A typical adoption organisation's guidelines.
The process is
normally very simple:
You meet one or more dogs, discuss your preferences with us, and choose
your greyhound. There are lots of different personalities and we can
help you choose one to fit in with you. You can join in walks and talk
to other adopters, even take a dog for an afternoon, before you decide.
We visit your home, by appointment, and help you get ready. This is
generally just making sure that your garden is secure, and that there is
somewhere suitable for him or her to sleep.
If it hasn't been done already, your new dog will be neutered and
You pick a day when you have time to devote plenty of attention, and
collect your greyhound. You make a contribution towards the cost of
neutering and vaccinations. ALL this money is spent on dogs, we don't
pay ourselves anything.
After a few days we will phone you to see how everything is going. We
will provide any support or advice that you may need.
When you adopt you will sign an agreement with us, in which you make
some basic commitments in the dog's interests:
You won't hand your greyhound over to anyone else without our agreement
You won't have him or her put to sleep without a vet's recommendation.
He or she will wear an identity disc at all times.
He or she will have veterinary care when necessary, including yearly
inoculation and parasite control.
Your greyhound is only to be a pet, not raced or used for any form of
"sport". (In fact retired greyhounds have virtually always retired for a
good reason, and attempts to race them again always end in failure).
What to expect:
Most, though not all, retired greyhounds will have lived in kennels all
their lives until they arrive at your house. Kennel life is very
different from a domestic home life, so in the first few hours they will
be stressed by the novelty, and may pant a lot. They may be reluctant to
lie down, and may not be very responsive to you. Some may be nervous
about going inside to start with.
All you have to do is be patient. You let them go round smelling
everything, and in good time they will come to everyone in the family
for reassurance and company. You dish out as much stroking and affection
as they want, but no more. Some dog biscuits will help to establish your
home as a good place to be.
Some dogs have more adjustments to make than others, for example if they
have suffered from cruelty. We will have told you about this so it will
be a choice you'll have made, and you'll be prepared for a longer haul.
Over time you'll have the reward of building a stronger relationship
with your special dog.
Most greyhounds don't need house training even if they have come
straight from kennels, but even for those who do it's much easier than
with a puppy.
Greyhounds in kennels only ever encounter food that is meant for them.
You will have to teach them the concept of food that they can't have.
General guidance for keeping a greyhound:
Never smack your greyhound or hit him with anything. Even the slightest
hint of disappointment in your voice will reduce most greyhounds to
abject desolation! The way to train greyhounds (in fact, all dogs) is to
give praise and treats for doing what you want, rather than to punish
for not doing it. Greyhounds are quite remarkably responsive to small
changes of tone in your voice and will try very hard to please you.
Provide something soft, somewhere warm, for sleeping on. Greyhounds have
thin coats and can't live outside, and their muscles are much more
comfortable if they have something to sink into.
Provide food and water on a raised surface so that they don't have to
reach all the way down to the floor. Their long legs make that
For exercise, two normal doggy walks a day is plenty, especially for
older dogs. Like most breeds, younger dogs will appreciate the chance to
have a sprint if possible, but love, security and sunshine are more