adoption guide greyhound pets

Adoption Guide

Adoption Procedure

When you’re ready to adopt:

  1. Complete the Adoption Application.
  2. Schedule a home visit through the Regional VP for your area.
  3. Receive approval to adopt a greyhound.
  4. Schedule an appointment to meet available dogs
  5. Choose a greyhound who is compatible with your lifestyle and home environment.
  6. Give your adoption donation to the Adoption Representative and complete the adoption paperwork.

Complete the Adoption Application

Fill it out the Adoption Application online. Note: The Adoption Application is a PDF form with fields you can fill out on your computer. To complete the application, download the PDF and open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (free download). Save the PDF when done and add it as an attachment to your email.

Once you've completed the application, print it for your records/home visit and please also email it to:

Don't 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.

Don’t snail mail it, unless requested to do so by the Adoption Representative

One of our Adoption Representatives will contact you to schedule your home visit and answer questions

Your home visit representative will review your Adoption Application with you during your home visit.

Some things you should know about Adoption Applications:

  • You must complete an Application if you have never adopted from us before
  • You must complete an Application if you have moved, if your home situation has changed, or it has been 3 years or more since you last adopted from us
  • Our Rep may ask you to complete an Application even if you have not moved or it is less than 3 years since you adopted so we can update/verify your current information
  • Approved Applications are valid for 3 months

Adoption Appointments

Home visit

Work with our Adoption Representative to schedule a home visit. The purpose of the home visit is to answer questions for you about greyhounds, give you suggestions about bringing a greyhound into your home and particular environment, provide educational information about greyhounds, and help you to determine if a greyhound is right for your family.

Print out a copy of your completed Application and have it ready for the Adoption Representative.

If your adoption request is approved, your Adoption Representative will provide you with information on the next steps.

Your Adoption Appointment

Adoptions are by appointment only. When you schedule your adoption appointment you will need to bring:

  • Your approved Adoption Application
  • Your Adoption Donation
  • All human members of your family/household
  • All canine members of your family

The adoption donation covers part of the costs of transport, medical expenses, spaying or neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, dental (if needed), intestinal parasite treatments, and any other needed medical care. The adoption donation also includes a leash/collar combination, a muzzle, a collar, medical records, adoption packet and follow up support.

Our adoption donation is:

  • US $350 for dogs under 9 years old
  • US $250 for senior dogs aged 9 through 11 years
  • Costs incurred not to exceed US $250 for senior dogs aged 12 years and older

If the dog’s birthday is within two (2) months of the adoption date, then the lower adoption donation applies.

We accept money orders or cashier’s checks made out to Greyhound Pets, Inc. We do not accept personal checks or cash. If an adoption occurs at our kennel in Woodinville, WA we will accept credit cards (Visa, Master Card, Discover or American Express). There is an additional charge for the use of credit cards for adoption donations to cover the fees charged to GPI (US$10.00).

You may also want to consider purchasing one or more of the following items prior to, during, or after the adoption. We do accept cash, check or credit card for these items. There is no additional charge for the use of credit cards for these items.

  • Winter Coat
  • Raincoat
  • Fleece Coat
  • Fancy Collar
  • Tag Collar

Adoption Policies

Greyhound Pets, Inc. always represents the dog’s interests and will not place a dog in a risky or compromising situation. If you are unable to agree with our requirements, please consider another breed or whether a dog is right for your family.

Household agreement

All adults in the household must agree to the adoption.

Living and safety conditions

The greyhound must:

  • Live inside the home, not outside.
  • Be kept solely as an inside house pet, and not used for racing, hunting, or research
  • Never be staked, tied up, or chained to any structure.
  • Wear at all times a martingale collar bearing a Greyhound Pets, Inc. ID tag, an owner ID tag, and a local pet license tag.
  • Be kept in good health and at proper weight and fitness.
  • Receive regular health care, including at least an annual veterinarian examination, current vaccinations, teeth cleaning, and intestinal parasite tests.

Some Considerations:

  • It can take several weeks or months (sometimes up to three months) for a greyhound to adjust to its new home.
  • Other pets in your home and their compatibility with other animals
  • Greyhounds want to be with you – they do not do well being separated from their human companions.
  • Time you are away from home. If you are gone long hours (10+) during the day, a greyhound is not for you.

Securely Fenced Yard

If you live in a single-family home or property with a yard, then your yard must be securely fenced to protect your dog when it goes outside to exercise and relieve itself. Your home visit representative will work with you to determine if your fence is safe for a greyhound.

The fence requirements are:

  • Minimum height is 4 feet, although 5 foot is preferred.
  • Electric, invisible, or barbed wire fences are not acceptable.
  • All gates must be secure.
  • A door to your house must open into the securely fenced area.
  • Your fence must be in good repair, with no missing parts or boards.
  • Certain types of fencing are not acceptable because a greyhound can slip through them, or they are unsafe for greyhounds.
  • There should be no obstacles near the fence that a greyhound could use as a jumping point to get over the fence

Apartment, Condominium, Townhome

If you live in an apartment, condominium, or townhome, then you must provide a copy of your lease or condo association rules that show you are permitted to have a greyhound or large dog.

GPI reserves the right not to place a greyhound under 3 years of age, or one deemed as high energy, in a condominium townhouse, or apartment, due to their expected energy levels and activity needs.

Cat Trainable & Small Dog/Animal Trainable

We have successfully placed greyhounds in homes with many different types of animals, including chickens, birds, reptiles, small dogs, and dogs of another breed. However, some greyhounds are not compatible with small animals, other breeds, or other types of animals. We ask that you work closely with our adoption representative to ensure that the right greyhound is chosen for your environment.

There are many people with cats looking to adopt greyhounds. If you do not have cats, we ask that you adopt a dog that is not cat trainable.

The most common questions we get are related to cats. Read our most frequently-asked questions related to Cats & Greyhounds.


GPI reserves the right not to place greyhounds deemed not kid friendly in a household with young children.

Please read our most frequently-asked questions related to Children and Greyhounds and download our guide.

Policy Exceptions

Exceptions to the previous policies may be considered for a particular dog. Exceptions to the previous policies must be pre-approved by the GPI Board President (or his/her board of director’s designee) AND the applicable Regional VP.

Notifications to GPI

If your greyhound becomes lost or missing, you must call the Greyhound Pets, Inc. toll-free phone number and keep GPI informed of the status of the lost or missing dog. Refer to the section on Lost Dogs for information on helping find and getting assistance in finding your lost dog.

If, for any reason, you can no longer keep your greyhound, you will immediately return the dog to Greyhound Pets, Inc.

If you move residence, or change your contact information, you must inform Greyhound Pets, Inc.

When your greyhound passes on, you must inform Greyhound Pets, Inc.

Greyhound Pets, Inc. ~ PO Box 891, Woodinville, WA 98072 ~ 877.468.7681