Greyhounds as Pets WA (GAP) is the industry run program responsible for assessing, fostering and re-homing retired racing greyhounds in Western Australia. We are also involved in the education of the general public on the benefits of greyhound pet ownership.

GAP is committed to continually improving the program for the Industry. As such, we have been successful in making pre-assessments more readily available, resulting in shorter wait times.

Pre-assessment process

Prior to the day

Step 1: Contact us via phone (9445 5399) or email gap@rwwa.com.au to book a pre-assessment. We will ask you for your greyhounds registered race names when booking a pre-assessment.

Note: A greyhound must have a minimum of 14 days from its last race prior to presention to GAP for a pre-assessment.

On the day

Please bring along the following:

  • Greyhound(s) to be pre-assessed; clean and flea free.
  • Race papers/ID Card.
  • Original C5 vaccination certificate if available.

Outcomes

If your dog is successful at his/her pre-assessment, the greyhound will be placed on a waitlist to enter the GAP program. Where possible, GAP will attempt to take your greyhound into the program within a 30 day period. The speed GAP can re-home greyhounds is based on public demand and on each individual dog – some greyhounds need longer than others to transition to life as a pet.

If your dog is not successful, our staff will provide immediate feedback and suggestions for you to work on with your greyhound. We recommend continuing to work with your greyhound and booking them in for a re-assessment.

Your pre-assessment sheet will indicate what recommendations the assessor deems appropriate for your greyhound if you would like it to be re-assessed and to enter the GAP program.

Not all greyhounds who fail pre-assessment at GAP are unsuitable for life as a pet, indeed many can go on to be wonderful pets with patience and continued training. If your greyhound fails pre-assessment, but you would still like to re-home it you are welcome to do so. Just ensure you offer full disclose of the greyhounds personality traits to the new owner.

Don’t forget, a greyhound re-homed outside of GAP can still be booked in to be Green Collar assess and granted a muzzle free status, they may just need more time to adjust to life as a pet.

There is no fee unless the dog is successfully accepted into our program.

Things to keep in mind
  • We will not assess a female dog that is on season; please contact us to reschedule if required.
  • A greyhound must not have raced for 14 days prior to pre-assessment.
  • If your greyhound passes their pre-assessment, you can still choose to rehome the greyhound yourself. If you would like any advice on rehoming your greyhound don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Ways to prepare your greyhound prior to GAP pre-assessment
  • Introduce him/her to other animals under controlled circumstances, such as other dog breeds/sizes, cats, horses, caged birds, poultry etc. When doing so, please ensure your greyhound is muzzled and on a lead.
  • Introduce him/her to unfamiliar people and children (always supervised).
  • Have the greyhound spend time loose in a backyard environment and time in the house with different surfaces (e.g. floor boards, tiles, and stairs).
  • Have the greyhound walking nicely on lead by your side in a variety of environments (e.g. on street, past your local school or shopping centre, etc.).
  • Decrease his/her exercise requirements and adjust daily routine. Most adopting families will not wake up at 4:30am to walk their dogs.
  • Some greyhounds can lose a little weight when they are desexed. To compensate for this, consider increasing your greyhounds diet a little prior to rehoming.

If you have any questions about the pre-assessment process or entering your greyhound into the GAP program please call us on 9445 5399.

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