SANTA will have help of a different kind when “greydeers” accompany him for a special event in Maylands this Friday.
Mingle in Maylands will host a Christmas event featuring rehomed greyhounds dressed up as reindeers, with all funds raised donated to the dogs’ rescue and rehoming.
The group has teamed up with Greyhound Adoptions WA, which has rehomed 251 greyhounds since 2012.
Greyhound Adoptions WA committee member and Carine resident Marie Bloemer was one of a network of greyhound foster carers.
“There are a lot bred for the racing industry and if they don’t make it they’re put down purely because there are no homes for them,” she said.
“As a foster carer, you teach the dog how to be a normal dog.”
Ms Bloemer said she adopted greyhounds Flying Russian and Mitch Mania – now called Russian and Mitch.
“We fostered Mitch, he was supposed to be an emergency foster but after one night my husband fell in love with him and decided he wasn’t going to give him up,” she said.
“They’re the perfect dog – they sleep for 20 hours a day, they don’t need a lot of exercise, they’re very clean.”
Photographs with Santa and the “greydeers” will take place at 212 Whatley Crescent, Friday, December 2, 4pm to 7pm.
Photos cost $12 for one, $18 for two, $20 for three, and children and pets are welcome.
Late night shopping will take place at Eighth Avenue and Whatley Crescent on the same night and a wellness chill-out will be held at 218 Whatley Crescent and feature Asian street food, pops, five-minute massages and music.