Join us here each Monday as Regional Vice President Kathy Kreyling shares stories from the Adoption Center. Check out our Available Dogs to see who’s still waiting for their forever home.
This lady has had a rough time over the last month — she lost both of her Greyhounds during that time. So, she came to us to help her find a new buddy. She had an idea of the dogs that were interesting to her and we showed her those dogs and others we thought might work for her. But, after meeting all the dogs, she realized that the dog she wanted was the first one she had on her list — Ripley!
The next family lost their boxer about 6 years ago and since they had a young child, they decided it was best to wait a while before getting another dog. The time had finally come and they were ready to share their home with a dog that would enjoy walks, hikes, playing in a big yard and soaking up all the attention the family had to give. As you can imagine, most of our dogs would love to be in that situation but since the family couldn’t take all of the dogs, they decided that Sid was going to be their new family member (but stay tuned, there may be more to come)!!
This couple came in a few weeks ago to meet our dogs and we really didn’t have one that fit their situation so we suggested that they check in with us in a few weeks. They called this week and we had just gotten a return that seemed like a good fit for them (this dog was a victim of a broken home and not a behavioral problem). They came in to meet her and fell in love right away. They couldn’t wait to share their home and big back yard with Mia.
This was a situation where the people and dogs involved really needed each other. The dad and his dog, Rex (fka Revie) lost the other fur baby of their group a couple of weeks ago and they were both missing him terribly. Our dog has been with us for quite a while and we truly couldn’t figure out why he hadn’t been adopted. I guess he was just waiting for this particular family because he sure knew they were his when he met them. All three seemed to fit together perfectly and they were very couldn’t wait to take Bob home!! Bob was our May Dog of the Month!
A family of 6 came to find a dog that would be their first “family” dog and they needed a dog that was able to cope with 4 children ranging in age from 4 to 10. You never know what dog will do well with young children since, as far as we know, they haven’t been around them before so we brought out quite a few dogs. Believe it or not, we actually found that quite a few of them did well with the kids so the family had a few dogs to choose from. It’s not always easy to get 6 people to agree, but this boy won their hearts and the decision was unanimous — they were going to take home a Lurcher (which is what Greyhounds mixes are called) named Wylee!!
It’s so nice when a sad situation turns into a positive situation for the dog (and the people). We had a dog come back to us because her owner had some serious health problems and she couldn’t physically take care of the dog. At the same time, one of our employees was looking for a playmate for their 10 year old Greyhound, Apollo, and we were thinking that this returned dog would be a good fit for the family. Thankfully, this dog’s former mother knows that her dog has gone to a home where she is very loved and her current family has found a greyt addition to their family — way to go Bunny, nka Maizie!!
Some of our dogs had a very rough time before they came to us and the experiences they had have created some behaviors that have made it tough to find homes for them. In order to help these dogs, GPI hired a trainer to work with them and also to work with the new owners so they would understand the best way to handle different situations that might arise. It’s because of the trainer and the other volunteers that have worked with this dog that she had the chance to find her forever home. The couple that adopted her has had a lot of experience with Greyhounds and they have followed every instruction from the trainer while they were fostering her. We’re so thankful that our beautiful, blue girl from Macau, named Gold, has found her new family!!!
This adoption was to a man who has had Greyhounds before and since it has been a couple of years since he lost his last one he was ready for another. He had a lot of fun meeting quite a few of our dogs and we were just about to the end of our first round of showings but we thought we should bring out one more dog. When we brought the dog out, there was an obvious instant connection between him and the man. This was one of those situations where there were a lot of signs that this match would be good for both of them, such as — the man has experience with dogs and especially Greyhounds/the dog is a touch stubborn and might take advantage of someone with no experience; the man has a single story house/ this dog won’t do steps (he can but he won’t). The most important thing was that this man fell in love with Stan as soon as he met him!!!
The lady that we worked with today has been a volunteer with GPI for quite a few years and she has had 5 Greyhounds. Now she has a Coonhound named Morgan and a Whippet named Keegan and she decided she had to have a Greyhound again. She also has two cats so she did not have a lot of dogs to choose from but that didn’t make any difference to her. She only saw one dog and that dog is pretty shy, but when the dog was in the yard with Morgan & Keegan she seemed to relax and even play with them. Everybody got along well and the lady decided she didn’t need to see any other dogs — Prissy, nka Seaver, was the one for them!!