BULLI couple, Ellen and Paul Dreghorn, are fostering two-year old greyhound Squid, while he waits for his ‘fur-ever’ home in a loving household, whether big or small.
The Dreghorns decided to be foster carers because they weren’t ready for a new, permanent pet in the home after losing their dog, Poppy, aged 16 years.
“We didn’t feel ready for another life-long pet. Squid is such a friendly dog. He loves to walk and wants to stop and say hello to every person and dog we pass. He has a trusting, affectionate nature and is such a big softie. We’re his foster family while he waits for a new home,” Ellen said.
Paul also liked the idea of helping a greyhound adjust from kennels to home: “It’s been incredibly rewarding. Greyhounds are so gentle and affectionate. I was surprised how much he loves to lie around. Giving him some basic training was no big deal, yet there’s a common misconception they’re aggressive, as they often wear a muzzle in public.”
Ellen works in a law firm and looked into muzzling: “It’s from 1927! It’s so outdated and ridiculous. Having grown up with dogs, I could tell Squid had been well prepared for fostering by Greyhound Rescue. I’d recommend people ‘try before they buy’. Fostering lets you do this,” she said.
Janet Flann, Greyhound Rescue founder, said the charity pays the full cost of necessary vet bills while a dog is in foster, while foster carers cover food, shelter and flea treatments.
“We’ll supply muzzle, coat, collar and lead. We can help with costs if necessary. How long a hound stays with carers depends on the number of adoption applications we get, but foster carers should be prepared to accommodate a dog for at least six months,” she said.
Carers are also required to meet and greet potential adopters when the time comes: “They can always adopt, but carers tell us it’s great to see a foster go to its forever home. Anyone who’s interested should complete a fostering form via our website. Our greys are de-sexed, vaccinated and heartworm tested. Adopters pay $350 per dog,” Janet said.
More information: greyhoundrescue.com.au