Adopting & Fostering

Adoption Application – Text

Adoption Application – for Adobe Reader

Foster Application – Text

Foster Application – for Adobe Reader

Please Call 469-554-2530 for information. Please email application to iggygal67@yahoo.com or fax to 972-530-4567 (fax only).

Thank you for your interest in adopting an Italian Greyhound (IG) rescue. IG’s make wonderful companion pets and will give you many years of love and devotion. This application has been designed to evaluate potential adopters to ensure that each person who adopts an IG is not only aware of that responsibility, but also to address the compatibility of the home in which each IG is placed.  All applicants will have there personal and vet references checked as well as a home visit performed before an adoption can take place.
Note: All potential adopters or applicants must be 21 years of age to adopt an Italian Greyhound from TIGR.
We have worked in IG adoption for many years and have seen many happy endings, and unfortunately we have also seen a few sad ones. We have only the best interest of the IG in mind. Before signing this agreement, please know that IG’s can live 12 to 15 years, making this a serious, long-term commitment. It is very traumatic for a dog to be returned by its family once it has settled into its new home, and pets should NEVER be considered dispensable. Furthermore, note that the IG is not for everyone. These dogs rely on us to place them into appropriate, loving, responsible homes. All adults in your household must agree to this adoption and sign the application.

There is a non-refundable adoption donation fee of $325.00, which is tax deductible for dogs 6 months of age to 3 years old, $300 for 4 yrs. to 8 yrs. and $275 for 8 + years old.  Please complete all fields, and attach any additional sheet(s) if necessary.
The donation includes:
Neuter/spay
Vaccinations (DHPP & Rabies)
Heartworm and Fecal test
Dental cleaning and extractions if needed
Microchipping
A martingale collar, leash, and TIGR tag

 

TIGR’S ADOPTION PROCESS

 

All steps of our Adoption Process MUST be completed before you will be considered for any dog or be scheduled for visits, but please feel free to come to any of our upcoming events to meet Italian Greyhounds/Whippets during the application process.

 

Step 1:  Your Application.  We cannot move forward without an adoption application, so please submit one by email, fax or USPS to the PO Box.  Applications can be downloaded under the Fostering and Adoption Tab of our website.  Applications received by email and fax will most likely be the first to be reviewed as the PO Box gets checked once a week.

Step 2:  Reference Checks.  Yes, we do call both personal references as well as your veterinarian and ask questions.  If you are not comfortable with this or any other part of our adoption process, then please go to your local shelter and adopt a dog that would otherwise be euthanized.

Step 3:  Phone Interview.  A TIGR representative will call you to discuss your application and any issues or concerns that there might be as well as talk about your lifestyle.  TIGR’s goal is to match the best dog with the best FOREVER home.

Step 4:  Home Visit.  We will schedule a home visit at a time that is convenient for the Volunteer TIGR Representative and the applicant.  We will be inspecting the fencing as well as seeing the overall environment in which the dog would be living.  Depending on who is doing the home visit will depend on whether a dog is brought to your house at that time.  Our volunteers are spread out through the DFW area and the one closest to your area will most likely be the one that visits with you, it’s not always the one that has the foster dog in which you are interested.   All parties interested in adoption must be present at the time of the visit as well.

Step 5:  Meeting the Dogs.  Once you have been approved, you may then begin meeting the dogs.  You will be put in touch with the foster parents and they can tell you about the daily life with that particular dog and if that foster dog would fit in with your lifestyle.  All meetings will be scheduled between the two of you.  If the first visit goes GREYT, then the second visit can be to adopt the dog.

TIGR realizes that the process can be lengthy, however it is effective!  There are many IG’s and Whippets in loving forever homes.  The average lifespan for IG’s and Whippets is 12 -16 years, with some living longer.  This is a long term commitment.

Please note:  Just because you fall in love with one particular IG/Whippet doesn’t always mean that it is the right dog for you or your family.  TIGR volunteers are here to help you with this process and to educate you as well on each individual IG/Whippet.

OUT OF STATE ADOPTION INFORMATION

While on occasion we will consider out of state adoptions, we always encourage local adoptions or neighboring state adoptions first as it is easier on the human as well as the potential pet.  We do not adopt out of the USA at all.

TIGR as a “part” of its adoption process requires all potential adopters to have phone and a home interview.  Here is a link to our adoption process and well as applications http://txigrescue.org/fostering-adopting/ Home visits sometimes are impossible for us when we have out of state applicants, which is absolutely required.

TIGR does let the foster home have a part in the decision making process as well (as they know the foster dog best) and some volunteers are not comfortable sending their dogs out of state.

