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Greyhound fostering is a serious responsibility and in most cases, at least a two week or longer commitment. This application is intended to assist Greyhound Pets of America/Nashville (GPA/Nashville) in evaluating the willingness and ability of prospective foster homes to meet this responsibility. This application and the home visit also assist GPA/Nashville in placing the right Greyhound in the right foster home.

GPA/Nashville requires the reading of Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies, or Adopting the Racing Greyhound, preferably before the application is submitted, but definitely by the time of the home visit. For homes with children, GPA/Nashville also requires the reading of Childproofing Your Dog or Living with Kids and Dogs without Losing Your Mind. All of these books are sold on GPA/N's e-commerce page which can be reached through our website at

Straight off the track greyhounds will go through a period of adjustments as he/she settles into your home. Some greyhounds will be slower to housebreak than others until they adjust to their new routines. Other greyhounds may have a tendency to chew and will need to be muzzled or crated to safeguard your furniture and valuables until they settle in to their new surroundings. While some greyhounds are very social, others are quite shy and will need a quiet gentle approach. Foster parents need to be prepared for these and possibly other challenges with their foster greyhound. Most issues of this type can be resolved over time, with patience, TLC and perseverance. GPA/Nashville will also provide foster support to help assure a successful transition for both the foster home and hound.

GPA/Nashville will provide the foster home with: a foster dog, a foster crate, foster food and any medical care needed for the foster dog. Heartworm preventative will be mailed to each foster home prior to the first of each month. It is your responsibility as a foster home to make sure your foster is given this preventative on the 1st day of each month. As a foster home you will occasionally be asked to transport your foster hound to medical appointments or to meet up with the Home Visit Coordinator so that they may take your hound on a home visit. It is also suggested that you take your foster to as many Meet and Greets (M & G) as possible if they are not on home visits. Getting your foster out in the public heightens their chances of adoption.

Remember, while fostering is a short-term commitment, it is one of the most important steps for a retired racer in finding forever homes.