Greyhound rescue organizations are great places to obtain a dog if you are interested in giving a pooch a new loving home but are not quite ready to deal with the intensity of a puppy. Without rescues, animal shelters and humane societies would be overrun with canines and many unwanted dogs would be euthanized. This is particularly true in the case of Greyhounds because many of these pooches are bred and used for the purpose of racing, and when they can no longer race or do not win, they are retired and abandoned.
In fact, before 1994, there were more unwanted Greys euthanized than they were adopted. Thanks to Greyhound rescue agencies this is no longer true, as many of these organizations have successfully found many of these retired racers good families. This is truly wonderful, because by saving these hounds, rescuers have shown that racing Greys can become fabulous pets and deserve a chance at a happy life.
What should you do if you are interested in adopting from rescues? You should first find the one closest to where you live by searching online, talking to your local vet or Grey breeder. Once you make your discovery, the next thing you should do is research the information the place provides to learn more about the rescue and their dogs. Here are some of the things you may want to investigate:
- Their mission statement or goals
- When they were founded and the reason for the creation of their Greyhound rescue (I.E. “about us”)
- Success stories
- Facts about the dogs they care for
- How they help the canines they save
- Details about retried racers
- Adoption form
- Donation options
- How you can contact them
Always remember, the more you know about a Greyhound rescue the clearer understanding you will have of your responsibilities as an adopter and the more prepared you will be to accept a pooch into your home. Finally, don’t forget that rescuing a dog isn’t a quick process. You will need to fill out an adoption form, be interviewed and will also want to spend some time visiting your potential pet before it’s a done deal. Also, these places do not operate on a first-come-first-serve basis, they dog’s best interest comes before the desire of the human.