Adopting and Fostering: What to expect

Adopting a Greyhound is very rewarding. The costs are reasonable and quite comparable to that of the adoption of many other breeds of dogs. You’ll become a proud owner of one of the most interesting breeds of dogs on the face of the earth.

Adoption and Fostering Process

Although you may see a picture of a beautiful dog and want to adopt or foster it, it may not be the right dog for your home. Sometimes we have multiple applications for the same dog. Please remember that all dogs are placed at the discretion of Team Greyhound. The purpose of the home visit is to introduce a greyhound to your home, family and other pets. We also check for any home related safety issues. After the home visit is completed, a recommendation is then made for adoption or foster. If approved you will be notified and depending on whether you are interested in adoption or fostering, the next steps will begin..

The length of time between receiving your application and getting a dog will depend on a variety of factors. Generally, the process takes about 2 to 3 weeks. Please be patient as we are all volunteers working hard in our spare time to place these dogs in a timely manner. If you want to know the status of your application, please feel free to contact your area Team Greyhound representative at any time. If no dogs are currently in your area, you may need to travel within Ohio to pick up a dog. If a dog is located at a correctional facility near you, we can often make arrangements for you to meet us there to pick up a dog.
Adoption and Fostering Requirements

  • All applicants must agree to maintain appropriate vaccinations, preventative heart worm medication, and appropriate veterinary care. In the case of fostering, Team Greyhound will provide you with the necessary medications and contact information.
  • All applicants must agree to keep the appropriate tags on the greyhound at all times. The Team Greyhound adoptive dog brass tag is required on all dogs and for adopted dogs you must also have the rabies, county dog license and a name tag.
  • All family members in the home must agree with the decision to bring a retired racing greyhound into your home.
  • Team Greyhound requires that all potential adopters read Adopting the Racing Greyhound by Cynthia Branigan (third edition). This is also good reading for our ofstering applicants, too.
  • All applicants must understand that greyhounds are not outside dwelling dogs and must sign an agreement stating to never tie out the dog. The greyhound must always be kept indoors.
  • We require both personal and veterinary references. After the references have been approved, you will be contacted to arrange a home visit with a dog. If adopting, we will try to bring a dog of your choice or one that matches your lifestyle.

All greyhounds we place are ready to be adopted or go into a foster home. They will have been:

  • Spayed or neutered
  • Vaccinated
  • Tested and on preventative medicine for heartworm disease
  • Wormed for intestinal parasites (for rounds, hooks, whips, and tapes)
  • Examined for dental issues, including a cleaning if necessary
  • Treated and on preventative medicine for flea infection
  • Micro-chipped
  • Nails trimmed
  • Bathed
  • Trained in our prison training programs within the Ohio Department of Corrections facilities with basic manners and obedience commands

Our greyhounds will come with:

  • A martingale collar and leash
  • A greyhound muzzle
  • Food and medication (for fosters)

Although a fenced yard is not required, it is highly recommended. A fenced yard is required if you have small children two years old or under. It is the policy of Team Greyhound to not introduce greyhounds to homes with electric fencing or fences under 42”, as either of those systems are not a safe form of containment for a greyhound. The greyhound is required to be kept in an enclosed area with appropriate fencing or leash walked at all times. Leash walking a dog is a HUGE commitment. If you do not have a fenced area for the greyhound to relieve himself, then he MUST be leash walked about 4 to 5 times per day. This means that rain or shine, sleet or hail, better or worse, sickness and health, you must be out there walking that dog. Please carefully assess your ability to adhere to this before submitting an application.

To test your ability to leash walk a dog for many years to come, we recommend the following trial before applying to adopt. Determine the times that you will be taking your dog out, which will most likely be first thing in the morning, mid-morning or upon returning home from work, early evening and before bed. At those pre-determined times go stand outside and walk in small circles (as if waiting for the dog to do his business). Stay out there for at least 10 minutes. Once a day, take a nice walk for exercise. Do this every day for two weeks and don’t miss a time because your dog won’t let you! If you ARE NOT screaming UUGGHHH I CAN’T DO THIS, then you are a good candidate to adopt or foster without a fence.