Our Adoption Process...
You should be looking for a house dog and a companion. Our dogs are adopted strictly for house pets and are the finest companions you could ask for. They do not do well outside, since they have little body fat nor a thick coat to keep them warm. And, as your best friend, they want to be with you.
You need a fenced yard (minimum height 4ft; no electric fences, invisible fences or barbed wire) unless you're in an apartment, to protect your dog when it goes outside to relieve itself. A door to your house must open into the securely fenced area. All gates must be secure. The fence should be in good repair, with no missing parts or boards. Certain types of fencing are not acceptable because the greyhound can slip through them or are unsafe for greyhounds. Our home visit representative will work with you to determine if your fence is safe for a greyhound.
There should be no obstacles near the fence that a greyhound could use as a jumping point to get over the fence.
The greyhound is totally innocent and will likely be killed on the road if allowed to run loose. You must plan on your dog being confined in the house or a fenced yard. If you walk or jog with it, make certain it is leashed at all times. Retractable leashes (or similar devices) are not acceptable for use with greyhounds. Often people say that they live on five or more acres and they think this should be plenty of room for a dog to live without a fence. This simply doesn't work because of the dog's breeding and extensive training.
You must agree to never stake, tie up, or chain your greyhound to anything.
You must agree to never use your greyhound for breeding, research, experimentation, hunting, or professional racing.
Plan to spend several days at the start with the dog in its new home. There will be a transition period for the greyhound as it adjusts from track and kennel life to home life.
Greyhounds may suffer from separation anxiety when left alone. In many instances we will recommend you purchase or rent a crate for housing your greyhound while you're gone for short periods or several hours. Remember, crates are not cruel. They've been the dog's home while it resided at the track and kennel. However, be realistic in how long you leave the dog crated, since it will have to relieve itself within several hours. We do not recommend crating for more than 4 hours so plan on coming home at lunch or asking someone to come in and let the dog out.
As a sighthound, a greyhound must never be confined to a room without a view such as a laundry room, garage, basement, etc.
You understand that a minimum non-refundable donation of $300.00 (U.S. Funds) is required to adopt a greyhound from Greyhound Pets, Inc. (Payable to Greyhound Pets, Inc. in money order or cashier's check. NO personal checks or cash). The leash/collar combo and muzzle are included. Senior dogs (9 and above) are $125.00 (U.S. Funds).
You understand that a home visit may be required before you will be allowed to adopt a dog.
You agree to allow future visits to check on the dog.
You have patience and time available to help your former racer adjust to its new life (on average it can take up to three months for an ex-racer to be completely settled into its new home). Please be willing to work with your adoption representative and/or VP in trying to solve issues with your dog.
You must agree to keep a hound safety choke collar with identification on your dog at all times. The identification tag with your name and phone number on it, and the Greyhound Pets, inc. tag must be kept on the collar; to call Greyhound Pets, Inc. if your dog becomes lost or missing and to keep GPI informed at all times of the dog's whereabouts, and to return the dog to Greyhound Pets, Inc. if for any reason you cannot keep the dog. If you move, you must notify Greyhound Pets, Inc. and give them your new address, phone number and email address, if applicable.
You must agree to keep the greyhound in good health and proper weight and fitness and to provide at least annual Veterinarian examinations, current vaccinations, teeth cleaning, and worming. After adoption, all veterinary expenses for the greyhound are solely the responsibility of the adopter.
You also agree to allow Greyhound Pets, Inc. to repossess the dog if at any time in their opinion the dog is not being properly cared for.