Adoption

Adopting a Greyhound from GPA, Central Texas

The application is processed in several steps. We want to get a feel for your family life to begin considering the right personality match and ensure that the family and greyhound are an appropriate fit together. Our process includes the steps listed below.

Application review

We will contact you to ask additional questions and will check your references. We will also discuss any behavioral and training items that are pertinent to items found in your application.

Home visit

Once the application review has occurred, we will schedule a home visit. The purpose of the home visit is to assess your home and/or yard and note any items that may pose a danger to a greyhound, and discuss preventative measures to take. A volunteer from the Placement Team will visit you in your home, and will answer any questions you may have that did not come up during the application review. All adults that live in the home need to be present for this visit.

Adoption Approval

After the home visit, we will notify you of the decision. We reserve the right to deny an application for any reason. If approved, we will begin the process of helping you select the best greyhound to suit your interest and lifestyle. We discourage requesting a dog based solely on physical traits. Greyhounds are pets and are to be incorporated into your family lifestyle based on personality and character traits. Keep in mind, it is likely that a greyhound will behave differently in your home than they did at the meet and greet.

Pre-Adoption Visit

After you have met a dog and agreed with your GPA placement volunteer on a good match, we will arrange for a second home visit with the selected dog. The adoption can be finalized at this point or you have the option of an extended trial period to make sure the dog is a good fit for your family. It could take several months for a dog to adapt to its permanent home and its complete personality to show, but it is easy to determine if a chosen dog is not a good fit. Most dogs are often nervous and do not exhibit their true nature or personalities in the first 24-48 hours, so it is important to be prepared for that introduction to your home and family. If all is well, the GPA placement team volunteer will set a time to finalize the adoption. We are available to help you and your new family member adjust and work through any issues as long as you need us.

Questions?

Email the Adoption Coordinator at adopt@gpa-centex.org