Kennel facility opens
RACING and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) hosted its first open day at its new Greyhounds as Pets (GAP) Kennel Facility in Southern River.
More than 50 guests toured the facility to gain further insight into the GAP program, its plans and future investment.
Since taking over the administration of GAP from Greyhounds WA in April 2015, RWWA has invested heavily in the GAP program, with funding more than tripling from $150,000 per year to $500,000 per year, which has included the lease of the new Southern River facility.
In addition, the RWWA board has announced that a further $150,000 from feature stakes funding will be reallocated to the GAP program.
The funding will be put towards additional staffing and projects to meet the demands of greyhound assessments, following new policy requirements which require all greyhounds to be pre-assessed to track their suitability for rehoming upon retirement.
In the last two financial years adoption figures have risen from an average of 9.4 dogs per month in 2014/15 to an average of 10.8 dogs per month in 2015/16, and 17.75 dogs per month in the current financial year.
Adoption figures are set to continue to rise, with November 2016 hitting an all-time record of 30 dogs adopted out in 30 days.
Future plans for the GAP program include investment in marketing campaigns to position greyhounds as the breed of choice for domestic pets, as well as investigate the use of greyhounds as therapy dogs.
GAP team leader Lauren Savage with West Coast Eagles champion Dean Cox and a greyhound.