Greyhound Fonz is pictured at the launch by Winston Peters, minister of racing, of the Greyhounds as Pets programme at Wellington in March 2006. Kerry Marshall, chairperson of the organisation, is at left. The charity is based on similar adoption programmes in the US, UK, Australia and Canada. By 2012 around 800 New Zealand greyhounds had found new homes after finishing their racing careers. Contrary to common belief, most greyhounds make ideal pets, as they are docile and quiet, and need little exercise.
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