Adopting a Retired Greyhound

Is a retired racing greyhound right for you?

A greyhound’s life at the track is dramatically different from that of a household pet. Racers lead highly regimented lives focused on athletic training and performance.

Greyhounds are intelligent, calm, graceful creatures that make wonderful pets. These good-natured sight hounds thrive on love and attention. They reward their owners with a lifetime of unconditional love and affection. Find out what greyhound owners have known for centuries: adopt a gentle greyhound and make a lifelong friend.

Greyhounds love people and tend to be quite sociable. Retired racers have been handled a great deal during their early years by dog walkers, trainers, veterinarians, and others. Many trainers who have children sometimes bring them to work, so retired racers frequently have been exposed to children of all ages.

The greyhounds available for adoption through HGA are usually between two and five years old. They weigh between 50 and 80 pounds and stand from 26 to 30 inches at the shoulder. Their average life span is 12 and 15 years. They are very clean, have minimal shedding, and no doggy odor. Greyhounds also vary in colors; they may be anything from blue (grey) to brindle.

Retired racers have been trained to chase lures, and it is the greyhound’s nature to run. They are sprinters who can run up to 45 miles per hour for very short periods.

Thousands of years of breeding and racing experience combine to mean greyhounds must NEVER be allowed to run loose. They must always be leashed and handled by an adult when outdoors unless they are in a securely fenced area. Years of obedience training and bonding with their owner will not change this. Additionally, most communities have leash laws that dog owners must follow.

Greyhounds at home don’t need a lot of exercise. They are content with a soft bed and a walk with you!

How to Adopt

The adoption fee for greyhounds through HGA is $300.00. Senior (age 7+) dogs have a discounted fee of $210.99. This fee helps to pay for medical costs including spay/neuter surgery, shots, parasite treatments, and teeth cleaning. Each dog also comes with a special sight hound (martingale) collar, leash, and muzzle. Those who adopt greyhounds through HGA get a one-year membership in the group. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee that is applied to an approved adoption.

Adoption Process

  1. You learn that greyhounds make excellent pets!
  2. Browse our adoptable greyhounds.
  3. Attend a Meet and Greet near you to meet the greyhounds in person.
    • Fall in love with these gorgeous dogs.
    • Submit an adoption application, and be prepared to meet the adoption requirements.
  4. Schedule a home visit.
  5. Schedule the adoption day. A greyhound finds their forever home!


  • Crate
  • Soft bed for greyhound
  • Coat for greyhound in cold weather
  • Raised feeding bowls
  • Identify a veterinarian familiar with greyhounds to utilize for yearly visits and necessary visits in between
  • Read:
    • Adopting the Racing Greyhound by Cynthia Branigan
    • Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies by Lee Levingood
  • Fenced-in yard or commitment to daily walks
  • Squeak or stuffed animal toys
  • Grooming supplies
  • Car restraint for dogs

Be prepared to:

  • Use care when introducing your greyhound to stairs, windows, mirrors and slippery floors
  • Use care when introducing your greyhound to children and small pets, as greyhounds have not typically lived with them before
  • Keep your greyhound indoors because they should not be exposed to prolonged heat or cold
  • Feed only high-quality food (avoid corn and wheat products)
  • Brush your greyhound’s teeth and get yearly teeth cleanings

Are you interested in joining our family?