ADOPT A DOG: Lismore greyhound trainer Trevor Thompson is providing an adoption service for his retiring greyhounds.
ADOPT A DOG: Lismore greyhound trainer Trevor Thompson is providing an adoption service for his retiring greyhounds. Patrick Gorbunovs

Finding dogs a good home

SINCE the compulsory muzzling of greyhounds was abolished in 2009, adoption agencies have been working harder than ever to find homes for these retired race dogs.

Bronwin Gallagher, an assistant manager of Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP), said their organisation, like many others, is the alternative option for trainers who can't keep their retired race dogs or are unable to re-home them themselves.

However, to put these animals up for adoption through the NSW division of GAP, they must go on a waiting list which can be almost a year long.

Dog trainer Trevor Thompson from Lismore has kept as many of his retired dogs as he can. Unfortunately he can't home them all.

Like many other trainers from the Northern Rivers area, Mr Thompson has had to go through the Queensland adoption sector of GAP to re-home his greyhounds.

"The main problem about the NSW service is that the waiting list is too long," he said.

"I love my animals and I want to find them homes."

Mr Thompson said he was an advocate for the GAP program but doesn't know what they should do to speed up the process.

But Ms Gallagher said: "We match the family with the dog.

"It's not a matter of someone ringing us up and saying I want a greyhound and then we go here you go.

"There's a process."

Ms Gallagher placed a lot of emphasis on the fact that every dog had a different personality.

She said that they are individuals and need to be treated that way

However, Lori McKern from Greyhounds as Pets, a separate NSW adoption program from GAP, has said that at the moment the waiting list is only about 4-8 weeks.

She said that they had been moving through adoptions fairly quickly.

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