Adoption is a process: First you research the breed. Read the required book. Then submit a written application. We will acknowledge receipt of your application, and if we think we can help you, we will invite you to submit the Application Fee so we can start the approval process. You will be assigned an Adoption Representative to guide you through the process. Expect a brief phone conversation, followed by a home visit to ensure that your home is matched with the greyhound (of your choice) that is the best fit for your family. Often the process is accomplished in less than 2 weeks if the applicant has done their homework. Thank you for your patience. After all, a successful adoption is forever!
There are some applications we cannot accept: if you are age 21 or younger, if the primary applicant is not financially independent or is a full-time student, if you live in a community house or dorm, if you have an electric or invisible fence, or if you want to obedience train your dog to enable you to walk him off leash in an unfenced area, we will quickly let you know a greyhound is not the breed for you. (Please note that we WILL adopt to people who have NO fence, but we will guide you on which greyhounds will do well in leash-walk only homes. Some greyhounds do require a fenced yard.) We also will not adopt to those who are simply too far out of our area.
Next, if we think you have a good chance of getting approved, we will invite you to send in a $20 nonrefundable Application Fee to begin the process. (Do not send the fee until we request it.) This fee does NOT count towards your Adoption Fee of $350, it is separate. We charge this fee because we value our volunteer’s time, which is our most precious resource. This fee reassures us that you have done your homework.
We require that you read (and own) the book “Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies” by Lee Livingood, before we process your application. Even if you have adopted greyhounds before, there will be parts of the book that never pertained to your previous greyhound but will be helpful with your next greyhound. This is the main resource that our Adoption Team Volunteers utilize, along with our Adoption Handbook.
So the time to submit your written application is once you have determined through research that this is the breed for you. Do not wait until you “meet the right greyhound” or that dog will probably be adopted by someone else who is already approved, while you are just beginning the process. Research, read the book, send the application and we will acknowledge by requesting the $20 Application Fee to begin. We also suggest that you get “pre-approved” BEFORE the next haul of new greyhounds arrives. Then you can be on site to meet the new arrivals before they enter the prison. (Your only chance to meet the new prison fosters will be on New Dog Day. The prison dogs who are not adopted on New Dog Day are almost always adopted before they graduate. But once the dog is incarcerated, you are not able to meet them. You must then rely on the website updates or facebook to “meet” the prison greyhounds.) COVID UPDATE: During covid we have temporarily stopped all greyhounds going into the prison, until the volunteers can once again have weekly access to them inside the prison. Therefore, ALL greyhounds are in home foster care. We will let you know when the prison program can safely resume, hopefully in the fall.)
If a dog selected for the prison program is adopted on New Dog Day (at the drop site), he still goes through the complete program. The prison fosters are incarcerated for about 1 – 2 months. The day they go home to live with their adopters is often dependent upon a variety of factors.
Pre-approved adopters will take their new greyhound home the same day that he arrives on New Dog Day, unless he was selected in advance for the prison program. All of our greyhounds are sent to us by kennel workers that know these greyhounds. The kennel workers are the ones who select only confident, friendly, outgoing greyhounds for our prison program. The other greyhounds are great dogs also, but they may be too shy for the program, adverse to loud noises or crowds, or perhaps they retired from a racing injury. And we can only put a very limited number of confident greyhounds inside the prison! The rest are fostered in homes or go home directly to a pre-approved adopter. You can follow their updates on Facebook. Out of respect for our Foster Parent’s time, we do not ask them to speak or meet with potential adopters until they have been completely screened (pre-approved). We do not accept holds on dogs while you are still going through the approval process.
Your assigned Adoption Representative will schedule a Home Visit. During times of covid this may be a virtual visit, or we may remain outside your house. They may bring a greyhound along. We require everyone living at the residence, adult or child, to be present, as well as all pets. Your greyhound adoption will impact everyone’s life. We also ask that BEFORE YOUR HOME VISIT, you must read our own Adoption Handbook. This is how we can maximize the home visit to ensure a more successful adoption. You may download it here:
Adoption Handbook (Bringing Your Retired Racer Home)
Greyhounds in prison go home to their adopters only after their graduation, but we accept adoption holds on available greyhounds from approved adopters at any time. ($350 nonrefundable, but fully transferable). This is why you will see some prison dogs show the status of adoption-pending.
Greyhounds currently in home foster are available immediately, unless stated otherwise. We only accept adoption money from adopters who have completed the approval process. The full fee of $350 is due when you select a greyhound. During your approval process, please be aware that we often have several people watching any of our greyhounds. We cannot (will not) tell you if there is another family interested in your desired greyhound. That greyhound can be adopted at any time in the process prior to your approval; right up until the time the dog leaves his foster home to visit an interested adopter. We hate to disappoint, so we encourage everyone to get pre-approved as soon as you decide that greyhounds are the breed for you!
We require our adopters and volunteers to subscribe to our E-news communications. You subscribe through the link found at the bottom of our website page. This is the only way that you will get details on the next New Dog Day, Greyhound Play Dates, Volunteer Opportunities, and much more. these events are often not announced on Facebook
Adoption Fee: Our adoption fee of $350 helps to offset the expense of transport, spay/neuter, dental cleaning, heartworm/parasite meds, and vaccinations. Each greyhound’s vetting schedule is unique as to how long after arrival they require updates. Your greyhound will be kept current on parasite treatments and preventives from the day he arrives into our care. (Please note there is a current hookworm problem with all new greyhounds, but we have found a treatment that works.) Upon adoption, greyhounds receive a new martingale collar with matching 6 foot leash, and plastic muzzle for playing in the yard with other greyhounds, or for introductions to your cat. Prison dogs come with a “Letter to The Adopter” from their offender-handlers. Your adoption fee also helps us continue this life changing program. The adoption fee is nonrefundable, but fully transferable, if your greyhound proves to not be a good match for your house. After your greyhound goes home with you, your Adoption Representative will contact you again to ensure a successful transition. We are there for you. This is not just a monetary transaction. If for whatever reason it does not work out, you MUST return the greyhound to us. We can help you find a greyhound who is better fit for your lifestyle and family. Everyone wants each greyhound to be happy in his forever home. We also want you to find the best match for your family.