Retired Greyhound Adoption – 3 ways to test drive a retired Greyhound

IMG_5317I’ve been getting some questions about whether a Greyhound is the right dog breed to adopt. This is understandable since the information out there points to Greyhounds being different than other dogs. Especially in two aspects: Greyhounds, as a breed, have their own differences from other breeds, from their temperaments and demeanors to their physiological differences. The second thing is that a retired greyhound had a totally different life as a racing dog prior to home life; totally different than other puppies and dogs out there.

So, I decided to write this quick post about getting acquainted with one or more greyhounds before making the decision and taking the crucial step of bringing one home. I want to make sure that once we commit to adopting, we stick with it, as it should, and make that greyhound a member of our family…forever!

What’s with that post title?

I know the title sounds a bit funny…test driving a greyhound, but read below and you’ll see what I mean. This should be very helpful to all those that have a retired racing greyhound on their shortlist of breeds to adopt.

1. Meet and greet and adoption days at pet supply stores

This is how I made my decision to adopt a Greyhound, and it’s the easiest way to experience a retired Greyhound, especially how they act in public and their general demeanor.

Check your local rescue or adoption organization, or you local pet stores. They will have days in which the volunteers bring their hounds to the store for a few hours. Here, where I live, the local group brings their Greyhounds out almost every Saturday and they rotate the locations where they will be. Usually there will be 3-4 volunteers/pet parents with their Greyhounds at the store. You can ask all the questions you have, check out the dogs and even pet them. They also accept donations and they’ll have some brochures about their adoption program.

Again, this is the easiest way to meet a greyhound, just like the one you would be getting. And there’s no commitment at all, in case you decide it’s not the right breed for you.

2. Volunteer at your local Retired Greyhound adoption organization or rescue

Most organizations are operated by volunteers and can use your help. Even if that is one hour per week. Dogs need to be let out to pee/poop, eat and drink, applicants will need help with their application, as well as other miscellaneous jobs.

This is a win-win situation for both of you; the organization will be grateful for your help and you can interact with all the greyhounds. You’ll learn even more about their temperament around other greyhounds, their routines and even what is needed to apply and be approved for an adoption. The commitment here is your time and you are not obligated to adopt if you think a greyhound is not right for you.

3. Foster a retired racing Greyhound

This is the best way to “test drive” a Greyhound. In this case you will need to apply to be a foster parent and meet all their requirements. If you decide to foster, and are approved, you will actually bring a Greyhound home with you for a week or two. This is a crucial period for the Greyhound since this is the transition timespan from the track to the couch.

This will be the Greyhound’s first time experiencing a home, different people, including children, new routines and sometimes even new animals (other dog breeds, cats, etc).

Hopefully you will have tried step 1 and 2 and this third step is just a natural transition for you. One benefit for you is that if you love the greyhound you are fostering, you will usually have first dibs at adopting him or her. And you are already approved! Again, a win-win situation for all.

With these options, I truly hope I’ve inspired you to look into adopting a retired greyhound as a more informed pet parent.

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Cheers,

Edo

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