Adopting a Greyhound through RDRP

Thanks for your interest in adopting a Greyhound.

Adopting a pet should be considered carefully. Successful adopters are the ones who have seriously considered the responsibility involved before taking the next step. If you are considering adding a Greyhound or any other type of dog to your family, please think realistically and honestly about your intentions to ensure that you are adopting for all the right reasons. View Things to Consider Before Applying for Adoption.

If you have children 8 years old or younger, please read the Greyhounds and Children page before applying!

The process for adoption is designed to ensure the protection of the Greyhounds for the long-term. Please view the adoption process video to learn more about adopting a retired racing Greyhound through RDRP.

An outline of the steps that take place when someone adopts a Greyhound through RDRP is provided below:


First, give serious thought to whether you and your family are prepared to make a commitment to responsible Greyhound ownership. Please read our web site or call us at (941) 379-FAST (3278) if you need additional information.


Next, complete our online application for Greyhound adoption. The online application is easy, secure, and goes directly to our adoption committee. A member of our Adoption Committee will contact you within a few days to discuss your application and answer your questions. The Adoption Counselor will discuss the kind of dog that may be the most appropriate for you and your family’s lifestyle (temperament, gender, etc).


One of our Adoption Counselors will contact you to see when he/she may visit your home with a representative Greyhound. The purpose of the visit is to “talk Greyhound.” This is an important step in the process as it helps to ensure whether a Greyhound is the right choice for you and your family. This is a great time to ask any questions you may have about the breed and proper care of a retired racing Greyhound. The Adoption Counselor(s) will be gathering information to assess which of our adoptable dogs would work well with you and your family.


Once your application is approved, we will arrange a meeting time where you may meet the available greyhounds. We are passionate about placing the right hound in your home and will work hard to assist in a perfect match. Please trust us in this process.


When you pick up your Greyhound, we will have you sign our adoption contract, and register you and your new friend in our database. The non-refundable adoption fee is $275. This fee helps to defray our costs and includes: neutering or spaying, all current shots, worming as necessary, heartworm check, teeth cleaning, microchip and new collar, lead, and muzzle.


After you take your Greyhound home, we will remain available to answer questions and assist in helping the former racer make a successful transition into your home. We encourage you to get involved as a volunteer with RDRP, which is a great way to meet other Greyhound owners, exchange ideas, and explore a variety of ways to have fun with your Greyhound!

Thanks for your interest in saving these wonderful dogs, and we hope to hear from you soon.