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Debbie and Mike Payne foster their 100th greyhound

Congratulations and thank you to greyhound foster carers Debbie and Mike Payne who have fostered their 100th greyhound.

The dedicated foster carers took their 100th greyhound home just before Christmas.

Greyhound Racing Victoria’s CEO Alan Clayton surprised the couple with a plaque acknowledging their efforts. Mr Clayton made the presentation at a picnic function held at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne which was organised as a thank you to GAP’s army of dedicated volunteers.

For a few weeks at a time, foster carers look after GAP greyhounds that need a bit of extra help getting used to a home environment before they are ready for adoption.

Debbie said: “fostering is just so rewarding. We get so much out of caring for these beautiful dogs, even if it is only for a short time.”

After so many, Debbie and Mike have seen all types of personalities.

“They do have their individual character traits, but they are all beautiful, Debbie said. “I still cry every time we say goodbye to a dog, but I know they’re going off to a new exciting part of their lives.”

More than 100 GAP volunteers brought their four-legged mates along for the picnic celebration.

My Clayton thanked the supporters and made it clear: “we couldn’t do it without you”.

GAP is fortunate to have a wonderful group of volunteers.  In addition to foster carers, many of our volunteers generously give their time to help out at Adoption Days and other events, such as regional shows, expos and race meeting, to spread the word about these gentle, lovable dogs and about greyhound adoption.

Volunteers are warmly welcomed into the GAP family. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please have a look at our Volunteering section on our website.