Herald Sun - - NEWS - MONIQUE HORE

MEL­BOURNE’S cafe cul­ture has gone to the dogs — lit­er­ally.

A new greyhound cafe has opened in West Mel­bourne but is serv­ing up more than dog­gie dough­nuts and pup­puc­ci­nos.

Those hunt­ing for a new hound can meet grey­hounds and search on­line for those avail­able as part of Vic­to­ria’s Greyhound Adop­tion Pro­gram. The GAP Cafe is the first city spot with a greyhound theme as the dish­lick­ers be­come pop­u­lar apart­ment pooches.

Adop­tions have soared from just 809 in 2015-16 to more than 1300 dogs in the past fi­nan­cial year.

Greyhound Rac­ing Vic­to­ria chief ex­ec­u­tive Alan Clay­ton said “word is get­ting out” about the pups’ ap­peal.

Rac­ing Min­is­ter Martin Pakula said the GAP Cafe gave Mel­bur­ni­ans the chance to meet a “friend for life”.

The govern­ment chipped in $133,000, matched by Greyhound Rac­ing Vic­to­ria, to open the cafe.


Julie and greyhound Jet at the new GAP Cafe.

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