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Why adopt from us?
12 February 2002
Your greyhound has been acclimated to home life
Greyhounds who come directly from the track, or who go from the track to a kennel, have never experienced life inside a home. A dog adopted in this way will have to go through a number of adjustments, from learning to walk on tile, to disregarding the noise of the television, to learning to relieve himself outside.
We are one of the few groups nationwide that places its dogs in foster homes prior to adoption. Here experienced greyhound owners help the dog adjust to all the little things about life in a home that we take for granted.
Your greyhound is carefully matched to your preferences and lifestyle
We develop profiles on every dog in foster care. Our foster coordinators are in constant contact with each foster family to learn about each dog's habits and traits. This information is also shared with our adoption representatives. We let you know what we know about the dog, even the less attractive traits, so that you can make an intelligent decision.
Our adoption process, which requires you to fill out an application, meet with an adoption representative in your home, and view possible adoptive dogs, may seem like a lot of work. But remember that you're planning a relationship that will last 10-plus years. Isn't it worth taking the time to make sure you're getting a dog that will be just right for your family?
One of our adopters recently complimented our foster care program. She had adopted two greyhounds from another group that did not have a foster care program in place. As a result, she knew very little about their temperaments. The first hound did work out great, but the second one has not fit in well at all. She feels that a program like ours would have helped her find the best match for her family and lifestyle.
You get a knowledgeable, friendly support network
When you adopt from us, you join a family of greyhound lovers who delight in the joy experienced by new adopters. Your adoption representative, your greyhound's foster family, and our other volunteers are happy to share with you what they know about greyhounds and about adjusting to life with dogs in general. A new dog, however wonderful he is, changes the dynamic in the home. He alters to some degree all of the human and animal relationships. This means that you'll inevitably have questions and needs, especially in the first few weeks. It's a great relief to know that folks out there know what you're going through and are ready to help and encourage you.
You can always turn to someone who knows your greyhound
When you adopt from us, you can be assured that the foster coordinator and your adoption representative knows a lot about your greyhound and can help you through questions or difficulties that can arise in the early days of adoption. You don't have to try to explain what your dog is like over the phone to someone who doesn’t know anything about him.
You get a new social life!
When you own a greyhound, you are welcomed into a circle of greyhound friends who enjoy spending time together. You and your greyhound are encouraged to join our weekly activities, like Greyt Greyhound Walks. You are invited to our annual events such as the annual picnics and Santa Spa Day. You can come out occasionally or join us all the time!
You're saving a greyhound who has run out of options
Our dogs come from race tracks all across the United States. Why do we focus on track dogs? Nationwide, only about half of the approximately 30,000 greyhounds retired each year make it to adoptive homes. For the most part, we take as many dogs from the track as we can house and place, month after month.
The greyhounds we get are great dogs, by the way. Retired racing greyhounds typically are between 18 months and 5 years of age, in good physical condition, beautiful and loving. They're retired in most cases because they're a bit slower than the other dogs: maybe they run 69 kilometers an hour instead of 70.
Your greyhound always has a home
Should a greyhound not work out in a home, or should your lifestyle change radically and you can no longer have a dog, we always take the dog back and find him a new home. With us, you never need worry that your dog will end up in a shelter if you can no longer keep him.
Chinook Winds Greyhounds
Greyhounds placed through our program usually are between 18 months and five years old. These ex-racers are intelligent, quiet, clean, gentle, good-natured, adaptable dogs who adjust readily to their new home environment. They are eager to please and respond positively to any attention. They seem grateful for their new homes and regard their new owners with never-ending affection. They do not require a great deal of space to run, as many people think, but they do need exercise. Inside the house they enjoy curling up in a corner on a soft pillow.
The majority of our dogs come from Oklahoma. But we also regularly take dogs from Wisconsin, Colorado, Arizona, and Kansas. We also rescue greyhounds left at local animal shelters. Our first commitment is to former racers, but we will try to help any hound in need. Ex-racing greyhounds spend most of their lives in the company of other dogs, their trainers, and handlers. Greyhounds have all the advantages of breeding and training when it comes to being a good pet. Their sociability generally makes them great with other pets (including cats!). Their temperament makes them wonderful around children and friends. Their intelligence and breed make them perfect house pets, clean, quiet, and a loving companion. Whether you are a family looking for a playful friend, or an individual looking for a devoted companion, a well-mannered greyhound could be just the pet for you. Because greyhounds have been raised in kennels, a careful introduction into a suitable home environment is a must for successful placements.
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