Our Adoption Process:
The first step in the adoption process is to fill out our adoption application. You can either complete the online form, or download the PDF version and mail it to us (see address below). Once we receive your application we will contact you. If you don’t hear from us, please send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Every few months, we try to have an open “Adoption Day” for new adopters to come out to the farm to meet the available greyhounds. Contact us at email@example.com to schedule an appointment if there isn’t a scheduled “Adoption Day”.
- If you plan to attend an Adoption Day, we ask that you let us know and be sure you have already sent in your application. If you are unable to attend an Adoption Day, please email us to set up an appointment. Please include several options for days and times and allow us at least three days to respond. Please note: THE FARM IS CLOSED ON SUNDAYS.
- You will need to plan on making two trips to the farm:
- The first visit is to bring everyone who lives in your home, including any other dogs, to see the greyhounds and sit down for the two hour interview. You choose your own greyhound (or as we say: “the greyhound chooses you”). Please arrive on time and plan on spending a few hours at the farm!
- The second visit is to bring your greyhound home – once you have decided on your greyhound, usually a male can be home within a week and a female within two weeks.
- We adopt greyhounds to homes in Illinois and certain areas of Wisconsin, Indiana and Iowa only. Our adoption fee is $275 which includes a full vetting (spay/neuter, vaccinations (including the influenza vaccination), heartworm screen, worming, tick panel, dental and grooming). We also microchip all greyhounds, which has an additional $10 activation fee.
- We typically don’t use the foster process because it is very simple to teach a greyhound the rules of the house. Wouldn’t you rather the greyhound learn the rules of your house instead of someone else’s? The only time we prefer to foster is if a greyhound is returned from a home and we feel they would do better in a foster home instead of a kennel.
- We have decided, in the best interest of the greyhound and the family, not to adopt to new families who have children under the age of 5 years living in their home. There are several reasons for this and our vast experience placing greyhounds supports our rationale. Typically, greyhounds are considered a docile, friendly breed. Young children have difficulty tempering their exuberance in showing their affection for pets and often neglect to respect the dog’s space. A greyhound is not used to the movement and sounds of children. They are also large dogs and could knock over a small child accidentally. The safety of the child and dog are of utmost importance. Therefore, we would expect that your children be school age before you adopt through REGAP of Illinois. We hope to hear from you in the future.
- We DO adopt to homes that do not have a fenced yard. In this circumstance, you must agree that you will always walk your greyhound on a leash, your greyhound will never be “tied out”, you understand that invisible fences DO NOT work with greyhounds, and the greyhound will be let off lead only when he or she is in an entirely enclosed fenced area.
- Occasionally, we have a waiting list for small animal friendly greyhounds. If you have small animals in your home, please go ahead and mail in your application. We will add your name to the waiting list and contact you when you are next on the list.
- REGAP of Illinois reserves the right to decline any adoption at its discretion.
“Until one has known and loved a Greyhound, a part of ones soul remains unawakened.”
~ Bonnie Wilcox ’Old Dogs, Old Friends’
~ Sidney Jean Seward