GreyhoundAngels of WA

finding loving homes for greyhounds

General information

Greyhound Microchip information for Adopters, Vets & Rangers


All greyhounds in Western Australia born after 2011 have been implanted with a microchip which is associated with their racing registration.

This microchip is registered with the racing authority only, not any of the pet microchip databases like the Australasian Animal Registry (AAR). The database can be accessed by the staff at Racing & Wagering WA.

Lily : currently in foster care, July 2015

 Lily, currently in foster care

If a greyhound’s racing chip is still functioning and scannable when the greyhound comes into care with us, they are not implanted with a second microchip.

The adopter is provided with the racing microchip number when the dog is adopted. It is the adopter’s responsibility to register the microchip with one of the pet database. There may be a nominal fee payable for this registration service.

If the dog was born before 2011 or if it’s racing chip fails to scan, then GreyhoundAngels will microchip the dog. In this scenario the microchip will be registered with the AAR with details from GreyhoundAngels. It is the adopter’s responsibility to update these details, and provide AAR with a copy of either the adoption contract or a statutory declaration explaining when the dog was adopted.


National Pet Register:

Australasian Animal Registry (AAR):


Racing & Wagering WA:


The importance of nail clipping

Due to the shape of their feet and their penchant for inactivity, Greyhounds need their nails clipped regularly. Having nails that are too long feels like walking in shoes that are a size too small so it is important their nails are maintained, even if the dog doesn’t think so!

How short should nails be? When the dog is standing with their weight evenly distributed on each leg, the nail should not be touching the ground.

nice nails

Greyhounds should be used to being handled, but they may have had a few nails cut a bit short in the past, or just be a bit leery of the feeling they get when their nails are clipped. If you are firm, fair and confident in handling the dog then you should be OK. When you first get the dog you are still building trust, so just start by handling the dog’s feet. Perhaps play ‘this little piggie’ where you grab each toe and press on the paw pad. When it comes to getting the clippers out, do a few nails each session and build up as you go. Give treats generously when the dog allows you to clip a nail without fussing. I choose to do my dog’s nails when they have just been free running, perhaps at the beach, so they are too tired to complain much.

If the clippers are a bit much for both of you, try using a Dremel (or other rotary tool) with a sanding drum. Dremel have even done an instruction sheet for grinding pet nails, which can be found at this link.

While this is not a greyhound in this video, I think this is a very comprehensive and easy to understand little tutorial on how to clip with clippers and how to use a rotary tool.

Introducing: the GreyhoundAngels of WA Committee

Since the Committee is now brimming with new faces, we thought that the new blog was a great opportunity to introduce ourselves (and our hounds).

Foster & Adoptions Co-ordinator: Sue Leitch

sue leitch

My first introduction to Greyhounds was as a young girl listening to my father talk fondly of the favorite dog from his childhood – a hound called Fly.  Fly must have been one special dog to make such an impact, as she was one of many working dogs on a large farming enterprise.  It was not until I was in my twenties that I was first owned by a hound – a greyhound/staghound cross, Ria – bred to be a kangaroo dog.  Luckily for me she was discarded as she wouldn’t pull a roo, only liked the chase.  She began my own love affair with sight hounds.  There have been other dogs adopted over the years since Ria’s passing, but I always promised myself that I would adopt a greyhound.  I also made this promise to Melita Shonis, the founder of GreyhoundAngels – it took a while but I kept my promise about 2 years ago, when my first hound joined the family and I now share my life with two more.  It is a promise I am so glad I kept, as these dogs are such wonderful companions I can’t imagine life without them.

It is as the Adoptions Co-ordinator that I hope to be able to help others find similar joy in having a greyhound as a member of their family.  While I haven’t been involved with rescue greyhounds for long, I have had considerable experience in dog rescue and rehoming, including as the manager of the Dogs’ Refuge Home, Shenton Park.  I shall use my best endeavours to bring that knowledge and experience to bear in this role.

Apart from my hounds, I spend time playing with horses and am the President and Chief Field Officer for Second Chance Horse Rescue, a WA based equine rescue group.  I am currently fostering 6 rescue horses and ponies and helping them get ready for new homes, as well as having fun with my own 6 horses.

