While last year in NSW saw record breaking numbers for rehoming through Greyhounds As Pets (GAPNSW) programs, it was achieved without one of the year’s major adoption events, the National Adoption Day.
Another casualty of COVID-19 in 2020 with the event having to be cancelled, National Adoption Day has always been an opportunity for people to come and pat a greyhound, ask questions and obtain information about the breed and about adoption, and hopefully for some, head home with a new furry family member.
Thankfully a lot has changed in 2021 and on Sunday we will see the return of National Adoption Day with all states around Australia taking part.
In Sydney, National Adoption Day will for the first time be held at The Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park between 10am and 5pm, as part of the very successful Sydney Family Show.
This year’s event will be showcased at the popular “Dogs in The Park” pavilion and be the largest public show of available greyhounds for adoption since GAPNSW was founded in 2008, with 45 dogs ready to meet and greet.
“It is the best opportunity we have for families to come and see what all the greyhound fuss is about,” Dr Alicia Fuller, GAP NSW, General Manager, said. “We are going to have about 45 greyhounds at the event, so you will almost certainly be able to find the size, look and personality of a dog that will best fit with your family dynamic.
“National Adoption Day is the most important event on the GAPNSW calendar and now with restrictions lifted we can once again take our greyhounds out for “their big day” to meet and connect with the public.”
While he has been the face of Greyhounds As Pets marketing campaign over the past 18 months, Australian football legend Tim Cahill is not the only ambassador the not for profit organisation has enlisted.
Joining Cahill as GAPNSW Ambassadors are entertainer Todd McKenney, Olympians Jess Fox and Becchara Palmer and well known vet Dr Katrina Warren, who is a big believer in the breed as an ideal pet and is looking forward to making an appearance with the greyhounds at Moore Park.
“I’m looking forward to inspiring and helping people understand just how amazing this breed can be as a family member,” Dr Warren said.
“Retired greyhounds are wonderful individuals. Each has its own unique personality, just as we do. They are renowned for their superior health, particularly amongst large breed dog, are not known to bark excessively and require minimal grooming and don’t have a doggy smell.
“It will be personally rewarding to watch as people fall for their charm and perhaps even take one home on a foster to adopt basis - all with the professional guidance from GAPNSW that extends well after NAD day.”
While it is still advised that people register here at the GAPNSW website, Dogs In The Park attendees can still meet the greyhounds and potentially adopt on the spot. Matches are based on a well-practised matching process that gives priority to the dog’s needs, its personality and the single, couples or family’s lifestyle.
Entry is free for families on Sunday, and visitors can also enjoy Doggie Market Stalls, demonstrations and dog contests where GAP’s greyhounds will also be entered for various categories such as Cutest and Tallest Dog.