More than 500 people attended the recent Greyhound Adoption Day, held at The Meadows greyhound racing club.
It was a double adoption day, with a morning session and an afternoon session.
With 80 greyhounds on show, there were twice the usual number of dogs looking for their forever home.
Sixty-three greyhounds were adopted on the day, bringing the number of dogs adopted this financial year to almost 1300, well above the Greyhound Adoption Program’s anticipated target of 1000 adoptions for 2016-17.
Not all of the greyhounds at the event were adopted on the day, but GAP Adoption Manager Larissa Darragh said she was confident that the dogs that made the ride back to the GAP headquarters at Seymour would be adopted soon.
Libby Morris and Tom Thompsett were among those who walked out the door with a greyhound.
Libby and Tom, who live in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick, are part of a growing number of inner-city apartment dwellers who are choosing to take a greyhound into their home.
Libby said they had been thinking about getting a dog for some time but, with their busy work schedules, they were looking for a dog that would be happy to spend the day in their apartment on his own, before going for a relaxing walk at the end of the day.
Fab the three-year-old greyhound fit the bill.
“I love dogs, we always had dogs at home and I think greyhounds are beautiful. I wanted a dog that is calm and affectionate, one that likes a cuddle,” Libby said.
It’s always adoption day at the GAP headquarters in Seymour, which is open from Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4pm. Saturday by appointment. To see the greyhounds that are available for adoption, visit: gap.grv.org.au