Adopting a Greyhound

The Greyhound is like no other dog.  In addition to being the fastest dog on the planet it is also among the laziest sleeping up to 18 hours a day and not requiring a lot of exercise like many people might think. Also interesting is that about 75% of Greyhounds (compared to about 35% of all breeds) have universal blood which means they can be blood donors and provide life saving blood to other dogs in need.  They are a truly amazing dog in so many ways.

First things first: Learn about the breed.

The first thing you should do before considering adopting a Retired Racing Greyhound is learn to about the breed.  Our website has a lot of information to help you.  In addition to the information on our website, we recommend everyone read Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies by Lee Livingood and Adopting the Racing Greyhound by Cynthia A. Branigan.

To get you started, visit these pages:

If you still have questions, send us a message from our Contact Us page.

Browse our Dogs

We have quite a few Greyhound available for adoption.  They each have different coloring and each has their own personality.  Browse our available dogs to see their photos and learn about their racing history.  On our page you may also see their weight, age and current location.  You may notice that many of the dogs are at one of two area prisons.  This is because each dog goes through our Prison Program prior to being adopted so they can learn basic obedience skills and learn how to be a pet.

Greyhounds, like many other breeds, have a prey drive.  A low prey drive may do well with cats or small dogs where-as a high prey drive may not.  Each of our dogs is “cat tested”.  During this process we attempt to evaluate the dog’s prey drive.  After testing, we include that information on the dog’s profile page.

This is important information for you to know if you have cats or small dogs in your household.  It is also important that you provide this information on your application so that we may best match you with a Greyhound for your living environment.

While browsing the dogs, you may notice an “Add to Favorites” button on each dog’s profile page.  You can use this to keep track of the dogs you like most.

Complete an Adoption Application

Once you decide that adopting a Retired Racing Greyhound is right for you and your household, the next step is to complete our online adoption application.  During that process, we’ll ask you to provide information about your household and the type of Greyhound you are interested in.  You will also be able to provide up to six dogs that you liked while browsing our available dogs.

Please complete the application in its entirety.  We are an all-volunteer organization with no paid employees.  This means the select few authorized by us to process your application are doing this for the love of these dogs and on their own time.  With that in mind, when you provide detailed information, including email addresses of your references, you are helping to make the process easier and faster.

Our number one priority is for the well being of these dogs for the duration of their natural life.

Processing of Your Application

After you submit your application, it is immediately reviewed for completion.  A determination is made as to whether or not it is reasonable for us to proceed with the process.  For example,  if someone lives significantly outside our coverage area, we will not proceed.

Your application then goes to one of our volunteers, usually a member of our Board of Directors.  This person is typically one who lives nearest to your location.  They will begin to review your application and contact your references including veterinary references if applicable.

If there is anything about information you provided on your application that needs further clarification, they will contact you either by email or by phone. The next step will be to schedule a home visit with you.

In some scenarios, a particular Greyhound in which you showed interest may accompany them on the home visit.  If that dog is not available at that time, they will often bring another Greyhound or their own.  

The home visit will give the adoption coordinator an opportunity to ask you additional questions, provide you with important information about Greyhounds and assess the environment in which the dog will live.  During this time you will have the opportunity to ask your own questions and, with the help of the attending Greyhound, get an idea of what it’s like to have a Greyhound in your home.

How long does this take?

The amount of time it takes to process your application and ultimately bring a dog to your home depends on a variety of factors.  The entire process may take just a couple of weeks or it may take several weeks.

Many of the things that delay the process are things that neither you nor we have control over. Here are some things that may slow the process:

Current location of a dog
Sometimes the dog you want is in another town or may still be in the Prison Program.  The organization of transporting these dogs may take time.

Finding the best match
Not every dog is going to be the best match.  We understand this and want our dogs to be in the best possible environment to thrive for their lifetime.  Because of this, we will work with you to find a match that works well for you and for the Greyhound.  This part of the process is important and is not always immediate.

Travel to your location
Depending on where you live, it may be challenging to travel to your location for the home visit or to transport a dog to you.  Please be patient and willing to work with your adoption coordinator.

Finalizing the Adoption

Once your application is approved, you and your adoption coordinator will discuss the available dogs and will work together to find the best match for you, your living environment and your lifestyle.  Once these decisions have been made, your adoption coordinator will make arrangements to get the Greyhound to you.

Sometimes this part of the process isn’t immediate.  This can be for a variety of reasons but is often because the dog is in the Prison Program.  As you can imagine, we can’t simply walk into the prison and get a dog.  This requires scheduling.  If, however, the dog is in already in a foster home, it is typically a matter of organizing with the foster family.

Once the Greyhound is in your home, we require that all adopting families “Foster with Intent”.  This means that we know you want to adopt the dog but also know that sometimes things don’t work out the way we had hoped.  By fostering with intent, you will be considered a foster for the first 30 days.  During this time, you will get to know your dog and learn about his or her unique personality.

Don’t worry.  While your Greyhound is in your home during this time period, he or she is off limits to other potential adopters.

For many people, it is love at first sight but when that’s not the case, we do not want you or the Greyhound to be stuck.  During the fostering period, your adoption coordinator can answer questions you may have and provide advice as needed.

When the “Foster with Intent” period has come and gone and you are ready to adopt, we will prepare the adoption agreement and will often ask that you come to one of our regular Meet and Greets to finalize the adoption.  Some venues, such as PetSmart, may provide incentives to you and to our organization when the adoptions are completed during these events.

Adoption Fees

The adoption fees are due at the time the adoption agreement is signed.  The adoption fee is $300.  There may be special considerations for senior dogs or dogs with special needs.

Still have questions?

Some people say, “Can I ask you a stupid question?” but the fact of the matter is, the only stupid questions are those that don’t get asked.

If you have a question, no matter how trivial you may think it is, just ask.  You may do so by submitting it to us on our Contact Us page.


Apply Online Today

Thank you for your interest in adopting or fostering a retired racer.  Applications through Team Greyhound are currently being accepted in the following locations: Central Ohio, Cleveland Area and Dayton Area.