Issue 51 - Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission


The Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission (GWIC) has developed a new re-homing policy effective 1 December 2019.

Greyhound owners are required to prepare their greyhounds for rehoming and make genuine attempts to rehome any greyhound that they do not wish to retain.  If an owner is unable to rehome the greyhound privately, they must first seek the greyhound’s admission to the Greyhounds As Pets (GAP) program.

If the greyhound is not admitted to the GAP Program, the owner must then:


  1. seek to rehome the greyhound through at least one other pet rescue or re-homing organisation or
  2. seek the greyhound’s admission to the GAP program a second time.


These minimum rehoming requirements do not apply once a greyhound has been rehomed, or if the greyhound has been declared a dangerous or menacing dog under the Companion Animals Act 1998.


Further information and associated forms, including notification of euthanasia by a veterinarian and emergency euthanasia of a greyhound, are available from the GWIC website.

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