Consider the ‘longdog’ option
Published Sunday, 18 April, 2021 at 06:00 AM
Minister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing
The Honourable Grace Grace
Queenslanders have been encouraged to consider a retired “longdog” if they are in the market for a pet on National Greyhound Adoption Day.
Racing Minister Grace Grace said big-hearted Queenslanders from all over Queensland had already adopted 1224 retired greyhounds in the past five years.
The Palaszczuk Government boosted the adoption program in 2015 with a new levy on greyhound-racing as well as diverting incentives for greyhound breeding. The program now has facilities in Townsville and in south east Queensland, with greyhounds common pets all around the state.
“As any dog owner will vouch for, every pet is an individual,” Ms Grace said.
“But greyhounds generally are quiet and gentle dogs that thrive in a family home environment.
“If your household is considering a dog, I’d encourage you to contact the Greyhound Adoption Program at firstname.lastname@example.org and complete an application to join the longdog club and enjoy some “zoomies”* too.”
*Zoomies are when retired greyhounds burst into a run, just as other dogs do when they are playing ---- only it’s a lot faster.
Today (Sunday, 18 April) is 2021 GAP Greyhound National Adoption in Queensland, with an Open Day at the adoption program’s SEQ at Churchable near Ipswich.
When greyhounds retire from racing, their owners and trainers take them to the adoption program where the team prepares them to live as part of a Queensland family.
The greyhounds have health and behavioural assessments and are desexed, wormed, microchipped and vaccinated.
They also have a dental examination and treatment. The greyhounds then spend time with staff at the program or with a foster carer to help them adjust to life in a pet home.
Foster carers also give dogs basic obedience training, such as basic house manners, and get the greyhound used to the type of routine that is normal for a family home.
‘Longdog’ adoption fast facts
- In 2019-20, Queensland families adopted 240 dogs.
- So far this financial year more than 150 greyhounds have been adopted.
- Currently 17 dogs are in foster care statewide and 15 are currently waiting for adoption in SEQ.