My name is Chance!

Greyhound Mix Dog for adoption in Dallas, Texas - Chance
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Facts about Chance

  • Breed: Greyhound Mix
  • Color: Gray/Blue/Silver/Salt & Pepper
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10270283-2453

Chance is an approximately 1 ½ year old male charcoal black/gray greyhound mix with gorgeous golden eyes.  He was rescued by a good Samaritan after seven months of encouragement and efforts in the Amarillo area.  Chance is very shy and hesitant about most things around him.  All his medical testing is normal and he has no intestinal parasites, which is very unusual for a stray-especially one that was out this long. Chance has passed an initial cat test but has not yet lived with cats in a foster home.

This is his story, written by Lynne, his rescuer:

About CHANCE ......
Chance first appeared in our neighborhood during late fall 2015 although it was reported that he was running through a neighborhood near us as early as March 2015. It was reported by someone who lives in our neighborhood that Chance spent the Christmas blizzard huddled under a mesquite tree in an open field. The first time I saw him was during a winter storm last November when he was eating some food we had placed outside for other wildlife.  He was sort of like a shadow ghost because of his many fears.  He would run away if he even saw you looking at him from inside the house.
As we began to leave food out for him, he progressed from eating a bite then running into the brush, to eating with many glances up to see if there was anything or anyone coming towards him.  He was thin, so fearful, so wild broke your heart.  We named him Chance because he had survived so much and certainly deserved any and every chance possible.
Over the first part of 2016 Chance began to appear and actually seem to seek out some human contact. Never letting you touch him but with gradual, consistent hanging out with him, Chance began to make eye contact.  Over months and many, many hours of me just sitting with him, he began to follow me around in the yard and even sniffed me as I sat quietly on the ground. Still never allowing me to touch him.  He began to let me feed him by hand (hotdogs) and ever so gently would take it from my hands. As he would eat his regular dog food, I would sit with him constantly reassuring him that all would be ok.  Before long, he was hanging out in our yard under shade trees and especially loved to have you outside with him in the early evening and early mornings.  Direct eye contact was something he now sought out and his eyes got soft looking when he looked at me.  You could definitely feel he was trusting and allowing you to enter his world. This process took 7 months.
When we finally were able to get a leash on him, he seemed both terrified and relieved at the same time.  He was not relaxed in the outside kennel we had just completed for him. (We knew if we ever got our hands on him we had to have a secure holding spot.)  As anxious as he was for the one night he was in the kennel, he relaxed when I shared the night in his kennel with him.
Fears are numerous.  The main one is of trucks (diesel, especially ones that bang, rattle).  He is more at ease with women who speak in soft, low voices.  Cell phones send him running. Wind, storms, sounds of plastic flapping all make his uneasy. Hand movements scare him.
Chance is food motivated. Likes a routine and even the smallest changes are noticed. Chance would prefer to sit where he had a clear view of everything around him, no boxing this fellow into a corner.
Personality traits that were fun to watch emerge were his playful, curious side.  Chance would poke his head around the house to see what you were doing if you disappeared from his sight.  He had a playmate of sorts....a young skunk. He and Chance seemed to have some sort of relationship that he enjoyed.  They would just hang out in the yard together!
From the very beginning I felt there was a good dog inside him. Looking into his eyes I saw a survivor of many hardships and most certainly he deserves a loving home where he can trust, love and enjoy life.
Do we wish we could keep Chance in our family?  Absolutely, but we can't.  Somewhere out there is his forever home where he will both delight and return the love tenfold.  Chance just needs a chance!

About Greyhound Adoption League of Texas, Inc

About Our Rescue Group...

Greyhound Adoption League of Texas, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit all volunteer group incorporated within the State of Texas IN 2001.

GALT is dedicated to placing all greyhounds, primarily those that competed and trained for racing, into loving homes. GALT facilitates the adoption of greyhounds by providing kennel services and foster homes along with their medical needs, including spay and neuter, assisting them in the transition from track-life to home-life; and educating the public about why the greyhound has been a favored companion dog for more than 4,000 years.

Greyhound Adoption League of Texas, Inc. takes a neutral stand on greyhound racing.

Come Meet Our Pets...

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Our Adoption Process...

Greyhounds make wonderful pets and will give you many years of love and devotion. Adopting a Greyhound is a serious responsibility requiring a long-term commitment. GALT's adoption application has been designed to evaluate potential adopters to ensure that each person who adopts a Greyhound is not only aware of that responsibility, but also to address the suitability and permanence of each Greyhound placed in a home.

If you are not sure if a Greyhound is right for you, please read through the checklist below and think about what your 'ideal dog' is. Also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions about Greyhounds section for more information on what to expect.

* What breed appeals to me?
* Group (i.e., Herding, Sporting)
* Size (consider food requirements)
* Show quality?
* Coat length (grooming, etc.)
* Coat color
* Shedding
* Energy level
* Age (Puppy or more mature)
* Prepared for required health care?
* Can you provide outdoor exercise?
* Training potential
* Protectiveness/guarding behavior
* Friendliness
* Vocalization
* Good with cats
* Good with other dogs
* Good with children
* Travel/vacation arrangements?
* Hours outside the home each day?

