Our Matching Process
GPA's Grey Match approach is different from many other dog adoption groups and services, and we believe our success speaks for itself. Our matching process has placed over 2000 greyhounds into forever homes with loving families. At GPA MN we believe you deserve to find not just any greyhound, but the right greyhound, which we are able to do by taking time to get to know you and the dog that will eventually become your best friend.
Unlike the traditional process of meeting a dog on-site and taking them home immediately, the GPA Grey Match approach pairs adopters with hounds based on compatibility factors that are the first steps toward long-term forever home success.
Adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment. While there are many greyhounds that need homes, our goal is not just finding homes for them, but finding forever homes. Being able to commit to forever with a greyhound is made possible by finding that special dog with whom you share true compatibility, and it is compatibility that forms the basis of every match we make.
So, what are the compatibility factors?
Taking into account your needs and preferences, the adoption committee assesses the personality and demeanor of each of our available hounds to match each family with a great dog that is compatible with your lifestyle and personality desires. We consider many aspects of compatibility, including:
- Energy level of the dog and the family. "Energy" isn't just about being active or casual; the pack dynamics associated with disposition of both hound and humans are some of the most important keys to adoption success.
- Leadership style. Are you an alpha leader by nature or is your style more laid back? Dogs desire a balanced pack and finding the right balance of human leadership and a particular dog's need for guidance is an important part of the process.
- Your lifestyle and activity level. Fast paced or more leisurely? An outgoing hound will thrive in situations that would be very scary for a shy hound.
- How much time you're away from home. Some hounds don't mind being by themselves, while others prefer spending more time with you.
- Whether you have a fenced yard. A fence is not required for adoption, but some hounds will do better in a home with a fenced yard.
- Whether you have other pets. Some will do better in a home as an only pet, while other hounds need to have another dog in their new home.
- How much experience you have with dogs. If you are more experienced with dogs you may be compatible with dogs that would not be a good fit for first-time dog owners.
- Prey drive of the hound. Some hounds can be trained to live harmoniously with cats while others have a prey drive that makes them unsuitable for homes with cats or small animals.
- Whether you have children. Many hounds will do very well with children and are friendly with them; other houndsdo better without children in the home.
- Gender and age preference.