be viewed here.

Thank you giving your greyhounds the retirement they deserve!

Requirements for entry to GAP from 1 March 2018

Your greyhound must have a current DHPPI or Vanguard 5 vaccination and up to date Canine Kennel Cough vaccine, no later than 10 days before entry to GAP.  The South Island kennels do not require a Leptospirosis vaccine but both North Island kennels do so.  Lepto vaccinations require a booster after 4 weeks so entry should be after that.

Your Greyhound must be injury free and sound.  

·        Dogs with broken hocks and similar will only be accepted with a vet certificate and records.

·        Please ensure your dog has no open wounds. This includes injured tails. If your greyhound has a broken or bleeding tail it will need to be treated, possibly amputated; and completely healed before entry to GAP. 

Info for Trainers

How do I place my greyhound into the Adoption Programme?

If your dog is ready to enter GAP now – complete the online entry form or download the pdf entry forms and post them to your nearest Kennel Base, ensuring that the ‘Is your dog ready for GAP?’ question is answered ‘Yes’. Your dog will be placed immediately on the waiting list.

The entry form gives us important background information on the dog and helps us select an appropriate foster home, so please be honest and give as much information as you can. A dog is unlikely to fail the programme for vices such as jumping or barking, but obviously if we are aware of these potential problems then we can ensure the dog goes to a suitable home and provide the appropriate advice so that your greyhound may be placed onto the waiting list. See below for Forms and Contact details.

How long is the waiting time once my greyhound is ready to enter?

This will vary depending on the availability of foster and forever homes. We can only take a limited number of dogs at any one time and are unable to take dogs in at short notice. Greyhounds can often get into GAP more quickly if they are trainable with cats. Please let your nearest kennel base know immediately if you think your greyhound may be suitable for a home with cats.

Can dogs be fast-tracked?

Dogs can be fast-tracked into the programme in limited circumstances. These include where:

  • the dog is known to be suitable for a home with cats
  • there has been a specific request from a prospective home
  • there are extenuating circumstances, this includes welfare cases, and where it is felt that the majority of trainers would wish a certain dog to be prioritised, for example, the death or illness of the dog’s trainer.

My dog is at the top of the list - can its place be held?

If your dog is not ready to come into GAP when called, it will be removed from the waiting list, unless:

  • it is recovering from an injury or illness
  • it is a bitch in season
  • If your dog is recovering from an injury or illness, or is in season we would prefer you to look after your dog until it is totally recovered, therefore in these cases the kennel managers may, at their discretion, hold your place at the top of the list.

Do I have to use my nearest kennel base?

Waiting times may vary between the kennels therefore, if your greyhound is at the top of the waiting list but there is no space at your nearest kennel base and you are able to arrange transport to the more distant kennel base, then you are welcome to contact that kennel to discuss entry.

When is the best time to put my dog onto the GAP waiting list?

Please put your dog on the list when they are ready to retire.

You can enter your dog’s details using the online form at any time, however your dog won’t be put onto the waiting list until you declare him ‘ready for GAP’. This means there is no longer any advantage in completing the entry form early. If you do send us your dog’s details early then you must let us know when your dog is ready to enter.

What if my greyhound is on the GAP waiting list and I change my mind?

No problems! If you find an alternative home for the dog before GAP can take it in, or if you decide to keep the dog for breeding etc, we would appreciate a call to let us know that this greyhound is no longer available so that we can then take it off the waiting list. You can put him back on at a later date if you so desire.

Is there a maximum number of dogs I can put in the programme?

No you can put as many dogs as you like into GAP. However, in order to give everyone a fair go, the maximum number of dogs owned by one trainer that can be in the programme at any one time is four.  Note, ‘in the programme’ means at our kennels or in foster care, not on the list.

Will GAP take on any greyhound?

Provided you have a greyhound with a sound temperament that you believe will genuinely make a great pet we will endeavour to accommodate your request. All greyhounds should possess an even temperament (ie. not aggressive or extremely timid) and be sociable in the presence of other dogs.

