Foster a Greyhound

*As of 9/4/2020 we are looking specifically for Greyhound experienced foster homes, either from previous adoptions or volunteering or other significant experience with Greyhounds*



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A Greyhound that is awaiting adoption enters your life temporarily, sometimes for just a few days and sometimes for a few weeks. The average duration for a Greyhound in our foster program is 3 to 6 weeks, although some dogs have been in foster care for shorter or longer periods of time.

These foster-Greyhounds have recently retired from their racing or breeding careers and are looking for their retirement home. Some are Greyhounds who have been released back to Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest by their owners because they could no longer care for them. Fostering is not babysitting, it is a commitment to love and care for a Greyhound until a permanent home is located for that dog.

You will be trained and supported by a foster coordinator. Contact our Foster Coordinator to learn more about becoming a foster home.

In addition to support, Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest provides foster homes with dog food and is responsible for most medical care costs for the foster dog.

Being a Foster Home

Families who will open their homes to a Greyhound to provide a loving temporary home for them are the heart of our program. It is very rewarding to participate in our foster program and be a part of finding a home for Greyhounds.

As a foster family, you are a representative of Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest. Our mission and focus is on Greyhounds as pets.

As a Foster Parent, you are responsible for teaching your foster Greyhound:

  • Housetraining
  • Appropriate behavior indoors – and outdoors
  • Responding to his/her name
  • Playing well with children and adults
  • Walking on a leash without pulling
  • Proper interaction with other pets

Foster parents must provide their foster Greyhound:

  • A safe environment
  • Good food
  • Fresh water
  • Love and affection
  • Grooming
  • Soft and comfy beds and pillows
  • LOTS of guidance, supervision and training

We hope that you enjoy being part of preparing a Greyhound for the next stage of it’s life.