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Which two professions adopt the most Greyhounds?

New data shows that Queensland teachers and nurses are the top two professions when it comes to opening their hearts and homes to retired racing Greyhounds.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) has just released new data about the people who adopt greyhounds via its Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP).

The data stretches back to 2017 and highlights the multitude of occupations and professions of people who apply to adopt a retired racing greyhound.

QRIC Deputy Commissioner Natalie Conner said GAP has received applications from lawyers, doctors, police officers, baristas, hairdressers and even a YouTuber.

“We get applications for retired greyhounds from a huge variety of people, but it was nurses and teachers who took out the top professions,” Ms Conner said.
“However, whilst teachers and nurses were top of the table for those people still working, the biggest cohort of Greyhound adopters is undeniably retirees.
“We know that Greyhounds make the perfect pet for so many different people, but their tendency to lie around like lazy lounge lizards, or take leisurely short strolls, makes them the perfect partner for those who have left the workforce.

“I own a GAP Greyhound so may be a little biased, but they are a beautiful breed of dog. They’re cheeky, playful, sweet and gentle, and spend most of the day sleeping.”

Ms Conner said that there is a selection of adorable greyhounds available for adoption via GAP now, and given the current cost of living pressures, GAP was providing free food to anyone who adopted this month.

Every Greyhound in the GAP program is health checked and behaviourally assessed, de-sexed, wormed and vaccinated.

Homeward Hounds Adoption Events June 2023

We're getting out an about in southeast Queensland e to spread the word about our special free food for three months promotion.

Bring along your Greyhound and/or your dog-loving friends and family to pat our Greyhounds, learn more Greyhound care and behaviour from our experts and register on the spot to adopt or foster with GAP QLD!

Homeward Hounds Brisbane

When: Saturday 17 June 2023, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Albion Park Raceway | Yulestar Street, Albion

Meet GAP greyhounds that are available for adoption! If you find a pup that’s impawsible to walk away from, take your furry friend home right away with same-day adoptions available!

Come along to test your dog’s skills at our agility course and score some GAP QLD merch!

Homeward Hounds Capalaba

When: Sunday 18 June 2023, 11:00am – 2:30pm

Where: 16 Old Cleveland Rd, Capalaba (beside John Fredricks Park Rugby League Field 1)

Don’t miss your chance to meet some Greyhounds and ask our friendly team about adopting and fostering these furry noodles. If you love what you learn and decide you’re ready for a fur baby, no need to wait around, apply to adopt of foster on the spot!

If you’re still thinking about adopting or fostering, ask our knowledgeable staff about greyhound care and behaviour, adopting, fostering and how we work to match you with the right dog for your lifestyle.

Note: No community dogs are permitted at this event.

For a limited time (before June 30), anyone who adopts a GAP Greyhound will receive three months of special vet-approved Greyhound food for free, so there’s no better time for people who have been dreaming about adopting a dog to take home a furever friend!

For more information about how to adopt or foster a Greyhound, visit

MEDIA RELEASE, 9th June 2023

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