Ken­nel fa­cil­ity opens

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Mayors’ Messages -

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.

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