The majority of dogs rehomed by GAP will go to family homes in suburban areas, often with other pets, and must be able to walk with their owners around local streets and parks without difficulty. Every greyhound we adopt should be safe around small, fluffy dogs (eg. Maltese Terriers, Pomeranians) by the time it is ready for adoption.

What happens when my greyhound is ready to be taken in by GAP?

The kennel manager will contact you to organise a time for you to bring your dog to the kennels. The dog must come in within 7 to 14 days of being called in and must not be nominated to race within this time.

If the dog is not ready then they will be removed from the list and will need to be re-entered at the bottom of the list when they are ready.

We also require the dog’s registration papers, microchip certificate (if available), council registration and a current vaccination card.

On arrival, your dog will be given flea and worm treatments and then have a few days to settle into its new kennel environment. After this time your dog will then be assessed according to our Standard Temperament Assessment and if successful will be desexed, vaccinated and microchipped as necessary, before going to his new home. Many of our greyhounds are placed in a foster home where they learn about their new life as a companion animal.

What will it cost me to have my greyhound rehomed through GAP?

As GAP is a registered charity we rely on funding from a variety of sources to provide adequate care for all greyhounds that we take into the programme. To assist us in covering the costs for this service, we ask trainers to pay a fee of $60. Note, this fee is for microchipped, registered and fully vaccinated dogs. Additional fees will apply for dogs that do not meet these requirements.

How does GAP 'de-programme' greyhounds so that they will no longer chase?

Unfortunately the perception that we can de-programme these dogs from wanting to chase moving objects is not true. We are not magicians. We cannot overcome thousands of years of breed history and months or years of race training during the short time they are in our care. However, there is a huge range of chasing instinct (or prey drive) within the Greyhound breed. For example, some Greyhounds are terrified of cats at first. Others will never be friendly with cats. It is our job, on acquiring a new dog, to assess whereabouts in this range the dog lies. Cat-friendly Greyhounds are generally very easy for us to rehome. A Greyhound that is not safe around small dogs will fail our assessment and will not be made available for adoption.

What can I do to assist my greyhound’s transition from racing dog to family pet?

There are a number of things you can do to ease your Greyhound’s transition into a pet lifestyle before it is taken in by GAP. These might include:

  • Get the dog used to spending time loose in the back yard – pet homes do not generally have kennels and runs.
  • Get the dog walking nicely on lead by your side.
  • Introduce him or her to strange people and particularly children under supervision.
  • Take him or her out on street walks to the park; past the local school or shopping centre; beside busy roads, etc.
  • Bring him or her into the house for short periods.
  • Introduce him or her to stairs and slippery floor surfaces like tiles, linoleum or polished floorboards.
  • Introduce him or her to other animals under controlled circumstances – cats, other dog breeds, horses, caged birds, poultry etc.
  • Decrease his exercise requirements. Most adoptive homes will not get up at 4.30am to walk the greyhound, so start getting the greyhound ready for this.
  • Get some weight onto your greyhound as some greyhounds can initially be stressed at the changes they’re experiencing and may lose weight. The fatter they are to start with, the better! Increasing the quantity of dry food, preferably Nutrience, in his diet will also help him to adjust to our kennel diet.

Once rehomed, can I make contact with my greyhound’s new owners?

Because of privacy legislation, we can only pass on other people’s contact details if they have given permission for us to do so. Many, but not all, adoptive families are curious about their Greyhound’s former life and success (or otherwise) on the track. Many people like to read about their new dogs racing history and receive race photos etc. If you are happy to have contact with your greyhound’s new owners, and if they wish to, we will provide your contact details to the adoptive family, so they can get in touch.


We look forward to hearing from you!

Fill in our online Trainer Entry Form, or click here to download the ‘Transfer Ownership to GAP’ and ‘Racing History’ forms.

Forms should be returned to your closest kennel. Please see the meet the team page for contact details.

Please remember to advise the kennels when your dog has finished racing.

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GAP Walk - Auckland

22 September 2019 - 10:00am

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22 September 2019 - 10:30am

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29 September 2019 - 1:30pm

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