A huge build-up to Australia’s second-ever National Greyhound Adoption Day has come to fruition with 71 greyhounds being adopted into Victorian homes after a wonderful day at The Meadows Racetrack.
All six states in Australia held an adoption event today, with a total of 207 greyhounds considered no longer suitable for racing finding loving new homes.
Victoria led the way claiming a third of adoptions on the day, with our popular Greyhound Adoption Program celebrating its efforts in surpassing last year’s National Adoption Day figure of 68.
Emotions ran high as would-be adoptees eagerly gathered to await the day to commence, with there being many a new adoptee through to those who were looking for that “second grey” for the one they had at home.
One woman brought along her daughter and grandchildren to find a greyhound to close the gap of the one she had for 13 years. She was not disappointed.
“Adoption days such as these are simply amazing and it gives me the biggest thrill to see our greys get their forever homes,” said Greyhound Racing Victoria’s General Manager, Strategic Communication and Marketing, Louise Martin.
Ms Martin who is the proud owner of a greyhound herself, explained that the dogs were just the best friend ever.
“They are the kindest and most intelligent of dogs. They demand and give affection and loyalty. They are the best of friends to a single person, couple or a family.”
“They come to us after being on the race track (or having not quite made it) and because of how well they are treated during this time they adapt very quickly to a new way of life.”
“I would like to thank the participants for bringing the dogs to our adoption program (GAP) so we can arrange such days as these. From racing to re-homing; the entire journey is very special,” she said.
A total of 75 greyhounds were available for adoption at The Meadows today, and the four that missed out have returned to the Greyhound Adoption Program in Seymour until they are adopted.
Potential adopters can make an appointment to meet some greyhounds at GAP’s Seymour or Baxter locations by going to gap.grv.org.au.
While the overall national figure fell marginally short of last year’s figure of 212, to have more than 200 greyhounds adopted into Australian homes in a single day for the second year running is nothing short of extraordinary.
Ms Martin thanked her staff and those from GRV’s Greyhound Adoption Program as well as the many volunteers who made today such a success.
2019 NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY FIGURES