Every year thousands of greyhounds are killed in Australia when they are no longer wanted by their greyhound racing industry owners, syndicates and/or trainers.
Named after the online classified site, Gumtree Greys rescues and rehomes greyhounds from a variety of sources across eastern Australia, primarily directly from trainers but also through pounds and shelters.
The majority of greyhounds in Australia are destroyed once they finish racing. Additionally, many more are killed at a young age because they don’t ‘make the grade’ in competitive racing, or are born with conditions that will prevent them from racing at all.
Unregulated overbreeding of greyhounds is a significant issue in Australia and accounts for large numbers of greyhounds being killed unnecessarily. Many pure breeds of dog are subjected to being used as ‘puppy farms’ to meet demand. As greyhounds are bred purely for racing purposes, the number of greyhounds used as ‘puppy farm’ style breeders far exceeds those of any other dog breed in Australia.
In addition to our rescue and rehoming work, Gumtree Greys also focuses on education and awareness of the tragic plight of these beautiful, gentle dogs and aims to change the public misperception of greyhounds in the community.
Where are we based?
OK, so we pay the bills from Brisbane, but we operate along the whole Eastern Seaboard of Australia and mainly in the Goldcoast, Brisbane in Queensland and Melbourne in Victoria.
Making a Difference
Gumtree Greys is run by volunteers who are dedicated to the cause of rescuing and rehoming greyhounds. We rehome as many dogs as possible within our limited financial and human resources capacity.. We rely significantly on the generosity of donations to continue our valuable work in rescuing and rehoming unwanted and/or retired racing greyhounds. The welfare of the dogs is our primary focus at all times, and accordingly we do whatever it takes to transport and care for our rescue dogs in the most appropriate way to ensure their safe transition to a new life.