Our Adoption Process
Welcome to the first step in the process which we hope will result in your adding a beautiful and loving member to your family. Our adoption procedures are designed to ensure that a racing greyhound will be a good fit for you, your family and your lifestyle. No breed of dog is perfect for every family, so we encourage you to be honest and thoughtful in your responses. Adopting a dog represents a serious commitment in time, energy and money. Our Adoption Committee members will work with you during the adoption process and welcome your questions and comments after adoption to ensure your new greyhound is happy, healthy and has transitioned well into your home.
Retired racing greyhounds are unique in the dog world, not only for their personalities but because of the way they have been raised. We highly and strongly recommend that all prospective adopters read Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies by Lee Livingood. This book is an invaluable source of information and wisdom for the experienced greyhound owner as well as anyone new to our breed. It can be found at the library, most major bookstores (in paperback and Kindle editions), or at our office or gift shop.
For families with children under the age of 12, we require that you read There’s A Baby In The House! by Mike Wombacher. It can also be found at our office or gift shop. We are very careful in adopting greyhounds to families with children under the age of 8, particularly families who have never owned greyhounds. Since very small children and dogs of any breed are not necessarily a match made in heaven, an Adoption Representative will spend a great deal of time counseling families who have little ones. Adoptions to families with young children are done on a case by case basis.
Submit a Greyhound Adoption Application. Please read the Application carefully and consider the importance of your responses. Adopting a Greyhound is a serious responsibility requiring a long-term commitment. You may print off and send in an application or complete an application online. YOU MUST BE AT LEAST 21 YEARS OLD TO SUBMIT AN ADOPTION APPLICATION. Please note that we can only adopt within the Houston Metropolitan Area as we require a home visit. However, if you live outside the Houston Metro Area, please call the office to check as we do adopt out to places like Conroe, College Station, Galveston, and surrounding Houston cities..
If you print off an Application, you can email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, fax it to the GPA-Houston Office at 832-823-5326 or mail it to GPA Houston, 26214 Oak Ridge Drive, Spring, TX 77380.
If you submit an online Application, after submission you can pay via PayPal (a button will appear). You can also pay the Application fee by calling the GPA-Houston Office with a credit card number during normal office hours or by sending a check or money order payable to GPA-Houston to GPA-Houston, 26214 Oak Ridge Drive, Spring, TX 77380 .
After we have received your Application and payment, you will be contacted by an Adoption Representative within 72 hours to briefly discuss your Application. If after this initial conversation, you and the Adoption Representative agree that a greyhound may be a good fit for you and your family, an office visit will be scheduled.
Technology is a wonderful thing, but sometimes it fails us. If you are not contacted by email or telephone within 72 hours of submitting your Application, please let us know either by email email@example.com, by telephone 832-813-8419 or by fax 832-823-5326.
The first office visit is the time for all of us to get to know each other, a chance to exchange ideas about dog training and behavior in general and greyhounds in particular. It is our time to answer your questions and to learn what you want and expect from a family companion. It is very important that ALL family members who will spend a great deal of time with the greyhound come to the office visit. If you have not had a chance to have a close encounter with a greyhound, there are always several dogs lying around in the office for you to pet. The office visit usually lasts about one hour.
The Home Visit
If you have not adopted from us before, a member of the Home Visit Committee will bring his or her personal dog to your home. The purpose of the home visit is to notice and alert you to any possible areas of your home or yard that may either pose a danger to a fast-moving greyhound or present an irresistible temptation to an inquisitive (and very tall) dog with a long tail. The volunteer can answer any questions you may have thought of since the office visit. After the home visit report is filed, your Application is submitted to the Adoption Committee for approval. Upon approval, it’s time for the final (and hardest) step – picking out your greyhound (actually, it is usually the greyhound who picks out his family).
Based on your Application, office interview and Home Visit Reports, the Adoption Committee will have several dogs to recommend to you. During the process, we ask that you not fall madly in love with a particular dog you may see on the website (difficult as that may be) since there is no guarantee that dog will be available when you are ready to adopt or that the dog is suitable for your home. Keep an open mind – on more than one occasion (probably closer to hundreds) a family comes in determined to leave with a small brindle female and departs joyfully with an 80-pound black male because he is THEIR DOG!!
Because adopting a greyhound is a very serious matter, GPA-Houston and the adopter(s) enter into an adoption contract that sets forth both parties’ rights and duties, a copy of which is furnished to the adopter.
This year, the adoption fee for greyhounds under the age of eight is $285.00. For greyhounds 8 years old and above, the fee is $175.00. The adoption fees represent only part of the expense of maintaining the greyhounds in our care. The remainder is raised through donations. Twenty-five dollars of the adoption fee represents the tax-deductible annual membership in GPA Houston, which includes among other benefits invitations to all GPA events, the newsletter, monitoring by our 24/7 emergency answering service, and post-adoption support and counseling.
In addition to the greyhound itself, the adoption fee includes:
All greyhounds adopted from GPA Houston have been spayed or neutered, had their teeth cleaned if required (necessary in almost all cases), are current on their vaccinations (including rabies, DHLPP, and Bordetella), have been tested for heartworms and are on heartworm preventative, have been tested (and treated if necessary) for tick-borne diseases and have been dewormed. The adopter will receive copies of all records of medical treatment of the greyhound while at GPA Houston. If the greyhound is due for heartworm preventative within one week of the date of adoption, we will provide a preventative tablet at no charge.
In January 2008, GPA Houston began testing its dogs for tick-borne diseases. While many people are familiar with Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, there are other similar diseases spread by ticks which represent a danger to our dogs. Unfortunately, these diseases, which in the past were confined to limited areas of the country, are spreading. Since most vets who practice exclusively in urban areas have never encountered a tick-borne disease, they are often unfamiliar with the very wide variety of symptoms that a dog can exhibit, often confusing a tick-borne disease with another condition.
All of tick-borne disease testing is done through ProtaTek International, Inc. Protatek Reference Laboratory (PRL), a division of ProtaTek International, provides high quality animal health diagnostic testing and services and is considered a leading service provider for the detection of a variety of viral, protozoal, rickettsial, fungal, bacterial, and other animal health diseases. PRL has provided customized and exceptional services to veterinarians and researchers for over 15 years. A focus on quality service, rapid results, and in-house expertise distinguishes PRL from other reference laboratories.
Fortunately, tick-borne diseases are treatable. WE WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT A HUMAN BEING CANNOT CONTRACT A TICK-BORNE DISEASE FROM A DOG. THE ONLY WAY A HUMAN BEING CAN CONTRACT A TICK-BORNE DISEASE IS FROM A TICK. Most racing greyhounds adopted in the United States are not tested prior to adoption. Our organization feels that, because these diseases represent a sufficient threat to the long-term health of our dogs, we will test for them and, if necessary, treat the animals prior to adoption.
Thank you for your interest in adopting one of these wonderful dogs. We look forward to receiving your Application and perhaps soon to seeing your picture with your new loving friend on the Adoptions page.
Updated 29 Nov 2016