Our Adoption Process
GPA Wisconsin does not perform “on-site”, “on-the-fly”, nor “on-the-whim” adoptions. Our adoption process of written application, interview, and home visit (which closely mirrors Wisconsin’s Dane County Humane Society adoption protocol) yields a higher percentage of successful adoptions, and most importantly, of quality homes for the dogs. Additionally, with our support network, which is available to all adopters for the life of their ex-racer, many adopters contact us for a second or third Greyhound.
We conduct a thorough application and home visit process in order to develop a “profile” of adopters. Then we endeavor to match the right Greyhound with the right home. Because of this optimal placement philosophy, your expectation should not necessarily be that all of the ex-racers featured at our website will be a good fit for your unique family circumstances.
Not everyone qualifies to adopt. If you are looking for a gentle, loving, family companion who will be a house dog, you’re our kind of adopter. If you don’t have adequate time, or you’re looking for a backyard or doghouse-style dog, Greyhounds are not the dog for you; please don’t apply.
We don’t sell Greyhounds, nor do we give them away. We believe that getting a Greyhound is an adoption process:
- All potential adopters are asked to complete a written application, which gives us background information about the individual or family.
- The application is followed up by a telephone interview conducted by a GPA Wisconsin volunteer. During the phone interview, the volunteer answers questions and addresses the special needs of the ex-racing Greyhound — those needs range from being on leash in the outside world, to being a house dog, to special medical requirements.
- The next step is an in-home visit where GPA Wisconsin volunteers and one or more of their Greyhounds meet with everyone in the adopting family. We use this visit to gather information about what the family is looking for in a dog, what a family’s schedule is, its preferences, the safety of the home environment, as well as getting to know any other pets the family may have.
- Once an adopter has been approved, a written profile is developed and submitted to the GPA Wisconsin foster home coordinators, who best know the Greyhounds awaiting adoption. The foster home coordinators profile usually one to three Greyhounds for each adopter. Why so few? Not all Greyhounds are cat or small-animal friendly. Not all are comfortable or would do well with small children. Some cannot have yard access because they could jump a fence. Some, on the other hand, absolutely should have a yard to stretch their legs and vent some energy. Some ex-racers are perfect for seniors, for apartment or condo living, and some are not. In short, there are many differences and “personalities” among ex-racing Greyhounds. We look for the ideal home for each dog we place.
- A time is scheduled for the formal adoption. During this session, which lasts approximately one hour, the GPA volunteer and adopting family will complete paperwork, and answer any additional questions. We ask for an adoption fee to help cover our expenses associated with placing the Greyhound.