While Wentworth Park will be the place to be on Saturday May 7 when the fastest greyhounds in the land race for the $1 million first prize in the TAB Million Dollar Chase, the dogs were just a little more chilled and relaxed at another big Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) event over the Anzac Day weekend.
Sunday April 24 was National Adoption Day. Each state organisation hosts a Greyhound Adoption Day, and once again it was very enjoyable, informative, and successful for GRNSW's Greyhounds As Pets (GAP).
For the second successive year the event was held at Sydney's Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park, and the additional holiday weekend foot traffic saw unprecedented interest in the GAP stands and the greyhounds.
"It was a tremendous success again this year at the Entertainment Quarter, and I think it's so important that the success of the day is not purely measured by the number of dogs which are rehomed," said Dr Alicia Fuller, GM of Welfare Strategy and Development at GRNSW.
"To have so many people who are not aware of what wonderful pets greyhounds are, come and visit us and pat the dogs, and have their questions answered, and see for themselves what placid, loving animals greyhounds are... to me that is a sign of the day being truly successful. We found last year that people came across us at National Adoption Day while at the Entertainment Quarter for a different reason, and while they may not have adopted or fostered on the spot, after the education and initial interest, some came back to us soon after and now have a greyhound as a pet. In terms of rehoming numbers however, that too was a great result, with 33 greyhounds finding new homes on the day."
In addition to greyhounds from the two GAP rehoming centres (at Wyee and Richmond) a number of dogs attended from the GAP Regional Programs in Northern NSW and the Hunter region, and they too now have new homes.
This article was produced as part of an ACM partnership with Greyhound Racing NSW.