Greyhounds as Pets celebrates 20th anniversary

Greyhound Lorenzo with Minister of Racing and Gaming Paul Papalia, Racing and Wagering WA chief executive Richard Burt and Mark and Michelle Wheeler. Picture: Kelly Pilgrim-Byrne
Greyhound Lorenzo with Minister of Racing and Gaming Paul Papalia, Racing and Wagering WA chief executive Richard Burt and Mark and Michelle Wheeler. Picture: Kelly Pilgrim-Byrne

MORE than 2000 retired greyhounds have been rehomed by Racing and Wagering WA’s (RWWA) Greyhounds as Pets (GAP) program in the past 20 years.

The program celebrated its 20th anniversary in Southern River with more than 1000 volunteers, staff and industry members on Sunday.

Twenty retired greyhounds were introduced to their new families as part of the celebrations.

Minister for Racing and Gaming Paul Papalia said GAP’s efforts to rehome more than 2000 retired greyhounds in 20 years was a credit to the people who dedicated their time to ensure every sound greyhound was rehomed.

“This year we had 82 greyhounds in foster care before they were adopted and all of these are through volunteers,” Mr Papalia said.

RWWA chief executive Richard Burt said the fantastic at GAP continued to uphold best practice and set the standard for the industry.

“Kerry Vernon developed the GAP program in 1997 and the first official GAP adoption was 20 years ago in 1998,” Mr Burt said.

“Kerry dedicated 14 years to the GAP program which was originally under the WA Greyhound Racing Association (WAGRA) and then with RWWA.”