Based in the Erie area, Grey-Save places greyhounds within the northwest
Pennsylvania, northeast Ohio, and northwest New York areas from Erie, Pennsylvania west to
Ashtabula County in Ohio, south to the Interstate 80 area, and east to the
Jamestown, New York area. If you are in or close to this area, we can assist
you. If you are outside of that area, we can refer you to groups that are closer
to your residence.
We have limited our service area in this way because we take pride in the
level of support we offer adopters, and it is just not possible to provide that
level of service to distant locations.
Cost: $250. This price includes:
- Transportation of greyhound to Erie by Grey-Save.
- Pre-adoption veterinary care that includes spay or neuter, all normally
required vaccinations updated as necessary (DHLPP and rabies), heartworm
test and two preventative tablets, teeth cleaning if necessary, and general
- Leash and martingale collar.
- Grey-Save identification tag numbered to identify your pet if it should
ever be lost. Tag also has two Grey-Save telephone numbers so that whoever
finds you greyhound can report it as recovered.
- Foster care before placement.
- Follow-up and assistance after placement.
- Cage muzzle for use at picnics where greyhounds are included and for
Most adopters are not familiar with greyhounds. We believe that education
about the breed and about retired racers in particular is a very important part
of the adoption process. Thus, our entire adoption program is geared towards
helping the adopting family to understand greyhounds so that they can assist
their greyhound during the adjustment period from racer to pet.
Upon receiving your inquiry, Grey-Save will send you an information packet
that will provide you with some basic information about greyhounds and
Grey-Save. Also included in this packet is an adoption application.
Please note: We are currently not taking applications for homes that have cats or other small (non-dog) pets due to the difficulty in obtaining cat-safe dogs.
Our application is also available online.
If you live within our
designated service area
as mentioned above
and are interested in adopting a greyhound, you may download our application,
complete it and mail it to the address that is listed on the application.
Please note, for the safety of all concerned, it is the policy of Grey-Save not to place a greyhound in families with children under the age of
3 years. All families with children will be carefully evaluated. Our policy is not one of discrimination but of necessity - for the safety of the children, for the safety
and well-being of the dog, and also because of the expectations and requirements of insurance providers.
The application serves two purposes. First, it allows you to tell us what you
are looking for in a pet. Do you want a male or female? Large or small? Do you
have a color preference?
Second, the application allows us to learn about you and specific needs you
may have. Are there children in the family? Is your yard fenced? Does anyone in
your family have allergies?
All of this information is essential and helps us to work with you to select
a greyhound that will suit your family's desires and needs.
Once you have filled out and returned the application, a Grey-Save
representative will contact you to arrange for two home visits.
The Home Visits
Grey-Save conducts two home visits. One is done in your home, and the other
at one of our homes. We ask that all members of the adopting family be present
during these visits, as the information we will share will be important to
everyone who will be caring for the greyhound.
The thought of home visits can be intimidating to some people. Don't let them
scare you. They are nothing more than a tool that allows us to make the best
possible match between adopting family and greyhound. Actually, they are a
valuable tool for you as well.
First, they allow you to actually see greyhounds in your home. This may be
the first time you have ever seen a greyhound up close. Seeing them in your home
helps you to decide if a greyhound will fit into your lifestyle and if a
greyhound is right for you.
Second, the home visits allow us to continue the education process. We will
cover information that is both dog related in general and some that is specific
to greyhounds. Many of our adopters are first time dog owners, and we believe
that having solid information about what to expect and how to care for your new
pet is essential. And again, having this information will help you to decide if
a greyhound is the right pet for you. We will also explain the balance of the
adoption process to you and can answer questions that you may have developed
since our initial contact.
During the home visit at your home we will look at items like door latches to
ensure that they close securely. We may walk your fence line to ensure that
there are no gaps or other areas that might allow a greyhound to escape. We will
point out anything that we see that may be a concern and provide suggestions on
how to remedy the situation if necessary. If you have other pets, we will see
how they interact with our greyhounds.
