The Greyhound Adoption Program recently announced its new partnership with Australian Baseball League team, Melbourne Aces. As part of this partnership GAP sponsored the club’s annual event – Bark in the Park – an American concept where fans bring their pet dogs to a baseball game.
The GAP community were given the chance to attend the game for free by registering prior to the event, and it was a great opportunity for GAP to reach promote the greyhound breed to a wider audience.
Around 30 people brought along their pet dogs – half of which were greyhounds – to the Melbourne Aces’ last home game of the season at their home stadium in Laverton. It was a great show of support from the GAP community and the greyhounds made a positive contribution to the day, showing the crowd how placid and friendly they are.
Sean Stanton, GAP Strategic Projects Manager said that, “Everyone, especially the dogs, had a great day out. Greyhound numbers were strong, and it was an excellent demonstration of the greyhound breed to the general public.”
Melbourne Aces General Manager, Justin Huber, was very pleased with the event, and said “It was a great success and we’ve had terrific feedback about the day and we hope to continue this relationship into the future.”
Besides the action on the pitch there was also plenty off the pitch for the crowd, including the traditional baseball 7th innings body stretch, the diamond dash (a run across the pitch), a dog show – won by a greyhound named Bill – and the opportunity to mingle with the mascots.
To top off a successful day, the Melbourne Aces had a massive win, beating top of the ladder Brisbane Bandits 11 to 3!