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."

For more information, visit http://www.gapqld.com.au/


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