How do I surrender a dog?
To apply to surrender a dog to us, either fill out and submit the email form (available below) or contact us directly. Before applying, we recommend you read the following information.
Will Greyhound Haven take on any greyhound?
Greyhound Haven will accept all greyhounds surrendered (subject to space available) however acceptance does not guarantee that the dog will be rehomed. For rehoming, all dogs must first meet the following criteria:
- Pass basic health assessment. If the dog is being surrendered by a trainer or breeder, vaccination and any other veterinary records for the dog are required to allow us to properly evaluate the animals health and suitablility for rehoming.
- Pass initial temperament testing. Dogs that display unacceptable aggression (towards humans or other dogs), severe anxiety, timidity or any other behavioural issues may not be suitable for rehoming (depending on severity of the issue and judged on a full behavioural evaluation and a veterinary examination to ensure the issue is not physical in nature).
- Pass small dog testing. To protect the reputation of the breed, greyhounds that display predatory aggression towards small dogs will not be rehomed. Dogs may be reassessed if they fail the initial testing.
- Be of a suitable age. Greyhound puppies will not be rehomed until six months of age (to ensure accurate temperament/prey drive testing). Greyhounds over twelve years of age will not be rehomed.
What happens to dogs that arent suitable for rehoming?
Depending on the reason, the greyhound may either remain in care until they are suitable for rehoming or they will be humanely euthanized by a veterinarian.
Our aim is to rehome as many dogs as possible but in some cases, the dog may simply not be suitable and we believe the kindest option for these animals is euthanasia, rather than an extended existance in a rescue environment.
What can I do to increase my dogs chances of being rehomable?
While factors such as prey drive generally cannot be altered, there are a number of things that trainers, pet owners or breeders can do to give their dogs a better chance at passing assessments
- Introduce the dog to children; the more varied the ages, the better. Many greyhounds will go on to homes with children so experience with children prior to foster care will improve the number of homes the dog may be suitable for. Interaction between dogs and children (especially where the dogs reactions may be unpredictable) should always be supervised and use of a muzzle is recommended.
- Introduce the dog to other breeds of dogs (in particular, smaller dogs). Early and frequent exposure to other breeds increases your dogs chance of passing the small dog test. All interaction should be supervised carefully to watch for predatory behaviour and a leash and muzzle are recommended.
- Allow the dog to spend as much time as possible in your house. A dog that is accustomed to the sounds and activities of the home environment will cope better during the fostering period. Initial visits in the house should be done with the dog on a leash and supervised to ensure indoor toileting or other unwelcome behaviours such as climbing on furniture and beds do not occur (as many of these can be difficult to train the dog out of once they become habit).
- Allow the dog to run loose in your yard (providing it is safely fenced and no other animals are present). Many pet greyhounds will spend some time during their day unsupervised in yards so it is important for the dog to become accustomed to this.
- Improve the dogs behaviour while walking on lead. This includes discouraging the dog from lunging or pulling and, where possible, walking the dog on public streets; this allows the dog to become accustomed to cars, other dogs and strangers. Positive exposure to road noises decreases the chance the dog will spook at sudden traffic noises while walking.
- Adjust the dogs diet. A greyhound at racing weight is likely to take longer to recover from vet work and the stress of a change in environment can further weight loss, leading to an extended stay in care to return the dog to a healthy weight. Raw meat and bone (of a quality suitable for human consumption) can be purchased cheaply from many supermarkets (often sold in bags as offcuts or soup cuts) and in our experience, this leads to the fastest and healthiest weight gain while having the added benefit of being good for their teeth.