Why Not Me? We Focus On Greyhounds
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.
This month, we are spotlighting Greyhound Pets, Inc, and their adorable, adoptable greyhounds, many of whom were rescued from the racing trade.
Greyhound Pets, Inc. is a nonprofit that is partnering with Pawsitive Alliance in their #WhyNotMePets program. They are devoted to finding caring and responsible homes for greyhounds and greyhound mixes.
Serving the Pacific Northwest and Southwestern Canada, they provide these dogs with support, veterinary care, and ongoing resources and education, through the love and labor provided by their volunteers and benefactors.
In introducing you to the breed, we highlight four special greyhounds from Greyhound Pets, Inc. We have Moe, Greyhound Pets, Inc. “June Dog of the Month”, Wyatt, Plato, and Coach. These boys are true to their pedigree—upbeat, friendly, and eager to put a huge smile on your face with their engaging personalities.
If you were to talk with anyone who shares their life with a greyhound, you will find many similarities in behavior and temperament. Often retired racers, they may be shy at first settling in with their new family. However, all it takes is a family’s devotion, patience, and support to assure them that they are safe and in good hands. Then, they will never leave your side.
About the greyhound breed
Here are some tidbits about the this tall and skinny breed, to help you determine whether they are a good fit for your family.
- Greyhounds have a very high prey drive. A home with kitties or small dogs is not recommended for this reason.
- Contrary to popular belief, greyhounds don’t require a lot of exercise. Sleep is one of their preferred activities, though long walks, zoomies around the yard, and the occasional car ride are always thoroughly appreciated.
Home should consist of a fenced yard with plenty of room for those lanky limbs to stretch out. An apartment, condo, or townhouse is not the most suitable abode.
- Greyhounds can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour! That’s why a fenced yard is ideal, and being conscious of any small critters (i.e. squirrels!) that may catch their attention while you are out and about. Greyhounds will take off like lightning.
- The “greyhound lean” is a thing. Not “lean” as in a slim tucked-in figure, but rather as a “make sure you have a good solid footing to support their weight”. Think of it as a heavy hug!
How to adopt a greyhound
In adopting a greyhound, you are taking in a beautiful new best friend and constant companion, always transparent in their affections.
To learn more about this breed and read up on this month’s featured pets, Moe, Wyatt, Plato, and Coach, please visit https://www.greyhoundpetsinc.org/.
If you are not ready to commit just yet, you can sponsor one of these gentle giants until they do find their furever homes. Information about sponsoring is here.
Ready to expand your family? Adoption fees are $500 for dogs under 9 years old and $400 for seniors aged 9 through 11 years, not to exceed $400 for seniors aged 12 and up.
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.
Visit the #WhyNotMePets page for a list of adoptable dogs and cats.