April is Adopt A Greyhound Month and what a better time to put the spotlight on such a unique breed… And, it’s one of my personal favorites…
Greyhounds are one of the oldest breeds in history. As a matter of fact, they were worshipped by the Egyptians! This breed has been a favorite all over the world for thousands of years—favored for their gentleness, intelligence and companionship. They are the original “man’s best friend” and are frequently referred to as “Velcro” dogs because of their genuine desire to “stick” to you.
Greyhounds are very well-mannered and people-oriented. This breed is good with children, cats, and other dogs. They are known to adapt easily to their surroundings. Believe it or not, they are just as happy on 5-acres as they would be in a studio apartment, if they are with good company.
Despite their background, Greyhounds do not need much exercise. Two short walks a day is all they require, and unlike most dog breeds, they do not shed much. Greyhounds have a nickname of “40mph couch potato”, which means they enjoy the simpler things in life, like cuddling with their favorite person.
Greyhounds hold a special place in the canine community. Known most for their speed and agility, Greyhound racing was very popular in the U.S. but has been on the decline for the past 5 years. Since many tracks have closed across the country, there is a surplus of Greyhounds in shelters, rescues and breeding farms. There are so many of these sweet pups that are looking for their forever home!
How to Adopt & Support
Calling your local shelter or rescue organization and getting information on available greyhounds in your area is a great way to start your adoption journey. Another resource available is The Greyhound Project, Inc. (link to https://bit.ly/3sAe59q) This non-profit organization provides information on the process of adopting a greyhound, what to expect, and ways to donate. They, also, provide all local adoption agencies near you, a sample adoption application, and go over all the typical questions when owning your first greyhound.
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