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 which states greyhounds are allowed in your home.
  • 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 12 years of age can be in the household. 
  • 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.
  • Our greyhounds are crate trained from the racing kennel. 
  • All our greyhounds are up to date on all vaccinations, are spayed/neutered, and are in good health to the best of our knowledge.
  • Our greyhounds are heartworm negative.  They are on heartworm and flea/tick preventatives.
  • All our greyhounds live in foster homes where they are initiated to different aspects of living in a home.
  • Some of our greyhounds can be trained to live with small dogs and cats. Our foster homes can advise you about the details.
  • We perform a phone interview and home visit for each adoption application. 
  • We prefer that you stay open to which greyhound you would like to adopt, as our mix is constantly changing, and a better-suited greyhound might become available during the course of the application process.
  • We follow up with our adopters during the first 6-months of adoption  to offer any help or support that is needed.
  • We operate a mailing list exclusive to our adopters where you can share information.
  • Donations are always needed, and are tax-deductible. Greyhound Welfare is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.