In the race to a home

June 13, 2018

Greyhound Adoption Program assessor Carly McDougall shows off Spot and Lovely who are both looking for a home.

Greyhound Victoria is again looking to find homes for retired chasers this weekend, following a successful event in January

Seventy dogs will be up for adoption on Friday and Saturday in Seymour as part of Victoria’s Greyhound Adoption Program.

At January’s event, nearly every greyhound found a home and GRV northern region communications and marketing manager Brad Williams said he was hoping for a similar result.

‘‘The program’s been going for a number of years now and growing more and more popular each time,’’ he said.

‘‘People came from all over Victoria and even interstate, but mostly Victoria, to adopt.’’

Dogs are generally aged between two to four years old and are ready to retire and live a regular life after being trained to race.

The greyhounds revert back to a more regular name — Heartbreak Love on the track is simply Lovely — with their time in the exercise yard over.

‘‘Greyhounds start with a trainer and learning the skills to become a racing dog,’’ Mr Williams said.

‘‘Once these dogs enter a period of time where they’re either not fit enough for racing or getting a bit older, they start to make their way into the program and are assessed and monitored.’’

Dogs are classified based on their suitability for homes with children or other pets, as well as classified into greyhounds that have never raced.

Despite the breed being well known for its bursting pace on the track, in retirement greyhounds are surprisingly placid and need no more exercise than a regular dog.

Mr Williams said there was also the opportunity to become involved in the program as a volunteer.

The Greyhound Adoption Program will have 70 dogs available for viewing and adoption at its kennels at 298 Goulburn Valley Hwy, Seymour. The event will run from noon to 5pm on Friday and from 10am to 3pm on Saturday.

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