BEFORE you ADOPT
Adopting a Greyhound is a long-term commitment, ten or more wonderful years! Before filling out an application, please take time to seriously think over your decision. We are looking for adopters who will take these beautiful dogs into their homes as a permanent member of their family. Life changes do occur that are unforeseen at the time of adoption, and all too often, the dogs are returned as a result. However, you should consider that your Greyhound, as a member of your family, will always be included in whatever life adjustments are necessary.
In addition, it is possible that your Greyhound may get sick or have behavioral issues that you must deal with. This is part of your commitment as an adopter. Your dog is your priority. We know that in some situations, it is absolutely in the best interest of all to return the dog to the adoption group to be re-homed. You must understand, however, that as adaptable as Greyhounds are, it is very hard on them to be removed from their home and family after several months or years and made to readjust to a new living situation. If after careful consideration you decide to adopt a Greyhound, know that you are giving yourself and your new Greyhound the chance of having a long and happy relationship.
HOW TO ADOPT
Why Choose Northern Lights
First and foremost, we all agree that it’s all about the dogs. All available dogs deserve to have a great forever home. If you have reached that proverbial “fork in the road” where you know that a
greyhound is right for you but you are not sure which group to adopt from, the following list of what Northern Lights Greyhound Adoption provides for its hounds may help you decide.
1. NLGA assists with or totally supports pre-existing medical and surgical situations.
2. NLGA performs a complete medical work-up before any surgical procedures are performed. This includes:
3. When the greyhound’s test results have been evaluated and all risks are considered manageable, the following procedures are performed:
4. In addition to the above, the following are included with each adoption:
All the above is performed by a staff that has been doing so for thousands of
greyhounds since 1976. All of the precautions that are taken are done to assure a safe
and predictable outcome each and every time. The procedures outlined above
represent NLGA’s commitment to provide the adoption community with the healthiest
and happiest greyhound possible.
• A full comprehensive physical exam performed by a veterinarian who is well versed in the
subtle nuances of this unique breed of dog.
• A complete blood count (CBC) to make certain there is no existing infection or other abnormalities that could impact the dog’s long-term health.
• A complete blood profile to make certain, again, that there are no underlying issues that could adversely affect the outcome of a surgical procedure or long-term health.
• T4 (thyroid evaluation) to establish a baseline thyroid level, should any future clinical signs develop.
• Heartworm 4DX Plus test to rule out preexisting heartworm disease, Lyme disease, Ehrlichia (a tickborne infection), or anaplasmosis (another tickborne disease).
• If the greyhound has been exposed to tropical climates, a Babesia test is performed to rule out this warm-weather condition.
• A fecal evaluation checking for active intestinal parasites. This is critical to the general health of all dogs. Some of these parasites are transmissible to humans, which gives all the more reason to establish their existence and treat accordingly.
• Monthly worming and heartworm prevention.
• All core vaccinations, including distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvo, and rabies.
• Monthly topical flea and tick prevention
• A bath and nail trim
• daily tooth brushing following the dog’s dental prophylaxis
• Ovariohysterectomy (spay) or neuter under gas anesthesia with IV fluids and state-of-the-art monitors to insure a safe procedure
• Full dental prophylaxis, including tooth extractions when indicated, as well as digital dental radiographs where indicated
• Removal of any existing growths that suggest potential problems, along with pathology evaluation
• Digital x-rays of any perceived orthopedic problems. These can be sent to your hometown veterinarian.
• A Home Again microchip, which is then registered to the new adopter.
• A recommended martingale-style collar and leash. (You choose the color.)
• A greyhound-approved basket muzzle for the home introductory phase
• A lifetime of support. You are encouraged to contact us with any issues or problems that develop at any point in time. We will provide you with a wealth of facts and personal information that will both help solve the problem and give you peace of mind. Your successful adoption is our
Download the Northern Lights information packet: Is a Greyhound Right For You?
Northern Lights Greyhound Adoption
11247 Foley Boulevard
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
1. Begin your own research to see if a greyhound is right for you. Read Adopting the Racing Greyhound by Cynthia Branigan or Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies by Lee Livingood. Remember, it is the policy of Northern Lights Greyhound Adoption not to adopt to families with children under the age of six.
2. Meet a greyhound! Northern Lights Greyhound Adoption sponsors regularly scheduled events where you will have an opportunity to spend some time with these beautiful dogs. Call us and we will be happy to let you know where our next scheduled event will take place. Click here for a list of events in your area, or check out one of the current events listed on the right of this page.
3. After your research, if you feel a greyhound is right for you, please click here for our adoption application. After you have filled it out, send it back to us.
4. One of our adoption coordinators will call you to review your application. During this interview we will help you determine if a greyhound is right for your lifestyle and answer any questions you may have. Your application will then be assigned to one of our adoption coordinators. When the review of your application is complete and everything is approved, we will set up an appointment for you to meet available dogs. We try to match the dogs you meet to your family profile.
Before you come to your adoption appointment, please make sure you have everything in place for your new dog. Basic necessities are a crate (NLGA recommends plastic crates over the wire variety), food dish and water dish, and a dog bed. Contrary to what you may have read or heard elsewhere, please DO NOT use raised feeders and water bowls. NLGA will send you home with a small bag of the kibble that your greyhound has been eating.
Please be patient during this phase of the adoption. We know how anxious and excited you are. We are excited for you too! We take all of the applications in the order that we receive them and everyone at Northern Lights Greyhound Adoption is a volunteer.
If you have any questions at any time during the adoption process, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
5. Come to the adoption appointment. This meeting usually takes about two hours and should be attended by everyone who will be living with the greyhound. If you have another dog, please bring him/her with you, too. You will meet a variety of greyhounds that we feel would suit your family and lifestyle. If you decide to adopt one of our hounds, the adoption fee of $300.00 plus tax will be payable at this time. Note: We can only accept cash or a check for adoption fees.
7. Ask questions! We are committed to helping you and your greyhound make a smooth transition. Please call us if you have any questions or concerns about your new pet. Our adoption representative will call you within a few days to see how you and your greyhound are doing. We maintain an ongoing system of support for all our greyhound adopters, staffed by knowledgeable greyhound owners and veterinarians.
8. Come join us! Northern Lights Greyhound Adoption is always looking for volunteers to help spread the word about greyhounds as pets and to help place greyhounds in adoptive homes. Staffing special events, acting as a foster family for a greyhound fresh from the track, fundraising…we need you!