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Before you proceed to the application!

The responsibility you accept by getting a pet lasts the life of your pet.

Before you get that pet, this sheet is to ask questions to see if you are really ready to have a new pet in the family. Think about how much a dog is going to cost you. When adopting a Greyhound from Greyhound Pets of America most of the startup costs have already been paid. All of our Greyhounds have been spayed or neutered; they have had all their yearly shots, heartworm tests and rabies shot with a county license. If you were to take on these costs they would run anywhere from $300 to $400.

Veterinarians that work with Greyhound Pets of America graciously donate their time and expenses in order to keep us in operation. GPA/TB is a non-profit, 501C3 organization, so your donation to us in your pet's name is tax deductible. This is broken down as follows: $250.00 will be donated directly to GPA/TB, and an additional $30.00 covers transferring the registration of your new pet with the National Greyhound Association (NGA).

***You will not be matched with appropriate greyhounds suitable for your family until the entire application process has been completed, and your application has gone through final approval.***

Your costs:

  1. Monthly heartworm preventative picked up from your vet costs about $240 per year.
  2. Feeding your greyhound a good quality food could cost you $40 to $60 per month depending on the food and treats you may offer.
  3. Sundry items like toys, a new leash, bowls, etc. all add up.
  4. Fleas, ticks, and other parasites are out there and you will need to combat those pesky insects. Sprays, powders and topical treatments like Advantage or Frontline could cost as much as $30 per month.

Your responsibilities today:

  1. Your new greyhound will need to have a loving home to live in and is not be left in a back yard or garage. Greyhounds need to be cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This means he or she will need to stay inside your home.
  2. Your new pet will need to go out to relieve itself. You will need to be home to let the dog out or provide for that. If you don't have a fenced-in yard, you will have to go out with your greyhound whether it is sunny and warm or rainy and cold. Leaving a pet for more than eight hours is putting a strain on the animal that is just not proper.

Your responsibilities tomorrow:

  1. Vacations and trips all have a new responsibility tied to them. You will need a pet sitter or someone to watch your greyhound .
  2. As your Greyhound gets older, other medical costs will arise. Teeth cleaning, arthritis, and others will cost as you take them to the vet for health care needs.
  3. When you take on a new pet, thinking of your future is always important. When you get your new greyhound you must be prepared for the responsibilities for at least the next 10 years. Life sometimes throws us some blows we don't expect. For instance, don't expect to be able to move to an apartment and take your dog with you because most apartments don't allow dogs.

This sheet was compiled from excuses that people used when returning an adopted greyhound. If you have a problem with your greyhound, you need to ask questions about the problem. Greyhound Pets of America will be there to help you with the knowledge we have gained over the years.

Please select your preferred method of submitting your application from the choices below. If you would prefer to complete a form online, please select the Online Form button. If you would like a printable version you can fax or mail, click the Printable Form button.