Rather than having to wait for a greyhound that has been fostered in another home, with Foster-To-Adopt, you elect to undertake the foster care with a view to adopting the greyhound at the end of that period. This provides the perfect opportunity to get to know your future pet.
What is involved?
You will teach the dog to live in your environment and help them to adjust to living inside a family home. That process includes toilet training (which generally takes a week), basic obedience, house manners and socialising with the family and other animals (both at home and out in public).
During the foster period, it is usual for some veterinary care to be required. GAP SA covers the cost of these appointments which would be arranged at a time convenient for you.
How long does it take?
It usually takes between four and six weeks for the greyhound to be ready for formal adoption and become a permanent member of your family.
What are the benefits?
As yours will be the first domestic environment the greyhound knows, you can tailor the training to suit your circumstances. For example, if you have children or small animals the greyhound should become accustomed to those immediately.
Through fostering the greyhound, you will already know that it is suitable as a pet for your home prior to adoption and a bond will already have started to form.
The foster to adopt process can be a rewarding experience. Seeing the greyhound achieve green collar status (meaning that a muzzle does not have to be worn in public) as a result of the training that you have provided is an accomplishment in and of itself.
Dogs are available for foster care immediately and so a greyhound can be living in your home sooner than you think!
A reduced adoption fee of $100 applies to foster to adopt greyhounds.