New Jersey Greyhound Adoption Program

Jennifer Sigler

335 County Road 513
Califon, NJ 07830-4164

The most frequenty asked questions??

Pre-Adoption Application!!!

A Guide for the Care and Training of the Retired Racing Greyhound
Also available as a Word 7.0 File.

NJ GAP is a volunteer, non profit, organization which is recognized by the New Jersey State Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program. We are nationally networked and operate from a "Virtual Office". The group has over twenty years of greyhound experience and places ten to fifteen greyhounds per month. Prior to adoption all greyhounds are:

Personality Profiled
Completely Inoculated
Veterinarian Checked

As part of the screening process we establish a profile of the prospective home, and match it to the personality profile of the greyhound. NJ Gap provides lifetime counseling for each greyhound. We serve New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York

You Can Make A Difference

Here's a partial list of what you can do to help !!!

    Don't go to dog tracks.
    Adopt a greyhound.
    Become a "Foster Parent".
    Distribute fliers.
    Volunteer your skills.
    Fund Raise.
    Help at Information Tables.
    Develop an Information Program at schools.
    Arrange "Have Lunch with a Greyhound" at your office.

Call NJ GAP today and join our exciting program. Please become part of the solution. We are making a "DIFFERENCE" and you will too.

The greyhound is considered a low maintenance dog because of their short hair. They do not require any more exercise than other breeds. Their placid nature makes them excellent couch potatoes. Since they enjoy a well planned get-together we hold an annual picnic.
Greyhounds are notorious Party Animals


Save A Retired Racing Greyhound

Popular Greyhound Questions

30,000 to 50,000 greyhounds are killed every year when their racing careers are over.
(according to HSUS)

What ages are available and how long do they live??
Most retired racers are between 2 & 5 years of age and have an average life expectancy of 12 - 15 years of age.

How tall are greyhounds and how much do they weigh??
Racing greyhounds are between 24 to 28 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 50 and 80 lbs. Generally females are smaller than males.

Because greyhounds have thousands of years of ancestry which tells them to follow their instinct and run without heed they must be kept on a leash. The only exceptions to this rule are: a FULLY FENCED yard or FULLY FENCED area (with gates closed & monitored). All responsible dog owners keep their dogs on a leash, regardless of the breed.

If I can't let my greyhound run loose in my unfenced yard can I use an overhead run or tie them out on a chain or rope??
Greyhounds can never be tied out on a chain, rope, or tied out on any type of overhead run-they can accelerate very quickly and break a leg that has become tangled in the line or they can literally break their neck once they reach the end of the line.

Is a fenced yard necessary in order to adopt a greyhound??
you have young children a fenced yard is a requirement of adoption.

Are greyhounds good with children??
Because greyhounds are gentle by nature, most are fine with children provided children are taught respect for animals.

Are Greyhounds compatible with other animals??
Yes, most greyhounds are good with small animals and enjoy the company of other dogs. On the application indicate what animals you currently have.

Are greyhounds suited to apartment life??

How long can a greyhound be left alone??
Eight to nine hours. Any longer, we advise you hire a pet walker.

How do I know that my greyhound will be good with my cat??
We cat test all of our dogs and provide you with instructions on how to introduce your new dog to your current pets.

Do greyhounds make good watchdogs??
No, generally speaking greyhounds do not bark and are happy to see all visitors.

Are greyhounds hyper and do they require a lot of exercise??
No! This is probably the most common misconception about greyhounds. They enjoy, but don't require, moderate exercise. They make good jogging companions after they have been properly conditioned for long distances. In most households the experience of a brisk walk is enough to keep both the adopter and adoptee in good shape. In reality, greyhounds are very much couch potatoes in the home and enjoy lounging with the family.

Is it difficult to housebreak a greyhound??
At the track, greyhounds are used to being let out of their crates several times a day to exercise and relieve themselves. A similar routine in their new home makes housebreaking relatively easy.

Will my greyhound be altered before I adopt it??
Yes, ALL of the greyhounds we place are altered and inoculated. In most cases they are also checked for heartworms.

How long does it take for a greyhound to bond and to adjust??
Because greyhounds are very friendly and thrive on human companionship, binding usually occurs in a matter of days. Adjusting to a new environment and routine may take a few weeks. The older dogs tend to be better mannered from the start while the younger dogs are generally more curious and active.

Can I specify to adopt a male or female??
Yes. Males and females are always available and make equally good pets.

How long does the adoption process take??
We start the process as soon as we get your application. It usually takes 1 to 3 weeks to get your dog.

Do I mail the donation check with my application??
No. We will ask for the donation at the time of adoption.

What will my greyhound need??
Leash and safety collar (this special collar & leash is included with the adoption), crate, bowls, blanket or bed, Purina Pro Plan DRY dog food (Adult Formula in the black bag) and annual veterinary care.


New Jersey Greyhound Adoption Program, Inc.
Pre-Adoption Application

Name______________________________  Day Ph#________________  Eve Ph #______________

Address___________________________  City_____________ State_________ Zip___________

 1. In what type of housing do you reside ___ Apt/Condo ___ Townhouse ___One Family
 2. Do you ___own or ___rent.
    If rent, does landlord permit dogs? __ Yes __No __ Not Sure.  If yes,
    please attach a copy of a letter from your landlord or a copy of your lease!!
 3. Do you have a fenced yard? __Yes __No   Height of fence _____
 4. Household makeup: # of Adults ___  # of Children ___ Ages of Children _________
 5. Does anyone in the household have allergies? ____Yes ____No
 6. Which family member will have the major responsibility of caring for the dog?
 7. How many hours a day will the dog normally be left alone? ______
 8. How close is your nearest neighbor? ________
 9. Do any of your neighbors' pets come into your yard? ____Yes ___ No
10. a] Will this be your first pet? ____Yes _____No
    b] What type of pets did you previously own? ____Dogs ____Cats ____ Other
    c] What happened to them? ________________________________________
    d] What pets do you currently own? ______ Dogs/Breeds__________________________
                                       ______ Cats  ________________________ Other
    e] If you currently own a dog(s), is it spayed/neutered? ___ Yes   ___ No
                                                             ___ Male  ___ Female
    f] If you currently own a cat(s), is it an ___indoor or ___ indoor/outdoor cat?
11. Who is your current veterinarian? (NAME & TELEPHONE NUMBER)
    What last name & pet name are the vet records under? __________________________
12. Why do you want to adopt a Greyhound?__________________________________________
13. What sex do you prefer?  ____Male    ____Female
14. Do you agree to have your Greyhound spayed/neutered? ______
15. Where will your Greyhound spend the majority of its time? _____________________
16. Are you willing to use a crate to train your Greyhound? ______
17. Do you agree to return your Greyhound to us if you are unable to keep it?______
18. Can we visit your home?______
19. Are you willing to provide us with follow-up reports?______
20. When will you be ready to take a dog?_______________________________
21. How did you hear about N.J. Greyhound Adoption Program?________________________
22. Do you use chemicals on your lawn (i.e., Lawn Doctor, Chemlawn)?______


   Every Greyhound is Spayed/Neutered, Inoculated, Medicated for worms prior to
  adoption. Your adoption donation of $ 165 also includes a special safety collar
                    with ID tag and a matching 6 foot leash.

PLEASE RETURN TO:                                                  QUESTIONS ???? CALL:  
    NJGAP, INC.                                                   Jennifer Sigler     
    335 County Road 513                                            (908) 832-9678      
    Califon, NJ 07830-4164                                                       

                                   Do not Include a check with your application

or write to:

[Mail to] Bob Checkaneck (