What to expect if you adopt a greyhound from CGAP!
The initial steps:
*Because of the volume of phone calls, we do request you submit an application instead; your questions will be answered during your phone interview.
CGAP will try to ensure you've chosen the right hound for your family, and your hound will come well prepared so you can keep him or her safe and happy.
Once you've sent your application in to us, we will follow up with a phone call to confirm information and get to know you. If it sounds like we are a good match and both parties want to proceed, we'll come and visit you in your home (probably with a greyhound).
The home visit is a safety check to ensure your home and family will be a good fit for a greyhound, and it will allow us to point out any potential safety hazards. It will also provide us valuable information to help us ensure a good match between your family and your greyhound (or greyhounds!) to you.
Generally, we match on criteria needed, then personality preferences, and lastly on looks, in that order, with the most importance placed on the first category. Needed criteria includes: child safe, cat safe, non-grey safe, or small dog/animal safe, With "safe" meaning workable. Training will still be needed. Once criteria are matched up, we move on to personality preferences like more aloof/affectionate or high or low energy, and then lastly on physical parameters (colour/size/sex/age). Once we are able to match hounds to families, we are ready to go.
Once both parties have agreed that they would like to move forward, we can set up a visit with one of our greyhounds that fits your home.At this point your chosen hound will be marked RESERVED, a label that can stay on for up to a week. After a positive visit, you will sign your adoption contract, pay your adoption fee, and bring your new greyhound home!
We get a start on house training, but you can expect that you will be doing a fair amount of training with your newly retired racer, which you can finish in a way that fits for your family and home. We can help you with tips on cat training, small dog training, alone training and leash training. If you are adopting a boy, a belly band or two is a good idea to stock. A crate is a necessity with most newly retired racers, it's their safe space. These are all things you should expect to purchase or be working on with your new family member.
*Please remember, we are 100% volunteer run. We will process your application as quickly as we can.*
Once your greyhound is in your home:
Your hound will come with a martingale collar, leash and muzzle. We recommend adding a tag collar immediately with your contact info on it, which should stay on your dog at all times. We do have body harnesses for sale at $40 that are a good idea to use when teaching leash manners, or if you're unsure of responses to various creatures you'll be encountering on your walks. Belly bands are a good idea to purchase for boys, ask and we may have some in stock.
You hound will be spayed or neutered, they will be up to date on their rabies shot, wormed, and will be tested for heartworm. Their teeth will have been cleaned. They may be on medication to prevent parasites. We recommend tick testing and in particular fecal testing within 2 weeks of arrival, during their first veterinary checkup. Microchipping is available for an additional fee.
Your hound will have started the housebreaking process, and you'll receive a profile of your new hound that will fill you in on exactly what to expect, current diet, and where your hound is at with various training issues. Your hound will likely still be in the process of learning how to be alone, or learning how to get along with other pets. Walking in the city is a big change, so that's another area that may need practice. Finishing that training with you will ensure the right fit into your home. We can help with resources and training tips.
It is to be expected that you will have some training to do with your new hound, to teach him or her leash manners, and how to live in a home rather than a kennel. Further cat and small animal training may well be needed. Learning how to deal with the sights and sounds of city living can sometimes be challenging for a new hound as well. Yes, we are repeating ourselves here. If you are looking for a "plug and play" greyhound, we are not the group for you, as we feel that teaching a greyhound about your home and pet life is part of the bonding process with your new greyhound.
Resources and ongoing support:
You'll receive a package with all paperwork needed. Included will be a profile from the foster home (including details of feeding, training, etc.), copies of vaccination records for your vet, and some readings that we've included that we think will help set you up for success during the transitional period. Please take the time to read them, and implement what fits. You can also find a lot of resources on our Facebook page under the FILES section.
You will also receive a gift package with some items that will help you take care of your hound.
You will be contacted regularly by CGAP for updates on how things are going with the transition of your new greyhound. Please feel free to contact us at any time with any questions, concerns etc.
On occasion, things don't quite work out:
If, after 3 weeks, you feel that this particular greyhound is not the right one for your home, we will make arrangements for you to try with a different greyhound. You will have up to 3 months to try with another greyhound if it turns out that there are incompatibility issues.
Please note that the adoption fee is non-refundable, as it covers the cost of administration, veterinary care, feeding, and transport of each dog to CGAP.
Please do update on how your hound is doing with pictures on our Facebook page, we love hearing from our new adopters this way!
If you would like to donate to our adoption program, we accept donations by Interact Email Transfer with gratitude.