At GAWA we are constantly in need of people who are prepared to become foster carers for these magnificent animals due to the increasing number of dogs that are being surrendered to us rather than being euthanasied.
So what is the role of the foster carer exactly?
The foster carer oversees the transition of a former racing hound into a domestic everyday pet.
Retired greyhounds know nothing of the outside world, they have not been to the beach, have no road sense, they do not know how to walk up steps, have not lived in a family environment where there are children and perhaps other pets such as cats or birds.
The foster carer’s role is to introduce the dog into a new world, this is achieved by firstly showing the dog an enormous amount of affection, this in turn will gain the dog’s trust and loyalty (most important).
The carer teaches the dog house training, how to walk on a lead, assimilates the dog into a family environment and introduces the dog to it’s new surroundings such as the local park and if close to the coast also the beach. It is important to remember that when exercising the greyhounds that under WA law they must always be muzzled and kept on a lead in a public place.
During the foster period GAWA will give all the necessary support and advice to the carer through other members of the association.
Should you consider becoming a foster carer and need more information please do not hesitate to contact us.
For people residing south of the river please contact Toni Donnelly on – 0410 395 492
For those residing north of the river please contact Peter or Ellen Fahy on – 0401807108 or 0408951931 respectively..
We look forward to your support and with your help we will save a lot more dogs from a terrible fate.
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