Connecticut Greyhound Adoption - GPA
Connecticut's Greyhound Pets Of America Chapter
P.O. Box 900
Avon, CT 06001
(860) 836-5049

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Foster a Greyhound 

    While many of our adoptions are done directly from the race track, we also have dogs living in foster care so that we are able to respond to applicants in a timely manner as well as be able to profile the specific retired racer in order to match the right dog with the perfect forever home.

What is fostering?

    An ex-racing greyhound enters your life for a few weeks, usually for 2-8 weeks, although some dogs have been in foster care for longer or shorter periods of time (some never leave as the foster family ends up falling in love with and adopting the dog).

    As a foster parent, you are responsible for teaching your foster greyhound:

  • Housebreaking
  • Walking on a leash
  • Responding to his/her name
  • Appropriate behavior indoors and outdoors
  • Proper interaction with other pets
  • Playing with children and adults
  • How to ride in cars

    Your foster must be kept indoors as a house pet.  Greyhounds have no fur or body fat to shield them from temperatures, have always been kept indoors in temperature controlled kennels, and are accustomed to being inside around people.

    Your foster's personality will slowly develop and bloom.  You'll need to document their developing personality, likes and dislikes and the occasional photo.  This information will be posted on their web page and shared with their new family.

    Foster parents also usually help with final adoption by coordinating a meeting with a potential adopter once an application and home visit are completed by a CGA representative.

What is supplied to Foster Homes?

The foster home will be supplied with the following materials if needed:


  • Crate
  • Food
  • Collar
  • Leash
  • Bowl
  • Coat
  • Medications - wormer, heartworm, flea and tick treatments

How do I volunteer to be a Foster Home?

    Simply fill out the online Foster Application.  Once the application is reviewed, a foster coordinator will conatct you to discuss fostering and to set up a home visit.

    Once we find the right dog for your foster home, we will contact you to make arrangements to pick up the dog and provide all of the foster supplies.