In case you missed it, Wednesday 17th of March was a very special day for everyone at Greyhound Adoption Program as it marked the program’s twenty-fifth birthday.
To celebrate this milestone the faces of GAP, Leah and Trev the greyhound, were on hand at GAP Seymour with their party hats (Trev wore a tie for the occasion) to pose for photos. Trev even got to star in a live cross for Channel 7 News along with rehoming manager Sean Stanton.
When asked by Channel 7 how greyhounds are as pets, Sean remarked: “They’re incredible. They’re a beautiful breed, very docile, some people would describe them as a 35-kilo cat, they spend most of their time on the couch. It’s good to see that more and more greyhounds are finding homes throughout Victoria and Australia.”
No birthday would be complete without a birthday cake, so a dog-friendly one was made with Trev’s favourite filling: chicken! But don’t worry, Trev didn’t get to eat the entire thing himself (although, he did want to) pieces were given to the other greys awaiting adoption at the Seymour facility.
GAP’s continued success over the past quarter-century is a testament to all the staff, adopters, foster carers, and volunteers who give so much of their time to helping the program.
One volunteer that is a fierce advocate for greyhounds as pets and is loved by everyone at GAP, is Pamela Priestley. Pam has been a volunteer for an astounding thirteen years and during that time, her and her husband have fostered a total of fifty-seven greyhounds, twenty-three of these have been medical fosters meaning they have been recovering from surgery or have medical issues.
“I have such a passion for these beautiful dogs and the program. Over the years the program has been a big part of our lives and feel it is such a satisfying volunteer role and have also had some wonderful friendships form,” says Pam.
With volunteers like Pam, GAP’s future is looking bright indeed. Here’s to the next twenty-five years!