Record-equalling 24 greyhounds adopted in a single day
- 22 Victorian suburbs increased their greyhound population
- GAP on track to significantly break last year’s record number of adoptions.
- GAP ‘Adoption Day’ initiative has led to close to 100 adoptions
A special ‘Adoption Day’ was held for the first time at racing venue, The Meadows, which hosted close to 100 people who were all looking to see if greyhound adoption was right for them.
In all, 24 greyhounds found new homes, with greyhounds adopted into family homes right across Victoria. This equals the single day record set at a previous Adoption Day at Sandown Park.
GAP manager, Larissa Darragh, said she was over the moon with the result because it meant that 24 more greyhounds get to live their lives out on the couch.
“The most rewarding part of my job is seeing a happy family walk off with their new friend for life,” Darragh said.
The ‘Adoption Days’ are a recent initiative by Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) – who run and operate GAP – with five events in the past year leading to close to 100 adoptions.
“The Adoption Days have been a remarkable success and we’re so happy that we are able to provide these opportunities to the public to come and see the greyhounds and ultimately adopt a loving family pet.
“We have seen a dramatic increase in the number of adoptions over the past couple of years and last year we even broke the single year record for adoptions with 536 greyhounds finding homes through the program.
“We are expecting to break that record by a significant margin as we close out the financial year and all of us at GAP are ecstatic that we’ve been able to play a part in finding these beautiful animals a home.”
Previous adoption days have been held at the Flemington Racecourse, GAP’s Seymour Headquarters and also at the Sandown Park Greyhound Racing Club. In total 97 greyhounds have been adopted at five adoption days, with details about further adoption days to be finalised in the near future.
Greyhounds were adopted to families from regional towns such as Echuca, Warragul and Clyde while the inner-city suburbs of Northcote and Kew have also increased their greyhound population. Overall, greyhounds were adopted into 22 new suburbs right across Victoria.
To keep up to date with all the available greyhounds and forthcoming adoption days visit https://gap.grv.org.au or visit the Victorian Greyhound Adoption Program Facebook page.