Life off the Track


Greyhounds are often confined in kennels, trailers and cages for much of their lives.

Many dogs spend long hours travelling to different towns for racing. Some travel in low trailers with multiple dogs, or caged in vans. In the South Island travel one way can be up to 7.5 - 8.5 hours in all weathers.

Once at the track, dogs spend more hours in confinement, often surrounded by other stressed, barking high-energy dogs.


Once a racing greyhound is not fast enough to win races, his career soon comes to an end. Some never race.

The industry funds Greyhounds As Pets (GAP) whose task is rehoming ex-racing dogs.

But percentage-wise the number of rehomings through GAP are low, with only 140 or so ex-racing dogs rehomed annually and a few rehomed privately, leaving a large number of greyhounds (in excess of one thousand per annum) unaccounted for.

SAFE is opposed to greyhound racing as it places industry profit ahead of the welfare of animals. No improvements to the racing tracks or more regulations would change the fact that dogs are put in harms way and until a ban is in place, many dogs will continue to suffer and die on the tracks.