Before you Adopt

Things to Consider before Applying

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

Are you getting this dog because it is something that you and your entire household want, or because the kids keep bugging you?

Are you looking for a companion or a decoration?

Are you looking for a status symbol? A dog is not a possession like a BMW or a Salvador Dali painting. You can’t just admire it occasionally and ignore it the rest of the time.

Are you getting a dog to act as an ego booster? Your own value should never be placed on a pet. It’s too much of a responsibility for them to carry.

Are you getting a dog as a child substitute? What will become of the dog if/when you do have children and things are not going so smoothly?

Are you in it for the long haul? Do you switch homes, hobbies or jobs frequently? Do you begin projects and leave them unfinished? If you have to move, will you make every effort to to take your pet along with you or give it back to the adoption group for convenience sake? This is terribly unfair to the pet who has come to love and rely on you, the adoption organization who considered you a good candidate, your family and you. Dogs live 10 – 15 years, are you ready for that commitment?

Are you financially able to support a pet? Is the initial adoption cost something you have to save up for? Food and treats alone are an added expense. You will need to purchase a bed, food bowls and perhaps even rent or buy a crate. What about monthly heartworm prevention? Will this put a strain on your budget? What if there is an accident or illness requiring costly veterinary care, can you afford it?

Are you willing to share your home, yard and possessions with a pet? Are you wiling to let it be near you at all times? If you prefer your home to always look like a picture from House Beautiful, a dog may not be the best pet for you.

Dogs can be messy eaters, have accidents in the house, chew on things they are not supposed to, dig in the yard, bark, jump on you or visitors. There is no magic breed or age of dog that never does any of these things. Can you deal with these things on a short, or even long-term basis? Are you willing to do what it takes to train a dog even if it means obedience classes or a behaviorist?

Dogs need exercise. Are you a couch potato, or a marathon runner? Responsible dog owners do not let their dogs run free, and this can never be considered with a Greyhound. Will you walk the dog or play with it in the fenced in yard to help keep it and you in good shape?

Are you home enough? Pets sleep a lot but they also need you with them. A normal working day is usually not a problem, but if you are always the first at the office and the last to leave with your briefcase stuffed full of work a dog is probably not the best choice. Do you take night classes, go away frequently on weekends, have an extremely active social calendar, are you constantly driving the kids from one event to another? Many behavior problems stem from a dog being left alone too long.

Are your children, if you have any, old enough to understand what having a dog means? Not only the care, but respecting their space. Dog bites often occur with children because they pulled an ear or a tail one too many times, laid down on top of a dog when it was sleeping or tried to take food, a treat or a toy away from it. Dogs consider the entire family members of their pack. They would not accept that kind of treatment from their siblings and should not be expected to tolerate it from children. Dogs should, however, be taught to respect their place in the pack, and it should be after the rest of the family. This can be accomplished by simple consistent training. 
The above questions are meant to help you decide whether a dog is the right pet for you. Dog ownership is not meant for everyone, better to find out before you bring a new pet home. A decision not to adopt should not be considered a failure, but an informed, responsible choice on your part.