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Greyhound Racing in Australia

The Australian Greyhound Racing Association (AGRA) is divided into many state governing bodies, which regulate greyhound welfare and living conditions. All racing authorities in Australia, part finance some of the Greyhound Adoption Groups, which house dozens of greyhounds a month.

Each Australian State and Territory has a governing greyhound racing body. Greyhound Racing New South Wales (GRNSW) and Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) are the two largest authorities, governing over 40 racetracks.

The Queensland Greyhound Racing Authority (QGRA), Western Australian Greyhound Racing Authority (WAGRA), Tasmanian Greyhound Racing Authority (TGRA), Greyhound Racing South Australia (GRSA), Northern Territory Racing Authority, and the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club (CGRC), all contribute to running and monitoring of greyhound racing in Australia as it continues to grow.

Major greyhound racing venues include Wentworth Park in Sydney, Cannington Park in Perth, Greyhound Park in Adelaide and Albion Park in Brisbane.

Greyhound Racing New South Wales (GRNSW) runs a Greyhounds as Pets program for retired greyhounds. Greyhounds as Pets is a not for profit industry

initiative. The objective is to improve animal welfare in the greyhound racing industry by providing dogs with a 'career change' if they are not suited to, or ready to retire from the racing industry. The program starts with a staff of foster carers, who train the former greyhounds how to be pets and how to live outside the organised and structured life of racing. The Dogs are also provided with up to date vaccinations, are desexed, microchipped and wormed. If needed they also are given a dental exam. The costs of all these procedures are heavily subsidised by GRNSW initiative.

In Australia, greyhounds live in kennels at night and are put into running yards or day yards to keep them entertained and exercised, during the day, in accordance with guidelines set by the Australian Greyhound Racing Authority. This is aimed to keep greyhounds as fit, happy, and healthy as possible.

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