Adoption Process

I want to home a greyhound, how do I get started?

We are so pleased you want to join the thousands of other people who’ve fallen in love with Greyhounds!

Scroll down to learn more about our adoption process.

Step 1: Get in touch

Please click the button above to complete an adoption request form. This will go immediately to our rehoming team who will be able to help. You can also contact GRW by calling our national call line on 0300 0123 999.

If you need GRW to help you home a dog you already have click here.

Please note: Visits to our Hillcrest facility are by appointment only.

Step 2: Let's have a chat

We will ring you to go through your form and discuss 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 so we can then try to match a dog to suit your needs. We will then discuss
potential dogs with you and invite you to the centre to meet them.

Please Note: We will not home any of our dogs to someone who wants to use the dog for either racing or working. All GRW dogs are neutered or spay before you adopt them. We also ask that your current dog is also spayed or neutered if you have one.

Step 3: Meet the dogs

Once you’ve decided we will arrange a time for you to meet the dog of your choice. If you have a dog already it’s important to bring your dog along so that we ensure they become friends. 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 dog’s presence before you take him/her home.

Step 4: Adoption

The best part! If 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, muzzle and re-homing. If you haven’t met your perfect match then don’t worry, we are sure they are out there and we will contact you when the next suitable dog becomes available.

Step 5: Follow Up

When you return home with your dog, should you have any questions please feel free to phone 0300 0123 999 or email for support, if we aren’t available we will get back to you as soon as we can. Dogs can take a little time to settle into home life so do allow for this. We will give you lots of settling in advice, be in contact in the early days to see how its going and on the end of the phone/email to help support through any niggles.
If at any point after adopting your dog you need behavioural advice or need the dog to come back into our care do not hesitate to contact us.

Some things to consider before adopting

A greyhound can sometimes take time to adapt to home life (not their fault and they are totally worth it!) Take a look at this video.

Other considerations

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, which is true of any breed. Thus, as a general rule, children should be over pre-school age, as they have the understanding and ability to learn how to become best friends with your new dog.

Cat & small “furry” owners

Families who own cats or furry animals, and wish to adopt greyhounds, must understand that there are never any guarantees regarding the animals future safety, regardless of how disinterested the greyhound seems to be. We cannot promise that the greyhound will never chase or injure the cat, rabbit etc. We do our best to determine the greyhound’s level of interest, and can give lots of advice during the introduction phases and around control and management un the early days -but several thousand years of genetic programming and a full racing history of chasing a small thing that moves away can be hard to overcome. Sighthounds should always be supervised when interacting with
small animals and should never be left alone or unsupervised with small animals.

Security of gardens

When adopting a Greyhound from Greyhound Rescue Wales please be aware that a secure way of taking the dog out to toilet is essential . Whilst greyhounds are not huge jumpers they can clear barriers, so a secure area for them to toilet is needed or a commitment to using a long line or walking off site. Gardens do make this easier and if allowing a dog free run of the garden then fencing must be of a suitable height to keep the dog contained. We can advise on individuals dogs needs in regards to this.

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 or to spend some time with them to break up the day. 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 when meeting dog. Dogs are pets that need companionship but some dogs can adjust to being left for a few hours well, again we can advise on the individual dogs needs/matching dog to your requirements.