The most frequenty asked questions??
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:
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".
Volunteer your skills.
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.
WHY MUST A GREYHOUND BE KEPT ON A LEASH??
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??
NO!! 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??
If 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.