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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


GAP QLD goes to Warwick Show & Rodeo

The Greyhound Adoption Program QLD will be heading to the wild wild west for the 2015 Warwick Show & Rodeo from 22 to 25 October 2015. For the first time ever, GAP QLD aims to promote greyhounds as pets in the Darling Downs regions and educate the public by showcasing the greyhounds beautiful nature.

Following on from the overwhelming success we experienced at the EKKA and to continue to positive momentum the program has experienced in the region over the past few months, the Warwick Show & Rodeo provides an ideal platform for greyhound adoption and fostering. Over 25,000 people walk through the gates at the Warwick Showgrounds for the 4 day show and rodeo, most of which are living on large blocks of land and potential new greyhound adoption families.

Watch this space, we will be posting an update on our Warwick Show ad Rodeo success!
GAP QLD goes Warwick Show and Rodeo

For more information about the Warwick Show ad Rodeo, please visit their website: http://warwickshowandrodeo.com.au/

Ticketing Information:

1 Day Pass:

Ticket Type
Family pass (2 adults & 2 children under 14 years) – $50.00
Adult pass – $25.00
Pensioner (aged & veterans affairs aged) – $15.00
Students with ID (uni or high school ID) – $15.00
Children (5 yrs & under 14 yrs) – $5.00

4 Day Pass:

Ticket Type
Family pass (2 adults & 2 children under 14 years) – $120.00
Adult pass – $55.00
Pensioner (aged & veterans affairs aged) – $35.00
Student pass (uni or high school ID) – $35.00
Child pass (5 yrs & under 14 yrs) – $10.00


July 2015 -News

Greyhound Adoption Program returns to EKKA
Friday 7 to Sunday 16 August 2015

Visit GAP QLD at EKKA

 

 

 


The Greyhound Adoption Program Queensland and EKKA veterans Prancer and Murphy will be winning hearts once again at this year’s show. GAP QLD display will be in a new location, the Canine Pavilion building on Alexandria Street,  due the RNA’s on-going Brisbane Showgrounds Regeneration Project.

The new location offers easy drop-off and is non-weather dependent.

WIN A FAMILY ENTRY PASS TO VISIT THE GREYHOUND ADOPTION PROGRAM @ EKKA
View competition Terms & Condition

 


Greyt News – December 2013 edition

Welcome to our first edition of Greyt News, the newsletter from the Greyhound Adoption Team (GAP). We are excited to share what has been happening here at GAP HQ and what our plans are for the future.

This is the first of many editions of Greyt News as there is always a lot going on here and we can share our achievements and upcoming events.

In this edition read about:

  • New staff member
  • First Aid Course
  • A Greyt Day Out
  • Sara retiring
  • Dogs in care
  • Welcome Mandela
  • Volunteers
  • Sponsors
  • Final news

To view the newsletter, click here: Greyt News – December 2013


Celebrity tipsters raise $10,000 for GAP!

GREYT news! Our celebrity tipsters reached a huge milestone recently by raising $10,000 for the Greyhound Adoption Program. There is still over two months to go until the end of the competition. Check back to find out how the team are progressing!
Check out the scoreboard here.

 

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70,000 greyt reasons to adopt

A record number of 70,000 people engaged with retired greyhounds at the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) lounge at the Brisbane EKKA this year.

The green-collared greyhounds stole the show, attracting visitors from all walks of life. School children, families, news crews and even Members of Parliament lined up to meet the hounds and speak to the GAP team.

GAP Manager, Gail Lane, said the greyhound lounge proved far more popular than ever in 2013.

“It was our most successful EKKA to date,” said Mrs Lane. “The number of people who stopped by the GAP lounge was dramatically up from last year.

“The dogs really did the greyhound industry proud and showed everyone why they make such beautiful pets.”

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Over 43 greyhounds were rehomed after the 2012 EKKA and the program enlisted the help of an extra 13 foster carers. Applications and enquiries are yet to be processed from the 2013 EKKA however Mrs Lane is hopeful of another spike in adoptions.

“Overall, the team distributed in excess of 3500 show bags to people genuinely interested in adopting, and we already have a number of adoption applications pending.”

Like many of the EKKA visitors, strawberry ice-creams are a favourite with the retired hounds.

“The dogs love a strawberry ice-cream, we treated them to one every chance we had.”

GAP is a welfare initiative of Racing Queensland, dedicated to finding loving homes for greyhounds that have retired from racing.

To find out more about the program visit www.greyhoundpets.org.au, where you can also read about life from a greyhounds point of view in Murphy’s blog.


Gap at the Ekka!

The GAP promo team will be at the ekka this year so please call in and visit us in the dog pavillion.