In a national first, 212 greyhounds were re-homed across the country as part of the GAP National Adoption Day, sponsored by Sky Racing.
The Greyhound Adoption Programs in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania, and Greyhounds as Pets in Western Australia and New South Wales, each hosted an adoption day on the weekend; Tasmania on Saturday 28 April and the other states on Sunday 29 April.
Theatre star, radio host and TV personality Todd McKenney was the official ambassador for the nation-wide campaign which aimed to boost awareness of greyhounds as pets and the importance of re-homing retired racing greyhounds.
Todd, who has two pet greyhounds of his own, said he had fallen in love with the breed since learning about greyhound adoption from a friend.
In Tasmania Nick Wolfe from the highly successful band The Wolfe Brothers and his Gap adopted greyhound were the official ambassadors. Nick said “I hadn’t personally had anything to do with greyhounds prior to adopting Missie, but I was always rather fascinated by them, as let’s face it they are quite unique! My wife Tani and I had wanted to get a dog together so thought adopting a hound would be a great way to go about it. About a year on and Missie is well and truly part of the family, our hound-child really. She took all of 5 minutes to settle in to her now luxurious life of sleeping, lounging and more sleeping, broken up by very lazy walks around the neighbourhood. Her favourite thing to do is visit her grandparents in Campbell Town where she can have a big run and get back to her greyhound roots.”
Gaptas held our day on Saturday the 28th of April so that we could make use of the picturesque Hobart racecourse. The sun was shining and the smiles were beaming. A large crowd came along to meet the greyhounds, some ready to adopt now and others just there to gather some more information. Local radio station 7HO broadcast from the event.
At the end of the day 8 adoptions were finalised and these gorgeous dogs headed off to begin life in their new home. More applications were placed in ready for the right dog to come along.
The day was a huge success in getting the word out about the wonderful breed of Greyhounds and the fabulous program we have.
Gaptas would like to thank Nick Wolfe and every one of the volunteers that came along and contributed to the success of the day.