A Place for Us Greyhounds
The adoption process--how does that work? Why does the group insist on a completed application, phone interview(s), and a home visit before I'm allowed to meet their dogs and adopt one? I've visited local adoption events and observed newly adopted dogs leaving the event and going home with their adoptive families--why does APFUG impose different standards?
Each adoption and rescue group has different standards. The directors of APFUG desire to place Greyhounds in homes that are a good fit for both the dog and the family. The adoption form is meant to help the coordinators get a good idea about the applicant's living situation, knowledge level, and expectations. Phone interview(s) are a means to clarify questions after or even before the application is received. The home visit allows additional time for APFUG coordinators to answer questions and check for potentially unsafe situations that could be injurious to the Greyhound.
I fell in love with a Greyhound on your website and now it's unavailable--why is that?
Sometimes adoptions happen quickly and the webmaster can't keep up--which is a good thing! It's possible that a family was waiting in the wings for a Greyhound to adopt and snagged them as soon as they were available. Please contact us even if the dog your were interested in has been adopted--this allows us to keep you in mind as other dogs arrive into the adoption program. If you want first consideration--complete the application and schedule a home visit.
How can I get the latest adoption alerts and be on stand-by to adopt a Greyhound?
Persons with a completed application and that have already had a home visit are given first consideration as Greyhounds are available for adoption. If you aren't convinced that you wish to adopt--keep us in mind and ask to be added to our email list. Also, make it a point to check the webpage and FaceBook for alerts and updates.
What does the term "adopted straight off of the farm or track" mean?
The setting where Greyhounds are bred and taught to race is a "Greyhound farm". APFUG has a collaborative partnership with a Greyhound farm that is located near Lubbock. Dogs that are relinquished to the group from the family that raise them to race are kept there until a home or foster home is available. Persons who are qualified to adopt may visit dogs at this location to meet them in anticipation of adopting them. Only certain families or individuals are qualified to take a Greyhound directly from this environment and move them into their home. If a family has cats, small dogs, or young children--they cannot safely move one of these dogs directly into their home. Greyhounds adopted to families with cats, small dogs, and/or young children will need to adopt one of the dogs that has been in foster care; to see if they would be a suitable dog for their family. It's a very special and unique opportunity to move a Greyhound directly into one's home after their career has ended--you'll be surprised at how quickly they acclimate! "Straight off of the track" refers to Greyhounds that are adpted at the race track and there are adoption groups located at all of the race tracks in the United States.
What does the adoption fee cover and is it refundable?
The adoption fee of $200 covers most of the medical care required for a healthy Greyhound--this fee pays for a spay or neuter, dental, vaccinations, tests for tick fever and heartworm disease, collar/leash, and microchip. However, the costs for readying a dog to move into a home tend to be higher--in many cases upwards of $500 due to issues such as: care required for sick or mistreated Greyhounds, problems that might arise in foster care, payment for boarding dogs, supplies for dogs, diagnostic tests and evaluation for injured dogs, and surgical repair for injured dogs. The adoption fee is nonrefundable. The payment is held for ten business days in the event that irreconcilable difficulties arise.
Once I adopt a Greyhound, can I get their papers and pedigree?
Greyhounds that are raised to race are registered with the National Greyhound Association and their pedigree and racing history is located online at the Greyhound data base which provides information about Greyhounds from all over the world with pedigree information drawn from the last four centuries. Online there are 3,660,107 race results and 2,050,536 Greyhound pedigrees. Visit the site at this link
When you adopt from APFUG, you will be informed of your Greyhound's racing name and provided assistance to obtain documentation about their heritage and pedigree.
Greyhounds are tattooed as puppies and registered with the National Greyhound Association. The tattoo in their right ear will indicate the year and date of birth along with the dog's litter specification. For instance, if the right ear tattoo reads "108A", the Greyhound was born in October, 2008 and she is the "A" puppy in her litter. The tattoo in the left ear is specific to the entire litter of puppies--it will contain five digits--such as 48697 and that will reveal details such as the "racing owner", their pedigree, racing history, statistics, etc.
If you would like to order your Greyhound's "Pet Certificate" from the National Greyhound Association, please let us know and we will obtain the blue slip for you and you can mail it along with a $30 and receive a copy as a keepsake. It is not necessary to take this action to officially claim ownership of your Greyhound. The owners who have raised them to race have relinquished them to APFUG, and once you sign the adoption agreement--you assume full ownership of your dog. Greyhounds that are not tattooed cannot get papers from the National Greyhound Association. Follow this link to learn more about the NGA and obtaining your Greyhound's papers.