Required Reading

Greyhound adoption and you

Required Reading - Adopting greyhounds Knowing about greyhounds and their lives as athletes is the first step to making an informed decision about greyhound adoption.

To help you with this process, we ask every potential adopter to have read "Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies" by Lee Livingood.

Understanding how these dogs differ from the average pound puppy or dog from a breeder is essential to preparing to welcome a greyhound in your home and to helping it become an integral part of your family.

Click our on-line store to purchase a copy.

Children and Retired Racers

Families with children under 12 or whose homes are frequented by children, should study the websites below before applying to adopt a greyhound.

Careful, continuous and knowledgeable parental management and teaching family members appropriate behavior are the keys to children and any breed of dog living together successfully.

As is age appropriate, we suggest you explore the content of these websites with your children. Out of an abundance of caution for the welfare of children and hounds, GPANashville does not place greyhounds in homes where children are five and under.

Click on the websites below to learn coping strategies and issues that can occur when children and dogs live together.

Greyhound Health and Safety

Retired racing dogs, because of their unique breeding and early racer training, have health requirements and behaviors that are unique and unfamiliar to people new to the breed.

To help you understand these and to prepare you and your family to have a retired racer as a pet, please study these four online publications below before sending in your application/deposit.

Greyhound Medical Idiosyncrasies
by Animal Medical Center of Medina, Inc

What Every Greyhound Owner Should Know
by GPA/Nashville

Treating Drug Resistant Hookworms
by Jennifer Ng, DVM Columbia, SC Northeast Animal Clinic

Disaster Preparedness
by The Humane Society of the United States

More about Greyhounds

Required Reading - Adopting greyhounds

"Reign of the Greyhound" by Cynthia Brannigan

Care of the Racing and Retired Greyhound
by Linda L. Blythe, James R. Gannon, A. Morrie Craig and Desmond P. Fegan

The Book of the Greyhound
by Sue LeMieux