Adopting a greyhound the right way…
Our mission at Queen City Greyhounds is simple: We want to successfully place as many retired racing greyhounds into loving homes as possible. Part of what has made us such a successful rescue organization, however, is a dedication to making sure that we are, to the best of our ability, ensuring that potential adopters have accurate and realistic expectations, thoroughly reviewing applications to avoid inappropriate greyhound placements, and providing support to adopting families to help them provide a loving “forever home” to their greyhound.
We want each potential adopter to take the time, before you adopt, to learn about retired racing Greyhounds to fully understand the type of dog you will be adopting. QCG wants to ensure a Greyhound fits your expectations and lifestyle. Greyhounds are an amazing breed, but they are not right for every single family or individual. So, how do you know if a greyhound is right for you?
QCG has compiled resources on our web site, both from internal and external sources, to help potential adopters feel equipped to make an informed decision. These online resources, however, are only a part of the support system QCG has in place for adopting families. A part of what makes us unique is that we are, in essence, a “family” of passionate greyhound owners who are there to answer your questions along the way, and be there for you long after the adoption contract has been signed.
Before adopting a greyhound, consider the following:
· Will you be patient? QCG’s foster families give retiring greyhounds a “crash course” in being a family pet, but it takes more than a few weeks for a greyhound to fully adapt to a new lifestyle. Remember that the greyhounds have spent their entire lives, prior to retirement, living at the kennel and track. A newly adopted greyhound will take time to settle in to a new household and learn the rules that you want them to follow.
· Are you financially prepared? Are you able to invest in premium dog food, collars and leashes, annual health checks, unexpected veterinarian visits, heartworm preventative, flea control, and caring for your Greyhound for an approximate lifespan of 12 to 14 years?
· Are you prepared to leash? Your greyhound must be kept on a leash whenever it is outdoors unless it is in a fenced-in area. Greyhounds are not a dog that you can take to an unfenced park and unleash them. Never trust your Greyhound to not run away. A greyhound can be very difficult to get back due to their speed, and run a higher than average risk of getting hit by a car when loose.
· Do you have a fence or are you prepared to go on many walks per day? Fences are required if a child is under 2 years old. No invisible/underground fencing or tie-outs are acceptable; Greyhounds run too fast to be stopped by most invisible fencing, and the speed at which they run means a tie-out can snap a greyhound’s neck.
· Are you committed to keep your Greyhound as a house companion for the life of the greyhound? Greyhounds must live indoors. The body of a greyhound is mostly muscle, and the lack of any substantial fat layer makes them more sensitive to extreme hot/cold weather. Their skin is also a different thickness than other breeds, causing them to be prone to injury if they are left outside for inappropriate lengths of time.
Here are a few other resources that may help…