Make A Friend For Life: Adopt A Greyhound
Looking for a lifelong companion who will shower you with unconditional love? Want a lifelong companion who will ask nothing more of you than to have his or her basic needs for love, food, shelter and medical care met? If you answered yes to those questions, the adopt a retired Greyhound.
- The origin of the Greyhound.
- Greyhounds love people
- Greyhound adoption agencies.
- Rescued retired Greyhounds placed in pet foster homes.
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The origin of the Greyhound.
According to animal anthropologist who have studied paintings on cave walls, the history of the Greyhound, as a breed, can be traced back for 8000 years. Almost every breed of domestic dogs can be traced back to the early Greyhound. The modern racing Greyhound breed can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians and Celts. The Egyptians worshiped the Greyhound as gods. In old, merry England, "You could tell a gentleman by his horses and his Greyhounds."
Greyhounds love people
One of the reasons that retired racing Greyhounds make terrific companions is the basic fact that they love people. During the first year of their lives, they are handled daily by their breeders, so they come to crave the attention and affection of humans. Greyhounds love people, but they may be frightened or confused by other breeds of dogs because they have never been exposed to them. Adopting a Greyhound may not be a nifty idea if you already have a dog of another breed.
Greyhound adoption agencies.
The first step in adopting one of these beautiful animals is selecting an adoption agency and filling out the required application. There are adoption agencies all over the world, not just in the United States. You can use this handy Greyhound Adoption Agency Directory to locate an agency near you. The adoption procedures vary slightly. Unlike adopting a pet from an animal shelter, this agency require that the applicant attend orientation classes to learn about retired Greyhounds and how to care for them properly. Personally, I think this is an excellent policy, one that should be adopted by shelters, as well.
Rescued retired Greyhounds placed in pet foster homes.
Many Greyhound rescue agencies place the Greyhounds in pet foster homes as an intermediary step between the rescue and placing them in a permanent home. Greyhounds, or any other dog for that matter, respond better when placed in a loving home and not kept caged up in a kennel environment. Foster parents accepted into this program receive training in how to re-socialize the Greyhounds, getting them use to being in a loving home environment and to being around other animals. The rescue group pays for all veterinarian care, some even provide food and other necessities, but most do not.