At Gillian's Greyhound Adoption, we retire our racing greyhounds. We do not rescue. This isn't a difference of semantics. Please read Retired. NOT Rescued.
After leaving the familiar world of the race kennel, all our adoptables spend approximately two weeks in foster care. This aids in the greyhound's transition from the life of luxury they had as a racer to learning the manners of a pet. Our foster homes ensure to guide and support their foster through this new environment, full of cars, buses, cats, all breeds, stairs and the likes. Each foster has a complete profile that outlines their personality, likes and dislikes, and reaction to all the things they have been exposed to. This ensures we are matching you with the very best hound for your home, and the best home for the hound.
We know it is easy to fall in love with a photo - however, please note that photo speak a thousand words that are not expressed in the image. At GGA, we match dogs based on hound and homes needs, personalities and behaviours.
We are proud members of the Purina Pro Club. All our fosters happily eat Purina Pro Plan Sport Performance 30/20. Our fosters are coated by No Nude Hounds and proudly wear their Patience and Love Pet Treasures vests. All our fosters head home with a complimentary 1" martigale and 6' leash from Houndstown.
Looking to Adopt?
GGA generally takes in retired racing greyhounds that are a little "extra". These special hounds generally need more support while transitioning from working dog to pet. GGA adopters are special people that are willing to put the time and effort into supporting this transition. Our adopters are not ones that open the door, drop the leash and let their new addition hop up on the furniture and do as they please. They understand that in order to create a solid foundation they must provide guidance, leadership and structure, and they know that by doing so they will create a stronger bond with their hound.
Please understand that GGA in general does not find greyhounds to meet adopters specific needs. We find applicants that match our greyhounds special needs. Although anyone can apply to adopt through GGA the approval and speed at which we are able to place a hound with you will depend on meeting most or all of the following criteria:
- Mature, responsible adults (and children if applicable, and must be over 6 years of age).
- Prior greyhound/dog experience is an asset.
- Prior greyhound/dog training experience is an asset.
- Good communication skills and ability to follow instructions, especially GGA's greyhound specific going home protocol.
- Willing to work with GGA if after care is required or if having difficulties.
- Home without cat(s) is a must.
- Home without off-breed dog(s) is preferred. If other dogs in residence they must be well balanced and not small-medium in size.
- Pro-racing, pro-greyhound, with interest/knowledge/support of the US NGA racing circuit.
- Must be located within Ontario Canada (please note that your exact location is also a factor in the speed with which we are able to place a hound with you).
If you have reviewed the above, and feel that you have met most or all of our required critera, please proceed to completing the adoption application.
Available for adoption
If we currently have no paw advertised as available for adoption, that doesn’t necessarily mean we don’t have any paw available for adoption. Many of our adoptables are in evaluative foster care prior to making their 'world wide web' and social media debuts.
Ponda's Waco Lad - Lad
Kayjay Gold Rush - Rush
Cet Boa - Boa
Snl Shawshank - Shawshank
Ruthbadrginsburg - "Baby" Ruth
From GGA Adopters
"We are so grateful to Gillian and her team at Gillian's Greyhound Adoption, and give them the very highest recommendation possible.
GGA managed our private adoption of a retired racing greyhound in October 2020. We're first-time dog owners, and so we had a lot of questions and a fair amount of uncertainty about how to provide the best home for our new family member. From the first moments of our video interview with GGA, we knew we were in good hands. Gillian has a profound understanding of greyhounds. She and her team were patient, thorough and thoughtful in answering our questions and in pairing us with a dog that would be successful in our household.
When our greyhound, Utopia, came into our house, it was immediately evident how much he had benefited from being fostered with GGA. He was calm, healthy, responsive to commands and ready for the new phase in his life. And the adjustment for us humans was made so much easier by GGA's protocols: instructions about what supplies to have ready, what commands to use, what boundaries to observe, and what goals to set for the future.
The assistance and support (for both us and our hound) did not end once the adoption was complete. GGA gave (and continues to give) invaluable advice in managing everything from minor first-aid to behavioural refinements. GGA helps celebrate our triumphs and continually checks-in when we have a work-in-progress. I feel like we have not just adopted a dog, but joined a genuine and caring community. The selfless work of Gillian and the GGA team have brought so much joy to our lives."
- AMO, MS and Utopia