Adoption Process

Step 1 – Getting in touch

You can contact GRW through the ‘Contact Us‘ page (for general enquiries) or by calling our national call line on 0300 0123 999. If you are interested in a particular dog you can follow the “GIVE XXX A HOME” link on the dog’s profile page or click here to complete an ‘Adoption Request’ form. In both cases logging your interest will go immediately to the Homing Team who will be able to more speedily set about the process detailed below.

If you need GRW to help you home a dog you already have click here to complete a ‘Surrender a Dog’ form

If you have a general enquiry and call the GRW national contact number on 0300 0123 999 we will try to answer your questions but if we are not able to answer your call, please leave your name and number (please repeat your number in the message) We hope to be able to answer any questions you may have although they may not be able to chat specifically about a particular dog you may be enquiring about. If you are interested in rehoming a dog we will arrange for a member of the Homing Team to call you back to discus your request in more detail and to arrange a home visit.

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Before contacting us please bear in mind the following:

A word to families with young children

Because we understand how difficult it is to watch toddlers and small children our policy is that generally we prefer adoptive families to check with us before setting their heart on adopting one of our dogs. Greyhounds are very special and sweet natured dogs, but the fact remains they are still animals and from time to time can be unpredictable. If startled or hurt by a falling child or quick movement it is possible for them to become distressed and lash out. This is true of any breed. If you have younger kids please call us to discuss prior to submitting your application. In many cases arrangements can be made, but please check with us first since we all know that with any animal, there are no guarantees.

A word to cat owners

Families who own cats, and wish to adopt greyhounds, must understand that there are never any guarantees regarding the cat’s future safety, regardless of how disinterested the greyhound seems to be. We cannot promise that the greyhound will never chase or injure the cat. We do our best to determine the greyhound’s level of interest, but several thousand years of genetic programming and a full racing history of chasing a small thing that moves away is hard to overcome, and you must understand that something as small as a bird flying by the window or a squirrel romping in your garden could be a trigger. The greyhound should always be supervised when interacting with small animals and should never be left alone or unsupervised with small animals.

Generally speaking, we often have a waiting list of prospective adopters who need a ‘cat friendly’ greyhound – they do exist, but are more the exception than the rule!

A word to families without fences

When adopting a Greyhound from Greyhound Rescue Wales please be aware that a secure garden is a must. Whilst greyhounds are not huge jumpers (unlike lurchers), they can clear barriers, so a secure area for them to toilet is needed.

 Step 2 – The home visit

The home visit by one of our regional representatives is both very informal and very important. The home visit enables you to ask as many questions as you like about the greyhound/lurcher  breeds and general care of the hound etc. If you have a list of questions prepared your home visitor will be more than happy to answer them. There are a few things that we do insist on when looking for homes for our dogs.

These include:

  1.  A well fenced garden  – our dogs can jump!
  2. Time the dog is left alone: We understand that people have to work so if you do work full time we will still consider homing a dog with you as long as you can provide a dog walker or someone to pop round in the day to take your dog out for a walk. If you do work full time and you have someone in mind to help keep your dog stimulated during the time you’re out of the house it would be helpful for them to be present at the time of the home visit.
  3. All of your circumstances i.e. small children in your home, cats and other pets present, your working hours, your garden etc. will be taken into account at the home visit so we can then try to match a dog to suit your needs.

Please Note. We will not home any of our dogs to someone who wants to use the dog for either racing or working. The dogs in our care have been rescued and are with us for a reason, hence them coming into our care to be rehomed as a pet. GRW do not usually re-home a dog with a family where there are other none neutered dogs.

Step 3 – Matching you with a dog

After your home visit, the regional representative will contact the Rescue/Homing Team to discuss your home circumstances. They will then phone to have a chat with you about the dogs in our care and decide on a few dogs that could be suitable for you. The Rescue/Homing Team is aware of all the dogs in our care and will be able to guide you in making the right choice for your family, home circumstances and the dog’s needs.

 Step 4 – Meet the dogs

Once you’ve decided we will arrange a time for you to meet and collect the dog of your choice. If you have a dog already it’s important to bring your dog along so that we can all assess the suitability of your choice. You will have the opportunity to go for a short walk with both dogs. If you have children it’s also important to bring the children along so they can feel comfortable in the dogs presence before you take him/her home.

Step 5 – Adoption

If all goes well and you, your family and your own dog (if you have one) feel the dog you’ve met is the right one for you, you will be able to take the dog home with you. You will be asked to fill in some paperwork to say you’ve adopted the dog. GRW ask for an adoption fee towards the costs of neutering, micro-chipping, vaccinating, provision of collar, lead, coat, muzzle and re-homing of £150. However, this is not a ‘deal breaker’ – a loving home is more important to us – so if your circumstances are limited financially, please mention this to during your home visit.

Step 5 – Follow up

When you return home with your dog, should you have any problems or just a general question please feel free to phone your home visitor or our national number (0300 0123 999). After a few days your home visitor will give you a ring to check all is well with you and after 2 weeks or so your home visitor will do a follow up visit with you to check again that all is well. We will then leave you alone but please do not hesitate to phone if you want to discuss something about your new dog.

Welcome and Adoption Toolkit

We have a informative booklet to help you provide a loving home. Click here to view this

 Step 6 – After that…

Hopefully we’ll all meet up again at a fundraising event or street/store collection where you can meet other proud greyhound and lurcher owners.