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Greyhound Foster Carer

  • Location: Victoria VIC
  • Commitment: Regular - less than 6 months
  • Category: Animal Welfare
  • Time Required

    Foster Care assignments are generally for a period of three weeks. Flexible in terms of how many fosters you take on each year. We just ask that you take on at least one a year but you can certainly do more!

  • Suitable for
    • Families with Children
  • Type of work
    • Working with Animals
  • Training

    We have an initial volunteer induction that all volunteers must attend prior to starting volunteering with us. From there we have training throughout the year for specifics of the role.

  • Reimbursement

    GAP provide food, muzzle, snuggly coat, and lead. We reimburse for medical costs.

  • Requirements
    • Driver's Licence (C)
    • Medical Check *
    • National Police Certificate *

    We will ask for a police check at some stage while you're volunteering with us. Medical check is upon request only.

    * May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.

Please note: we have an application process which includes completing an application form and induction that need to be complete before starting volunteering for us. The link to start the application process can be found on GAP's website under the volunteering tab.

We have two types of foster care available; general foster caring and medical foster caring. See below for more details on both.

What is required to be a General Foster Carer?

  • Foster Care assignments are generally for a period of three weeks. GAP provide food, muzzle, snuggly coat, and lead. Carers provide an old blanket or mat for sleeping, and some toys to play with (even empty soft drink bottles or cardboard boxes).
  • Volunteers need to agree and sign our Volunteer and Foster Care Agreements, which are available to view and download on the application page.
  • We prefer carers to have at least a small outside space, with secure fencing, and a shaded area. Some carers in apartments are appropriate if someone is home during the day to toilet the dog. Otherwise, it is not necessary to be home all day to be a foster carer.
  • We require a variety of family situations for different foster dogs – carers with children of different ages; carers with cats; carers with other dogs of different sexes and breeds; and plenty of carers with no other pets or children. We match each dog to the most appropriate care home.
  • Carers are asked to provide 1-2 short walks a day of up to 20 minutes, preferably in an area where dogs of other breeds (with leads on) can be observed by the Greyhound at a distance, then gradually closer if the dog behaves calmly. Some basic grooming and dog massage or cuddles, and practice on stairs, is always appreciated.
  • Every Greyhound is completely different – it’s not unusual for some foster dogs to seem a bit aloof or unsocial at first. Remember – this is all new to them: stairs, laminate floors, carpets, other pets, and kids. Once they adjust their personalities will start to emerge!
  • Foster dogs must always be muzzled and on leash when off your private property.
  • Please see link below to role description for further details

What is required to be a Medical Foster Carer?

  • Medical Foster Care assignments vary in timing and could range from two weeks to six weeks or required time of recovery. GAP provide food, muzzle, snuggly coat, and lead. Carers provide an old blanket or mat for sleeping, and some toys to play with (even empty soft drink bottles or cardboard boxes).
  • Medical Foster Carers provide essential medical care for the greyhound to assist in its recovery to full health.
  • Volunteers need to agree and sign our Volunteer and Foster Care Agreements, which are available to view and download on the application page.
  • Provide all immediate needs of a Greyhound under your care including general care such as feeding, walking (if appropriate), socialising, grooming and training
  • Provide and be comfortable to do specific medical care as per the greyhound’s care plan (training provided). Tasks could include but are not limited to:
    • Bandage of tail
    • Bandage of foot/toes
    • Treat basic wounds/cleaning and giving medication
    • Administer medications orally
    • Subcutaneous injections (optional)
    • Fill in medical treatment chart
    • Record vital signs (optional)
    • Able to medicate eyes and ears
  • Be willing to potentially make trips using your own transport to our vets either in Seymour or Albert Park to monitor greyhound’s recovery. Sometimes these can be as regular as once a week. The vet costs incurred at Albert Park will be covered by GAP.
  • Collect and return Greyhounds to our kennel locations (Seymour, Mount Mercer, or Baxter) using your own transport, or at scheduled collection times at either The Meadows or Sandown Greyhound Racing Clubs. Pick up and drop offs are always by prearrangement.
  • Attend initial volunteer induction, specific medical first aid training and any scheduled training sessions either with or without your greyhound, as part of your training plan
  • Please see GAP's website for further information, including the role descriptions of both foster care roles and the link to apply


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