Reasons to Adopt a Greyhound
There are quite a variety of Greyhounds to choose from. They come in a variety of colors and a variety of personalities. Your best option is to attend local Team Greyhound meet and greets so you have an opportunity to experience them for yourself. Work with your adoption coordinator as he or she will be familiar enough with the dogs to be able to make recommendations based on your individual wants and needs.
Should I Adopt a Greyhound?
The answer to this question really depends on a great number of factors. Ultimately, however, you will have to make the decision on your own. That aside, there are many reasons to adopt one and many why you may not. Here’s a few.
1. You know what you’re getting when you adopt an adult dog.
Adult dogs make a very good choice for adoption. That applies to any breed of dog. Adult dogs for the most part will have settled into their own unique personality. You should be able to quickly determine, with the help of your adoption coordinator, in what kind of environment he or she will do best.
2. Adult dogs require less work than puppies do.
Puppies are great. However, they require a great deal of effort and time. Most important is having to house train a new puppy. A Retired Greyhound will most likely already be house trained as well as have a certain level of obedience training. The local adoption organization where I got my Greyhound uses the women’s prison system to assist in conditioning Greyhounds for domestic living.
3. Retired racers are great house mates.
Greyhounds require very little maintenance. They are quite clean, have very little odor (if any), are exceedingly lazy and relatively easy to train.
4. Retired Racers adapt to a variety of lifestyles.
Greyhounds can adapt to virtually any lifestyle. They do, however, like to have some sort of routine. Therefore, regardless of your lifestyle it is important to give your new four-legged friend a routine that is consistent.
5. Greyhounds are gentle and quiet.
A Greyhound might howl a little bit when left alone but this isn’t exceedingly common. They very rarely bark. Most are quite gentle around children and especially adults. Greyhounds enjoy being loved on and will lean against your leg if they like you.
6. Greyhounds don’t need much exercise.
Despite what you might think, a retired racer does not need very much exercise. It’s nice to get him or her out for good run every so often. It is a sight to see. However, a decent walk a couple of time per day will do just fine.
7. Greyhounds are very clean.
Greyhounds are clean clean clean. In fact, they will often groom themselves. Because they have very short hair, there is not a lot of opportunity for odors. Giving them a bath is a breeze. Many will go into a shower stall without much of an argument. Get them wet, lather them up and then rinse them off. They don’t usually mind.
8. Retired racers are healthy.
Although Greyhounds have a few health risks, such as cancer, they are generally very healthy. They are not susceptible to hip dysplasia as is the case with other large breed dogs. Many say a Greyhound could live to be 14 years of age or older. However, the documented life expectancy is about 12 years.
9. You can find the racer that is right for you.
There are quite a variety of Greyhounds to choose from. They come in a variety of colors and a variety of personalities. Your best option is to attend Team Greyhound meet and greets so that you have an opportunity to experience them for yourself. Work with your adoption coordinator as he or she will be familiar enough with the dogs to be able to make recommendations based on your individual wants and needs.
10. Greyhounds are fun.
Owning a Greyhound is like a big social event. Team Greyhound has monthly or weekly meet and greets, annual picnics and other events where you may participate with your Greyhound. Also, when you walk your Greyhound in public places be prepared to answer questions and get extra attention. It’s surprising how many people recognize the breed and will tell you how awesome your dog is.
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.