PSGA Adoption Process - Starts
your decision to see if a Greyhound is the right dog for you. This is the first step
in the adoption process, virtual paperwork! We urge you to fill out the application
online and read through the other documents. After you've been approved and selected a Greyhound, the Adoption Contract will contain your
actual signature. One more note: even though the application is sent
online, we suggest that you print it out after completing it, but BEFORE
you click the submit button just in case there are any computer glitches.
Our adoption fee is currently $200, which includes the veterinary exam with
spay/neuter, full dental and vaccinations, worming, and a collar, leash and ID
tag. You'll also get the dog's track muzzle and any racing paperwork that came
Nervous about the
adoption process? It's really not so bad. We are thorough, but we're not
unreasonable about it! The application and a phone interview are the most
important part of the process, and if all is good then the home visit is just a
quick check to see if there's anything we can suggest about preparing your home
for your new arrival. Seeing
the household also helps us to understand better what kind of hound would fit
best with you, your family, your other pets and your lifestyle.
What are the most common reasons for NOT placing a Greyhound
in an applicant's home?:
Distance. We have adoption reps as far north as British Columbia,
but only as far south as Seattle. If you're further south than King County, please go to
The Greyhound Project for a list
of the several Greyhound adoption groups with representatives in Pierce and
Thurston counties, and beyond. We may bend this rule for special needs dogs or
who've adopted from us in the past. If you're unsure about whether you're in our
adoption area, just ask!
If you're looking for a dog that can spend a lot of time outside, or if you want a guard
dog or a good off-leash dog, Greyhounds are not the right breed for you.
There's nothing wrong with wanting those qualities, but Greyhounds are too heat-
and cold-intolerant (and too good at escaping) to be kept outside, they're
virtually useless as guard dogs, and sight hounds in general are notorious for
their off-leash disappearing acts. No amount of training will change a dog's
basic nature, so it's best just to do some more research to find what breeds are
compatible with what you're looking for.
Fence height. We do require a minimum fence height of 4 feet. Sorry, no
exceptions. Yes, we adopt to people without fences, but we find that those with
low fences, even if they promise to leash-walk, will eventually end up letting the dog out
into the yard as a convenience and then we have escapes resulting in
tragedy. If you have a fence, it needs to be taller than the Greyhound!
Long work days. Greyhounds should not be left alone for more than 10
hours per day on average, and even that can be a stretch if they're an only dog. Greyhounds
are social creatures, that is except when it comes to...
Multiple children under 7. Trust us, it won't be a good situation. About
90% of Greyhounds placed in homes with 2 or more small (pre-school) children
will be returned. As sensitive and quiet dogs, they just aren't
temperamentally suited to loud, active households with kids bouncing off the
walls. They're retired, let them relax!
PLEASE - if you're
interested in a particular dog but are more than a week or so from being able to
bring a dog home, hold
off on applying until you're closer to being ready.
We just don't have the ability to "hold" Greyhounds for adopters for
more than a week! Thanks for your
If you'd like to be pre-approved to adopt from an upcoming announced "batch", you can
submit an application any time. Just be advised that we won't start processing
apps until a few weeks before the arrival of new dogs.
Thank you for your
time. Very soon you may have a warm, loving, and appreciative new family
started: click on
the Form 1 link first, after completion, you can review the other, read-only
forms. If you need to stop and return to the application later, just click
the box in the upper right-hand portion of the form. The online Application Form will take approximately 20 minutes to
Greyhound Adoption Application - please fill
strongly recommended that you save or print out the application form BEFORE
pressing the submit button, so you can give the Adoption Representative a copy
of the application if for some reason it gets lost in "cyberspace"! If you
don't receive a reply within a day or two, please shoot us an email to make
sure we got your application. Thanks!
Form 2: Greyhound Adoption Contract - please
Form 3: Re-home Policy - please read.
Form 4: Greyhound Tips - please review; a copy
will also be in the adoption packet.