GALT also recommends reading Adopting the Racing Greyhound by Cynthia Brannigan and Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies by Lee Livingood. Both books are invaluable resources for greyhound owners.

Please read the application carefully and consider the importance of your responses.

Adoption applications will not be considered unless they are complete and the $75.00 adoption application deposit ($50 refundable) has been paid.

You can pay the deposit online by going to the Adoption Application Deposit item in the GreytStore. This will give you a Confirmation Number that you will need to include on your adoption application, or you can mail an application to GALT with a check or money order for the $75.00.

GALT offers both a printable application and an online application. Please choose the one that best fits your needs.

GALT recommends that families with children who are interested in adopting a greyhound read the book, Childproofing Your Dog: Complete Guide to Preparing Your Dog for the Children by S. Brian/Wilson Kilcommons. Unless you have previously owned a greyhound or currently have a greyhound or other large dog, GALT does not recommend that families with children under five years of age adopt a greyhound.

GALT's non-refundable tax-deductible adoption donation fee is $350 for all Greyhounds under 7 years, $275 for GALT Cheerleaders, ages 7, 8 and 9, and $225 for GALT seniors, age 10 and over. A $75 deposit is required with submission of the application ($50 of which is refundable and $25 of which is non-refundable). The remaining applicable adoption fee donation is due when the Greyhound is adopted.

GALT receives greyhounds from breeders, trainers, animal shelters, owner releases and strays. Once the greyhound has been initially processed, blood is drawn for a heartworm check, a CBC (complete blood count with serum chemistry panel), fecal test and tick-borne disease panel. Results are usually received the next business day, and medical treatment is then determined. If all tests are normal, scheduling for spay or neuter along with other procedures is set. Of course, if any of the tests are suspect, further medical evaluation is implemented.

A tick-borne disease panel test detects Ehrlichia canis, Babesia canis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever & Lyme, all diseases transmitted from a tick bite. Veterinarians advise this testing as these diseases are becoming exceedingly prevalent in all breeds, including greyhounds, across the state of Texas due to the widespread infestation of ticks.

GALT feels a responsibility to its greyhounds and potential adopters to screen for the detection of these diseases. Proper treatment will eliminate these diseases; however, if the greyhound is not tested and treated as necessary, the diseases can go undetected for years manifesting themselves into different illnesses causing difficult, extensive and costly treatment. The tick panel test is performed by ProtaTek Laboratory in Chandler, Arizona, considered one of the best facilities specializing in the diagnosis of tick-borne diseases in greyhounds. If advanced testing is necessary, GALT also uses the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine diagnostic lab. It has been GALT's experience that other testing, including the snap test, may prove to be questionable or erroneous. including the snap test, may prove to be questionable or erroneous.

GALT tests each greyhound for heartworms and treats all dogs that test positive. Those greyhounds testing negative for heartworms are given a heartworm preventative each month while in GALT's care. Although this is normal procedure, be aware that there is an incubation period of six months and each greyhound should be tested for heartworms every six months after the last heartworm test.

In addition, GALT tests all of its greyhounds for various types of parasites. Canine parasites in Texas are reaching epidemic proportions. Some worms may be becoming resistant to some treatments or may require more intensive treatments. GALT tests and treats its greyhounds for parasites as often as necessary while the dogs are waiting for their forever homes.

GALT's average cost per greyhound is over $500.00 and includes:

* Blood work: CBC (complete blood count) with serum chemistry panel
* Heartworm test with negative results*
* A tick-borne disease panel by Protatek Lab to detect Ehrlichia canis, Babesia canis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme with treatment if needed for each*
* Neuter or Spay
* Dental cleaning and extractions if needed
* All vaccinations, including DHLPP, Rabies, Bordetella
* Fecal test and treatment until negative results are achieved*
* HomeAgain Microchipping, Membership and benefits
* Adoption package which includes special greyhound martingale collar, leash, muzzle
* Dental start-up kit, Greyhound book, and additional informational material

* If treatment is necessary, the adoption donation still remains $350.

These medical costs do not include other costs for heartworm preventative and flea and tick preventative, such as Interceptor, Heartguard Plus, Sentinel, Frontline Plus, or Advantix, which are given every month the greyhound is in GALT's care. The medical costs also do not include all prescription medications given to the greyhound, if needed, while in its care.

All adoption groups do not offer the high quality medical procedures that GALT does. Be sure you understand before your adopt.

The non-refundable tax deductible adoption donation of one greyhound allows GALT to process another.

Our adoption application is available on our website (link or your application can be printed out (link )and $75 deposit check should be mailed to:
Greyhound Adoption League of Texas, Inc.
P.O. Box 680
Addison, TX 75001-0680

A GALT representative will contact you to review and discuss your application.

If you have any questions about Greyhounds or would like to talk to us about adopting, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Thank you for your interest in adopting a Greyhound.