GWIC updates / Greyhounds must be desexed prior to rehoming

In December 2019 the Commission made amendments to the Greyhound Rehoming Policy.

Two key changes were introduced:

  1. All greyhounds being rehomed outside of the industry (ie. to the general public) must be desexed prior to rehoming
  2. Greyhounds with behavioural problems are still required to undergo genuine rehoming attempts

In recent months there have had a number of breaches of the Greyhound Rehoming Policy in relation to the above requirements.

Owners are reminded of their obligation to adhere to the Greyhound Rehoming Policy including the requirement to make genuine attempts to rehome all greyhounds, and to ensure that these greyhounds are desexed before being rehomed to a member of the public.

No greyhound is to be euthanased due to behavioural concerns. An exception to the minimum rehoming requirements includes where a greyhound is legally required to be euthanased under a court order or has been declared a dangerous or menacing dog under the Companion Animals Act 1998.

Greyhound Racing NSW offer a Home Assistance Scheme to NSW industry participants who have retired their greyhounds and are preparing them for life as pets. This scheme covers the cost of desexing, dental work, vaccinations etc.

Approved rehoming organisations, including Greyhounds As Pets (GAP) have committed to undertake desexing on behalf of owners under GRNSW’s Home Assistance Scheme.

It is important for the industry to remain committed to ensuring every greyhound is given the best opportunity to live a long and happy life after racing.

View the Rehoming Policy in full, and better understand your role in Rehoming.

The Commission’s Rehoming policy is part of the Commission’s overall strategy for securing a sustainable industry via the lifecycle tracking of greyhounds which protects the industry from spurious claims regarding the euthanasia of racing greyhounds.