The Grey-Save representatives who conduct the home visits will not be able to
inform you whether your application will be approved. The approval process is
The Approval Process
All applications and the results of the home visits are reviewed by the Board
of Directors at the next scheduled board meeting. This review process is
designed to be as certain as possible that there are no questions or concerns
that need to be addressed. Remember, our goal is to arrange an adoption that
will be good for both the adopting family and the greyhound. We do not want pets
being returned any more than you would like to have to return the dog because
things did not work out. This board review process allows us to be as sure as
posible that a greyhound is the right pet for you, and to discuss what type of
greyhound will best suit your family.
Once your application has been approved, we will contact you to inform you of that
decision and the expected chain of events that will occur.
Are adopters ever turned down? On rare occasions where we felt that it was in
the best interest of the greyhound and/or the adopting family to decline an
application, we have done so. In that regard, we operate very much like most
private breeders. We want to make the best decision possible for everyone.
Again, denials are rare and are fully explained to the adopting family when
they occur. A denial does not mean that a family cannot apply again at a later
Waiting for Your Greyhound
Once you have been approved for adoption, it is simply a matter of waiting
for a dog and foster home to become available. How long that takes is dependent
upon a number of factors that we will cover next.
We will contact the adoption kennel to see if they have a greyhound available
that is suitable for you. We will also check with our foster homes to see if
there is a suitable one available. We try to foster the greyhound in a family as
close to yours as possible. If you have children, we will try to have a family
with children foster your greyhound. If you have other small pets, a foster home
with small pets will be selected whenever possible.
The decisions you have made will also play a part here. Your choice of sex,
size, and color will come into play. If, for example, you have decided that you
want a large blue brindle female, you may have a long wait. That combination is
quite rare and could take months to find. If, on the other hand, you decided
that you want a medium-sized greyhound of either sex with no (or several
acceptable) color choices, it will be much easier to find the greyhound that
suits your desires.
Remember that your choices are only a part of the equation, as the dog must
also meet your NEEDS as far as being cat or small animal safe, good with
children, etc. Temperament and meeting your needs is much more important than
finding the right size and color of dog. We will not bring back a greyhound for
you unless we are comfortable that it will work in your family. On occasion, we
may actually call you from the adoption kennel if they have a dog that suits
your needs but does not match your desires to give you the option of taking that
greyhound or waiting.
The Foster Home & Interactive Fostering
We believe that our fostering program is one of the best in the country. It
helps to guide the greyhound and adopting family through this transition period
in a way that is comfortable and exciting for both of you.
If there is a dog in the adoption kennel that is right for your family, we
will bring it back. We personally select and transport your greyhound because we
believe that both are important ingredients to a successful adoption.
Your greyhound will be delivered directly to the foster home, and an
appointment will be made with the veterinarian for the medical work as quickly
We will notify you when the dog has arrived in Erie, but it will be up to the
foster home to decide if you may visit it at that time. Each greyhound adjusts
to the transition from the racing kennel into a home in its own way. Most have
an easy time of it, but some are frightened or nervous for the first few days.
If the foster home determines that your greyhound is doing well they may invite
you to meet and visit the dog immediately. But if the greyhound seems to be
uncomfortable, they will not arrange for such a visit, as meeting additional
people will only confuse the dog and make its initial first few days even more
difficult. We know that not being able to meet your dog immediately may be
difficult, but please trust our judgement and experience and allow us to do what
is best for the greyhound and ultimately, for you and your family.
The foster family will also make observations to be as certain as possible
that this is the right dog for you. If they see any indications that this dog
will not work for you, we will let you know immediately and either give you a
choice of working with the dog (if the issue is a minor one) or, if the issue is
one of great concern, we will advise you that this dog will remain in foster
care until a suitable home can be found and another greyhound will be brought
back for you.
Our fostering process serves four purposes.
First, it allows the greyhound to begin healing from the surgery. This is
very important. Your greyhound MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO RUN FOR THREE TO FOUR
WEEKS AFTER THE SURGERY. The greyhound uses what is called a double suspension
gait. It runs very much like a horse in that its rear legs cross its front at
full stride and the dog is in fact airborne a substantial amount of time. That
type of running places a great deal of stress on the stitches, and the stiches
may be torn free creating a life threatening situation.
Second, our fostering program helps the retired racer to begin the transition
to pet life. It will learn about everything around it, as almost all of it will
be new to the greyhound. Housebreaking will be verified. If you have a multi-story
home, the foster family will begin teaching the greyhound to climb stairs.
