The Italian Greyhound Club of America is the national "parent" club for the breed. One of the club's missions is rescue, and it has a nationwide organization of rescue representatives, foster homes and other volunteers, including some here in Houston. For more information about Houston-area IGCA rescues, please contact the Houston IGCA Rescue rep.

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These IGCA rescues are looking for homes —

Lucas PhotoLucas Cooper

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Lucas is a sweet little, 12 year old senior guy who is shy at first, but warms up to you with some time. He would do best in a quieter home.

He walks well on a leash, however is a little unsure about going on walks. Lucas does not know what toys are, nor does he want to play. He prefers to be curled up relaxing most of the day in his bed. Lucas loves his blankets and makes them into a perfect circle and likes to lay in the middle of it. Lucas is fine with other dogs, however he does prefer to be with calmer, gentler dogs. He is afraid of dogs that chase/run.

Lucas LOVES food and treats! He gets so excited when he knows he is getting something to snack on and runs around and zooms into his crate waiting for his treat. He also loves licking peanut butter out of a Kong toy.

Lucas is house-trained and sleeps in his kennel quietly at night, as long as he gets his bed time snack. If you are looking for a quiet, gentle, and sweet companion, Lucas would be the perfect fit! (fostering in Tomball)

Elisa PhotoLucca (IG-mix)

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Lucca is an IG-mix, and is NOT officially part of the IGCA/IGRF rescue program. This sweet girl is an independently sponsored rescue who is fostering with local IGCA volunteers.

Here is what her foster home has to say about her...

"She's got her teething ears so they're going different directions daily! She's a sweet active girl, she loves following my 13 year old IG everywhere so she would do great in a home with doggie siblings.

When she first came to live with us she had no idea where to and not to go potty, but we got her on the grass in a day. She still has an accident here and there, but we're under 1 per day and she's already letting me know when she has to go out which is awesome. Lucca is teething but has been good about shoes, the pillows and furniture when I tell her no. I usually offer her a toy and she'll chew that instead (until the next time she finds the pillow or rug....).

I work from home so she has a lots of supervised roaming time during the day. She goes into her kennel when we leave and at night with no issue and sleeps through the night. She has a lot of energy but loves to snuggle too. Lucca recently let us know that she can bark, but she rarely does. She's also started lightly growling at her own reflection in the fireplace, which is hilarious because she doesn't growl at the other dogs. She will walk with a harness on a leash but our practice has been pretty limited as I haven't wanted to expose her to the hike and bike trail without all of her shots."

Elisa PhotoElisa

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Elisa is an absolute sweetheart! Her exact age is unknown but the vet estimates that she is between 7 – 10 years old and weighs in at 10 pounds. Her personality has really blossomed since coming into rescue a few months ago.

Although she prefers to relax in her crate, she ventures out on her own frequently, and is very curious about her surroundings. If she wants you to pet or hold her, she paws at you until you do so (she loves to be held and cuddled). As meal time approaches, she joins her foster brother (a Lab/Pointer mix) and sisters (also Italian Greyhounds) in the kitchen, wagging her tail with excitement. Her lack of teeth does not stop her from enjoying small kibble.

She has mastered potty pads, choosing the ones outside of her crate over the one inside (she is a very tidy girl). Being outdoors for too long still makes her anxious, but she continues to make progress, especially if the weather is to her liking. She also loves snuggling with her 5-year-old human foster brother. Elisa would probably do best in a home with another dog to help with her confidence.

This calm and affectionate girl can’t wait to find her forever home.

Penne PhotoPenne
I'm Special

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Penne Rigato is beautiful fawn and white and weighs 13 pounds. She has an extensive biography for her young age of 2 years old. We even know the day she was born, October 30, 2015. Her original family loved and adored her. They taught her to sit, walk on a leash, and to come when she is called. They house-trained her and took her to the vet for all her vaccinations. They took her places to socialize her and she loves every person and dog she meets. She plays vigorously with toys and entertains herself by play attacking the dog beds. Her play is not destructive at all. It is just cute and funny to watch. She also plays gently and appropriate with other IGs.

