Craigieburn’s Ken Pang and Dean Robertson know the joy that an adopted greyhound can bring to your life.

They adopted their greyhound, Rocket, in 2015, as part of the Greyhound Adoption Program.

Rocket was the 200th greyhound fostered as part of Tarrengower Prison’s prison pet partnership with Greyhound Racing Victoria. The prisoners help prepare the greyhounds for life as a family pet by spending time socialising and exercising the dogs, helping them learn new skills such as climbing stairs, and teaching them basic obedience.

Mr Robertson said Rocket had become an important part of the family in the past three years.

“Greyhounds are great pets. They are a very easy dog to have, as long as you walk them for about 20 minutes each day. Rocket loves watching TV,” Mr Robertson said.

The Greyhound Adoption Program will be hosting a national adoption day at The Meadows on Sunday, April 29, as part of a push to boost awareness of greyhounds as pets.

The adoption day will be held at 80 Northcorp Boulevard, Broadmeadows, from 11am-3pm.

Details: gap.grv.org.au