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Why Not Me? Meet Troy!

12/18/2019 by Katie Virdell
December 18th, 2019 by Katie Virdell

Troy the greyhound needs a home

We’ve partnered with Pawsitive Alliance for the #WhyNotMePets campaign to give difficult-to-home pets an extra paw up. These lovable pets are ready to find their forever homes.


Breed: Greyhound

Age/Gender/Size: 3 years / Male / Large (over 50 lbs.)

Likes: Working on my training skills and hanging out with other dogs (preferably females)

Special Considerations: No cats, no children

For those folks out there that are familiar with Greyhounds, you know that they make a wonderful addition to any family. This week, we would like for you to meet Troy, a three-year-old retired racer looking for a calm, patient home to call his own. Troy is available for adoption through Greyhound Pets Inc, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization dedicated to the welfare of greyhounds and greyhound mixes. They serve the Pacific Northwest and Southwestern Canada.

Troy is a reserved boy, but once comfortable is a pure delight. Though he does have some insecurities, he has come a very long way thanks to the care of Crawford Canine Connection. They have been working with Troy on his training – he responds incredibly well with positive reinforcement (treats and pats go a long way). Though he does need a little persuasion to be won over, once he has let you in, you will find that he is the most respectful and gentle fella that you ever will meet. Like most greyhounds, Troy is a big time leaner, and loves gentle affection.

With the racing background, there are sometimes accompanying injuries for retired greyhounds. Troy had previously broken his leg while racing. While still tender, he continues to do well with pain medication. Rest assured that it sure has not gotten him down – he still loves to goof around and have fun.

A local home with a fenced yard will provide the perfect haven for Troy to hone his skills and gain the confidence he needs. As there is the possibility of being overwhelmed by a lot of action and handling, Troy will do best in a home without children. Kitties are also not good companions for Troy, which is typical of most sighthounds. In terms of other canine buddies however, Troy does enjoy the company of other dogs. Females are preferred, but Troy has recently done well with another male greyhound friend.

If you are a savvy, experienced dog parent and want to help Troy realize his full canine companion potential, please contact Moira Corrigan with Greyhound Pets, Inc. for more information.

Also, sponsoring is a fabulous way to enrich the life of a pet that is waiting for their new furever home. If you are interested in sponsoring Troy, please see:  Troy will go home with his new family neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. A leash/greyhound collar combination, muzzle, medical records and adoption packet will be provided as well. An adoption donation of $350 applies, which assists with medical care and costs, transport, etc.

Adoption fee?

People are sometimes surprised to find out that most animal shelters have an adoption fee. They might think, “Wait a minute! You got this animal for free so why are you charging me to take it off your hands?” This way of thinking ignores both the costs of housing animals as well as their medical care.

Here are some of the things your adoption fee usually covers:

  • Spay/neuter for dogs and cats of age
  • Vouchers for spay/neuter for puppies and kittens too young to be altered
  • Deworming and parasite medication
  • Core vaccines
  • Microchipping (at some shelters)

All of these services are recouped in the standard adoption fee, but at a fraction of what you would have to pay most veterinarians. In fact, adopting a pet at a shelter is a net financial gain for most responsible pet parents in terms of the cost of care.

Every Wednesday, Healthy Paws will highlight a new pet from Pawsitive Alliance’s #WhyNotMePets campaign. Visit the #WhyNotMePets page for a list of adoptable dogs and cats.