Adopting

Adoption Information

Our most important job is finding the right home for each rescued Greyhound. To that end, we use an application / phone call / visit process.

We strongly recommend that you read Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies. It’s a great introduction to the breed and their quirks, what you can expect from a new dog, and what your Greyhound will be like over the years. Many libraries have it, and of course you can get it at major bookstores or online.

If you’re ready to fill out an application, go to our Application page. Copy the entire text and paste it into your email or a word processor. When you’ve completed it, please mail or email it to us (the addresses are included on the application form).

Once we’ve received your completed application, we’ll call you to follow up, and to schedule a home visit. Completing the form does not obligate you in any way, but please only submit an application if you are ready to speak with a Gorges Greyhounds representative.

The donation to adopt is $275. This includes

  • complete physical exam
  • blood panel
  • spay or neuter
  • teeth cleaning and any other necessary dental work
  • all shots (rabies, distemper)
  • heartworm test and preventative medication
  • any other veterinary necessities
  • transportation from tracks or kennels across the country to Ithaca
  • leash, collar, and ID tag

The cost of veterinary services alone is typically higher than the adoption donation amount. (We make up the difference through fundraisers and general contributions.)

You can also download a copy of our adoption contract, in order to see exactly what you’ll be committing to.

If you have any questions about greyhounds or our application process, please e-mail, phone, or write us. (See our Contact Us page for addresses and phone numbers.) We’re always happy to talk about these wonderful dogs, and help you decide if they’re the right breed for you.