Bunbury Prison Greyhound Program
The Bunbury Greyhound Prison Program was established in 2013, by two passionate volunteer greyhound owners, with the support of Greyhounds As Pets WA.
Two dog kennels were built in the Pre Release Unit by the inmates and a 12 week Handlers course was developed by the Volunteer Co-ordinators.
The Program was an immediate success, with inmates and guards finding a mutual connection through the hounds. This resulted in two more kennels being added to the Main Prison in 2017.
In 2018 the partnership with Greyhound As Pets was no longer working and Greyhound Angels WA stepped in to support the Program to this day.
The aim of this Program is to provide a safe environment for the hounds to learn how to live in a home environment and to start learning some basic commands.
The handlers are taught how to care for and train their hound. In doing this they learn canine animal husbandry, basic first aid, behaviour modification skills and how to work as a team.
The dogs come from various backgrounds related to the racing industry. They may have finished their career and retired due to age or injury. They may have trialled and not been fast enough or they may have found some medical condition which prevents them from racing. And finally they may not have raced at all.
If you wish to find out more about the Bunbury Prison Program, email the Volunteer Coordinator Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Greyhound Angels WA.