Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to adopt, you must meet the following basic requirements.

  • You must be 21 years old or older
  • You should own your home or have a rental that allows large dogs. If you rent, we will need a copy of your lease or a letter from your landlord at some point during the application process.
  • Your other dogs and cats must be spayed and neutered (dogs being shown or bonafide breeders are excepted; we will ask to see titles/contracts.) All pets in the household must be current on vaccinations.
  • No children under 6, as we are unsure that this will be safe for your family.
  • Your county or city pet limits should not be exceeded (please check this by calling your county animal control office.)
  • You must be able to take on the financial responsibility of owning a dog
  • The adoption fee is $500 per retired racing greyhound.

Other things you should know about working with Greyhound Welfare:

  • A fenced yard is not required.
  • Stairs are okay.
  • The dogs are already crate trained and most are other-dog social.
  • All our dogs are 100% up to date on all vaccinations, are spayed/neutered, and are in good health to the best of our knowledge.
  • Our dogs are heartworm negative.  They are on heartworm and flea/tick preventatives.
  • All our dogs live comfortably in foster homes where they are socialized, taught how to live in a real home, and constantly evaluated and educated. We know our dogs so much better because we live with them.
  • Most of our dogs can be trained to live safely with small dogs and cats. Our foster homes can advise you about the details.
  • We perform a phone interview and home visit for each placement. The better we get to know you, the better we can help with placing the right dog in your home.
  • We prefer that you stay open to which dog you would like to adopt, as our mix is constantly changing, and a better-suited dog might become available during the course of the application process.
  • We follow up with our adopters on a routine basis to offer any help or support that is needed.
  • We operate a mailing list exclusive to our adopters where you can swap dog-sitting, vet care information, ask for help, get together for dog runs, or just share stories.
  • Donations are always needed, and are tax-deductible. Greyhound Welfare is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.