We hope you enjoyed our April Fool’s Day post with the fake story of the greyhound outrunning the cheetah. We couldn’t help ourselves. While the first day of April is synonymous with pranks and fun, we also celebrate it for another reason.
April 1, 2016 kicks off the first day of National Adopt a Greyhound Month! These 30 days are dedicated to promoting greyhound adoption and educating the public about our favorite breed.
Is it the sweet smile? Waggy tail? One look and you’ll know: loving greyhounds is easy. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the greyhound adoption process or if you’re looking to add a smiling face to your household, consider adopting a greyhound.
While it’s rewarding for both you and the greyhound, choosing to adopt is a huge commitment. Once you’ve decided to go for it, you’ll need to find an adoption agency or organization to help connect you to your future best friend.
Where’s a greyt place to start in your search? If you have a greyhound racetrack near you, check with their racing and mutuel departments. Most tracks coordinate with adoption agencies by either hosting an adoption program themselves or by having contact information for local organizations. Most agencies will take the time to get to know you and learn what your expectations are during the adoption process. This screening helps connect you to the best greyhound for your home. There are a multitude of greyhound adoption resources out there that can help point you in the right direction.
The Greyhound Project: Adopt a Greyhound is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to connecting you with information about and promoting the adoption of retired greyhound athletes. Their resources include an interactive map to help you find a greyhound adoption agency near you.
Friends of Retired Greyhounds (FORG) is a 501c3 non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to working with kennel operators and other adoption groups to place retired greyhounds in responsible, loving homes.
Greyhound Pets, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of greyhounds (and greyhound mixes), serving the areas of the Pacific Northwest and Southwest Canada.
As a retired racer, greyhounds have been trained early in their careers to know basic commands. The adoption screening process of most agencies will identify the greyhound’s other personality traits and preferences, which is an important factor in finding your perfect pup. Once matched, be patient with your greyhound during their transition time as much of their routine is changing for them.
As a professional athlete living with their kennelmates to learning the ropes at home with you as a retired couch potato, it may take some time for your greyhound to adjust to all of the new changes. Once the new routine is established at home your friend will be making fast progress to fitting into their new role. And remember, the organization that helped connect you to your new friend is an invaluable resource should you have questions during the rehoming process. Bottom line: never hesitate to contact your agency for guidance.
Sometimes the best option is to realize adoption may not be the best fit for you at this time. Instead, have you considered donating your time or money to your local organization or favorite agency? Non-profit volunteer operations rely on the hard work of their volunteers and members, but also on the generosity of the community and industry in the form of donations. Donation and outreach are wonderful ways to help spread awareness during Adopt a Greyhound Month!
We highlighted only a few specific agencies to help give you an idea of the dedicated force of people out there working to help greyhounds. We realize there’s a plethora of agencies out there dedicated to helping greyhounds find homes and appreciate everyone’s tireless work. Do you know of other greyt organizations or agencies dedicated to finding forever homes for our retired racers? Let us know in the comments!