Greyhound adoption is a five step process:
- Fill in the form which tells us everything we need to know about you and your lifestyle
- We match you with a greyhound we believe will suit your lifestyle – we may even suggest a few!
- You fall in love with a greyhound and decide to take one home.
- You will receive a muzzle, lead, collar, worming treatment and a comprehensive document outlining your greyhounds’ history and personality
- You will receive access to a high level of support both during and after adoption.
Click below to download a copy of the comprehensive manual which all adopters receive as part of the adoption process.
By choosing to adopt a greyhound you’re choosing a wonderful pet who will provide you with many years of companionship and company.
Foster To Adopt
The majority of our greyhounds that are matched with families will go into their new home on a Foster to Adopt basis.
This option is treated as the same as a normal adoption by GAP staff. The greyhound is matched to you based on its likely suitability to your home and lifestyle. We base our decisions on the greyhound’s history and careful observation of behaviour in various situations whilst in our care. An important part of the retirement process is ensuring that all of our greyhounds have a careful and structured 6 week introduction to life as a pet. Most greyhounds undertaking the Foster to Adopt option have not spent much, if any, time in a domestic setting. You will be responsible for introducing your new greyhound to the sights, sounds and smells of their new home and its surroundings. You will need to show them where they should toilet, where they can rest and sleep and slowly educate them about house manners and living in a busier urban or suburban environment.
GAP is with you every step of the way to provide advice and information on how to best help your greyhound undertake this next chapter of their life. You will also receive lots of supporting literature both online and in your adoption pack. After the 6 week period, we will be delighted to transfer ownership to you. Your greyhound is then officially yours and eligible to be assessed for their Greenhound collar (muzzle exemption)!
Our Foster to Adopt program is very popular because, like us, each dog has its own individual personality with likes and dislikes. It takes time for that to shine through as they get used to their new home. We need people like you to support these wonderful animals whilst they adapt. If you have any concerns we can work through this with you via our experienced and qualified staff, which include veterinarians and animal behaviourists.
If the match isn’t quite right, you are of course welcome to take on another greyhound. We would much prefer that you adopt the greyhound that is right for you, your lifestyle and family. Our focus is putting the right dog in the right home.
Once your greyhound has settled into your home, they will truly become part of the family.
All dogs, whether they are a greyhound or any other breed, will require time to settle into their new home and you will play a key role in this process. During the first 3-6 months you should be prepared for ‘accidents’ as your greyhound gets to know you and its new home. The comprehensive manual you are provided with prior to adoption (available here) will help you navigate through some of the most frequent ‘accidents’. Your greyhound will enjoy a 15-20 minute walk once or twice a day depending on your greyhound’s age, personality and energy levels. They will also spend most of the day resting, sometimes sleeping 16-20 hours per day. They are affectionate dogs and will let you know how much they have missed you when you get home!
A great companion and loyal addition to the family
Greyhounds are gentle, highly affectionate dogs. They are low maintenance dogs that will become your new best friend from day one.
A great companion for just about anyone
Some greyhounds will make great companions for older people whilst some greyhounds will enjoy busy family life. Greyhounds each have their own personality, and our team will help you find the couch potato or the ball energy that will best suit your lifestyle.
For more information on greyhound adoption, fill in an application form or give our friendly staff a call on 02 8767 0534. We are more than happy to assist you with any questions regarding greyhound adoption.