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Adopting a Greyhound

Emily Wants You To Adopt a Greyhound

Every greyhound needs a home, but not every home needs a greyhound. We do not adopt our greyhounds as first come first served; but rather, we make an educated and conscientious attempt in matching the right dog with the right home.

Arizona Greyhound Rescue coordinates greyhound adoption in and around Tucson/Green Valley, Pinal County, and the southeast suburbs of Maricopa County. If you are in the Phoenix area, we may be able to serve you. Bell at 
                    Greenway Pet Clinic Or we may recommend that you fill out an application with  Racing Home Greyhounds or Arizona Adopt A Greyhound. Also, The Greyhound Project maintains a list of all greyhound adoption organization in the US.

In an effort to match each greyhound with his or her best possible home, Arizona Greyhound Rescue has a multi-step adoption process that allows our volunteers to get to know potential adopters, and to provide the information and support necessary to ensure a successful placement.

adopt a greyhoundArizona Greyhound Rescue encourages all applicants to do as much research as possible to prepare you and your family for life with a greyhound. There are many books out there for information on adopting. Our favorite books are: Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies by Lee Livingood, Adopting the Retired Racing Greyhound by Cynthia Brannigan, and Childproofing your Dog by Brian Kilcommons. The internet has a lot of information on greyhound adoption. The Greyound Project, Inc. and the American Greyhound Council are two wonderful sites.

Read Details About AGR's Adoption Process

We are happy (and also a bit sad) to report that all our available hounds have commitments from adopters. Please watch our Available Hounds Page and Facebook... we expect to receive more hounds soon.

NOTE! Arizona Greyhound Rescue does not currently adopt to homes where there are children under the age of 15 years.

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Some Facts

What about Greyhounds & Children

NOTE! Arizona Greyhound Rescue does not currently adopt to homes where there are children under the age of 15 years.

What are the qualities of a racing greyhound that make it a good pet?
They are friendly, affectionate, gentle, sweet, loyal, clean, quiet, loving, sensitive, trusting, and good-natured.

How long will it take for an adult greyhound to bond with a new owner and adjust to life as a pet?
Greyhounds are very friendly and thrive on human companionship; consequently, bonding is usually established within a matter of days. Getting accustomed to a new environment and routine is usually completed within a few weeks.

Is a racing greyhound going to be difficult to house train?
A racing greyhound's life on he track is conducive to easy house training. The dogs are accustomed to being let out of their kennels or crates several times a day to relieve themselves. If the adopter is mindful of this routine; patience, common sense, and the greyhound's natural cleanliness will make house training relatively easy. The use of an airline crate can be of great assistance in helping a new dog adjust to a new routine and preclude his taking advantage of, or becoming overwhelmed by his new less restricted environment.



What ages are available and what is the life expectancy of a racing greyhound?
Most are from 2 to 5 years of age. The adaptable, stable and loving nature of the greyhound predisposes it for an easy transition to companion dog regardless of age.

Generally, the younger greyhounds will be somewhat more active, while the 4 to 5 years old will be more quiet and well mannered. The life expectancy of the greyhound may be from 11 to 15 years.

What is  the size of a racing greyhound?
Racing greyhounds stand between 24 and 29 inches tall at the shoulder. They weigh between 50 and 80 pounds. Generally, the females are somewhat smaller than the males.

What are the colors of a racing greyhound?
Black, fawn, red, blue, several  shades of brindle, and white with some combination of these colors.

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Can greyhounds be obedience trained?
Many former racing greyhounds have earned obedience titles. However, greyhounds do not posses the same tendency for taking commands as well as the working breeds. The greyhound is sensitive and must be trained with a "light hand."Positive reinforcement (and food in your pocket) are the best incentives for both formal and informal training of this breed. Leash rules must be heeded even with an obedience trained greyhound, as voice commands are not sufficient in a dangerous situation.

Do racing  greyhounds require a lot of exercise?
They enjoy, but are not dependent on, moderate exercise. In most households, the shared experience of a brisk walk is adequate to keep both adopter and the adoptee in good physical health.



Why do greyhounds have to be kept on a leash?
Every responsible dog owner  keep his/her dog on a leash regardless of the breed. The 20th century is especially unsafe for a breed like the greyhound which bears a 6,000 year old ancestry beckoning him to follow his instincts and run without heed. A fenced parK or school in which all gates are closed and monitored is the safest place.

Are greyhounds hyperactive?
NO! The most common misconception about greyhounds is that a dog which is capable of great athletic feats is a dog in perpetual motion. Actually, they are rather lazy and love to lounge around with the family.

Do females make better pets than males?
No, males and females make equally good pets. The females are generally more independent and the males somewhat more affectionate.

What provisions need to be furnished by the adopter?
A safe, warm environment, good quality food, basic annual veterinary care, a soft bed, and lots of love.

What is  the most important criteria in adopting a greyhound?
You will work with an adoption counselor to select a dog which will be suitable for the adopter's lifestyle and environment.

Will adopting  a racing greyhound change my life?
You bet! You will have the satisfaction of saving a life and gain the companionship of a devoted, affectionate, and loyal friend.

As an alternative to Adopting a hound, you might want to consider Fostering one

Arizona Greyhound Rescue is in constant need of foster homes for Tucson hounds while they await adoption.

Short-term and long-term foster possibilities are available. Approved medical care and supplies are provided.

Read more about the foster process,
call (520) 886-7411
or email

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How are greyhounds with other pets?


Medium to large dogs? 
Greyhounds are friendly by nature and socialize well as a result of their exposure to other greyhounds at the racing kennel. However, common sense must be exercised during the introductory period with regard to food, treats, bones, and special toys. Feeding separately is generally recommended  in any multi-pet family.

Small dogs? 
The introductory period should be handled with care. Most racing greyhounds have never had an occasion to meet a small dog. Some could mistake it for a cat or a rabbit. Others may be afraid of it.

Approximately 50% of the track greyhounds that come into adoption programs can be placed in homes with cats. Greyhounds which appear to  have a compatible nature with small furry creatures will be "cat tested" (or small dog tested) in a foster home setting before they can be recommended for placement in a cat home. Cats and track greyhounds can live quite successfully together, but it is important to follow the advice of your adoption counselor on this matter.

Other pets and farm animals? 
Be sure to inform your adoption counselor about all types of animals to which your greyhound may be exposed.