Greyhounds Adoption Process
The first step to
adopt a greyhound from All-Star Greyhounds is to complete
Our local Representative will
contact your veterinarian (if you have a pet) to verify
that your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations and heartworm
prevention. Personal references will also be contacted.
We conduct a home visit of prospective
adopters to help them determine if a greyhound is the
right dog for their home. Also, if your Application
is approved, the home visit helps us select a greyhound
that will fit into your household.
After the Application is approved,
we look among the foster greyhounds we have available
to find a good match for your home. This process
usually takes a minimum of 2 weeks. If we do not
have a greyhound that fits your particular needs, it
may take several weeks. We ask that you be patient
and wait for the right dog. Once adopted, you
will agree that your greyhound was worth the wait.
While your Application is being
processed, please do your research. Even though we think
greyhounds are the most wonderful dogs on the planet,
they are not for everyone. To help you determine
if a greyhound would fit into your home, read books
about greyhounds and use the Internet to visit other
greyhound web sites (you will find some on our "Links"
All-Star Greyhounds does require
that you read at least 1 of the following books:
the Racing Greyhound" by Cynthia A. Branigan
to Adopting an Ex-Racing Greyhound" by Carolyn
Racing Greyhounds for Dummies" by Lee Livingood
by Cynthia Branigan and Carolyn Raeke describe the life
of a greyhound while it is at the race track and describe
what you should expect if you bring an ex-racer into
your home. They are very helpful in determining
if a greyhound is the right breed of dog for you. Lee
Livingood's book is a useful reference book for every
have children under the age of 8, you will be asked
to read "Childproofing your Dog" by Brian
Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson.
Greyhounds does require that you have a fenced yard.
Some reasons are:
are not "street wise" and need the protection
of a fenced area. Ex-racing greyhounds have
never been exposed to automobiles and they have
no fear of busy streets. They have been trained
during their racing careers to chase small furry
objects, so they would not hesitate to chase a squirrel,
rabbit or other small animal into the street.
at the racing kennel, greyhounds are "turned-out"
several times a day in a fenced area. Therefore,
not all greyhounds are comfortable relieving themselves
Without a fenced yard, a greyhound would need
to be walked several times a day, regardless of
the weather or time of day/night.
love to run. For thousands of years, greyhounds
have been bred to run and there is little that they
enjoy more than running.
a greyhound "race" around the yard will bring
a smile to your face and immeasurable pleasure.
greyhound's safety, we ask that swimming pools be either
fenced, so the Greyhound does not have access, or a
hard cover be across the pool when not in use.
adopt a greyhound from All-Star Greyhounds, you must
understand that your greyhound has not been raised
in a home environment and will need time and
patience to adjust.
greyhound must be kept indoors except when exercising
or being taken for walks.
your greyhound on a leash whenever it is outdoors,
unless it is in a completely fenced-in area.
greyhound must NEVER be tied to anything.
an All-Star dog tag and your personal dog ID tag
with your address and phone number on your greyhound
at all times.
will NEVER discipline your greyhound by hitting
agree to keep your greyhound up-to-date on necessary
vaccinations, provide monthly heartworm prevention
and seek veterinary care when needed.
agree to keep your greyhound as a house pet and
never use it for racing, breeding, or laboratory
All-Star Greyhounds, the police and animal control
immediately if your greyhound should become lost.
agree to allow an All-Star Greyhounds representative
to follow up with phone calls and/or home visits.
your greyhound to All-Star Greyhounds if you should
ever decide you cannot keep him/her.
at any time the greyhound is not being provided
a proper home, as noted by the above guidelines,
the greyhound will be retrieved by All-Star Greyhounds.
adoption fee of $200 helps pay for fostering and veterinary
expenses for all of the greyhounds in foster care. Each
greyhound receives the following vet services: spay
or neuter, dental cleaning, heartworm check, and
vaccination update (if needed). All-Star Greyhounds
will also provide any other medical treatment that a
foster greyhound may need. A collar, leash, muzzle
and a Greyhound Adoption Manual are also provided at
the time of adoption.
the Adoption Process, fill out our online application,
or print and fill out our application
and return it to your local All-Star Greyhounds Representative.
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