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Nitro goes National

By Ben Pritchard

Victoria’s Greyhound Adoption Program held a National Adoption Day event at its Seymour headquarters yesterday with 50 greyhounds being re-homed to loving new families.

This was the first GAP adoption event held in Victoria for more than 12 months because of Covid-19, and New South Wales and Queensland also held their own events yesterday as part of the National Adoption Day drive.

A total of 86 adoptions occurred across the three events.

Emotions ran high at Seymour as would-be adoptees eagerly gathered to await the day to commence, including many first-time adopters and others looking for that ‘second grey’ to accompany one they already had at home.

Louise Martin, General Manager of Strategic Communication and Marketing at Greyhound Racing Victoria, which manages GAP, was delighted with how the day panned out.

“Adoption days such as these are amazing events and it gives me the biggest thrill to see our beloved greys get their forever homes,” Louise said.

The proud owner of a GAP greyhound named Princess, Louise explained that the dogs were just the best friend you could ever ask for.

“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,” she added.

Lucky adopters Declan and Ava have plenty to look forward to with their new fur-ever friend, Nitro, whom they adopted yesterday.

Nitro, had a fantastic racing career for Warrnambool-based trainer Kevin Mugavin under the name Nitro Value, amassing 84 starts for 14 wins and earning upwards of $31,000 in prize money.

“I’m so excited to have been able to adopt Nitro today. They are all so placid and gentle and I just love them!, said Declan.
Ava was also overjoyed with their new family member, saying “I can wait to get Nitro home… I’m so happy!”

A total of 53 greyhounds were available for adoption at GAP Seymour today, and the three that missed out will be available for adoption from today onwards.

Potential adopters can make an appointment to meet some greyhounds at GAP’s Seymour property, and register for the upcoming foster care and volunteer info evening by going to