Foster care requires a dedicated individual or family to take a greyhound into their home and spend six weeks assisting the greyhound to learn behaviours that are desirable in a domestic pet. Foster carers assist the greyhound with the transition from life in a kennel environment to life in a family home.
The next step is to get ready to train!
Once your application is approved, we will contact you when we have a greyhound available that best suits you and your home. Foster carers can ensure the success of the greyhound moving into its new home by ensuring it has the best opportunities right from the start. Training begins the moment the greyhound enters the home, and usually does not end until the greyhound leaves for its adoptive home.
Next you just need to stay the course - it's important to be consistent!
It is important that once a routine is set for the greyhound, it can be maintained. Greyhounds thrive on consistency and settle quite well once they know and understand what is expected of them, where they are going, when they get fed etc.
Feedback is a key factor in the success of foster care. During the foster care period you will be asked to provide regular feedback to the Foster Care Coordinator to ensure the foster process is going smoothly and any undesirable characteristics or behaviours are identified before becoming problem behaviours.
The final steps of your fostering
Preparing a greyhound for adoption is what the foster care period is all about - getting the greyhound out and about in the real world and introducing it to different environments, people and animals. This will ensure it is ready for whatever circumstances it may ultimately encounter in its future home. The primary aim during the foster care period is for the greyhound to achieve its green collar – making it exempt from muzzling in South Australia.
Foster carers are asked to complete a greyound bio form after a couple weeks of foster care. This form helps us to understand the nature and behaviours of the greyhound being fostered to enable the team to begin the process of matching the greyhound to an adoptive family even before the green collar has been achieved. Once sufficient information has been received, the Adoption Coordinator will begin matching your foster greyhound to an adoptive home.
Once the greyhound is ready, foster carers are asked to transport their foster greyhound to the GAP SA office at Angle Park for their green collar assessment. Having passed this assessment they are now ready for adoption.
We've found a forever home for your foster greyhound!
Although this moment can be mixed with some sadness (as you have probably grown quite fond of your foster greyhound), it does mean you have done a great job as a foster carer. Once we have matched your foster greyhound to a new owner they will contact you to arrange a 'meet and greet' with you and the greyhound. GAP SA can provide advice on how to do this, especially if there are other dogs or pets involved. If all goes well, your foster greyhound will be off to their new home very soon!
If you do fall in love with your foster greyhound you may apply to keep it. If this does happen, please let us know as soon as possible into the foster period.