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
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
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
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: email@example.com
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.