Rehoming Assistance Schemes

Re-homing Contribution Scheme

GRNSW recently launched the GRNSW Re-homing Contribution Scheme, which aims to assist independent greyhound re-homing organisations. Under the scheme, GRNSW will contribute $350 to the veterinary costs of every re-homed greyhound that acquires Greenhounds status at any point in its life.

The scheme will apply to greyhounds re-homed since 1 July 2015 and the payment will be made to the re-homing provider’s nominated veterinary account.

GRNSW recognises the tireless work independent re-homing organisations undertake to secure a successful retirement for large numbers of racing greyhounds and bear significant costs in doing so.

The intent of the GRNSW Re-homing Contribution Scheme is to assist these re-homing organisations and help them continue to undertake the tremendous work they currently do.

To claim a contribution, an application for each eligible greyhound must be submitted by completing the Application For GRNSW Greyhound Rehoming Contribution Scheme.

Click here to download the application form. 

Forms may be submitted via email rhcscheme@grnsw.com.au or post to the following address:

Re-homing Contribution Scheme
Greyhound Racing NSW
PO Box 170
Concord West NSW 2138 

For further information on the Greenhounds program please visit the website www.greenhounds.com.au

Re-homing Grant Scheme

GRNSW has also recently launched the Greyhound Re-homing Grant Scheme to support the tremendous work independent re-homing organisations do to find new homes for retired greyhounds.

Under the scheme, eligible organisations have the opportunity to apply for up to $10 000 towards the cost of an item or service that directly benefits their re-homing activities. Grants will be assessed and awarded tri-annually at the end of February, June and October.

Examples of items which are potentially eligible for a grant contribution under the scheme include dog trailers, a veterinary account as well as kennel renovations and/or extensions.

The introduction of the Greyhound Re-homing Grant Scheme is in addition to the GRNSW Re-homing Contribution Scheme, which was introduced in 2015. 

Organisations wishing to apply for a grant under the Greyhound Re-homing Grant Scheme should fill out the application form and email it to rhcscheme@grnsw.com.au by 5pm on the the following dates:

- 20 February (extended to 1 March 2016);
- 20 June; or
- 20 October.

Click here to download the application form.

Owners Incentive Scheme 

Owners of greyhounds registered with the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission (GWIC) in NSW are being encouraged to take advantage of the new arrangements for rehoming retired greyhounds through the Owners’ Incentive Scheme.

Funding and administration of the scheme is provided through the Greyhounds as Pets (GAP) program. The aim of the scheme is to support participants who would like to keep their greyhounds as pets or rehome them to family or friends once their racing careers are over. The scheme provides funding for the greyhound to have a veterinary check, be desexed and have any minor dental work carried out.

Under the new arrangements for the scheme, owners registered with GWIC who retire a greyhound and intend to keep their greyhound as a pet or rehome the greyhound to family or friends, can apply to have their greyhound entered into the scheme.

Key changes from the earlier version of the scheme are as follows:

·         participants will no longer be required to pay $50 to enter their greyhound into the scheme,

·         the greyhound will no longer be required to have a behavioural assessment at a GAP facility or by a GAP staff member,

·         the veterinary examination, desexing procedure and a dental care procedure (if required) can now be undertaken at your choice of veterinary surgery or hospital anywhere in NSW.

The GAP contributions in support of the scheme are capped as follows:

·         Vet check and desexing (including all fees and expenses) - $450

·         Dental care procedures (including all fees and expenses)  - $200

If there are surgical complications (eg a cryptorchid male) or the dental work required is more serious and requires extractions payment beyond the cap may be possible with the prior approval of the GRNSW Chief Veterinarian.

There are two options for payment to be made under the scheme. The veterinarian performing the procedures can invoice GAP directly or the owner of the greyhound can pay the veterinarian and claim a reimbursement from GRNSW. The scheme application form provides for both options.

Owners that enter the scheme are reminded that all greyhounds should not be rehomed unless their vaccination status is current (GAP recommends C5 vaccination or equivalent) and the owner details are entered into the NSW Companion Animal Register (CAR). Any cost associated with vaccination or registration on the CAR is a matter for the owner or new owner.

Owners wishing to utilise the scheme are encouraged to download the form and make the necessary arrangements with their preferred NSW Registered Veterinarian or NSW Licenced Veterinary Hospital.

Download the application form here.