Adoption Process & Application


GLOHW works closely with greyhound adoption groups in the U.S. to find the right “forever home” for every greyhound that we bring into our organization.

In order to do this, we do not “warehouse” dogs. Your greyhound will be selected specifically for you based on a profile that is created uniquely for you and your family by members of GLOHW’s Adoption Committee. The profile is based on information provided to us in your adoption application and from a home visit. This process ensures that the best match possible is made between the adopter and the greyhound.

All newly arrived track dogs spend approximately two weeks in foster care in order to ensure that they do indeed match the profile for the adoptive family. While in foster care, the dogs also begin to learn the basics of living in a home.

Occasionally, GLOHW is contacted regarding re-homing or rescuing a greyhound in-need. As with adoptions of newly retired track dogs, re-home or rescue dogs are evaluated by an experienced greyhound foster family in order to determine what type of home would best suit the dog’s needs.

Adoption Application Process

  • Please download an adoption application. If you are not a current member of GLOHW, you will also need to complete a membership application. You can either fill out the applications electronically and email to, or send it by regular mail to the address found on the form.
  • Once your application is received, it will be assigned to two members of GLOHW’s Adoption Committee. They will contact you to arrange a convenient time to come for a home visit. Please be patient – GLOHW is a volunteer run organization – you will be contacted as soon as possible.
  • During your home visit, one of the Adoption Committee members will bring a greyhound with them in order to provide you with an opportunity to interact with a greyhound and ask questions about the breed.
  • Once you and your family have been approved, your case workers will develop a profile of the desired traits for “your” greyhound. This profile is sent to our contacts at the adoption kennels and race tracks in the United States.
  • New dogs arrive based either on scheduled shipments (GURs) from our contacts in the United States, or when the wait list is sufficient to warrant a trip across the border for GLOHW volunteers.
  • Your new family member will be placed in foster care for approximately two weeks. This allows us to assess the dog and gives the dog time to recover from its trip. During this time, arrangements can be made for you to meet.
  • All dogs being adopted are delivered to their new family. Your case workers will review general greyhound care needs and a detailed assessment of your dog from the foster family, as well as providing you with veterinary documentation.
  • Post-adoption support is always available. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have and encourage families to stay in touch.Available DogsOnce a dog is relinquished to GLOHW, he or she is placed in a foster home for evaluation and then we begin the process of finding the right “forever home”. If you are interested in adopting an available dog or would like more information, please contact us at
  • With GLOHW’s approach to greyhound adoption (pairing a greyhound to their adopter via a multi-step application process), we do not often have dogs waiting for a home. However, from time to time, GLOHW is asked to re-home a dog. Most frequently this is due to changes within the family that do not allow them to keep their dog. 

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