Greyhounds adopt Eagle Xavier Ellis for new pet project

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Greyhounds and eagles have plenty in common this month: Vitality, keen vision, notable noses – and Xavier Ellis.

April is Greyhound Adoption Month and the West-Coast-Eagle-turned-Perthonality has teamed up with Greyhounds as Pets (GAP) WA to help match dogs with their perfect people.

Newly adopted GAP ambassador Xavier said his best mate was a greyhound called Jeff and he was excited to help other West Australians find buddies just as agreeable and fun to be around.

“I’ve always been an unofficial ambassador for rehoming any dog but I’m thrilled to be on board with GAP this year to help find these kind-natured dogs a place to spend their retirement,” Xavier said.

“Greyhounds enjoy a surprisingly minimalist life. Many people don’t realise that the best thing about greyhounds is they are happy with a quick walk, a lot of sleeping and just being a mate to someone.”

“Put simply, life is better with a greyhound.”

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National Adoption Month has a highly successful history of promoting opportunities for people to meet quiet, well-mannered and easy living greyhound companions.

Despite their big appearance, greyhounds don’t need a great deal of exercise or vast amounts of space, in fact they thrive in urban spaces. Greyhounds are very adaptable and are equally suited to large properties, suburban homes and units.

All greyhounds that come through the GAP program have had a thorough behaviour assessment to understand their tendencies towards small dogs, cats and noises, which helps to ensure they are matched with the right home.

GAP is offering discounted adoption in April, with costs down from $350 to $75. Applicants whose homes and lifestyles aren’t suited to available greyhounds, will have the lower fee honoured through May.

For more information about adopting a greyhound or to complete an application form, please visit


About Greyhounds as Pets

Greyhounds as Pets WA (GAP) is a greyhound adoption program of Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA), which forms part of its commitment to ensure racing greyhounds receive the best levels of care during all stages of their lives. GAP has dedicated animal behaviourists who use their expertise in canine behaviour assessment and modification to assist greyhounds that come through the program to adjust from life as an athlete, to life as a pet.