How does WAG’s adoption process work?

Step 1
Submit an application using either of the following methods:

Use our on-line application: WAG Online Application
Or if you prefer a paper form, you can download a copy of our adoption application: Download WAG Application

Please note that while you have the option to mail in your adoption application, mailing your application will significantly delay the process. To avoid delays, we encourage applicants to use the online application– you do not need a Google account to fill out this Google Form.

Once we receive your application, one of our representatives will contact you.

Step 2
Home Visit

As part of the adoption process, we will schedule an in person meeting. Usually for this meeting, one of our representatives will come to your home, and make any suggestions they feel are necessary to accommodate a greyhound. Home visits are generally brief, with a standardized checklist.

During the meeting, we will discuss what to expect when bringing home a retired racing greyhound and whether or not a greyhound really is the right choice for your family. We ask that everyone in the family be present for this meeting to make sure that everyone is in agreement on the new family member. Our goal is to make sure that a greyhound is a good fit and that the dog will have a loving permanent home.

Step 3
Meet your new best friend

Our team will do their best to suggest hounds that may be a good fit for you. If we do not have a good fit for you at that time, your adoption representative will stay in contact as we welcome more hounds to WAG. If we do have a good fit for you, we will coordinate a time for you to meet the hound.

WAG usually has between three and five dogs available for adoption. WAG runs strictly out of foster homes and the number of dogs we can have at any time is limited by the number of available foster homes.

Even before an adoption can take place, WAG works with our partners at race tracks across the country to select recently retired dogs and to provide them with forever homes. This pre-adoption process includes transportation from the track, spay/neuter surgery, surgery/rehab to heal injuries if required, dental cleanings, health certificates, vaccinations, and other medications, all of which is paid for by WAG. Given the increasing cost of transportation and veterinary care, WAG does reserve the right to revisit adoption fees to help us defray these costs as needed. WAG prides itself on providing the highest quality of care possible to our hounds before they are matched with their forever homes.

Step 4
Prepare for your new family member

Once your application has been approved, we will provide information and resources to help you prepare for your new companion. WAG’s adoption fee ranges from $400 to $450 depending on the level of socializing and training the greyhound has received.

Over the past couple years, WAG has seen most, if not all of the hounds that come to us for adoption test positive for a resistant strain of hookworms. We test all incoming hounds for parasites and provide the first round of treatment– in the case of hookworms, five days of Panacur. After the treatment, there is a waiting period of a couple weeks before a fecal recheck should be done. Because of this waiting period, it is the adopter’s responsibility to have this recheck done by their veterinarian. It is not uncommon to require an additional round(s) of treatment before your hound is free of hookworm.

Can’t adopt but would like to help? Please consider making a tax deductible donation.

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Applications and Donations can also be mailed to:

WAG, Inc.
P.O. Box 1114
Glastonbury, CT 06033

Please make checks payable to WAG Inc.

Please note that while you have the option to mail in your adoption application, mailing your application will significantly delay the process. To avoid delays, we encourage applicants to use the online application– you do not need a Google account to fill out this Google Form.

Thank you for your interest in Greyhound Adoption!

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