Bridging the GAP
Megan Oliver

Megan Oliver
Posted on 06 May, 2021

Bridging the GAP

The Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) seeks to ensure a smooth transition between racing and retirement.

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Belinda Lewis is the animal welfare manager for the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP), and says that the welfare of the animals is their priority.

“It’s great to have people come down and ask us how we’re re-homing them, and how we seek to better the industry. I think people really approach it from a place of curiosity, and want to know what happens in the program and what sort of things they work with them on,” she said.

The program involves providing new experiences for the dogs, integrating them into a home setting, and introducing them to other animals. With a greyhound’s racing career usually being just four to five years, GAP is always seeking out new foster carers and families ready to adopt a dog.

“The foster care is a really important step for us,” Belinda Lewis explained. “A prospective owner can take on the fostering program to see how the dog is in a family environment. Our foster carers are really valuable in telling us what the right environment is for each dog.”

For those looking for a dog, Ms Lewis says that greyhounds make ideal pets.

“They only need about a 15 or 20 minute walk each day, and the rest of the time they’re pretty much fine to be sleeping.”

The Greyhound Adoption Program has greyhounds on site at Agfest waiting to go to loving homes.

The site is number 404 on Fourth Avenue.