Nena is a petite 6 year old galga who arrived at Scooby in February.  She is a sweet girl,  who is already showing a spark of playfulness.  Nena got along well with other dogs at Scooby and is doing well in the pack at King’s Kastle.   She finds comfort in the other dogs and will need a home with another dog,  She did well in her first round of cat testing.  We will be retesting her soon. (on medical hold) 

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Kai is a young greyhound mix (1-2 years old) that was rescued from a southern California shelter.  This handsome boy was in a foster home for a few days before making the ride northward, and his foster family was very impressed by how easily he transitioned to home life. Given how quickly he jumped up on the couch with the family and curled up in a corner, he may have lived in a house before.  His foster family also commented on how quickly he responded to correction.  Kai is a very social and happy guy  and loves people.  He also did well with the other dogs at his foster home and dogs of all sizes and breeds at King’s Kastle.   He should not live with cats.

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Santa Rosa Coddingtown Meet &Greet Sunday May 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM

IMG_7018Please join us Sunday  May 15th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM  at the Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa. This is your chance to meet many ex racing greyhounds and ask one of our volunteers any questions you may have about this wonderful breed of dogs They are one of the most family friendly dogs you will ever encounter.

We will be located in the center of the Mall where the two main hallways intersect.

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Guelo is a 5-year old male galgo from Scooby.  This glossy, handsome boy is initially shy with new people and new situations, but will adapt with time and patience.  We have found that he does best with limited space – in the foster home’s large yard, he became very agitated and barky.  Once we set up a smaller outdoor space, he became much more comfortable.  He is cat-safe, very playful,  and walks well on leash.  He will do well in a quiet household with another playful dog from whom he can gain confidence and with someone with time and patience to get him through his mistrust of people.

Sponsored by Lynne Sherbondy in honor of Alex and Skimra Sherbondy

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Steps to Adoption


Adopting a Greyhound

Prior to the adoption interview, you will want to research the breed to find out if it is the right type of dog for you and your family.  A good resource is “Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies” by Lee Livingood.

You must have landlord approval for a large dog if you rent

If you have a yard, it must be completely and securely fenced (fence should be a minimum of 5’ tall)

Things You Should Know

Your greyhound will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped prior to adoption.

Your greyhound will also have had testing done for heartworm, valley fever and tick diseases.  We will start the monthly heartworm medication and maintain the dog on this until adoption.

Your greyhound will come with a regular collar that has a Greyhound Friends for Life tag and a tag with microchip information, a martingale collar, and a 4-foot leash. You will want to get an additional tag with your contact information.  Retractable leashes and tie-outs are giant “no-no’s” for a dog who can reach full speed in 3 strides.

If the adoption doesn’t work out or if you ever have to give your greyhound up, he/she must come back to GFFL.


The Adoption Process

1. Application

Fill out the online application and click on the “Submit” button.  (link of online form here)

To be certain we don’t miss any applications, please be sure you receive an email acknowledgement shortly after you have clicked on the “Submit” button.  If you don’t receive this acknowledgement, please send an email to Barbara Judson at bajudson@gmail.com

You can also print it and fax or mail it to GFFL.

Mail to: Greyhound Friends For Life
P.O Box 549
Fulton, CA  95439-8861

Fax to: (510) 295-4251

2. Interview

After we receive the application, a representative will call within 48 hours.  The information from this interview will help us find a dog or dogs that we think will be a good match for you and your family.  It is also an opportunity to ask questions about the breed, the organization, and what to expect when you bring a dog home.

3.  Home Visit

If a greyhound seems to be the right breed for you, we will schedule a home visit.  We will be looking at yard safety, potential hazards in the home and yard, fence height, etc.  Our reps are not there to judge your house-keeping skills – promise!

4. Meeting the “Right” Greyhound

Once the home visit is completed and any issues are corrected, you will be invited to come to the adoption kennel in Auburn.Horace Rawiszer 3-1  It is in everyone’s best interest if the greyhound and all other family members (including children, other dogs, cats, and other critters) all get along.  It is also important to have a dog who is compatible with your lifestyle. GFFL does not necessarily “pick” the dog for you, but we will introduce you to a dog or dogs who will best fit your situation. This does mean that you may be denied the adoption of a particular dog, if we think that there are potential compatibility issues.

5. Completing the Adoption

After a compatible dog is found, the adoption is finalized by completing an adoption contract.  There is an adoption fee of $300.00 that partially covers the transport, neuter/spay, vaccinations, disease testing, worming, medications, and care of the dog until adoption.  In the adoption contract, you agree, among other things, to the following:

  • your greyhound will be an indoor household companion
  • your greyhound will not be allowed off leash in an unfenced or otherwise unsecured area
  • if, for any reason, you are no longer able/willing to keep your greyhound, the dog will be returned to GFFL and never given to another person or shelter
  • if the greyhound has behavioral issues, you will contact GFFL for advice and recommendations for greyhound-savvy trainers.

6. Follow-up

A GFFL representative will call you during the week following adoption to see how the transition to a home is going and to emma_isaac Russell.28.13-1see if there are any concerns or questions that need addressing.  We will follow up periodically after the initial adjustment period.  If you should have any questions, problems, or concerns regarding your greyhound after adoption, please call or email us.  We’re here to make the adoption as successful as we can.


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