How you can help
Gumtree Greys rescues and rehomes greyhounds, predominantly from the racing industry in Victoria, Australia.
We have a network of dedicated foster carers who open their homes and hearts to these beautiful dogs. Foster carers teach greyhounds how to be pets — after years of living in small enclosures, they need to learn how to live as a family dog. Skills they need to acquire include learning to climb stairs, riding in cars and how to behave when meeting other breeds of dogs while out walking.
Gumtree Greys covers all the vet costs for these dogs while they’re in foster care. Most dogs that come to us often have pre-existing injuries and/or bad teeth. These issues are tended to by a veterinary practice network that kindly offers us reduced fees. However, even with reduced fees, our vet bills are significant and make up most of our annual expenditure. Other expenses include dog transport, temporary kennelling, medications, equipment and rehabilitation training.
We do organise fundraising activities to help cover our costs. Still, the funds raised are not enough, and our time for fundraising is limited because we concentrate on rescuing and rehoming dogs.
Perhaps you’re thinking about adopting a dog? Talk to us about what fantastic pets greyhounds make. At Gumtree Greys, we take the time to rehabilitate greyhounds in private homes. We don’t believe in taking dogs straight from a kennel environment and placing them with adoptive families before they’ve had a chance to experience life as a pet and learn what’s expected. We also take the time to understand more about your home, your lifestyle and any other pets you may have. The process undertaken by Gumtree Greys in introducing a greyhound into a home is careful and considered, making for a much easier transition all around.
We’re always on the lookout for suitable foster carers. Without foster carers, we can’t rescue greyhounds. If you want to explore this crucial role, ask us for information.
We like to hear from volunteers with various skills, including administration, photography, videography, graphic design, web design and IT skills. Other important volunteer jobs are transporting dogs and attending our market stalls and other events to educate the public on greyhounds and greyhound ownership.
Workplace Foster Care
Studies and polls agree that a pet-friendly workplace can decrease stress, improve morale and productivity, reduce absenteeism and increase staff retention rates. In conjunction with PetRescue, Gumtree Greys will help pair your workplace with a suitable greyhound. By welcoming a greyhound into your workplace, you won’t just be helping that one greyhound — you’ll be raising awareness of fostering for all greys in need and freeing up space for us to save even more lives. Ask us for more information on this wonderful program.