Tasracing’s Welfare Manager oversee’s the management of the GAPTas program with the support of a very dedicated team.
Day to day operations are managed by program manager Susan. Susan has a lifetime of experience and knowledge paired with qualifications in animal behaviour with a speciality in greyhounds. Susan ensures that all greyhounds coming through the program are given enrichment and socialising programs in order to help them progress on their journey to the pet world.
Leanne is the person responsible for delivering and collecting the dogs moving into and back from foster care, heading to a meet and greet or an adoption home or going to the vet for their desexing and health checks. Leanne is also the happy face that visits the nursing homes and other community initiatives with these beautiful dogs. When Leanne isn’t out and about she is working on the enrichment programs with the dogs.
Carol is the foster care liaison and admin officer. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Carol responds to your applications, communicates with the foster carers to gain valuable information on how the dogs are progressing in their foster home and answers all of your inquiries.
Chris is the kennel hand and spends his time being the cook, cleaner and personal assistant to the dogs. He is the one that takes them out to their day yards, ensures their sleeping areas are clean and tidy, their waters are fresh, clean and full and delivers dinner. Chris also assists with the enrichment program and enjoys getting to go for walks with the dogs.
Clare is the jack of all trades, she is the receptionist, admin officer, photographer and that’s if we can drag her away from the dogs long enough. Clare will answer your calls and emails Wednesday to Friday. Clare also maintains the website and facebook.
Other important team members are Sparkles, Thelma, Louise, Tiff, Owen and Axel. Sparkles is a beagle x terrier and has been working with the greyhounds for a few years and she still loves to give them love and affection, Thelma and Louise are sisters and they are Maltese Shitzu’s who has been living with greyhounds since they were only 8 weeks old and they are not intimidated by their long legs, Tiff is a german shorthair pointer who is now 14 months old and Owen is a whippet who is also 14 months old, Tiff and Owen are lively and love to play with the big dogs. Axel is the resident cat assessment officer, he likes to roll around and show off when the greyhounds are about and is vital is helping introduce the greyhounds to a domestic cat. All our assessment and socialising animals are family pets and enjoy coming to work to play with all the different dogs.
GAPtas is also strongly supported by dedicated volunteers.