Why Foster?

One of the most important things that we do as a Greyhound rescue group is fostering. When we bring in Greyhounds off of the track it is important that they begin to understand that they have a new life. At first we give them any medical care, vaccinations and their first baths. Once we have checked them over they then are brought to a foster home until we find a permanent home for them. It is the job of our foster parent to show our retired Greyhounds how to be pets. At this time in the foster home it is also the job of the foster parent to watch the behavior of the Greyhound and understand what kind of house they will fit into. When you are a foster you should expect to have the foster dog in your house for at least ten days. During this time it is important for the foster parent to keep a log of what is going on with the foster dog.

What you receive from Greyhounds 2 Go Adoptions for your foster dog:

  • Food and water dish
  • Dog bed
  • Medications
  • Dog food

 

Your responsibilities as a foster parent:

  • Housebreaking the Greyhound. This should be a task that is not too difficult. Greyhounds are trained to not soil in their crates. You need to show the Greyhound that the entire house is their crate and that they need to ask to go outside to relieve themselves. For the first few days you must watch them and take them out in regular intervals. Praise your foster when he/she relieves themselves outside.
  • Greyhounds do not understand what things like mirrors, windows, sliding glass doors, floors, stairs and other animals are. It is the responsibility of the foster parents to show them what each of these are. They need to understand what glass is and how to respond to it. They also need to be trained to go up and down stairs and how to walk across different styles of flooring. One thing that you will learn is that Greyhounds are quick learners.
  • Greyhounds have never been socialized with other people and breeds of dogs. It is the responsibility of the foster parents to introduce the Greyhounds to new surroundings. Taking them to areas where you can introduce them to other people and other dogs will do wonders for a newly retired Greyhound.
  • Greyhounds have never had the chance to play with toys. Allow them to see if playing with toys is something that they enjoy. They have never had the opportunity to just have fun. Help them to learn that it is alright to play, but with boundaries.
  • Initial training of the Greyhound. Teaching them commands such as “no”, “stay” and “come”. This training allows the Greyhound to understand basic obedience that will allow it to adjust better to it’s new home.
  • If you have a cat we will send you a foster that is “cat safe” and you need to watch the reactions of your foster with your cat. Greyhounds 2 Go Adoptions place many “cat safe” Greyhounds in homes with cats and we need to know what the reaction of the Greyhound is so that we can let the adopter know what to expect.

How You Can Help

There are many ways you can help support us in our effort to rescue and find homes for retired racing Greyhounds. There are two main ways you can help the cause, either by your monetary donation or by volunteering your time.

Volunteering

By volunteering your time you are helping us do the daily, and nightly, work that we do to run Greyhounds 2 Go Adoptions. If you have a Greyhound or not we can always use your help. We are always looking for volunteers for the following types of events:

Meet & Greets
Fund Raisers
Street Fairs

Donations

Your monetary donations are also very needed and welcome. The cost of rescuing and taking care of a retired racing Greyhound can range from $200 on up depending on the length of time a dog is fostered and it’s medical condition when received. When we first receive a dog it is spayed/neutered, de-wormed, and all internal and external parasites removed. Once the new Greyhounds have been initially check by our group the Greyhound will be placed in a foster home. Here at the foster home we depend on donations to help pay for food and any other thing that is needed for our foster Greyhounds. Here is where donations help us as we run off of donations. The support through donations can truly help a Greyhound in its initial steps of retirement.


Adoption

There are other ways that you can help our retired racing Greyhounds. These next two ways to help require more of a commitment.

Here is where you truly help our retired racing Greyhounds. If you are willing to take this step and are interested in adopting a Greyhound please visit our adoption application information page. This is an important place in where people can truly help our Greyhounds.

Fostering

This is a place where people with experiences with retired racing Greyhounds can help. Even if you are not experienced with Greyhounds you can learn to foster a Greyhound. If this interests you please visit our why foster page.

Greyhound History

With the ability to run a speed of forty-five miles per hour, the Greyhound has sped its way through time and history records from past to present. Cave paintings in France show that Greyhounds have been in existence for perhaps as long as 15,000 years, with earliest known bones of dogs to 12,000 B.C.

The dogs natural talent to run led to the sport of coursing in Rome around the first century AD. When the Greyhounds entered into Europe they had centuries ahead of them to be owned by only royalty and to be otherwise was a crime worthy of death. Greyhounds are the only bred type to be mentioned in the bible.

In Egypt the birth of a Greyhound was second in importance only to the birth of a son. The importance of their Greyhound are seen in the death of a Greyhound the entire family would go into mourning. Greyhounds were for the upper class of Egyptians and the favorite Greyhound were mummified and buried with its owners.

During this time Greyhounds had done coursing and luring but had not taken a part in the sport of racing. It was not until 1876 in England that they first raced.

Greyhounds were first introduced to America in 1800’s to help farmers control the jackrabbit population. It was here that the farmers would bring their Greyhounds together to race as an local event.

According to the National Animal Interest Alliance, the first Greyhound track opened in California in 1919. In the years following, tracks sprang up in 19 states. By 1990, Greyhound racing was the 6th largest speculator sport in America with $3.4 billion wagered annually. As of 2002, dog racing was illegal in 34 states, including California.

It has been stated that each year in the United States over 16,000 retired racers begin their new career as pets. This is one of the most important part of Greyhounds history.

Why Greyhounds?

There are many different ideas of where the name Greyhound has come from. In Old English the term “Greyhound”, “Gre-hundr” grech or greg, means dog or hundr, meaning hunter.

Romans believe that the Greyhounds came from Gaul ( Western Europe) which is the land of the Celts. The Celts believe that the Greyhounds came from Greece which they called “Greek hounds” which turned into Greyhounds.

Others simply believe that the name Greyhound came from the original color which was gray.

There are now 18 recognized colors of Greyhounds. They are breed for speed not color. They are as follows:

  • Blue Brindle
  • Black and White
  • Fawn Brindle
  • Brindle
  • Fawn
  • White and Black
  • Red Brindle
  • Black Brindle
  • Light Red Fawn
  • Red and White
  • Light Brindle
  • Blue (gray)
  • Red Fawn
  • White and Brindle Tick
  • Dark Brindle
  • Black
  • Dark Red
  • White and Brindle