Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest is a Foster-home based adoption
program. All of the dogs we receive spend time in foster homes
before being adopted. This means that the dogs are familiar with an
in-home environment, have spent time walking on a leash, are
learning how to play with children and adults and have begun or
completed the house-training process.
We believe that this time in a foster home allows us to better understand the nature and personality of each dog so that we can recommend the right Greyhound for you and your home. Greyhounds have unique lives before being adopted. The transition from racing and their life in a kennel to being a pet and living in a home is process that can only begin once they actually enter a home.
The dogs true personality comes out once they are in a home environment. Our foster program allows that transition to begin and the Greyhounds personality to blossom. It also allows you to see what your new Greyhound is really like before you make the decision to adopt. Selecting the right dog for your home and situation is the most important thing we do as placement representatives. The more we know about our dogs, the better our placements are. Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest is the only Foster-based adoption program for Greyhounds in the Northwest and we believe it makes a positive difference for you and for the Greyhounds.
Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest provides much more medical care and preparation for their Greyhounds than most organizations, therefore our costs are higher and our adoption fee may be higher. We have a complete veterinary dental cleaning done on EVERY Greyhound entering our program. We don't cut corners by providing dental cleaning for only some of our dogs. If a dog needs any teeth extracted, we take care of that as well so you don't have to make another visit to your vet. All of our senior aged Greyhounds have a complete blood profile, called an SA1620/Superchem, which is a very in-depth view of the dogs health. Any Greyhound that shows signs of injury or illness is seen by a veterinarian specifically for that issue. If needed, the dog will see a specialist to get the best possible treatment. We believe that all of this extra care is best for the dogs and their new owners. Ask your veterinarian what it will cost to have a dogs teeth cleaned and the other things on this list and you will agree that our adoption fee is very reasonable!
Before your Greyhound goes home with you he or she,
is neutered or spayed
has a complete dental treatment (cleaning, polishing, and any extractions that may have been necessary)
has all vaccinations updated (Typically DHPP & Rabies)
has received heartworm testing and preventative
has received de-worming (Round Worms, Tape Worms, Hook Worms, Whip Worms)
has had flea & tick treatment applied (typically Frontline Plus or Advantage)
has been treated for several potential parasites, such as Giardia
has had all extraordinary medical treatment needed to be happy and healthy
has had any extraordinary blood testing needed, such as testing for tick-borne diseases and fungal disease
all Senior aged Greyhounds have full blood work performed (SA1620/Superchem)
has been loved by a foster family and taught about life as a retired racing Greyhound
Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest has been here for over 25 years and we will
continue to be here for you and your Greyhound. Our volunteers are
experienced with Greyhounds and are ready to support you when you
need information, assistance or a friend to call on. Our program
provides regular follow up with our adopters right from the fist
day, week and the first months of your new Greyhound's arrival. We
can help you with little things, like understanding your Greyhounds
feeding schedule to big things, like house training and medical
We consider you part of our extended family and want you and your Greyhound to always feel welcome at Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest events and comfortable calling us anytime. Your placement representative will give you their home telephone number so you can call anytime you need help. We have an Email specifically for assistance to our adopters, it is the HelpNW email address, available on our contact page. You can also contact our officers and directors yourself at any time, our door is always open.
The Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest History IS the history of Greyhound Adoption in the Northwest and we are proud to be a part of the rewarding, wonderful experience of finding homes for Greyhounds. You can be a part of the history too by adopting a Greyhound, contributing to our cause or volunteering your time.
GPA Northwest is the
original Greyhound Adoption organization in Oregon. We began in the
early 1980's, long before there was any support for adoption programs,
with just one person working to find homes for Greyhounds that could
no longer race but had a long life left to share. By 1993 the
organization was growing and became a non-profit corporation with
501c3 tax-exempt status. Since then, GPA Northwest has been the
leader in Greyhound Adoption in Oregon and developed most of the
formal procedures used by everyone working with Greyhound adoption
in the Northwest, including many other Greyhound organizations in
the area. Nearly every person working in Greyhound adoption in
Oregon started at GPA Northwest or has been trained by someone that
GPA Northwest was instrumental in helping to establish the holding kennel formerly at the Multnomah Greyhound Park racetrack. Our volunteers established and staffed weekly walking days for the Greyhounds and monthly bath days. When the racetrack closed in 2004, GPA Northwest maintained our commitment to find homes for Greyhounds that could not race. Working directly with the owners and trainers, we continued to be the leading adoption organization in Oregon. These relationships with Greyhound racing owners and trainers means that every Greyhound that began it's life in Oregon can return to Oregon, knowing they will find homes through the GPA Northwest Adoption program. In addition to Oregon bred Greyhounds, we also find homes for Greyhounds from many other states where racing continues. Each year the number of Greyhounds we help increases thanks to our dedicated volunteers and the tremendous public support we receive.
In 2012 we built a large kennel facility that can house 20 Greyhounds in individual sleeping areas with their own outdoor runs. There are also two large play areas for the dogs to exercise and play each day. The new kennel is called Hounds Rest and was made possible through the donations of many dedicated Greyhound owners and supporters. The Hounds Rest makes it possible for us to hold many more Greyhounds at one time and that means we can help by taking more dogs from other racetracks and bring them to homes in the Northwest.