This month Tarrengower Prison is celebrating the rehabilitation of its 600th foster greyhound, ’Sparrow’, as part of the Greyhound Adoption Program that gives four-legged companions and prisoners a new lease on life.


Since 2009, women at Tarrengower have worked closely with retired racing dogs, taking them through a training regime to prepare them for adoption into new homes.

Those who display good behaviour and have an interest in animal welfare are partnered with the ex-racing dogs to help get them ready for adoption.

The four-week program is part of the Prison Pet Partnership between Corrections Victoria and Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV).

The women take responsibility for feeding and exercising the dogs, as well as teaching them basic obedience skills. They train them to become familiar with stairs, noisy household appliances, being walked on a lead and sitting on a couch.

GRV provides food and veterinary care for the greyhounds and supports the women with the required training.

The program supports people in prison to learn valuable new skills that can assist with their ability to find employment once released. It also allows them to give back to the local community.

Congratulations to all of those involved in reaching this incredible milestone.