OUR PHILOSOPHY ON ADOPTION
_These majestic dogs make wonderful pets, and a greyhound is sure to fill your life with happiness for many years to come. Here you will find information about the benefits of adopting a greyhound from GPA MN and details about our adoption process. We hope you will find this information to be helpful as you decide whether a greyhound is right for you.
Our specialty is finding the RIGHT greyhound for you.
Because adoption is all about compatibility, we want to be sure you and your greyhound will be happy companions for many years to come. Our Grey Match approach takes into account the energy level, personality, general preferences and needs of both the hound and the adoptive family. Our Adoption Committee works hard to match your family with the right dog that fits your lifestyle and desires. Our matching process is rigorous, but it’s well worth the wait. Remember, we’re not just finding any greyhound for you, but finding the right greyhound for you!
Fostering at GPA MN
_Rather than a kennel program, GPA MN fosters each and every greyhound once it comes off the track. There are many benefits to our fostering program:
_Dogs are tested to determine if they are cat/small animal trainable.
_Greyhounds have a natural instinct to run and chase small furry creatures. We call this their prey drive. Each greyhound is tested and re-tested to determine if they can live with small dogs and cats.
_All dogs are spayed or neutered and receive full vetting and dental.
_The National Greyhound Association requires all retired racing greyhounds to be spayed or neutered prior to adoption. Each of our dogs gets a dental check-up and a cleaning under anesthesia prior to their adoption. Because greyhounds have special anesthesia needs, performing both procedures at the same time prevents the dogs from having to go through anesthesia and surgical procedures twice.
_All adoptable dogs are current on their rabies and DHPP vaccinations.
_Vaccination records will be provided along with vetting records at the time of adoption.
_All dogs receive a GPA identification tag and collar.
_This tag has our chapter’s direct, local phone number as well as the National GPA 1-800 number in case your dog is lost. In addition to your personal ID tag you should keep this tag on your hound at all times because it is a back-up safety element and the unique ID number helps us to identify your hound in our database if someone finds the lost dog and calls our hotline.
NGA Certificate and Racing History.
_Some of the retired hounds we bring into our adoption program are accompanied by a National Greyhound Association (NGA) certificate. You can request a copy of your dog's National Greyhound Association registration and, if it is available, we can send you a digital copy. A number of resources exist online for finding your hound's racing history. This information allows you to understand a bit more about your greyhound's unique history.
We offer a wide range of post-adoption support.
_Our adoption representatives are available at anytime after the adoption should you have any questions or concerns. Both representatives and fosters work together to ensure a successful placement. If issues arise following adoption, the representatives and fosters will work with you to help you and the dog have a successful relationship. We also have a GPA MN online forum where you can ask questions, share concerns, and get information on upcoming events.
Socialize your greyhound.
_We provide many social opportunities throughout the year for you and your greyhound to get out and meet other greyhounds and owners. Remember, your dog has grown up around other greyhounds and they really do enjoy each others company. These gatherings also provide opportunities for you to ask questions of experienced greyhound owners. We are an active and growing community, and we hope that you will remain a part of it for many years to come.
_GPA MN is a nonprofit rescue organization. Your money helps to support us in our mission to find loving homes for retired racers.
_Any other donations we receive go towards extra medical needs of incoming dogs (which sometimes have costs in the thousands of dollars), office supplies, literature printing costs, postage, phone, and fees to attend promotional events.