Fast Friends Greyhound Rescue, Inc.
Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
6654 Gilardi Road
Boonsboro, MD 21713
Pets at Our Rescue Group:
Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:All of Maryland, the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, South Central Pennsylvania, and parts of Virginia and Washington, D.C. We do long distance adoptions to people who have adopted greyhounds or have experience with the breed.
About Our Rescue Group:We are a group of dedicated volunteers who find homes for retired racing greyhounds.
We love greyhounds. We didn’t pick them; they picked us. We all have very different stories about how greyhounds came into our lives, but we have one thing in common - we are all better people because we have been befriended by a greyhound. We all have greyhounds in our homes and we honor them for their quiet, gentle nature and their loving hearts. We have had many experiences in our lives that brought us together and we could bore you for hours about it. Of all the causes we’ve taken up, we find the greyhound to be the most honorable.
Make the choice to have one greyhound in your life and you will understand why we do what we do. Those of us who work at Fast Friends Greyhound Rescue, Inc. all agree that it’s not about us, it’s about the greyhounds. We leave it up to others to struggle over the issues concerning the pros and cons of greyhound racing, competition over who is the best in the adoption world, and what is the best way to run an organization. Because we focus on doing what we love (working with greyhounds), we choose as our goal to foster good will and cooperation between all parties touched by greyhounds in their lives. If you call us for a greyhound and we feel that you would be better served by a group located closer to you, we will suggest one for you to work with. We will do what it takes to get one more greyhound into a good home. Everything we do is because of the greyhounds; it is what they deserve. We work hard so that we will be worthy to have them grace our lives. It is a true labor of love.
Come Meet our Pets:We hold numerous "meet and greet" events all over the region. Please go to our web site for the exact dates and time or email us for other events in your area.
Our Adoption Process:Fast Friends Greyhound Rescue, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation consisting of a group of dedicated greyhound owners and interested volunteers who work hard to place retired racing greyhounds into loving, long-term adoptive homes. Our mission is: (1) to educate the public about greyhounds and their loving nature and value as a wonderful animal companion; (2) to advocate for the adoption of retired racing greyhounds; and, (3) to facilitate the process of finding the proper life-long home for each greyhound. We will also provide continued support for all of our adopted greyhounds and their families.
The Adoption Fee
The adoption fee is $235 for each dog. This fee can be adjusted based on special circumstances or if multiple dogs are adopted. We will discuss this with you as you work through the process. At a minimum, this fee will include:
Transportation to Boonsboro or Middletown from the track
Spaying or Neutering
All up-to-date immunizations
All available veterinarian records
Track records if available
Ancestry if available
Greyhound collar and lead
Fast Friends Identification Tag and Number
A Copy of Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies
Fast Friends Adopter’s Guide
The Adoption Process
Once that you have made the decision to adopt a greyhound, you can fill out and submit an adoption application. We ask that you provide as much information as possible as it will help us find the right dog for you. We ask for comprehensive information, but we only want to make sure that you find the best match so neither you or the dog will be disappointed. We want our greyhounds to find life-long homes. We can usually comply with special requests such as gender, age, color, or personality, but the most important goal is to find your best fast friend.
After we have reviewed your application and checked your information and references, we will check our available dogs either in our foster homes or through our contacts at the tracks for the most suitable match.
If your dog comes from the track kennels, we will provide:
A thorough washing and grooming
The first topical flea and tick preventative application
The first heartworm preventative treatment
Training for navigation of stairs
Beginning of house training
Testing for small animal tolerance
Testing for startling, aggressive tendencies, shyness, etc.
Thoughts Before Applying for Adoption
You have expressed an interest in adopting a retired racing greyhound. Your decision to adopt a new fast friend is a major step for you (and the dog) and it should not be taken lightly. If you have previous experience with dogs in your life, then you understand the commitment and responsibilities. However, there are some important aspects of greyhound adoption that you need to consider before taking the next step.
Greyhounds will come to you as adults. They have already been socialized at the track and that is their only life experience. They have spent virtually their entire lives around people and in the company other dogs, so it should not be a surprise if they suffer from separation anxiety if they are suddenly left alone. They aren’t familiar with toys, small children, small pets other than dogs, stairs, and navigating through a house. They aren’t familiar with walking on tile floors or other slick surfaces, and they have never been around mirrors or windows. Large open spaces may confuse them at first. Their whole world has consisted of the track, their turn-out pens, and their crates (for over 22 hours a day).
Although they are crate and leash trained, they are not used to relieving themselves on a leash and they will surely have accidents in your house until they learn that it is like their crate. Since they have never had anything of their own, they may not know how to share at first. They also do not know that the food on your counter or in your trash can is not meant for them. They are not used to being awakened by touch and may react in a defensive way. They can be overwhelmed with too many people and too much attention at first as they have never had this experience.
The good news is that greyhounds are gentle and docile and creatures of habit. If you are truly committed to your new dog, you can easily get past the initial “settling in” period and find that you have one of the best companions you could ever hope for. Generally speaking, the up side to greyhound adoption is that they are highly socialized and they love people and other dogs. As puppies, they spend much more time with their mother and siblings and are given plenty of time to do “dog” things like run, chew, play, bark, sniff, etc. Because they have been trained at the track from the time they were puppies, they learn quickly if given the right amount of time and attention. They are used to small spaces (because of the time they have spent in their crates) and they don’t need or take up a lot of room. Because of this, they actually require less space than other large-breed dogs. They have short coats and seldom shed and they lack the oils in their skin that create doggy odors. Unlike other large-breed dogs, greyhounds are not prone to hip dysplasia or other congenital diseases.
Most importantly, you must remember that the greyhound you adopt is being given a second chance at life and you are the person who will be responsible for this. If you remember how your greyhound used to live and are ready to make the commitment to give it a good home, you will be rewarded beyond your expectations.
You may not feel comfortable with the questions we ask, but keep in mind that we want to help you through the process, not challenge your ability to care for a dog. We want your success to be a testimony for greyhound adoption!!! The volunteers at Fast Friends Greyhound Rescue, Inc. are willing to support you throughout the life of your greyhound. We will gladly answer any questions you have along the way and address any concerns. Please feel free to call or email us at any time.
Cost of an Adopted Greyhound
We have often been asked about how much it costs to have a greyhound. While we can’t say exactly, we estimate that a single greyhound can cost up to $800 per year to provide food, preventative medications (for heartworm, fleas and ticks), scheduled vet care for immunizations, and toys, etc. This is typical of other large breeds of dogs. In addition, it is highly recommended that you have the following:
Crate: To make your life as well as your greyhound’s life easier, it is important that you use a crate in the beginning. We recommend a wire dog crate (48” X 30” X36”). Since they are used to being in a crate at the track, this will help them transition into your home (which should be done gradually). A greyhound will feel more secure in the crate.
Bedding: A large dog bed is great, but so is a used bedspread or heavy blanket. A greyhound likes to “nest” and find a comfortable spot. Whatever you use, it should be soft and comfortable – they are thin skinned and need the softer bed.
Martingale type collar: Because of their thicker necks and thinner heads, a greyhound cannot use a regular dog collar because it will pull off easily. You will be supplied with a proper collar from us, but you must remember to always use the typical greyhound collar.
Toys: Greyhounds love soft, fleecy, squeaky toys and will collect them!
Raised Food Bowls: (Approximately 12-18”) from the ground to prevent digestive problems.