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We are pleased that you are considering adding a Greyhound to your home. We believe Greyhounds are the best dogs, and pets, in the world, but we need to remind you that they are dogs. There will be an adjustment period when they join your household, and you will need to set limits for your new friend. Please consider the following. If you have doubts, think it over before you adopt!
When a kennel operator or owner gives us a Greyhound for placement, we make a commitment to the person and the Greyhound that we will provide placement support for that dog for the rest of its life. Because we make that commitment, we ask our adopters to enter into adoption with the intent that they will make a similar commitment to their adopted friend. While we understand that there will be circumstances that will prevent an adopter from keeping a Greyhound, we ask that you consider carefully your commitment before you adopt. Our Greyhounds lead a fairly sheltered life before adoption. They are born on the dog farm and raised with their littermates until about a year old. They then move into the kennel to train for their careers. They train with their littermates, and then live in the race kennel with people and dogs they know for their race careers. After retirement, they leave their "comfort zone" to enter an adoption program. Some adoption groups believe that fostering a Greyhound improves his/her ability to adapt to their new home. We have not found that to be true. Greyhounds form bonds with humans and other dogs very quickly, and when they leave a foster home for their permanent home, it’s another difficult adjustment. Some find moving from home to home more traumatic than others, and they may develop behavioral problems, including separation anxiety.
The same holds true for Greyhounds that are adopted, and then relinquished a short time later. Before you adopt, please consider that your dog will probably adjust relatively quickly to your home, but you could also run into some potentially frustrating problems which could include chewing, relieving itself in the house, snatching things from the kitchen counter or trash, hiding in a remote location in the house, or other common "dog" problems. RMGA has been in operation almost 10 years. Our adoption coordinator has been a Greyhound trainer for approximately 20 years. Our board members each have 10 years or more Greyhound experience. Please, if you experience problems, call us, and give us the opportunity to help you work through any problems.
Before you adopt, please make sure your entire family is in agreement to adopt. If you plan to have children, consider whether you will be willing and able to keep your Greyhound with a human puppy in the house. If you have children, will you set, and enforce, limits for the children to ensure the safety and welfare of dog and child? Should you and your significant other separate in the future, would either of you be willing to keep your Greyhound friend? If your living situation changes, are you willing to make an effort to keep your 4-legged friend(s) with you? If you are adopting a Greyhound “for the kids,” will the dog still have a place in your lives after the newness wears off and the children find other interests? While Greyhounds are generally a healthy breed, you will have vet bills. Are you willing and able to provide medical care for a Greyhound? As all dogs, Greyhounds live relatively short lives. At best, we will have them in our lives until they are 12 to 14 years old. They deserve to be loved, well cared for and have a stable home.
Should you ever be forced to relinquish your RMGA Greyhound, PLEASE, return him/her to us! Please, please do not surrender your Greyhound to a local animal shelter. Greyhounds have a very difficult time in a regular dog shelter. They are not prepared for the noise, they will not be provided any soft bedding, they will not be allowed outside to relieve themselves. Some Greyhounds left at shelters make themselves very ill because they know they are not supposed to relieve themselves inside, and will attempt to “hold it” until they can’t any more. Any personal items you leave for the dog will not be kept with the dog. Those who have left dog beds, food and toys when surrendering their dogs have provided goods for the shelter. They do not give those items to the next adopter. Please remember, you signed a contract with us, PLEASE, HONOR THAT CONTRACT, YOUR WORD AND AGREEMENT.
We want your adoption experience to be joyful for you and the Greyhound. Give us your commitment, let us help you with any problems, and you will end up with one of the best friends you could ever have!
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