Todd McKenney to star again at GAP National Adoption Day

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Following the success of the inaugural 2018 campaign, each Australian state will get together next month for the second GAP National Adoption Day.

The Greyhound Adoption Programs in Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania as well as Greyhounds as Pets in Western Australia and New South Wales, will each host an adoption day on April 28 as part of a nation-wide push to boost awareness of greyhounds as pets.

In 2018, the campaign saw 212 greyhounds re-homed across the country.
Theatre star, radio host and TV personality Todd McKenney fronted the 2018 campaign and was so overwhelmed with the response that he has signed on for 2019.

McKenney, who has two pet greyhounds of his own, said he was happy to be part of the campaign this year and was blown away by the success and response from last year.

“I went to the Melbourne event last and it made me feel very warm to know that our message that greyhounds make great pets is getting out there,” McKenney said.

“There were so many people there and it was great to see these beautiful dogs starting their life as family pets.

“They really are the best dogs. They are playful, cheeky and fiercely loyal but it is their loving nature that I love the most.

“I just want to spread the word, I want greyhounds in every household I know of.”

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission’s (QRIC) Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) is proud to be hosting the South East Queensland National Adoption Day event on 28 April.

South East Queensland’s National Adoption Day will be held at the QRIC GAP facility at Churchable 985 Atkinson Dam Rd from 10am – 2pm, and will include:

Tours through the facility and kennels, information stands for adoptions and fostering, fun activities for children including mini trotter rides provided by the Queensland Junior Harness Racing Association, Greyhound health and wellbeing talks and demonstrations by the QRIC vet team.

National Greyhound Adoption Day will also be held at GAP Townsville at the Townsville Showgrounds from 10am – 2pm.

Families wanting to take a greyhound home on the day will need to pre-register at gapqld.com.au, as greyhounds are specially matched with families according to their home environment and preferences.

Acting Racing Integrity Commissioner Mark Ainsworth said the National Adoption Day was the perfect opportunity to highlight the important work of the GAP.

“The QRIC Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) re-homes retired greyhounds with families all around Queensland,” Mr Ainsworth said.

“National Adoption Day offers a great opportunity for families to come and see what gentle and friendly animals greyhounds are, and to learn about adopting one into their family.”

The GAP team encourages everyone in the South-East to make a day of it by taking a drive through the beautiful Lockyer Valley and dropping into the Churchable GAP facility for a cup of coffee and some greyhound cuddles.

“Last year we set the benchmark at 212 greyhounds adopted nationally and I’m confident that with all the states working together we can be around that mark again in 2019.”

For more information, go to http://nationalgreyhoundadoptionday.com.au/