We know everything about her, which is not very common for IGs who wind up in foster homes. So why did the loved and adored Penne get surrendered to rescue? It was because Penne developed a neurological disorder when she was just a very young puppy. She had seizures. The visits with the neurologist and the anti-seizure medicine was something the family could not afford. But they wanted Penne to receive treatment and to have a great life, so they surrendered her to IG Rescue.

Penne adapted to life in her foster home almost immediately. Within a few months her seizures were more under control with consultations and adjustments to medicines. Now she has a seizure about twice per month and they only last two minutes at most. The medicine makes her a little uncoordinated, but it just adds to her adorable charm. She does not jump up on furniture. She doesn’t even try. If we lift her onto the couch, we hold her to make sure she doesn’t tumble off. She is sort of like a perpetual puppy that knows how to behave.

Penne is a “special needs” IG because of her neurological condition requires daily commitment to administer medicine to her. But she is a very happy, playful, loving, beautiful, young Italian Greyhound. We just think she is very special. (fostering in Sugar Land)

TurboSpurs PhotoTurbo

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Viva Fiesta!!! Hi my name is Turbo and I live in San Antonio. Would you believe that I am 11 years old and this is the first time I’ve been to Fiesta? Well I love it and I’ve sent pictures to all my friends and family.

I’m a compact little guy about 10 lbs. I only have 3 teeth left but it doesn’t slow down my eating at all. My family and I lived outside for quite a while, but all that changed since New Years Day. We have nice warm beds and blankets and good food now. I love food! I can be very determined when food is around.

I have improved tremendously in my housebreaking skills and my pet sitter says I have done really well with no accidents the last time I stayed at her house. I do wear a belly band but am slowly learning not to mark. She didn’t have to change it all day because I didn’t have any accidents.

I love to play and run around the house like a 4 year old. I love to snuggle and sit on laps. If my forever home would like to take me out and about I would really like that. I’m a really friendly guy and like having tons of friends. (fostering in San Antonio)

Baylee&Toby PhotoBaylee and Toby

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Baylee and Toby have been together since Toby was 8 weeks old and you can tell. They love to play with each other and even take turns eating food out of the same bowl. When you see one of them, the other is close by, if not right beside them. They would very much appreciate it if they could stay together. Their previous family had to move and weren’t able to take them along but it is obvious these babies were well taken care of and taught basic “manners” (sit, shake, kennel up, go potty - and their favorite - come here!) They love to be right next to you, or on your lap, under a blanket; however, they are perfectly content sleeping on their bed curled up together. They are not afraid to show and receive affection in a variety of ways like direct eye contact, subtle reminders to keep petting (nose nudge), scooting closer to you, excitedly wagging tails when you get home and let them out of the crate, etc.

Baylee is Toby’s older sister. They are not from the same litter but have been together since he was 8 weeks old. Baylee is a beautiful fawn and white “Biggy Iggy”, weighing in at 19 pounds, and is 11 years young (seriously, you wouldn’t know she is 11). She is a bit wary when she is in a new situation but will warm up once she becomes more comfortable. She relies on Toby and is never far from his side. If Toby is comfortable, then she is as well.

Baylee is crate-trained and will get in when told to. She will let you know when she needs to go to the restroom. She needs a nice size backyard with a tall fence. She loves to chase and retrieve the tennis ball, and with all that muscle, is capable of jumping really high. She loves to go on walks, and if she hears the word walk, she gets really excited. She tends to pull on the leash during the first part of the walk, but gets better as the walk progresses. She is wary of other dogs and will bark.

Baylee has a bald spot the length of her spine and had quite a few teeth removed, but she has a clean bill of health. She is very tolerant of young children (foster family has a very active 4 year old) and will let them hug on her. She loves to curl up next to Toby, or a lap. He favorite spot is under the blanket next to Toby. Baylee relies on Toby for comfort. She is nervous when he is not around.

Toby is Baylee’s younger brother. He is a small guy at only 10 pounds, but he has a giant size personality. He is 9 years old. He is very outgoing, adventurous and is not a nervous Iggy (except when he can’t find Baylee).

Toby is crate-trained and will get in when told to. He gives subtle signs when he needs to go potty, so he may need a belly band in case those signs are missed. Toby’s favorite thing is playing with Baylee. He will chase Baylee and wrestle around with her. He loves to go on walks and gets excited when he hears the word walk. He does very well on the leash and walks right next to you. He is wary of other dogs and will bark.

