2019 Dogs Lovers Show a success for GAP NSW

The finals number and details are in, and for the first time since its inception in 2014, the attendance at this year’s Dog Lovers Show – recently held this year at the Sydney Showground – topped 30,000.

And Greyhounds As Pets again had a presence at the Show, with thousands dropping by our stand over the two days of the Show on August 3 and 4.

The official attendance was 30,772 which does not include children under five who entered free of charge or exhibitor staff and this equates to a five per cent increase on last year’s attendance of 29,363. The event was held previously at the Royal Hall of Industries and The Hordern Pavilion at Moore Parkand most events which relocate to a new venue take a number of years to get back to the same visitor numbers. So to post a significant increase in attendance is a great result.

The Show has now stamped itself as one of the largest and most popular K9 dedicated festivals in the world spanning over 20,000 square metres.

The 30,000 plus dog lovers came from across regional NSW and metropolitan Sydney including the northern beaches, Central and South Coasts and as far away as Canberra, other Australian states and even overseas.

The demographic of attendees was broad and diverse across age, gender and life stage, but they all had one thing in common – a passion for our self-proclaimed best friends.

The move to a larger space allowed organisers to grow the show by around 50 percent, creating

increased catering options, more dogs and bigger outdoor entertainment zones, with the Sheepdog Speed Trials and Extreme High Jump in the Outdoor Arena, and the Black Hawk Dock Dogs presented in the famous Wood Chop Arena, both drew huge crowds.

Visitors were provided with a full day of entertainment that included over 800 dogs across 120 breeds, 60 shows and talks each day, and over 200 exhibitors showcasing the latest and greatest products and services to spoil their pooch.

The Dog Lovers Show was created as a tribute to the unconditional love we share with our dogs

and the Sydney Dog Lovers Show successfully encapsulated this relationship whilst continuing the

commitment to educating dog-owners and raising awareness for adoption.

Socceroo Legend Tim Cahill Announced As Greyhounds As Pets Ambassador

Socceroo legend Tim Cahill is the new face of Greyhound Adoption in NSW, after today being announced as the inaugural ambassador of the State’s Greyhounds as Pets program.

The iconic Socceroo, Australia’s all-time leading goal scorer, will front an extensive advertising campaign to bring awareness to the GAPNSW program, and encourage more people to become involved in greyhound adoption.

Download Sunday’s dog-a-logue here and register your interest early to beat the crowd!

So passionate about the role is the man who scored Australia’s first ever goal in the World Cup Finals back in 2006, Cahill has adopted a greyhound himself, which will now spend its days on his family farm at Byron Bay.

“I’m thrilled to be taking on this role with Greyhounds as Pets NSW, and for me the bonus is being able to provide a new home for my adopted greyhound, Luna Moana – LUMO,” Cahill said.

“She’s a beautiful blue-coloured girl, and her name was picked by my children. In Samoan it means blue, which in turn links nicely back to my days spent playing at Millwall and Everton.

“Animal welfare is something which has always been close to my heart, and the amazing work that GAPNSW do with retired greyhounds in transitioning them into the next phase of their lives, is something I’m proud to be a part of.”

“I’m thrilled to be taking on this role with Greyhounds as Pets NSW, and for me the bonus is being able to provide a new home for my adopted greyhound, Luna Moana – LUMO,”.

Tim Cahill

Greyhound Racing NSW Chief Executive Officer Tony Mestrov was delighted that Cahill has joined the GAP team, saying his appointment as ambassador again emphasises the importance and value GRNSW places on the rehoming of greyhounds.

“When selecting an ambassador for any program, the first thing you look for in your candidates are those passionate about what you are doing,” Mestrov said.

“The first time I met with Tim, what immediately resonated with me was his passion for the animal, and the welfare of the animal.

“Everyone recognises the passion in which Tim played in each of the 108 occasions he pulled on the green and gold, and in speaking with him about this role I could see a passion for animals, akin to the passion he had when he played for the Socceroos.

“We are trying to raise the profile of our Greyhounds as Pets program and animal welfare in our industry, and I firmly believe Tim Cahill is the perfect ambassador for us to achieve this.

“Tim is an iconic Australian, and regardless of what sport, or football code you follow, all Australians hold Tim in the highest of regard.

“And what was most pleasing for us, was that Tim didn’t just want to be the face of the Greyhounds as Pets’ program, he wanted to adopt a greyhound, and has done so.

“We all know how important family is to Tim Cahill, we know what great family pets greyhounds make, and we know that Tim’s family are going to love his new adopted greyhound Lumo.”

Cahill will make his first public appearance in his role as a GAPNSW Ambassador at the organisation’s Adoption Day this Sunday, June 30 at Lyne Park, Rose Bay, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

“It should be a great day, and I encourage everyone to come down, have a look and a pat of these wonderful animals, and you may – just like me – end up taking one home,” Cahill said.

“The message we want to spread is simple and clear: ‘Adopt A Grey Today’.”

GRNSW through GAPNSW has expanded its operations to provide additional funding support for other rehoming groups and regional areas to increase the overall number of greyhounds rehomed through GAP.

In 2017/18 a total of 415 greyhounds were adopted. This year more than 650 dogs have been rehomed through the program. “At GRNSW we have made it clear for some time now that welfare is key to us.

There has been some good work done, but we are determined to do more,” Mestrov said. “The welfare of our animals is a high priority for GRNSW.”

“Our goal – and we will achieve it – is to rehome every greyhound that goes through our racing system.”

Don’t miss out on your chance to meet Tim in person and adopt your very own greyhound by attending our Adoption Day this Sunday at Lyne Park, Rose Bay between 10am-2pm. Register here today.


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