Greyhound Haven Tasmania

Greyhound Rescue and Education

Before Adopting

Before you adopt a greyhound (or any pet), it is worthwhile looking at your situation and preferences very carefully to ensure your new pet will be with you for life. There are many factors to consider and often, bearing these in mind when selecting a pet will lessen the chances the pet becomes a burden on family at a later stage.

Your Home

Do you own your own home?
While renting may not necessarily exclude you from dog ownership, it can make finding suitable rental accomodation quite difficult (especially given the size of a greyhound). Many dogs end up in shelters because their owners had to move and rental properties that allow dogs are generally few and far between.
While we do adopt out dogs to renters, we prefer for the new home to have plans in place in the event they are unable to continue renting with the dog.
Does your house have a yard and is it fenced?
A securely fenced yard means your greyhound has access to the outside without the need for a leash or constant supervision. While greyhounds make good apartment pets (they tend to sleep most of the day), lack of access to a securely fenced yard means the dog would need to be taken outside on leash for toileting and more time needs to be set aside for exercising on lead. For people who work long hours or are away from home for most of the day, this is not an ideal situation.
Is your house/yard safe for a dog?
A safe environment is a must for any dog; unfenced pools, poisonous plants, certain types of fencing and uneven ground can pose risks to your greyhound. Holes that have not been filled (rabbit burrows are a good example) can lead to serious injuries (such as broken legs) as greyhounds tend not to look where they are going when running. Wire fencing (in particular stock fencing topped with barbed wire) is also a risk for the same reason.
Safety issues can often be easily fixed once identified and we're always happy to work with potential adopters to help create a safe environment if the property does not pass the initial homecheck.

Your Family

Do you have other pets?
It's an unfortunate fact of life that not all dogs enjoy the company of other dogs. All the greyhounds we rehome will have been assessed for sociability with other dogs but if the resident dog is unable to cope with the presence of other dogs, forcing the issue by introducing the additional dog anyway rarely ends positively.
The same also applies for cats and other pets. A greyhound may test as cat-friendly but that does not guarantee the resident cat will be dog-friendly. When deciding on whether or not to add another pet to your home, it's very important to consider those you already have. Before an adoption goes ahead, we prefer to meet the resident pets (with the greyhound) to get an idea of compatibility.
Do other family members in the house want a new pet?
Adopting a new pet should be a decision that involves the entire family, given other family members will be impacted by the pet's presence, both positively and negatively.
It is also worth considering the other members of the household when deciding on prefered temperament. An adult in the house might prefer a more energetic and confident dog but that it not necessarily an ideal dog to have around younger children (as a boisterous dog can easily knock over or scare smaller children).

You

Are you an Australian citizen?
While long-term visitors are generally equally capable of providing a good home for pets, greyhound can live up to fifteen years and this is something to take into consideration if you are residing in Australia on a visa with time limitations.