An opportunity to adopt a greyhound

By Country News

Victoria’s Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) will once again host a two-day adoption event at its Seymour kennels this week.

GAP held an extended adoption event in January which drew about 1000 people and found new homes for 104 greyhounds.

The pooches were snapped up so quickly that the event, which was meant to run for three days, was wound up by the end of the second day.

Organisers are hoping for another good turnout this time when GAP will have 70 greyhounds available at Seymour.

GAP’s adoption manager Larissa Darragh said the group held adoption days every six to eight weeks, which usually ran for a couple of hours, with the longer event giving people more flexibility.

Ms Darragh said greyhounds made great pets.

‘‘Greyhounds are friendly, gentle and loyal dogs ... they are well-known for their speed, but greyhounds don’t need a lot of exercise, just a 15-minute walk a day is enough, which is average for a dog,’’ she said.

Greyhounds that are re-homed by GAP must first pass a thorough temperament assessment, Ms Darragh said, as well as being de-sexed and fully vaccinated.

‘‘Even if you aren’t ready to adopt a greyhound now, this is a great opportunity to talk to staff and volunteers about these wonderful dogs to get to know what they are like,’’ she said.

Entry is free but please go to the GAP website to register online at

If you are hoping to take home a greyhound, follow the link to fill in an application form to help find the right dog for you.

Information about the greyhounds at the adoption event will be sent to people who register.

You can also go to to read about dogs that are currently available.

■The adoption event will be held at GAP’s kennels at 298 Goulburn Valley Hwy, Seymour on Friday from noon to 5pm, and Saturday from 10am to 3pm.