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Welcome to the Greyhounds Retired Database. Run in association with the Greyhound Breed and Race Database at
Our mission is to provide details of Greyhounds requiring homes worldwide.

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Greyhound Adoption

Interested in adopting a greyhound?

Before you go ahead and contact the shelter, you should give some thought to some practical issues. Do you have time for an animal in your life? Do you have a suitable, stable and safe home to offer it? Do you understand what is involved in looking after the sort of animal you want?

How will you arrange care for the animal when you want to go on holiday or out for the day?

A little research and serious thought at this stage can save a lot of trouble later on - for you, the animal and the shelter.

If you have read this, done your research, thought it through and still want to proceed, now it is time to call the shelter and make enquiries about the animal you have seen on BGRD. The shelter will tell you whether that greyhound is still available and will probably suggest that you come to the shelter and visit him/her. The shelter staff may ask some questions at this point which will help them assess whether the prospective adoption is going to work. It may be that the greyhound needs a particular type of home. If the greyhound you saw on BGRD is not available, or the adoption unfeasible, please go and visit the shelter anyway. There will be many more greyhounds that are just as lovely and may be more suitable.

Always be honest with the shelter staff about the sort of home you can provide and the experience you have. The only agenda a shelter ever has is to find a good home for their greyhounds. The last thing they want is to place an animal and have it returned to them a week later because the new owner:
Didn't realise that greyhounds need house training
Had just installed a new lounge suite and preferred it to the cat
Suddenly realised they aren't fit enough to walk a big active dog
Couldn't cope with or train a boisterous dog

If a shelter asks you to consider a different greyhound, you would be well advised to do so. The staff have considerable experience matching up greyhounds with people & families, so take advantage and ask lots of questions. Find out as much as you can about your prospective new pet.

A reputable shelter will want to do a home check prior to adoption. Don't be worried about this. Again, the shelter is just being responsible and making sure that home is suitable for the animal you want to adopt. They are not there to check your dusting, they are there to check your fences are secure! This is another good opportunity to ask questions and get advice on how to make your house safer and more comfortable for your new friend. For example, you might want to talk about what sort of bedding to get and where it should go. Or you might want advice about integrating your new pet with others in the house already.

BGRD will take every precaution to ensure they only associate with responsible shelters. If you have concerns about a shelters adoption procedure, please let us know:
Similarly if you have successfully re-homed a greyhound via this database we would appreciate feedback on your experiences.

Please visit the Typical Procedures page this gives an overview of a typical adoption organisations procedures and policies, along with certain expectations required from you as a prospective re-homer.

If you are an organisation involved with rehoming and would like to register with us to place your greyhounds in the database please submit a form by clicking on the "Register" link, above or below.