Zeiko with owner Kylee Nickles, left and Ziggy and Frankie with GAP area coordinator Elise Walton, at the Greyhound walk on Sunday. Photo: Jessie Johnston.

For the love of Greyhounds


Greyhound owners all around the world took time to celebrate their dogs last Sunday during the Global Greyhound Walk, including the Nelson branch of Greyhounds as Pets.

Greyhounds as Pets New Zealand (GAP) is a charitable organisation, established by Greyhound Racing New Zealand in order to find homes for retired racing greyhounds.

Elise Walton is the area coordinator for Greyhounds as Pets New Zealand and organised last Sunday’s walk along the Railway Reserve to recognise the annual event. Around 15 dogs and their owners took part, the theme for their walk being ‘Mad Hatters and their dogs.’

Once a greyhound has left its racing career, it’s up to the Greyhounds as Pets organisation to help them find a new home where they will become a much loved pet. The adoption process includes an application to be submitted by the prospective owners, followed by a home visit by one of GAP’s volunteers, before people are matched with their ideal companion.

For those who have adopted a greyhound, the Nelson branch meets once a month for a group walk. Anyone interested in adopting a greyhound is welcome to email Elise at [email protected] for more information on the organisation.