Where to find a greyhound
If you are specifically looking for an ex-racer, the best place to go is your local Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT) centre - these are set up to rehome dogs from local tracks when they finish racing. If you call the RGT on 0870 4440673 they will give you details of your nearest branch. However, my nearest greyhound rehoming centre was the Whittingham Kennels, formerly known as Walthamstow Homefinding Scheme, which I had seen advertising in the local newspaper.
In general, rescue and rehoming centres behave in the same way:
- they will expect to visit your home to check it is safe for a greyhound
- they will expect you to bring any resident dogs or cats to the kennel to meet your prospective dog
- they will often want to meet the whole family - children as well
- they will either have neutered the dog (in which case a larger adoption fee is charged) or they will require you to do so soon after adoption
If you find a dog you like, take it for a walk and see how you get on - then you will make arrangements for the homecheck, and to return to the kennels with any other pets or family members you have, to see how they get along with the dog.
If all goes well, you can reserve the dog and a date is set for adoption! Between now and then, many kennels will let you arrange times to come and walk the dog, so you can begin to get familiar with each other.
This page last updated: 25 February 2013
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