My name is Sonny!

Italian Greyhound Dog for adoption in San Diego, California - Sonny
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Italian Greyhound Rescue Southern California

Facts about Sonny

  • Breed: Italian Greyhound
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
We don’t know what Sonny’s original name was before coming into Rescue but based on his happy, sunny disposition and the golden color of the new fur his is growing his foster mom named him Sonny; the name fits him perfectly. Sonny was found as a stray by local area Animal Services; based on his level of mal-nutrition and his overall poor condition it appeared he had been living on the streets for quite some time. He is estimated to be 10 years old but he is much younger in spirit and zest for life. Sonny is “visually challenged” due to corneal edema and cataracts; he does see light and shadows and is fully mobile. He loves to go for walks ( walking in soft light such as early morning or evening not direct sunlight ), hang out with his foster brother and he especially loves to play “carpet angels”. He knows exactly where the refrigerator is and when it is open. He is on a dehydrated raw diet which is kept fresh in the refrigerator; he has learned quickly “treasures” come from the frig. He loves to eat and has put on weight since being in Rescue and with good nutrition he is re-growing fur which is soft and healthy; we strongly recommend that his new family continue with this excellent diet.
Sonny is a “special needs” little man because of his limited vision but there is no limitation to the amount of love he shares with everyone he meets; in our eyes he is just “special”. There is no treatment or surgery to resolve the condition of his eyes; his ophthalmologist has prescribed non-steroidal eye drops to provide palliative anti-inflammatory therapy; the drops are administered 3 times a week, one drop in each eye. A 2.5 ml bottle will last at least 3 months; cost is $8.00 per month. Sonny’s potty training is still a “work in process”; he will potty on leash but it is best that he wear a belly band when no one is home to take him outside.

Sonny needs a calm, loving home environment, adults only. While he does like other dogs they will need to be calm, non-assertive and small; for his safety, he should not be taken to a dog park. He does enjoy going where ever his human is going; he rides well in the car in his crate.

We all need some special sunshine in our lives; please consider applying to adopt of Sonny Boy.

Sonny is in foster care in Orange County. To learn more about Sonny visit and email

About Italian Greyhound Rescue Southern California

About Our Rescue Group...

Rescue is a service provided for Italian Greyhounds that have been abandoned at animal shelters, taken from abusive homes, or surrendered to Rescue due to the death or divorce of the former owner. Occasionally, dogs are turned over to Rescue because the owner can no longer keep the dog and the dog was acquired from a source to which it cannot be returned.

IG Rescue members foster these orphans in their homes, where their health and temperament are evaluated, so that they can be placed in a home suitable to both the dog and new owners. Before being placed all dogs are taken for a veterinary check-up where vaccinations are updated, the animal is neutered or spayed, any serious medical conditions are treated, and if necessary, their teeth are cleaned. Each Italian Greyhound can potentially cost Rescue hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars to rehabilitate. All members of Italian Greyhound Rescue, from the board of directors to your local representatives, are strictly volunteers, and do not receive any compensation for their services.

Donate to Our Rescue Group...

Italian Greyhound Fund Contact: Patty Woodbury go to:

Our Adoption Process...

The process to become approved for adoption includes an application, phone interview, and home visit. Once you are approved, and if one of the fosters fits your lifestyle and needs, as determined by the home visit, we will put you in touch with the foster home where you can go to visit the dog. If we don't have a fit, we will put you on a matching list.

The adoption fees are as follows:
Up to 6 months $375
7 Months to 2 Years $350
3 Years to 8 Years $325
Over 8 years $300

These fees are sent to the Italian Greyhound Rescue Fund to offset the cost of medical expenses of the dog being placed, and provide medical care for future rescue dogs.