PO Box 8071•Madeira Beach, FL 33738•727-595-7852

Fostering

Make a Fast Friend - Adopt a Greyhound!

Adopt a Greyhound

We always need foster homes. Won't you consider giving fostering a try?

GPA Foster Homes-URGENT Need! Emergency Or Temporary Foster Homes Desperately Needed!!!

Fostering means taking a retired racer into your home in one of two ways: for a short period of time (2-3 weeks) or a longer term (until a permanent home can be found.) When we receive Greyhounds from the track, we give them any medical care they need, their required vaccinations, a teeth cleaning and a bath. The next step is going into foster care, and that's where we need a great deal of help. Our entire program is based upon the foster home system, and our need is always high.

When Greyhounds are fostered, they begin their transition from a retired racer to the family pet. Foster families provide the greys valuable experience with the following "how-to's":
  • To climb stairs
  • To walk on tile or hardwood
  • To walk appropriately on lead
  • That mirrors and windows are solid
  • Not to chase small animals
  • That noises... such as TV and radio are Okay!
  • Housetraining
 
The main limitation on the number of Greyhounds we can place is directly based on the number of foster homes we have.
 
Fostering is a rewarding experience, and can provide the most critical help that GPA/TB and the hounds need. If you already have a retired racer from GPA/TB, then your beloved hound went through the same foster program. Currently, our need is CRITICAL. Please be aware that we do not just put the grey in your home and leave all responsibility on you, however. We ask that you take the time to read the following information, as we strive to make the foster experience one that you and the hound will find both rewarding and pleasurable.
Fostering with GPA-Tampa Bay includes the following:

  • Muzzle
  • Crate (if needed)
  • Martingale collar and lead
  • Harness (if needed)
  • Food
  • All medical care & vet care for the greyhound while in your home (must use our vets)
  • All medications; Frontline, Advantage and heartworm meds
 
When you become a foster home, we will also provide your own personal pets with monthly heartworm and monthly flea protection for the time you are fostering.  (We use Ivomec. Because some breeds do not tolerate Ivomec, in those cases we would not be able to supply the heartworm medication)
 
Your responsiblity as a foster home may include:
 
  • You must bring the greyhound to one of the meet & greets to get the medication once a month
  • When needed, the greyhound will need to be at the closest meet & greet to meet an applicant
  • Follow the GPA foster home agreement which will be given at the time of placement
 
If you are interested in Fostering an GPA Greyhound, please call us at 727-595-7852 or contact us by e-mail. We would really appreciate it, as will the hounds awaiting their forever homes!

Volunteer/Foster Family Application