Monthly Archives: February 2016

Greyhound walk in Townsville

Dozens of GAP QLD and retired greyhounds, their owners and friends took to the streets in Townsville on 31 January 2016 for a social walk.

A local group of GAP QLD  supporters hold a “Month End Walk” in Townsville to promote greyhounds as pets. The social event provides a great environment for dogs to meet and for their owners to share stories, a laugh and meet other greyhound enthusiasts.

Any new adopters, foster families, friends, enthusiasts and greyhound lovers are welcome to attend. The details of this months walk are:

Date: Sunday 31 January 2016
Meet & Greet: 4pm and walk starting at 4.30pm
Location: Riverway Park – Townsville

For more information visit us on Facebook, by clicking here

or email us at gap@racingqueensland.com.au for more information

GAP social walk - Townsville


Queenslanders urged to adopt a greyhound in 2016

Media Statement

Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs. The Honourable Grace Grace
Sunday, January 31, 2016

Queenslanders urged to adopt a greyhound in 2016

Queenslanders are being encouraged to give greyhounds a life beyond the racetrack via the State Government’s Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP).

Racing Minister Grace Grace said 930 greyhounds had found new homes with dog-loving Queenslanders since the initiative was launched in 2004.

“If you love dogs and you have a suitable property to house one, we’re encouraging you to consider adopting a greyhound,” Ms Grace said.

“Once a dog has finished its career on the racetrack, it still needs the care and attention of a loving owner.

“GAP has a proven track record of connecting Queenslanders with retired greyhounds, and demand has increased since last year’s live-baiting scandal.

“Since July 2015, 128 greyhounds have been placed in new homes via GAP, compared to 57 greyhounds in the entire 2014-15 financial year.”

Ms Grace said greyhounds available for adoption were housed at the Racing Queensland-leased Sovereign Lodge in the Lockyer Valley.

“The property features air-conditioned kennels, kennels with running yards attached, a hospital wing, and an on-site caretaker,” she said.

“GAP North Queensland was also re-launched in November 2015 after a period of inactivity, giving residents in the North the chance to adopt.”

Ms Grace said in February 2015 after the live-baiting scandal broke, Racing Queensland officials seized a large number of greyhounds.

“In April this year, Racing Queensland introduced a levy on greyhound racing prizemoney to assist in the cost of greyhound re-homing initiatives,” she said.

“Every dog that enters GAP is temperament tested, de-sexed, wormed, microchipped and vaccinated by a vet

“So if you want a new pet, we can connect you with a greyhound that’s been professionally cared for and fully vetted.”

View media statement here