Greyhound Fostering and Profile
After the transport has arrived, we place our dogs with a foster family prior to adption. All of our foster families
are experienced greyhound adopters. A new greyhound will spend at least two weeks in it’s foster home. This foster
home time gives each greyhound time to unwind from the track/kennel mentality and begin to adjust to life in a
home. For each of these greyhounds, this will be their first exposure to life as a pet. Such things as carpet, doors,
soft pillows to sleep on, the freedom to wander from room to room and the ability to go “outside” to do their
business when they want, are all new concepts to each greyhound. While most greyhounds “get it” pretty quickly,
it is still an adjustment.
While in it’s foster home, the foster family will expose their foster greyhound to everyday life: going out in public,
being exposed to children, cats and small dogs. Each greyhound is “Crate Trained” at the track, in that they know
not to soil the crate that they live in. The foster family will work with the foster greyhound to expand the concept
of their crate, to encompass the entire house, in essence “house breaking” the greyhound.
The foster family also writes up a profile of their foster greyhound. Such items as a greyhound’s activity level,
sleeping patterns, play level, indoor/outdoor preferences, bathroom habits, behavior on a leash, separation
anxiety and their reaction to being in public, around cats, small dogs and small children are all documented.
Greyhound / Adopter Matching
When a family is ready to adopt a greyhound, we match the profile of the family to a greyhound with an
appropriate temperament. We look at all those elements that make each family and each greyhound unique. For
example, a family that is active will typically want a greyhound with a high activity level, and enjoys going for lots
This matching has proven to be key in increasing the likelihood that the greyhound will fit into its new family
lifestyle, becoming a member of the family with minimal stress on the part of the family or the greyhound.
Whenever possible, we will put the adoptive family in touch with the foster family. This way the adoptive family
can hear first hand about their new greyhound and make arrangements to meet.
There are times that when a family is ready, we do not have an appropriate greyhound available. While
disappointing, it is important that we wait to get a greyhound that will be a fit with the family. Placing a
greyhound that doesn’t match up with the family, can lead to frustration on the part of the family and a greyhound
that acts up, because it is not happy.
Despite everyone’s best efforts, there are times that a placement simply doesn’t work out. In some cases, we
didn’t get the match quite right, or in others, there is a significant change in lifestyle on the part of the adoptive
family, and the greyhound is not able to make the adjustment. Greyhound Adoption California will always take back
a greyhound we have placed. That greyhound is always taken care of.
After a new family has received their greyhound, the Placement Rep will stay in touch with the family to address
any problems and symptoms, before they develop into bigger problems. Your Placement Rep has the resources of
Greyhound Adoption California at their disposal. With over 425 greyhounds placed into permanent homes,
Greyhound Adoption California has amassed quite a knowledge base on greyhound behavior. We also have access to
the knowledge base of Greyhound Pets of America which has been adopting greyhounds for over 25 years.
The Placement Rep will introduce a new family to other adoptive families in the neighborhood or area, so that the
families can get together for “play dates”, or to swap or share dog-sitting when needed. When a family needs to
have a dog sitter for their greyhound, we will put out the word around the Greyhound Adoption California family to
try to help find someone who can help out.
We publish a newsletter in e-mail 4 times a year to keep in touch with our adopters and to encourage our adopters
to keep in touch with each other. We hold a picnic each year, in the Bay Area. This picnic has gotten bigger each
year, being attended by nearly 100 greyhounds and their adopters. The picnic is a wonderful environment for
greyhound adopters to gather to share experiences and tips with other adopters.