Why Adopt A Greyhound?
Giving a retired racer a forever home can be a rewarding experience for almost everyone. Greyhounds begin their lives like no other breed, destined to be raised in the racing environment. They are very competitive athletes yet gentle and sensitive by nature, making them wonderful canine companions.
What Literature Is Available On Greyhounds?
To help individuals and families determine if a Greyhound is right for them, GPA Tri-State requires applicants read at least one of the following books. Many local libraries have a variety of Greyhound books or they are available through local bookstores and online. Adopting the Retired Racing Greyhound by Cynthia A. Branigan
- The Guide to Adopting an Ex-Racing Greyhound by Carolyn Raeke
- Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies by Lee Livingood
- Families with children under the age of ten (10) are also required to read Living With Kids and Dogs Without Losing Your Mind by Colleen Pelar.
What Does It Cost To Adopt A Greyhound?
A fee of $300 is required which goes towards fostering expenses including the costs incurred for spaying or neutering, dental, heartworm check and preventative, parasite testing/treatment and vaccinations as necessary. Adopters receive an adoption manual, martingale collar and leash set, GPA ID tag and turnout muzzle with their adopted Greyhound.
How Long Is The Adoption Process?
In general, after an adoption application is received, it is processed within 2 to 4 weeks. Availability of Greyhounds from the groups we work with along with specifics that the family may be looking for can have an effect on the time it takes to find just the right Greyhound for your home.
Are Greyhounds Good With Children?
The answer is both yes and no! Greyhounds are generally very tolerant of children, but remember they are canines. As with any breed of dog, small children must be taught respect for pets and must always be supervised when they are interacting with any Greyhound. GPA Tri-State will make every effort possible to match lifestyles to the personality of the Greyhound but the ultimate responsibility for a successful transition into the home rests with the human family members.
Families with children under the age of ten (10) are required to have a completely fenced area with direct access from an exterior door.
Can Greyhounds Be Trusted Off Lead?
The short answer is NEVER! Greyhounds are sight hounds and can spot a small animal or moving object as far as a half mile away. Many have extremely high prey drives and when focused on the chase, they will not respond to any verbal commands. They have no concept of roads/traffic and can become lost in seconds if they get too far away. No matter how long you have had your Greyhound and how much you may trust him/her to come back when called, it is not worth risking your Greyhound