Homing a Greyhound

If you have ever homed a greyhound you may already know that they make really wonderful pets – they demand very little, are happy to snooze the day away, are loving and loyal and generally need only two walks of 20 minutes each per day. Greyhound owners say they are a bit of an addiction; either you will end up with more than one greyhound (one simply isn’t enough) or you will find that you just won’t ever want any breed other than a greyhound.

Brian and his team are dedicated to help you find the dog that is right for your home, family and circumstances. If you are thinking about homing an ex-racer please contact us or visit Brian and the team at the kennels, they will go out of their way to help you find the right dog.

Please find below some information on the homing process and what to expect from giving an ex-racing greyhound a home. Naturally, the process will throw up some questions and Brian, the team and our volunteers are always at the end of the phone to offer advice and guidance.

So what is it like to home a greyhound?

We are thrilled that you are considering to adopt one of our ex-racers. As mentioned before we will work hard to help find the right dog for you.

Meeting your new best friend

If you visit us at the kennels, Brian and his team will take some time to learn more about you, your family and your situation. Do you live in a house or a flat, do you have younger children, do you work and of course what kind of dog you’re looking for. They will then point you in the direction of some of the dogs that might be suitable and you can take them out for a walk. Making that decision about a particular dog may take some time so you might need more than one walk to find the right dog.

Home check

Once you have found the right dog for your family and circumstances you will be able to reserve this dog. We will then book in a home check, i.e. someone is going to visit you at home to go through some questions, talk about your situation and check your garden to make sure the fences are secure and high enough. Once a successful home check has been completed you will be able to arrange the pick up of your new family member with the kennels.

We’d also like to mention that it would be wonderful if you could consider a black greyhound as a new family member. They often get overlooked at the kennels, as there are more of them and they might not always “catch your eye” immediately. Needless to say that they will be grateful to you forever and will love you unconditionally, so why shouldn’t we give that unconditional love right back to them. To see the black dogs we have available for homing at the moment, please visit our Dogs Looking For Homes page.

Some greyhounds are happy to share their new home with cats – if you have a cat and want to home one of our dogs please contact the kennels.

Brian and his team will be able to offer advice as to which dog might be suitable to live with a cat and they can do an initial cat test. They will also give you lots of guidance and advice on how to introduce your old and new family members safely.

If  you have any additional questions or need more information, just contact us!