Congratulations! You’ve decided to adopt a greyhound, now how do you go about getting one?
The first step to finding your ideal companion is to complete an application form. You can either complete the form online, download the form or we can send you one in the post. Forms should be returned our National Application Coordinator – details are on the Team Page.
You should hear back from us within 24 hours. We’ll let you know we have received your application. Please read the GAP Guide to Adopting an Ex-racing Greyhound which can be viewed here: GAP Guide . Please have a read through this booklet as it will answer many of your questions about adopting a greyhound and settling them into your home.
Next, one of our volunteers will be in touch to arrange a suitable time to come and see you. During their visit they will complete our standard questionnaire and check your fencing. Our volunteers are people who have adopted greyhounds and while they will try and answer your questions they may need to refer more complex queries to the kennel managers. Many of our volunteers will also bring their own greyhound with them for you to meet.
It is GAP policy to visit all prospective homes to ensure all our greyhounds have a safe, warm and comfortable home to go to and an owner who will understand their needs and love them regardless of any mistakes they may make and provide appropriate food and exercise for them.
We want you and your greyhound to be happy together! So if you have any questions this is the best time to let us know.
Finding your ideal companion
With the information from your application form and the home check questionnaire we can now set about finding your ideal companion. We find this objective approach works really well as when visiting the kennel prospective owners can often fall for the dog with the most appealing eyes! However if you do have another dog in the family then it is a requirement that they come and meet their future playmate.
Depending on your situation we may have a selection of greyhounds available and ready to adopt. If you have more specific requirements you may have to wait a little longer. Please note we do have a lot of applications from people with cats and while we do have greyhounds which are deemed to be trainable to live with cats there is normally a short wait for them.
Finding the right greyhound for you is a two-way process. Our kennel managers will be looking for your ideal dog but once you’ve had your home check you’re welcome to contact the kennels if you’ve seen a dog you like on the website.
Administration & Costs
On adoption you are required to sign our Adoption Agreement and pay an adoption fee. This fee only partly defrays the costs of rehoming a greyhound – additional donations are always welcome!
Each greyhound will come with their Pet Passport which includes details of their vaccinations and de-sexing, their microchip certificate and council registration tag. You will also be supplied with a muzzle which the kennelmanager will demonstrate and advise when it is appropriate to use. At the time of adoption the kennel managers will have available a range of items to enable you to take a dog home on the day including collars, leads, and a Nutrience Welcome Pack. If you require a crate for a short term rental please speak to your kennel manager. You can buy everything else you may need from our online shop Greyt Stuff. Please support our shop as the funding assists us in our rehoming of beautiful hounds.
Last but not least – when your greyhound has settled in please let us know what they think of their new home and send us a photograph of them with their new family! Their previous owners love to see their photos on the We Found Homes page and many of our supporters follow the dogs as they go through the programme and enjoy reading their updates.