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Greyhound community turns out in droves

Almost 1000 people turned out at The Meadows for yesterday’s Greyhound Community Day.

Doggy market stalls, food trucks, galloping yards, educational track tours and free dog washes were all part of the day, as greyhound lovers gathered to proudly show off their pooches and celebrate the adorable breed.

An adoption arm was also tied into the event, with 13 greyhounds finding loving homes including a blue-coloured dog named Steele.

“He’s just a beautiful dog and you don’t get many this colour. He’s just awesome. He’s a good, friendly dog,” said Steele’s new owner, James, who was well-prepared for bringing his new best friend home with him.

“I was going to get a new bed for myself and put my bed in the spare room (for Steele) but I’ve bought a big dog bed from Kmart instead, one of the huge ones, along with some toys so he’s going to love it.”

A further eight greyhounds that were available for adoption on the day were returned to the Greyhound Adoption Program’s Seymour headquarters until they find their forever homes.

Greyhound Racing Victoria hosts up to two Community Days in Melbourne each year to say thanks to the thousands of Victorians that adopt or foster greyhounds once their racing careers come to an end.

Yesterday’s event received national exposure, with greyhound racing’s new TV show ‘Thrill Of The Chase’ making several live crosses to The Meadows from 7Mate studios.