This section is a general guide for new adopters.
Our adoption activities are centered around Western Washington, Vancouver (B.C.), and
Eastern Washington. If you are too far away from our volunteers, we will refer you to a
group closer to you.
If you are new to greyhound adoption, please contact one of our Vice Presidents or
Adoption Representatives nearest to you to find out about our adoption program. Contact Us. Or, if you're just looking for information about
our adoption requirements and greyhounds in general, you can find it here - FAQs
After you've contacted an adoption representative and decided to proceed with the adoption
application, you can expedite the process by downloading the application form -
Forms. Please fill out the
application form. Do NOT mail the form to the head office. The adoption representative who
will be making a visit to your home will need to sign off the form to approve your
application. All new potential adopters will be required to fill out an Application for
Adoption and have a home visit prior to adopting a greyhound.
Once you have an approved application, you can check out the available dogs in your area
here - Available Dogs. Some of these dogs will be brought
to weekly booths to meet with potential adopters. Check out our booth schedules here - Calendar. You can also check with the adoption representative
to find out if the dog you're interested in will be at a booth that you can visit.
If you are new to greyhound adoption, or are adopting a second dog not long after you got
your first greyhound, we suggest you work closely with your adoption representative or
Vice President to help you pick a dog that will fit in with your situation. Most of these
greyhounds have very gentle, loving behavior, but some of them may be too rambunctious or
too skittish to be around active, younger children. Please do not think of these
greyhounds as less than perfect. For example, a greyhound that does not get along with
cats or other dogs will be perfect in a home without cats or other dogs. It doesn't mean
that he is less loving than a greyhound that ignores cats or does fine with other dogs.
To find out more about greyhounds and our adoption requirements, please check here - FAQs.
A note about the dogs in our kennel: Dogs in the kennel are usually fresh from the track
and have not been evaluated in a home environment (unless they were retuned form a
previous home). For dogs that have recently arrived at the kennel, we often wont be
able to answer questions such as friendliness with cats, other dogs, or children, ability
to handle staircases or being left alone for a few hours. We do our best to evaluate each
dog and expose them to as many new things as possible, but a dog can act very differently
in kennel and home environments. We are here to support you and the dog though whether
he/she has been in a home before or only in the kennel.
Cat Friendly Dogs - There are
many people with cats looking to adopt greyhounds. If you do not have cats, we ask
that you only consider adopting a dog that is not cat friendly. These dogs need
homes just as much as the cat friendly dogs and we ask your help in reserving the cat
friendly dogs for those homes that truly need them.
Apartments, Condominiums, TownHomes - GPI reserves the right
not to place a greyhound under 3 years of age in a condominium, townhome or apartment, due
to their expected energy levels and activity needs.
GPI also reserves the right not to place greyhounds deemed as high
energy in a condominium, townhome or apartment.
EXCEPTIONS to these policies may be considered for a particular
dog, but they must be pre-approved by the President (or his/her board of directors
designee) AND the applicable Regional VP.
What comes next after you have adopted your greyhound? If you're looking for a
greyhound savvy vet, or some other greyhound owners to walk your dog with, or even a baby
sitter, we have a list of information here - Information.
You can sign up to our e-mail chat list to share stories or ask any questions about your
greyhound. A lot of our subscribers are our long time volunteers and adopters with lots of
experience and information to help you get your greyhound adjust to retirement life - Chat Lists. If you have the time, we are always looking for
volunteers to help out with booth activities, or transporting dogs, or even at the kennel
if you live close to the kennel. For our volunteer activities, please check here - Volunteers.
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