Great Global Greyhound Walk set for June 10 at Tomato Lake, Kewdale

Belmont MLA Cassie Rowe with a new friend.
Belmont MLA Cassie Rowe with a new friend.

BELMONT MLA Cassie Rowe is set to lead off the 2018 Great Global Greyhound Walk which will be held at Tomato Lake, at 10am on Sunday June 10.

The event, organised by Greyhound Angels of WA, is an annual dog-walk that brings together retired race greyhounds, lurchers, other sight hounds and their owners to raise awareness of the breed.

There is a common misconception greyhounds are aggressive because they have to wear a muzzle.

Event organiser Lisa Hollands said the goal of the walk is to promote the retired greyhound as a beautiful family pet.

“ Greyhounds are very adaptable and are a good choice for the family with children, for older people, or for those living somewhere with a smaller yard, they are the ultimate couch potato,” she said.

Laws in WA require state greyhounds who are not green collared have to wear a muzzle.

Other states, including Victoria, have made changes so retired racing greyhounds no longer have to wear a muzzle.

Green collar assessments are done by Greyhounds as Pets (GAP, the racing industry re-homing body) and it requires dogs to return to a kennel for three or four days to see if they pass the assessment.

“Tomato Lake will be shown to the rest of the world, with the State flag flying alongside the lead greys… Perth is expected to have numbers rivalling any of the walks being held in other countries,” Ms Hollands said.

Last year nearly 6000 greyhounds participated in Global Greyhound Walks around the world with 79 walks globally.

This year there are 100 walks worldwide, with each Australian state and territory having at least one.

Ms Hollands said there will be foster dogs who need homes at the event.

“Greyhounds Angels of WA will have foster dogs, waiting for their forever homes,” she said.

“For anyone that is interested in finding out more about the breed, there will be plenty of hounds to meet and plenty of dog owners to talk to.”

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