Hi Valerie, There is more than one greyhound rescue organization. I would perhaps google & then contact another one of the group. Also, Connie (moderator on this board) knows tons about rescue/health issues. You should send her a pm.
Valerie, FWIW, this is a rescue group in my hometown that has a very solid reputation and very active presence...and very successful, there are a TON of greyhounds adopted out in Mpls. I'd contact them for additional help we may not be able to provide you here.Nancy Jocoy said:I knew about anesthesia being different for greyhounds and found a link:
Forgot to add my vet clinic's docs do a lot of work with greyhound rescue on the side, I can also ask them if necessary.Woody Taylor said:Valerie, FWIW, this is a rescue group in my hometown that has a very solid reputation and very active presence...and very successful, there are a TON of greyhounds adopted out in Mpls. I'd contact them for additional help we may not be able to provide you here.Nancy Jocoy said:I knew about anesthesia being different for greyhounds and found a link:
I am from KS but have had a very hard time getting the rescues to help out.Maren Bell said:Are you guys from Kansas I assume? I was at a dog show in the spring and I got to talking to a lady with a ton of salukis (she had like 8 or 9 in tow). I casually started asking her if any mushers had ever approached her because a lot of the sighthounds are used in Alaskan husky crosses and that sort of thing. She said no, but she said she had been asked if she would sell some as coyote dogs, so yes, I guess I had heard of that as well. Not sure how legal that is, but anyways...if you guys are from Kansas, one of the foster coordinators of the shelter I volunteer and foster for has some good contacts with Rescued Racers out in St. Louis. If you can get her out to Columbia, I could do transport into St. Louis if they approve it:
This girl is dog aggressive hate her crate and throw fits when in it till she finally gives up.Molly Graf said:yes I have heard that sighthounds are sensitive to anesthesia. So that is the "health problem" the vet is probably concerned about. Other than that, as far as I know Greyhounds are very healthy, the breed is 99% free of hip dysplasia, they usually have nice temperaments and are excellent choices for elderly people - they are quiet, rarely bark, are not destructive, not usually aggressive to other dogs, not extremely playful so maybe not the "retrieve a ball and wrestle with" dog that kids might like to have. They are ok with smaller dogs and cats as long as they are exposed to them and taught not to chase them. They can never be off leash (unless they are obedience trained or on e-collar), do need to run sometimes because they love to - are sensitive to heat and cold weather, and do need a soft place to sleep (like your couch). They are very clean dogs and extremely easy to housebreak even as adults. They are crate-trained already if they came from the track, so a thick bed inside a large crate is a perfect home for them when their humans are away. When I'm old and retired the greyhound will probably be my "2nd breed". I really like them and recommend them often.