As the Minister for Racing, I am pleased to announce Tasmania’s first ever dedicated greyhound rehoming facility will be situated in Mangalore in the South of Tasmania.
I can advise that following an expression of interest process, Tasracing has purchased Mangalore Kennels and very minor works will begin shortly so the facility can accept retired greyhounds.
The facility will be used to continue to run Tasmania’s Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP). GAP operates based on protocols, which have been adopted nationally to best care for retired greyhounds and ensure their new owners understand their obligations.
These protocols include behavioural assessments to ensure that a retired greyhound is suitable to be placed in a family home and be a part of the community.
The dedicated facility, which will be owned and operated by Tasracing, will allow public access enabling GAP to better demonstrate to the community the suitability of greyhounds as pets.
It will also immediately allow Tasracing to increase capacity for GAP greyhounds from 23 to 54 and provide an emergency shelter option.
Tasracing’s goal is to reach a re-homing target of more than 150 greyhounds annually.
The selection of Mangalore Kennels as the site to home the GAP from January next year followed a formal expression of interest process.
As part of the negotiation process, the kennel owners were offered the opportunity to remain on site as GAP facility caretakers, an offer that was gladly accepted.
The facility is expected to be fully operational in January 2020.
I take this opportunity to acknowledge the passion and commitment of other greyhound rehoming organisations and the many GAP families who do a tremendous job caring for their adopted dogs.
Only the Hodgman majority Liberal Government had a plan to find more homes for retired racing dogs and we are delivering on that plan.
Elise Archer, Minister for Racing