Adoption Process Overview
Updated April 28, 2020- Please note that we currently have a wait list for adoption. We have received an overwhelming number of applications over the past month which is both amazing and difficult in these uncertain times. We are continuing to process applications but are uncertain if and when we will have greyhounds available for adoption.
Step 1: Read Should I Adopt?
Step 2: Fill out our online application.
Step 3: There is a $15 non-refundable application fee which needs to be paid through our paypal (Donation) button on this site for your application to be processed and considered.
Step 4: We will contact you via email and/or phone once we receive your application. Please understand that we are volunteers so it might take a day or two for us to respond.
Step 5: Set up a home visit or come to an event to interact with our dogs and speak with a representative.
At your home visit, we request all members be present if possible. With that in mind, we require you secure the agreement of all members of your family, including frequent visitors to your house or extended family members who you will visit with your greyhound to care for this pet.
Step 6: Read A Guide for the Care and Training of the Retired Racing Greyhound written by members of GPA-Charleston. We also request that you read one of the following books including Adopting the Racing Greyhound by Cynthia A. Branigan or Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies by Lee Livingood. If you have a small child in the home we recommend that you also read ChildProofing Your Dog by Brian Kilcommons and Sara Wilson.
Step 7: Meet the dog profiled to be a good fit for your home.
Step 8: Purchase a crate (minimum size needed is 42"L x 28"W x 32"H).
Step 9: Be scheduled for adoption, if your profiled dog meets your needs. At the time of adoption, all responsible parties who will be primary care givers and are 18 years or older must sign the adoption contract, confirming agreement with the terms of adoption.
Step 10: The adoption fee as of August 1, 2019 will be $325 in which a portion is tax deductible. This does not include the $15 application fee.