How to Choose a Retired Greyhound

Take your time to find the right one.
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As most greyhound owners will tell you, their dog is really the one that did the choosing at adoption time. A perfect match between person and hound depends upon multiple factors. With the help of an experienced adoption coordinator, you can choose the perfect retired greyhound for your nest.

Step 1

Fill out an adoption interest application with an adoption group in your area. If you need assistance with finding a local adoption group, see the Greyhound Gang's Adoption Group Locator. You'll find a link to the web page in this article's Resources section.

Step 2

Meet with an adoption coordinator from the adoption group of your choice to discuss what you are looking for in a greyhound. Be forthright about your expectations and wishes for a dog. Doing so will help the adoption group to more closely match you with an appropriate dog. For example, you might need a cat-safe dog, or a dog that is good with children, or a very quiet dog, or a dog that would enjoy apartment living, or a dog that would enjoy a huge yard. Says It's a Grey Area Greyhound Adoption President Lesley Tierney Ezkovich, "Prior to placing dogs, we get to know each dog's personality and temperament extremely well while they're in our foster care program. This allows us to match greyhounds and adopters based on dog suitability and adoptive family dynamics."

Step 3

Review the possible matches with your adoption coordinator. Sometimes there will be one greyhound that is an especially good match for your home, but often there are several dogs that could be good matches.

Step 4

Meet your greyhound matches. Your adoption group will coordinate a chance for you to meet your potential new greyhound. During this meeting you will be able to interact with the dog or dogs that appear to be good matches to help you decide if one is the right choice. Allow yourself to relax and enjoy meeting the dogs, and try not to be nervous. When you meet the right greyhound for you, you'll know. When your new greyhound comes to you with love in his eyes, you may find that the dog really does do the choosing.

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