Foster greyhound Bobby’s working 9 to 5 at QRIC
Wednesday 11 January, 2023
Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) QLD puppy Bobby has found his calling as an office dog, when Queensland Racing Integrity Commission’s Deputy Commissioner Natalie Conner signed up to be a foster mum.
Young Bobby spends his days relaxing and playing in the QRIC office after coming into Ms Conner’s care.
Ms Conner said that the GAP’s detailed placement process helped her to introduce Bobby to her other dogs and ensure her home was safe for a puppy.
“It was a really easy process – we filled out the forms, sent photos of my fences and the team visited and provided us with a support pack,” said Ms Conner.
“The GAP team is so knowledgeable and has provided us with ongoing support – they text me regularly to check in on Bobby’s progress.
“The foster officer helped me to identify behaviours that one dog breed might think are ok, but to another breed may be inappropriate – this eased Bobby’s transition into our home.”
Foster care is an important step for many dogs in the GAP program, which aims to prepare retired racing greyhounds for life as family pets.
GAP Operations Manager Leah Kellaway said the GAP aims to expose greyhounds to a variety of situations likely to be encountered as a pet.
“Foster carers can teach greyhounds basic house manners, get them used to the type of routine that is normal in a family home and familiarise them with things that they might not have encountered before, such as stairs and noises in the home like the microwave ding,” she said.
The litter of puppies, including Bobby and his two brothers, are rarities at the GAP.
Most of the dogs that are accepted into the program are adult retired racers.
There are a number of GAP greyhounds available now who are looking for a foster home.
With plenty of toys and cuddles to enjoy, Bobby is living out his doggy dreams.
The Deputy Commissioner is documenting his journey on social media and can be followed on Instagram at @bobby_isa_greyhound.
Fostering a GAP greyhound allows dog lovers who may not be able to commit to having a dog long-term the chance to enjoy the company of a short-term furry friend.
Register to adopt or foster a GAP greyhound by visiting the GAP website.
QRIC Deputy Commissioner Natalie Conner is available for comment about being a GAP foster carer.
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