At GGA, we will never judge anyone for having to rehome their greyhound. We know these decisions are not taken flippantly, and they are often fraught with emotion. Please know that if you are reading this and you need to rehome your greyhound, please feel comfortable knowing that you have come to a safe place. Sometimes a situation arises when you need to rehome your greyhound. That situation is a personal one - and every situation is different. Whatever your reason is, we hope that your friends and family can help support you through this. At GGA we do not shame the owner or their decision.
While we cannot take away the guilt that you may feel, we can help you through the process. The process is both a physical one of handing over the leash, and also a mental and emotional process, and we are here to help you. There are stages of grief that you may go through. There are good memories you will have.
At GGA we often use human relationship examples when explaining the greyhound-human relationship. It is something we are mostly all familiar with. Yes, relationships take work - but in the end, some relationships are not meant or built or are not compatible to stand the test of time. We hope that every relationship lasts - and as divorcee, I can attest that not all do.
While GGA will work with you on trying to resolve any behavioural issues, sometimes the best decision is to rehome. You should never keep a dog because “adoption is forever!”, and “it is wrong to not keep a dog for their lifetime!”. You should never keep a dog that you are afraid of. You should never keep a dog who is not happy or is stressed. You should never keep a dog that your resident animals do not get along with. You should not keep a dog that does not fit your family.
If you are finding yourself in the situation of having the conversation to rehome your greyhound, please reach out. We do not owner shame, and we will try our best to make this decision the least upsetting for you, your family, and your greyhound.