- Are they an established group with a clear mission statement? A group that has been around for awhile will have an organized approach and can answer any questions you have surrounding the process.
- Are you able to visit their facility? Where does the group keep the Greyhounds they get from the racetracks. Do they foster them out for easier re-homing? Are the dogs well taken care of at the facility?
- What is the process when considering a Greyhound adoption? A reputable agency will have you fill out an application, schedule a home review to assess appropriateness and interview you according to what your knowledge is and what you are looking for in a Greyhound.
- What does the Greyhound adoption fee cover? The fee should cover direct services like spaying/neutering, teeth cleaning, required shots and may cover micro chipping or blood work. The group should have very little administrative fees within the fee.
- Will the group work with you to assess the best fit with your home? Many groups will take your home conditions like stairs, other dogs, swimming pool, etc. and suggest several Greyhounds for you to consider. Do not work with any group that tells you they know best which Greyhound will work for you. While reputable groups have years of experience re-homing Greyhounds and will often suggest several Greyhounds for your review, if they do not work with you to get just the right fit then their motives may be suspect and reveal a hidden agenda for placing that particular Greyhound. An honest group will minimize a mismatch and the unfortunate returning of the Greyhound to the group.
- Does the group have individual information on the Greyhounds? A reliable group will have individualized information on each Greyhound regarding condition, injuries and personality. This indicates time spent with each dog to assess them for the appropriate forever home.
- Does the group provide continuous support and availability for questions? A trustworthy agency will follow-up to ensure a successful re-homing.
Many groups have an on-line presence. Review some of the websites of these agencies even if they are not in your area or state to get an idea of what you can expect with the adoption process.
A local group is much more preferable as it is easier to complete the process however, if a local group just doesn’t feel right, don’t hesitate to look elsewhere. While you may be nervous regarding the process, you should not have to deal with an unprofessional agency. A little research goes a long way in understanding the expectations of the adoption process and tips for a successful match for you and your new Greyhound.