West Melbourne café promotes greyhound adoption program

March 30, 2018 by  

West Melbournian doggies have gotten lucky – a new greyhound café, known as the GAP Café, is available seven days a week for dogs to enjoy ‘puppuccinos’ and doggie doughnuts.

People who are interested in adopting a greyhound are encouraged to visit the café on 447 King Street, West Melbourne, to meet new friends and some potential pets. An online directory is also available for people to browse for greyhounds and perform interstate adoption.

The café has been successfully opened with the help of the government, which chipped in $133,000 to help fund the project.

During the 2016-2017 financial year, over 1,300 dogs were successfully adopted, which is a significant increase from the 809 adoptions in the previous financial year.

According to Alan Clayton, chief executive of Greyhound Racing Victoria, the idea of having greyhound as pets is becoming increasing appealing to people and families.

Racing Minister Martin Pakula also explained that the creators of the Greyhound Adoption Program hope to eventually help all greyhounds find a home at the end of their racing career.

Adoptions of pets are a common practice in Australia, where many families have successfully found a “friend for life” from various animal shelters. Poster printing and display are often carried out to remind the public on the benefits of adopting a dog, rather than purchasing a puppy from a puppy farm or pet store.