Greyhound Adoption Center’s high standards yield more adoptions, better retentionBy Darren Rigg
Not everyone who wants a greyhound should get one. And not every greyhound is right for every family.
These two guiding principles – refusing some prospective adopters and giving approved adopters a carefully chosen few dogs to select from — are at the heart of the Greyhound Adoption Center’s (GAC) efforts. Over the past three decades, our high standards have proven themselves in both high adoption and high retention rates.
More often than not, potential adopters say they chose us because we are careful and thorough.
At over 90 percent, our retention rate is among the highest in the nation. Fewer than 10 percent of our adopted dogs are returned and of those returns, most come back to us for necessary reasons, like an owner’s death or debilitating illness. The rest are the result of life-changing and unpredictable human conditions.
While trained and experienced GAC volunteer placement representatives are approving adoptive families through a multistep process that includes an application, telephone interview and in-home visit, other volunteers at the adoption center are evaluating the dogs, creating a profile of every greyhound, from basic evaluations, like cat, small dog and other animal testing, to seeing whether the dogs enjoy children, can manage stairs and tile floors, require a savvy owner, need a dog friend or could handle being an only dog, and more. And when the family comes to the center on adoption day, we introduce them to a few dogs, or sometimes to just one that we believe is the perfect match.So far 6,000 dogs have passed through our adoption center on their way to loving homes. Many of our adopters have returned to add more greyhounds to their families. Just as many have become volunteers, supporting GAC’s efforts in a variety of ways.
With more tracks closing and greyhound farms ceasing operations, there will be greater numbers of dogs to save. All of us involved in the care and welfare of greyhounds will be tasked more intensely, more demandingly.
To do the best job for the dogs, please use tough love. It works.Read the full post