INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS REGARDING ADOPTING GREYHOUNDS
1.It is vital to keep your Greyhound on a leash whenever he is outdoors, unless he is in a fenced in area. Never TRUST it to not run away.
2. To help individuals and families determine if a Greyhound is right for them, GPA Tri-State does require applicants to read at least 1 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
Note: 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.
3. Identification must be kept on your Greyhound at all times. A GPA Tri-State ID tag will be provided at the time of adoption and you must agree to keep this along with your personal ID tag on your Greyhound at all times.
4. If your Greyhound is lost, stolen, or missing for any reason, you must notify the police, animal control, and the GPA Tri-State President or your local Representative immediately.
5. If you find that you cannot keep your Greyhound for any reason, you must notify GPA Tri-State and make arrangements to return him/her. You cannot give your Greyhound to anyone else without GPA Tri-State’s consent. If you move, change phone or email, etc., you must notify GPA Tri-State of your new address and telephone number.
6. You must agree to keep your Greyhound as a pet and never let him/her be used for laboratory research. The retired Greyhound’s career is over. He/She may or may not not come to you with registration papers but you will not be able to reactivate his/her career. Your Greyhound is strictly a family PET.
7. 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 left alone. For this reason it is advisable to have a crate for the Greyhound’s safety and protection when you are not at home (at least for the initial phase-in period). GPA Tri-State may loan you a crate for a short period if an extra one is available.
8. Your Greyhound is an indoor pet and should be kept in the house at all times except for walks and exercise. A GREYHOUND 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/herself outside several times a day in a fenced area or on a leash.
9. You agree to promptly answer GPA Tri-State’s correspondence and/or inquiries regarding your Greyhound.
10. Owners are responsible for yearly booster shots or titers, purchase of heartworm preventative, and examinations by a licensed veterinarian along with any other veterinary care as needed.