I also breed alpacas and have around 100 alpacas, 7 llamas, 10 sheep and several rescue kangaroos on my farm, together with various free-range poultry to complete the picture.  The hounds and I are never bored.

Events Co-ordinator: Mel Yarnall (and Indi)

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We adopted Indi Pippin in December 2013, but it feels like she has been part of our family forever. Indi came to us as a five month old puppy who had recovered from a broken leg, but she hasn’t let that slow her down at all. Our weekends are generally filled with Indi focused activities from walks, cafe visits, dog parks, plays with friends and extends to things like doggy days care and art class.

I come from a legal background and have a strong interest in animal law, particularly as it pertains to companion animals. I have a strong interest in issues relating to greyhounds obviously, puppy farming and breed specific legislation.

I have been a volunteer in various roles at Shenton Park Dogs Home since 2009. These have included running induction teams, team leader, training, dog walking, fundraising and dog respite. Now I am em excited to tackle the new challenges of being Secretary with GreyhoundAngels of WA.

Treasurer: Daniel Alway (and Bruce)

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I have been the treasurer for GreyhoundAngels since the beginning of 2013.

I have been involved with dogs all of my life.  I come from a dog loving family and grew up with a Labrador, Muensterlaender and a Poodle x, as well as the dogs that many of my friends had. Each and every one of our family dogs have been rescue dogs and each and every one rewarded my family in their own unique way. When I moved to Australia almost three years ago, a work colleague of my wife introduced me to the GreyhoundAngels facebook.  I quickly had my eyes opened to the truth about greyhound racing and I knew I had to get involved. Very soon, I and my wife met our very first greyhound by fostering one.  Life has not been the same since and greyhounds have become such an important part of my life.  My wife and I have since adopted our own beautiful greyhound boy, Bruce and continue to foster.  Now we can’t imagine life without them and often comment that the hounds often make the better humans.

As well as fostering, I put my 7 years of financial/banking experience to use in my role as treasurer to the Greyhound Angels committee and generally help the hounds whenever I can.

Public Relations: Jet Heedes (and Mouse)

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I adopted my first greyhound 5 years ago and have been entranced by them ever since. I first joined GreyhoundAngels as a foster carer in April 2013, and joined the Committee in March 2014.

I like to include my dogs in pretty much everything I do so if a venue or activity is not dog friendly, the likelihood I will attend drops! I think that might qualify me as a ‘crazy dog lady’.

Blogging and web design are hobbies of mine, and it turns out they are valuable to community groups! I’ve set up this webpage to serve up fresh content for people who are interested in greyhounds, and it’s a great way for those who don’t use Facebook to keep up to date with what is happening with the group.

Secretary: Rachel Anderson (and Sam)

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Everyone knows I love to talk about dogs!  Therefore organising events and fundraising for GreyhoundAngels is the perfect opportunity for me to do just that.  I get great satisfaction chatting to the public and educating people on just how wonderful greyhounds are and what perfect family members they can be.

I read about the racing industry and the treatment of greyhounds whilst studying vet nursing many moons ago and  I knew I had to take action.  A gorgeous brindle boxer girl owned me at the time but I was adamant I would one day save an ex racer.  Nearly 20 years later, after rescuing a staffy from a Council pound AND moving to the other side of the country, the time was right.  BEST DECISION EVER!  Sam joined us 18 months ago and has bought nothing but joy and laughter to our lives.  There is nothing better than coming home to an excited greyhound with a helicopter tail after a boring day at the office.


Welcome to the new blog!

Hello, and welcome to the world of Greyhounds! This blog will be updated regularly with stories from our adopted hounds, features on dogs available, and events that GreyhoundAngels of Western Australia have organised or participated in.

Greyhounds are a diverse lot, and amongst our adopted hounds we have couch potatos, cat lovers and action heros. There are tiny hounds, there are big hounds, and they come in all the colours of the doggy rainbow.


Bronwyn, one of our older hounds who was adopted at the age of 8.

They find their feet in foster care and often this is where their quirks come out, so keep an eye on out for foster dog updates. They will also give you an idea of what it is like to become a foster carer.

Gina, still in foster care and awaiting her new family.

Gina, still in foster care and awaiting her new family.


Check out the links along the top of the page for more background information about Greyhounds, our Foster and Adoption form, and our available dogs!

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