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Adoption Letter

Thank you for your interest in adopting one of our beautiful greyhounds. Most of the greyhounds that come through the AGA adoption program are retired racing greyhounds; however, we also take retired brood mamas and puppies that have been deemed not likely to race early in life. It is my belief that there is a home for every greyhound …it is our job to find the perfect match.

Step 1

You should take time to determine whether or not a greyhound is the right dog for your family.  Do your research and read books about the breed.  Two suggestions are:  Adopting the Racing Greyhound by Cynthia Branigan and another is Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies by Lee Livingood.  There is also an AGA Adoption Handbook on the AGA website. It is available for download.  If you have children we require that you read Childproofing Your Dog by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson.  Please note, we do not adopt Greyhounds to families with children age 5 and under. Families with children age 5 to 8 are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Step 2

Come to one of our meet and greets or events (they are listed on the website.) There you will meet experienced greyhound owners who are waiting and willing to answer any of your greyhound related questions. We do require attendance of at least one meet and greet prior to adoption and strongly recommend attendance post-adoption. It is a great way to keep your greyhound socialized. Remember, they are very social animals.

Step 3

There are several ways to submit your application. You can complete it and submit it at any meet and greet; you can complete it through the website and either email it as a PDF to or fax it to 512-895-9150.   You can also send it through the USPS.  

When you submit your application, you will be required to send a $50.00 non-refundable application deposit.  The deposit is applied to your total adoption fee when you finalize the adoption.  The balance of the adoption fee is required when the adoption is finalized.

Adoption Fees including the $50 non-refundable deposit (effective 03/01/2018)

Note: As of  January 1, 2020, pet adoption organizations in the state of Texas are required to collect 8.25% sales tax on all adoption fees. This sales tax will be collected on the total adoption fee for each level below at the time the adoption contract is signed and the adoption fee is paid.

• Grown-up/Adult (1 to 8 years) $325                                  • Youngster/Puppy (under 1 year) $375

• Wisdom of years /Senior (8 years and over) $275         • Special-needs hound (determined by case) $150

Included in the adoption fee:

• Neuter/spay
• All vaccinations and wellness exam
• Heartworm and parasite tests, as well as any required treatment
• Fecal test, as well as any required treatment
• Dental cleaning, Bath, Nails clipped
• Microchip with lifetime registration
• A martingale collar and leash set
• Turnout muzzle
• Ongoing support from Austin Greyhound Adoption
• Greyhounds for Dummies by Lee Livingood

Step 4

Once we receive your application, we will conduct a background check and set up a time for an interview. We want to get to know you so that we can best match a hound to your home. We will ask you questions about your home environment and level of activity. Also, we will determine whether a male or female would best suit you. Please note that we do not adopt out by color. We do, however, make every effort to match your request when considering a greyhound for your home. After the interview we will schedule a home visit. We will usually bring a greyhound with us just to make sure your home is greyhound friendly. We will make any needed suggestions in order to prepare for your greyhound.  Once your home is ready for a greyhound, we will arrange a date to meet and finalize the adoption.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at Thank you again!

Chuck Renshaw, President, Austin Greyhound Adoption