About Our Rescue Group...
The GPA office, adoption kennel and gift shop are located in Longwood, Florida. Our programs depend on donations to accomplish our wonderful mission. All funds go to our programs and our organization is comprised solely of volunteers.
Due to the huge growth of GPA/GO, we reorganized in 2003 with a Board of Directors and Officers to handle the extensive responsibilities involved in running GPA/GO smoothly.
GPA/GO has a home of its own. Our Kennel houses 54 Greyhounds who are awaiting for their forever, loving homes. Over the past 12 years, GPA/GO has had the opportunity to place several thousand Greyhounds through our Adoption Kennel.
Our goal is to find a home for every single retired racing Greyhound that needs one, and we need your help! Volunteers are always needed, sponsors are needed for our dogs, and supplies are also needed for the office and kennel.
Our Adoption Process...
Come visit us. We'll ask you about your life style and we'll match you with the perfect pet.
When you have chosen your Greyhound, fill out the application.
A volunteer will arrange for a home visit which may include the new "member" of your family.
After the Greyhound goes to the veterinarian, and adoption appointment is made and you take your noble Greyhound home.
The adoption fee includes:
Spayed or neutered Greyhound and all current vaccinations.
Full physical examination by a veterinarian.
Occult heartworm test and fecal exam.
Teeth scaling and polishing.
Martingale collar, tag collar, leash, muzzle, grooming mitt, and one months supply of heartworm preventive.
An adoption packet including educational materials, coupons, and Adopting the Racing Greyhound by Cynthia Branigan.
Loaner crate is provided with a refundable deposit.
It is vital to keep your Greyhound on a leash whenever it is outdoors, unless it is in a fenced in area. Never TRUST it to not run away.
A nylon or leather collar bearing identification must be kept on your greyhound at all times. A nylon or leather lead should be used whenever the dog is taken outside the fenced area of your home. Greyhounds are sight hounds and will chase anything that moves.
If your greyhound is lost, stolen, or missing for any reason, you must notify the police, animal control, and your GPA Representative immediately.
If you find that you cannot keep your Greyhound for any reason, you must notify GPA. You cannot give your Greyhound to anyone else without GPA's consent. If you move, you must notify GPA of your new address and telephone number.
You must agree to keep your Greyhound as a pet and never let it be used for laboratory research or as a racing Greyhound. The retired Greyhound's career is over. It will not come to you with registration papers and you will not be able to reactivate its career. It is strictly a PET!
Greyhounds are used to having a lot of attention as well as being kept in crates and could become nervous and upset the first few times they are let alone. For this reason it is advisable to have a crate which we will be happy to loaned for a short period.
Your Greyhound is an indoor pet and should be kept in the house at all times except for walks and exercise. It must never be tied up outside. They will either choke themselves trying to get loose or will slip out of their collar. Your Greyhound must be allowed to relieve himself outside at least four or five times a day in a fenced area or on a leash.
When you pick up your newly adopted greyhound, you must bring a tag for his or her new collar, including your name (not the dog's), your full address and two phone numbers. We will put this tag on the dog before he or she walks out of the door, making it much easier to reunite you and your new dog in the event he or she is lost.
You must agree to promptly answer GPA's correspondence and/or inquiries regarding your Greyhound. Owners are responsible for yearly booster shots, purchase of heartworm preventative, and examinations by a licensed veterinarian. Do not allow your greyhound to receive the proheart injection for heartworm prevention. Hundreds of dogs have died as a result of this shot.
All Greyhounds will be examined by a licensed veterinarian and given DHLP, Parvo, Bordatella and Rabies shots. They will be heartworm tested, wormed, have their teeth cleaned and will be spayed or neutered.