Toby had a few teeth removed but is very healthy. He is tolerant of young children but does not like to be pulled on. He loves to curl up on a lap or next to Baylee. His favorite spot is under the blanket next to Baylee. Toby is very connected to Baylee and will let you know if he can’t find her.

Baylee and Toby’s previous owners had to move and weren’t able to take them along; however, it is obvious these babies were well taken care of and taught basic “manners”. Sit, shake, get the ball, kennel up, go potty…and their favorite, come here! They love to be right next to you, if not on your lap, under a blanket; however, they are perfectly content sleeping on their bed curled up together. They are not afraid to show and receive affection in a variety of ways– take the direct eye contact, subtle reminders to keep petting (nose nudge), scooting closer to you, etc.

Baylee is the beautiful fawn and white biggy iggy weighing in around 16 pounds. This is all muscle. You would never even guess that she is 11 for she truly is amazing to watch when she runs. The fact that she is missing a patch of fur along her back does not take away from her extremely clean bill of health. She had to have 18 teeth extracted but it doesn’t stop her from eating and accepting the occasional treat. She loves to sleep under a blanket (next to Toby) right next to you or on the dog bed. She is working on her manners while on a leash. She gets a bit excited when new people or animals are near.

Toby is the tiny grey dude with the white mask. He is all of 9 pounds but he thinks he’s a Great Dane! Very friendly and outgoing, very dependent on Baylee though, and always wants to have her close by. He is 9 years old and is mature for his age. We really want to rename him “prancer” because that is how he walks/jogs. He simply prances! Although Baylee is older and twice his size, he is the “alpha” in their pack. He loves to burrow under the blankets and be right by your side.

Both of these babies have the best personalities and are extremely tolerant of our 4 year old (who loves to love on them). They are well mannered, though they are counter surfers and beg while you are eating (we are working on those manners), generally easy going and friendly, and for the most part, potty trained. You have to keep an eye out for the very subtle hints from Toby or he’ll mark his spot. We have found that using a belly band is the solution for that!. (fostering in Spring)

Cristina PhotoCristina

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Cristina is a 9 year old, 17 pound, calm and collected lady. She doesn't need to be in control to rule her domain. She's an old soul with sudden spurts of vigor and playfulness.

This sweet lady is independent and can while away the day sunbathing, so don't forget the dog-safe sunscreen or a shirt! Cristina is a healthy eater and the best potty-trained IG seen by her fosters. She also is well behaved at night, sleeping soundly in her crate, even if she may think bedtime comes too early.

Some Things to Consider Before Adopting an Italian Greyhound

Family Planning:
Italian Greyhounds are pack animals and they bond closely with their humans. They thrive on having attention. It is not unusual for people to acquire an Italian Greyhound before they are ready to start a family since they offer so much joy and companionship in the home. When children arrive in the home, balancing dog ownership and parenting can present challenges that result in the dog losing its home. Though it may be difficult for you to imagine giving up your "IG baby" for your human baby today, the arrival of children in the home is one of the top 5 reasons that IG's are given up by their owners. We appreciate your understanding our candor in asking about your plans for having children or grandchildren in your home so we have an opportunity to talk with you about the most common problems people face when they bring a new baby home. This will help you make an educated decision on whether an IG is going to mesh with your long term family plans. If we fail to ask you about it and children might be in your future, even 10 years from now, please ask your IGCA Rescue Representative about this important topic! We want you to be successful in giving one of our rescue IG's a loving family for life!

A Family for Life:
IG's can live as long as 18 years! It is our goal to place our rescue IG's in homes that will provide for the dog's health and safety in a loving family environment for the dog's lifetime. The younger the dog you adopt, the longer the commitment! We understand that circumstances can change and people are not always able to keep their rescue IG. However, if you have significant foreseeable changes in your life that will conflict with giving a rescue IG a life long commitment (multiple moves ahead of you, overseas travel, financial issues etc.), please consider other ways that you can enjoy this wonderful breed such as applying to foster which does not carry a long term commitment.

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