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Mintie – Big in Japan

Greyhounds As Pets (GAP) has bade a fond farewell – or perhaps that should be ‘sayonara’ – to globetrotting greyhound Mintie.

The five-year-old is settling into life with her new owners in Japan after becoming the latest greyhound to be successfully rehomed by the GAP program.

A real estate agent based in southern Japan contacted GAP asking if she could provide a home for one of the program’s greyhounds.

After comprehensively assessing the suitability of the potential new owner, GAP staff worked to match her with the right greyhound.

They identified Mintie, who previously lived with an owner-trainer who has put several other greyhounds through the GAP program, as a suitable pet.

Mintie’s adopter paid her transportation fees, with GRNSW GAP staff helping with obtaining transportation quotes and other logistics.

The Jetpets animal transportation service also assisted with a government accredited veterinary check and other paperwork.

Like all greyhounds in the GRNSW GAP scheme, Mintie was C5 vaccinated, desexed and microchipped before heading to her new home.

She also previously spent time with a foster carer to ensure her suitability as a family pet.

Mintie, who flew out to Japan earlier this month, will provide welcome company for her new family’s other dog – a nine-year-old miniature pinscher named Minnie.

This is just a second-ever overseas adoption for GAP, a not-for-profit initiative co-ordinated by Greyhound Racing NSW which rehomes greyhounds who have finished or who are not suitable for racing.

GRNSW GAP Rehoming and Welfare Operations Manager Lori McKern said Mintie would be a welcome addition to her new home.

“Her owner has proved her intention is to keep Mintie as a loved family pet,” Miss McKern said.

“Owning a greyhound as a pet has been a dream come true for her new owner and we were very happy to help with that.

“We are focusing our marketing efforts in NSW but we are more than happy to assist anyone from overseas who genuinely wants to adopt greyhounds.

“I’m sure Mintie will enjoy a happy future in her wonderful new surroundings.”