Wingecarribee Animal Shelter seek help to re-home Otter

SEARCHING FOR A HOME: Wingecarribee Animal Shelter staff Kira Booth and Shannon Hensen with Otter, who says greyhounds make great pets. Photo: Lauren Strode

SEARCHING FOR A HOME: Wingecarribee Animal Shelter staff Kira Booth and Shannon Hensen with Otter, who says greyhounds make great pets. Photo: Lauren Strode

Over the past two years, the Wingecarribee Animal Shelter has helped to re-home nine greyhounds.

But staff at the shelter say it has not been easy.

Shelter Operations Assistant Kira Booth said many people perceived greyhounds to be an aggressive breed.

But this is not the case.

“They’re such great dogs. Such easy dogs to look after but not easy to re-home,” she said.

“I’ve been here for the last four years and it’s only in the last two years greyhounds have really been starting to come in but they generally stay here for quite some time.”

And now there is one more greyhound who needs help to find a forever home.

Otter came to the shelter from a trainer in the area.

He had raced but retired due to a leg injury.

“He is higher energy dog but does like to go for long walks.

“He doesn’t like to zoom around much and would like to go to a quieter home.”

Kira said in her experience people in the animal care industry were able to see what wonderful pets greyhounds made.

She wants the Highlands community to see this as well.

“They’re gentle to walk on a lead and after the socialisation period they adapt really easily to everything you introduce them to.”

Otter also recently donated blood at a Highlands vet clinic.

Kira said greyhounds were great dogs for donating blood because they are so placid.

Animal care worker Shannon Hensen said the common perception that greyhounds needed a lot of exercise was often not the case.

“They don’t- they’re a 60 mile an hour couch potato.”

Both Kira and Shannon have adopted greyhounds.

Both agree the breed make excellent pets, especially for people who have not owned a dog before.

“My boyfriend has never been comfortable with them [dogs],” Shannon said. 

“He said he’s the most comfortable he’s ever been with a dog around her. She’s just so placid. He describes her as the cat of the dog world.”

Mickey is another greyhound who only recently left the shelter after months in care.

He was taken to another rescue organisation for a foster program where he now lives with another greyhound.

The pair will be rehomed together. 

Kirra said anyone who wanted to know more about Otter or greyhounds, could contact them at the shelter.

“We’d like people to come and get to know Otter and spend some time with him.”

The shelter is located at the Resource Recovery Centre.