TIGR does not ship/transport/fly any of our foster dogs, so potential adopters are required to come to Texas to meet the dog (two meetings) to see if it is match as well as complete the adoption process.

It is our goal to make sure that each and every dog be matched with the appropriate forever home which is why each step of our adoption process is important.  While on occasion there are returns to TIGR, the adopted dog must always come back to TIGR and would have to be brought back to Texas.

 

Making the Adoption Work
We try to make the best possible match we can to ensure a successful adoption. In preparation for your rescue’s arrival, you can:
Purchase a good quality pet store food, bowls, safe toys, and a crate.
It is also a good idea to select a veterinarian prior to your dog’s arrival. Although the dog has been vet checked, we do recommend taking the dog to your own veterinarian after adopting the dog.
It is also a good idea to take your newly adopted dog to obedience classes. It improves communication between dog and owner, it give the dog a chance to socialize and it also improves the bond between owner and dog.

House training Suggestions

Feeding
Feed a high quality food because it will be absorbed better and there will be less waste. Feed at a scheduled time(s) each day allowing 15-20 minutes to eat. Do NOT open feed. Do not withhold water as dogs, like people, should have access to fresh water whenever they are thirsty.
Elimination Schedule
Take the dog out first thing in the morning, shortly after eating, after confinement, after extensive play or excitement and prior to retiring for the night. Keep the dog on a set schedule. Dogs are creatures of habit and do very well when they have a routine to follow. Try to establish a set potty routine based on your dog’s needs and your schedule.
Teaching Elimination on Command
Take the dog out often and use a command like “Go Potty”, “Hurry Up”, or “Potty Outside”. If the dog goes when given the command, praise lavishly. If not, bring the dog in and confine the dog or keep the dog with you and try again within half to one hour, repeating the process described above.
Correction/Praise should be given within 1-2 seconds of the activity to be effective. It is useless to correct a dog for behavior he did hours ago or even minutes ago…you must catch him in the act!! If you catch the dog beginning to use the bathroom indoors, immediately say “No” and pick him up and take him outside. To further reinforce good potty habits, find a treat your dog absolutely loves, something extra special like deli meat or cheese. Put the treat in your pocket and as soon as he goes potty outside, praise and reward. This extra step really helps in the initial housetraining stages and should be used the first week or two to really reinforce the desired behavior. Lots of praise is crucial for this breed. They do NOT respond to harsh words or punishment. For the life of the dog, continue to praise the dog at least once a day to encourage the behavior. Do this FOREVER to continue good potty habits.
Clean Up
Use a product specifically designed for eliminating odors such as Nature’s Miracle, Outright, or vinegar water. These products will discourage the pet from picking up the scent and soiling the same area again. (Ammonia, carpet cleaning products, etc. are not the same…you must use a product designed for this purpose). You can also use these products in the washer if a dog has soiled his bedding by adding 1/4 -1/2 cup per load. Do NOT let the dog see you or watch you clean up his “mistakes”. When dogs are very young, their mother cleans up their elimination and this is a positive thing to a young pup. Therefore, do not let him see you clean it up, but by the same theory it IS good for him to see you clean up his correct eliminations outdoors.
Crates
Crating is NOT cruel as dogs are den animals and should have their own “room”…a space they can feel safe in and retreat to when stressed or tired. Crates should be used for no longer than 4 hour intervals. A dog should not be crated while an owner works all day. A crate should be large enough for a dog to lie down in and turn around. A crate that is too large will give a dog the opportunity to mess in one area and lie in another. Always make the crate a “great” place to be for you dog. Make the crate a positive place by feeding all meals in the crate and also having special treats that are only given in the crate. A Kong toy filled with treats is an excellent distraction from your departure and will keep the dog occupied. Teach the dog the command “Kennel” before he enters his crate. If the dog is resistant to a crate initially, continue to give ALL meals and treats in the crate. Then place the dog in the crate but do not leave the room. Allow the dog to remain in the crate for just minutes, gradually increasing the time and eventually leaving the room and then the house for short intervals. The goal is to condition the animal to see the crate as positive and short term and to assure him that you are returning. Play soothing music or a sound machine for the dog while he is crated. Put dim lighting on to encourage quiet time.
Other Tips
Most Italian Greyhounds will NOT go to the door and bark, but most will give you a subtle signal. If your dog does give you a signal, praise him and respond immediately. Many people have success with paper or litter box training. Again, consistency and praise are the keys here. Placing these items by the back door make an indoor/outdoor transition a little easier. Belly Bands do not help train the dog but are useful for the owner to catch accidents during the training time.
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