The Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) smashed another record last month when its Baxter facility adopted out its 300th greyhound.
Three-year-old Floyd was the dog that set the milestone for GAP, which has already surpassed its adoption records for the last financial year.
Floyd’s new owner Catherine Cloherty said she had no idea her new pet was famous among the staff at Baxter, but told Greyhound Racing Victoria he has settled in extremely well.
“I did some research and decided that when I was ready a greyhound was the best choice for us,” Ms Cloherty said. “He has fitted in so well he just does what he’s told.”
The Cloherty family weren’t the only ones with their eye on Floyd, with another family turning up to Baxter on the same day with the intention of adding him to their tribe.
“I was looking at Floyd, but another family came along to see him as well and I thought oh well they got to him first. But I really wanted him, I watched him and he just looked so calm and obedient. Then I was told the family decided against adopting him because he was too big for their young son,” Ms Cloherty said.
“I took him for a walk and I knew straight away, this is the dog for us.”
The Frankston resident said she surprised her two children by taking Floyd home and both were stoked.
Baxter caretaker and GAP staff member Michelle Fisher said the facility has been operating since May last year, and was designed to make it more convenient for people who wanted to adopt a greyhound but couldn’t get out to GAP’s Seymour facility.
Mrs Fisher said the facility had grown in its short existence, rehoming approximately six dogs from Baxter each week.
GAP celebrated its 21st birthday in March this year, where it was also announced it had surpassed its record for most dogs adopted out in a financial year.
If you would like to adopt a greyhound find out more by exploring the website gap.grv.org.au.
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