It will learn to interact with adults at a new level and may be learning to
interact with children for the first time. If being cat or small animal safe was
a priority for you, the greyhound will be observed to ensure that it is in fact
cat and small animal safe. In short, the foster home will be observing, guiding,
and altering just about everything that your greyhound does.
Third, our foster program allows us to continue educating you about greyhounds
and how to care for yours. The foster home will also educate you about your
greyhound in particular during the fostering process. At the end of the foster
period, they will go over a list of items about your dog that will cover turn
out times, feeding, your greyhound's personality, and many other aspects about
Fourth, our fostering program is interactive. Once your greyhound is
comfortable in the foster home we WANT you to visit the dog as much as possible.
This allows the greyhound to begin developing a relationship with you, and that
will make the transition from the foster home to yours much easier for the
greyhound. It also allows you to meet your new friend and develop that same
relationship on your end.
The foster family will decide when your greyhound is ready to be released to
you. They currently own or have owned greyhounds before. They will know your
dog best and we trust their judgement. The average foster period lasts for two
weeks, but may be longer if the greyhound needs additional time for any reason.
Release to You
When the foster home feels that the time is right, your greyhound will be
released to you. Payment in full is required at that time. No deposit is
required in advance and no money will change hands before this date.
At release, you will be asked to sign a standard adoption agreement that
covers a number of areas, but most importantly states again that we expect you
to keep your greyhound on a hand-held leash or in a fenced area at all times,
and that the dog must be returned to us if you decide not to keep it at some
point in the future. The greyhound may not be sold or given to anyone else
without our prior approval. This clause is designed solely to protect the
At release the foster family will cover basic information that is specific to
your greyhound once again verbally and you will be given a copy of that
information in writing. You will also be encouraged to contact the foster family
or any of us at Grey-Save if you any questions or concerns.
Your foster family or others from Grey-Save will check with you periodically
during the first few weeks to ensure that all is going well and to see if you
have any questions. This is not because we do not trust you. It is because we
know that we, and now you, are interacting with a living entity that has its own
personality and characteristics. Adding a new member to the family can be, shall
we say, an interesting experience at times, and we can help you with that aspect
of your relationship with your greyhound. We have been through this many times
and we have knowedge and experience on our side. Don't be afraid to take
advantage of that. We welcome your questions and concerns. No question is too
small or silly. We would much rather have you contact us about a problem while
it is still small rather than wait until it grows into something unmanageable.
Follow up and assistance from Grey-Save is always available throughout your
greyhound's life. We also maintain a database of medical and behavioral
specialists and information in the event that this becomes necessary at some
Service To Grey-Save & The Community
After receiving their greyhound, our adopters have one other choice to make.
You will decide whether you want to be an on-going part of Grey-Save. Some
adopters wish to simply take their greyhound and enjoy their life together,
contacting us only if they have a question or decide to adopt another greyhound.
That is perfectly fine. We understand and respect that. But we also offer our
adopters the opportunity to do some really neat things with us if you would like
We normally have two greyhound-included picnics each year. At these events
you can meet other adopters and exchange stories and photographs while your
greyhound enjoys the opportunity to visit with 15-30 of his brothers and sisters
(supervised at all times).
If you are interested, you are welcome to assist us at information tables
where we introduce our greyhounds to the public. These typically take place at
local fairs and civic events, and at Petsmart and Walmart.
We also offer you the opportunity to participate at pet therapy by taking
your greyhound to visit those in local nursing homes. This is the most rewarding
of our events, but it can be difficult and is not for everyone
Grey-Save has conducted school visits for thousands of area children.
These visits focus on the history of the greyhound, caring for a pet, and animal
safety. Greyhound adoption is NOT discussed during school visits.
We also show off our greyhounds at several parades during the year. Don't be
shy. The parades are nothing more than a long, slow walk with frequent stops
that allow you to share your greyhound with people that may never have seen such
a dog before. If you are really uncomfortable meeting new people, we can
accomodate you by placing you away from direct public contact.
We also have other events throughout the year. We encourage you to at least
consider joining us and helping more of these wonderful dogs to find homes. If
you are not sure, try it at least once. We think you'll be surpised at just how
enjoyable these events can be.