Commuters were stopped in their tracks at Wynyard this morning by a group of greyhounds begging to be taken home.
Greyhounds As Pets (GAP), an organisation specialising in rehousing the racing breed, took the greyhounds to Wynyard Park to encourage people to adopt one of their loveable pooches.
The 10 dogs on show varied in colours and ages, the youngest 2, and the oldest 8.
“These dogs make great pets as they have gentle temperaments and require very little maintenance,” GAP representative Jess Moran told The Newsroom.
“A common misconception is that greyhounds need a lot of exercise because they are racing dogs but they only require 20 to 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily.”
The greyhound racing industry has recently come under fire over live baiting revelations, following footage that showed small animals being ripped apart by dogs in training sessions.
But Ms Moran said these practices did not reflect the majority of greyhound owners, who loved their dogs.
“People in the industry are starting to realise that the practise is dangerous and that the welfare of greyhounds is very important,” she said.
“We get around 100 adoptions a year which is a great result.” – Rekha Kulethirarasa
Top photo by Jessica Heckley