If you are interested in adopting a retired racing greyhound, we recommend
that you do some research about these retired athletes. The more
information you have, the more you will understand your greyhound once you
bring it home, and be able to help it through its transition into your
Some recommended reading includes:
Additional reading if you have young children:
How Do I Adopt?
The Greyhound Supporters commits to every dog we place through adoption,
and every family with whom we place a retired racer. We work very hard to
make sure that each hound goes into a loving home that understands the
needs of the retired racing greyhound.
Outlined below is the process for adoption of a retired
racing greyhound through the Greyhound Supporters.
Download and complete the
and submit it to Laura Simmermon, Adoption Co-ordinator of the
Greyhound Supporters (613-216-8097)
along with a processing fee of $50.00. The fee can be in the form
of a cheque or money order if sent by mail, or cash if delivered in person.
If you have not heard from us within a week of sending your application,
please contact Laura via email at
or call the telephone number above.
Reference checks will be undertaken using the contact
information you provided on the application form. Once the reference
checks have been completed, a GS-NCR representative will contact you to
set up a home visit. The home visit is conducted by two representatives
of the Greyhound Supporters, accompanied by one of their own greyhounds.
This visit provides you with an opportunity to ask questions and permits
the representatives to see how your family interacts with the greyhound.
It also gives us the chance to offer suggestions about how potential
situations may be addressed if you were to adopt a greyhound, such as
sliding glass doors, hardwood floors, holes in fencing, etc. Another
important aspect of the home visit is to establish the profile of a hound
that best suits your family and its needs which are discussed during the
After the home visit has been completed, you will be advised if you and
your family have been approved for a retired racing greyhound. At that
point, a date is set for a visit to the adoption kennel in Vermont with
the Adoption Coordinator.
During your visit to the kennel, the Adoption Coordinator will introduce
you to several hounds that have been short-listed based upon the profile
established during the home visit. Once you and your family select the
hound which best connects with you and your family, the relevant paperwork
is completed and you provide the Adoption Kennel with a $250.00 US
donation (this donation helps to partially offset costs related to upkeep
of the Adoption Kennel and to help care for future greyhounds that reside
at the kennel). Then, you get to take your
new canine companion home.
Support to the adopting family
As part of our commitment to you and your greyhound, we are
available to answer questions and try to help with any problems that may
arise after the adoption. We won’t always have the answers, but we work
with an extensive network of experienced greyhound owners and veterinary
One of the key features of our adoption program is the
post-adoptive support program. In addition to the support provided on by
the Adoption Coordination on essentially a 24/7 basis, all new adopters
are connected with an “adoption buddy”. Your adoption buddy is an
individual or a family that has had experience with greyhound adoption and
who can also provide support to you in the event that you have any
questions or concerns.
There is also a very active greyhound community in Ottawa –
the Greyhound Supporters host drop-in socials at a local pet store/café,
have monthly toe nail clipping clinics in both the east and west ends of
town, a quarterly newsletter, workshops, and an on-line chat group. All of
these provide great opportunities to chat with fellow greyhound adopters
and build your own support network.
It is important to understand that when you adopt a
greyhound, it is a serious commitment to give that hound the very best
possible for the rest of its life, which could potentially be 8 to 12
years. We will remain in contact with you to ensure that your new
greyhound and your family are adjusting well.
Greyhounds are sensitive and loving dogs that are capable
of developing a very strong attachment to the people surrounding them.
Being returned to the adoption group can be a painful experience for them
and the rest of the family, but on occasion, it cannot be avoided. We
understand this and if the problem or situation cannot be resolved, we
will gladly accept the greyhound back and work to find another home for
it. Given the unique characteristics and needs of retired racing
greyhounds, it is best that the greyhound be re-homed by a greyhound
adoption group to ensure that it is placed in a loving and appropriate
Your commitment to your greyhound
As part of your commitment to your new canine companion,
you and your family:
Agree to keep ID tags on your greyhound at ALL times.
Agree to keep your greyhound on-leash unless in a completely fenced
Agree to keep your hound inside as a family pet and not keep it outside.
Agree to maintain routine vaccinations, dental health and heart worm
Agree to provide contact information and allow the
Greyhound Supporters to follow-up with you in regards to the greyhound,
its whereabouts and its well-being.