If you are ready to adopt a wonderful greyhound, you’ve come to the right place. BRGA is here to walk you through every step in the adoption process. This is an exciting time for you and your family, so we want to make sure you know what to expect once you submit your application to adopt.
Step 1: Submit your application
Complete your online application. We do check references, so please include them. Don’t stress if you don’t have a veterinarian, thanks to our incredible members we’ve compiled a pretty extensive list of veterinarians.
Once you’ve submitted your application, a BRGA volunteer will check your references and call you for your phone interview. During the phone interview, the volunteer will set up a time for a home visit.
Step 2: HOME visit
A BRGA volunteer will bring one or more greyhounds to your home for the home visit. The home visit is a great opportunity for our volunteer to identify areas of your home that a greyhound might have difficulty with and we can often make suggestions to make the first few weeks with your greyhound easier. The volunteer will go through a list of discussion topics and answer any questions you may have.
The volunteer will also ask you questions to help us find the right greyhound match for your family. We really want to know your preferences on personality, activity level, size, and any other traits that are important to you.
STEP 3: SUPPLEMENTAL AGREEMENT FOR APPLICANTS WITH CHILDREN (Under 8 years old)
Applicants with children under 8 years old will be asked to sign a supplemental agreement. Young children should ALWAYS be supervised around dogs, especially large dogs. Parents and owners must also be mindful of how children interact with the dog - children must always be gentle. During the home visit we will talk about sleep aggression, space aggression, and the importance of not letting your hound up on furniture for the first few months - all of which are particularly important for homes with children. Below are three recent examples of greyhounds returned for negatively interacting with a child, all of which could have been prevented:
A dog biting a child after the child fell on the dog
A recently adopted dog growling at a child after the child took a toy away from the dog
A recently adopted dog growling at a child while sitting next to the dog on the couch
Step 4: finding you the right hound
Once the home visit is completed, the volunteer presents a report to the BRGA Board for approval. If you are approved, we will begin searching for the right greyhound for your family. The entire process from application through getting your hound can take 4 to 6 weeks. The time frame will be longer if you have a cat or small dog. Also note that Hardee Hound applications have a longer wait due to the limited number of greyhounds in the program and fixed graduation schedule.
Now is a good time to read Adopting the Racing Greyhound by Cynthia Branigan and Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies by Lee Livingood, if you haven't already (see Suggested Reading).
You will be notified when we’ve found you a greyhound and the date for adoption day. Adoptions are typically held in Manassas, VA. If you are adopting a Hardee Hound you will receive special instructions by email well in advance of graduation.
Step 5: Adoption day
The day has finally come that you get to meet your new family member. Adoption day is both exciting and stressful as you get to know your new greyhound. You should have received copies of anything you need to sign prior to adoption day so you can review them in advance.
On adoption day you will pay your adoption fee. See the adoption fee page for information on the cost of the adoption and what the fee covers and provides for you.
Our volunteers can show you how to put on a muzzle, properly fit the martingale collar, and anything else you want to know.
Please remember that your greyhound may be stressed out from traveling to Virginia.
Your adoption packet will contain information on previous veterinarian visits. Your dog will have received the following procedures from a veterinarian prior to arriving in Virginia:
Step 6: Post-adoption
Take your new greyhound to a veterinarian between 2-7 days from adoption day. Bring any prior veterinary records that were in your adoption packet. Also, bring a stool sample to be checked for worms (turn a sandwich bag inside out, collect the sample, and seal OR some vets have a sample collection container). Most greyhounds from Florida WILL have worms since it is in the soil.
Learn more about welcoming your new greyhound into your home.
Think about cool things you can do with your new greyhound.
Your mentor (“buddy”) will call to check on you from time to time and will be available to you if you have any questions or concerns. Our goal is for this adoption to be successful.