Retire Your Greyhound

The South Australian greyhound racing industry and its participants embrace, as a fundamental obligation, the requirement for full rehoming of unraced and retired greyhounds. 
  • GRSA invested a total of $1,751,000 in support of GAP and related rehoming initiatives across the year* 
  • A total of 403 retired greyhounds were placed in their forever homes by GAP, 65 of whom were fostered in the Adelaide Women’s Prison and the Mobilong Prison Programs*
  • An additional 258 greyhounds were rehomed by participants, adopted out through other rehoming programs, or taken up by their owners (either for breeding or as a pet)*

To support participants with rehoming their greyhounds GRSA operates the Greyhounds As Pets program. To enter your greyhound into the GAP SA program please book into one of the assessment dates below.


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You will need to bring the greyhounds identification card with you on the day.

Greyhounds should not be raced or trialled within the 10 days prior to assessment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Refer to the Upcoming Assessment Dates below and contact the GAP SA office on 8243 7124 to book your greyhound in for their First Point Assessment.  Once your greyhound successfully passes its assessment you will have to complete the GAP SA Placement Form and return it to the GAP SA office along with the placement fee for them to enter the program.  You are also required to complete paperwork for GRSA advising them of the dog’s retirement, please make sure you are aware of GRSA’s requirements in this respect.

This will vary depending on the availability of foster and forever homes, however GRSA is committed to reducing time on the waiting list as a primary objective. Significant reduction has already been achieved based on recent investment and initiatives.


This is not an issue. If you find an alternative home for the greyhound before they enter the GAP SA program or you decide to keep them, please contact the office so we can remove them from the waiting list. Please ensure the appropriate notification forms are completed and submitted to GRSA.

GAP SA are happy to assess any greyhound that is owned or trained by a GRSA registered participant, however, if you have any concerns regarding the suitability of your greyhound for GAP SA please contact the office 8243 7124 to discuss further.

The majority of dogs rehomed by GAP SA will go to family homes in suburban or inner-city areas, often with other pets, and should be able to walk with their owners around local streets and parks without difficulty and be polite in their interactions with other dogs which may require some investment of time by trainers and owners to work on the socialisation of the greyhound.

Once a suitable home is found for your greyhound you will be contacted by GAP SA to organise a suitable time for the dog to be transported to Greyhound Racing SA, Angle Park for its handover.  Prior to moving to their new home each greyhound must have been to a vet of our choosing for desexing, vaccination and have its teeth cleaned, GAP SA will cover the cost associated with this treatment and the greyhound must be fully recovered before the handover occurs. 

All greyhounds moving to their new home are to be in good condition, bathed, cleaned and free from fleas.

A nominal fee of $60 per greyhound applies to trainers/owners entering a greyhound into the program

There are a number of things you can do to ease your greyhound's transition into a pet lifestyle before it is taken in by GAP SA. These might include:

  • Get the dog used to spending time loose in the back yard - pet homes do not generally have kennels and runs.
  • Teach the dog to walk nicely on a lead by your side.
  • Introduce him or her to new people and particularly children under supervision.
  • Take him or her out on street walks to the park or beach, or beside busy roads, etc.
  • Bring him or her into the house for short periods of time.
  • Introduce him or her to stairs and slippery floor surfaces like tiles, linoleum or polished floorboards.
  • Introduce him or her to other animals, under controlled circumstances – cats, other dog breeds, horses, caged birds, poultry etc.
  • Decrease his exercise requirements. Most adoptive homes will not get up at 4.30am to walk the greyhound, so start getting the greyhound ready for this.
  • Sometimes greyhounds can lose weight due to stress when changes to their environment occur. If your dog is currently maintaining race weight try to increase their weight by 0.5-1kg to help the foster family manage the dogs ideal weight. 


*Taken from the 2020-2021 GRSA Annual Report