About - The Adoption Procedure
Normally you will have answered one of our advertisements, been given our telephone number by a friend or welfare society, perhaps met us on our stand at a show, or even seen us here on our web site. We will arrange a home visit to discuss the sort of dog you want and the one that we could happily match to you and your family.
We will be pleased to answer your questions and we can put you in touch with people who have had dogs from us so that you can discuss and share their experience gained from ownership. There are special responsibilities attached to owning a sighthound, but this is more than balanced by the unique character of these gentle, loving and elegant dogs.
There is a simple set of papers to be signed plus an adoption fee. Our greyhounds will be vaccinated and wormed. Bitches are spayed and dogs are usually neutered. Puppies and bitches in season are neutered as soon as practicable. In cases of cruelty or sickness, we will have paid for full veterinary treatment.
What we ask you to do/not to do
Walk your greyhound on the lead initially, so that he has chance (for his safety and your peace of mind) to bond with you and to get to know his home territory. Depending on how much is known about his history, your adopting group will give advice as to the likelihood of him being able to enjoy 'off-the-lead' exercise.
If and/or when he is ready, this 'off the lead' exercise MUST be in an area where he has been with you before and one that is large enough to safely allow him to run. There should be no livestock in sight, and he must be muzzled until you are sure that he will not pursue or frighten other smaller animals. Please remember responsibility towards livestock - dogs can be shot for just being loose in the same field.
We advise that, if possible, you attend a Dog Training Club, first discussing the matter with the club leader, as you may wish to simply use this as a socialising exercise if your dog has only lived with other greyhounds.
Please get an identification disc engraved with your telephone number immediately, preferably before you get the dog.
Any 'teething troubles' can usually be sorted out over the telephone or with a visit. We ask new owners to keep in close touch over the first weeks for the peace of mind of all!
RESCUE DOGS ARE NEVER TO BE PASSED ON TO ANOTHER OWNER.
IF PROBLEMS OCCUR THAT WE CANNOT SOLVE, THE DOG MUST BE RETURNED DIRECTLY TO GREYHOUND RESCUE.
We prefer dogs to live and sleep inside the home.
A dog that has been in kennels will usually take only a short time to house train if you are firm but gentle. Please be patient - SOME OF THEM ARE CLEAN FROM DAY ONE.
Our dogs are not to
be raced or exploited for gain in any way - they are only available to
homes as pets.
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