From Track to Home, Part 5: Adopting Your Greyhound
This is the fifth part of a series. Read the other parts below:
How to Adopt a Greyhound from GreySave
Once you've decided that a greyhound is right for you, and that you're ready to adopt, here's what you do.
1. Complete a GreySave Adoption Application
GreySave usually has a number of greyhounds ready
for adoption, and we're always looking for new foster homes and
permanent homes. To fill out an adoption application, click here. Read our Adoption Policies at the bottom of this page.
2. Schedule a Home Visit
A placement representative will contact you, answer any questions you have, and set up a time to visit you in your home. Read about the purposes of our home visit here.
3. Choose Your Greyhound
Once your adoption application has been approved, you will be able to choose your greyhound. Read here about how we help you find just the right greyhound for your family and lifestyle.
4. Sign the GreySave Adoption Agreement
Once See the bottom of the Application for Adoption for the list of agreements.
5. Pay GreySave's Adoption Fee
GreySave's greyhound adoption fee is $275, $50 of
which is tax deductible (see charitable
contributions). Note that it costs GreySave an average of $450 per dog, excluding the few that need serious medical attention, to prepare your dog for you. Your new GreySave greyhound has received
at minimum the following:
Initial health check up when the greyhound arrives from the track
A much needed bath, ear cleaning and nail trimming
Flea and tick treatment as needed
Veterinary services including the spay or neuter and a sedated dental exam and treatment as needed
DHLPP & Rabies vaccinations
Fecal analysis & treatment
Complete blood chemistry panel plus T4 & T3 testing for potential thyroid issues
Blood tests for Heartworm, Valley Fever and tick borne diseases antibodies for (Lyme, Ehrlichia and Anaplasmosis phagocytophilum)
Insertion of an AVID "Friendchip" identification chip under the skin in case your dog is ever lost. Your contact info as well as GreySave's will be recorded.
When you adopt your greyhound, you will be
given a number of items such as:
6. Take Home Your New Friend!
Matching leash and Martingale-type collar
GreySave Adoption package with articles such as “Welcoming Your New Family Member” to help you through the key early days of adoption and to refresh your memory in the weeks to come
GreySave ID tag with your greyhound’s unique adoption number and the 866-GreySave lost and found hotline number (staffed nearly 24 hours a day)
Free advice and help with your greyhound, any time
you need it
A heart-felt welcome into the family of fellow greyhound-lovers!
You're now ready to take home your new greyhound. Enjoy!
GreySave Adoption Policies
To ensure that GreySave greyhounds are matched with
the best possible homes, and that our adopters find the right dog
for them, we have a few important recommendations, requirements
• All adopters must be 21 years old or older.
• All members of a household must agree on
the decision to adopt a greyhound.
• GreySave will not adopt a greyhound to first-time
greyhound adopters with children 4 years of age or younger. GreySave's
board of directors will consider case by case applications
from families with children 5 to 7 years old.
• GreySave will place a greyhound in a home
only after applicants complete the entire adoption process.