Researching the Breed before Adopting
Before you apply to adopt GPA requires that you do some basic research on greyhounds to find more about whether this is the right breed for you. We have required reading for adopters, and also require that all applicants attend a Meet & Greet. We want you to have a good understanding of the greyhound breed by having the opportunity to meet hounds face-to-face, ask questions of our event volunteers, and be well-prepared for your future family member.
- Attend a Meet and Greet or other Event
- Required Reading (at least one of the following):
- If you have children between the ages of 5 and 8, we also require at least one of the following:
- Living with Kids and Dogs without Losing Your Mind by Colleen Pelar
- Happy Kids, Happy Dogs by Barbara Shumannfang
- Do you want to do more research and learn more "fun facts"? Check out our Hound 101 pages:
GPA MN Policy for Families with Children Under Age 5:
Families with toddlers are asked to postpone adopting a retired racer until after children turn 5. Greyhounds aren't built for the rough-and-tumble playfulness of young children. They respond best to older, quieter, considerate children. For families who already have a greyhound and have a child under 5 years of age, consideration is made on a case-by-case basis. The Adoption Committee carefully considers each case according to the needs of the family and the needs of the hound. If you do have a greyhound and a child under 5 years old, you are required to do the additional reading of one of the books for families with children.