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.
If you are seriously thinking about adopting an IG, here are some things to consider. Are you ready to adopt? Submitting an adoption application is the first step, and is required before meeting specific foster dogs in which you may have an interest. Click here for the adoption application.
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IGCA rescues are looking for
IGCA about Risotto
This handsome boy is Risotto. He is 9 years of age, and will be available for adoption soon. For more information about Risotto, click on the contact link above.
IGCA about Kissy
Hi! I’m Kissy, a sprightly 10-pound, 5-6 year-old female IG mix.
I get along well with other dogs—in my foster home, I’ve had up to eight 4-legged visitors at one time, and I’ve done pretty well. I don’t have much of an opportunity to visit with children, but I’m pretty sturdy and happy so I’ll do well with older children (say, 8 years-old and older). I’d make a lively addition to a household with dogs, or just humans. I was alone and sad for so long, now I’m just happy to have a safe, loving place to live. If there are squeaky toys to play with, all the better! I love squeaky toys!
I’m so happy and thankful for the new life I’ve been given since my rescue. Dumped by the side of the road, I was a mess when I entered rescue. I was dealing with serious medical issues and needed a lot of help. Now I’m healthier, and have a beautiful fawn coat that shows it.
I have a chronic kidney condition that is serious but managed well with a kidney diet and medication. The medication is already being gradually dropped since I’m doing so well with the special diet. I’m reacting well to treatment for a form of anemia that I’m likely to continue to deal with long term. And, I’ve had a seizure, so we should keep an eye on that. I feel so much better now that I have TLC in my life, I don’t let anything drag me down. I love my life!
It’s been a long road, and I’m still an independent, street-savvy girl, and I show my love in my own special ways. I prefer not to be picked up…I’ll follow you around, keep you company, and love to be in the same room with you — just in case you need me — but I’m not a “Velcro” dog as some iggies can be. Now, that I’m out of my shell and enjoying life, I’m curious and confident.
I walk wonderfully well on a lead, I know my name and always come when called, I’m used to eating in my crate, I know my basic commands, and how to use the doggy door to go outside. I’m ready to share my zest for life with you in a permanent home.
IGCA about Clint Eastwood
My official name is Clint Eastwood, but friends call me “Sammy.” My human went to hospice so IG Rescue took me in and will find me a new forever home. Like my namesake, I am long, lean and dignified. We really don’t know my age — estimates have ranged from 5 to 12 so we are claiming I am 8. Splitting the difference works — I'm still playful and energetic, and definitely an adult but in no way a senior. My vetting has been completed —all the usual things but I also went through heart worm treatment. Know what my reward was? A dental cleaning. Losing those teeth did not make my day but I am a no nonsense sort of guy and was back to eating kibble in no time. My potty skills are pretty good, too.
I’m easy going and enjoy relaxing on a couch or my very own bean bag chair while watching spectator sports such as dog wrestling. I do not participate in this activity, which should be reserved for young iggies and hooligans but will occasionally comment or encourage one of the participants. Sun bathing in the back yard is quite pleasant. An evening walk, checking the fence line, is another favored pastime.
I do have a special skill: I can slip under a blanket fast. In fact, I probably should be in the Guinness World Book of Records. If I get excited and you want me to calm down, just put a nice blankie over me and I lay right down and take a nap.
I would love to have another iggy in my forever home, but if the nice humans want to focus all of their attention on me, I would be happy with that as well. You will find me to be a great companion, just give me a chance to show my charms. (fostering in Pearland)
IGCA about Carlo
Hi, ya everyone, my name is Carlo, they call me one of their “Miracle” boys. But I tend to think it was my onery and out going personality that got me over my paralysis. I had way too much running around and living to do. I am a mix of Italian Greyhound and ......... some say, Terrier. Only my mom knows for sure and she didn’t share.
Don’t mean to brag, but I am as cute as can be. I have a shiny dark chocolate fur with a little white mixed in. Look into my eyes, they are the windows to my soul. My foster mom says they show my hidden puppy like qualities. You see I am five years old but act more like I am 5 months old. Full of energy and an eagerness to please. I give kisses just like my IG relatives are known for, love to play, and sometimes pester my foster brothers and sister. Oh, I really don’t care for cats, I must be allergic, yea, that’s it. Throw me a ball and I will chase it and bring it back to you. Take me for a walk and I will show you how well I do on a leash. I’ll whine and cry at the back door when nature calls. I love the outdoors. In fact in my former life I was kept outside. But I’ve come to enjoy being with my humans too much and prefer being indoors with them.
I think for my forever family I would love to have kids around and since I can pester other 4-leggers maybe I should be an only fur baby in the family. I love attention and really don’t want to share.
IGCA about Twiggy
Someone forgot to tell Twiggy that she is 10 years old! All 7 pounds of this senior sweetie will wrap themselves around your little finger once you meet her. And watch out — she's a kisser and she LOVES to cuddle. Her favorite places are next to her human or snuggled up under the covers next to you. Twiggy has never met a human she doesn't like (including children) and she is fine with dogs of all shapes and sizes.
Her great disposition isn't to be overshadowed by her impeccable house-manners and stunning good looks. Twiggy's golden years are sure to be her finest and she hopes you will give her the chance that she deserves ... to shine!
IGCA about Lady Lacy
Position Sought: Apple of Your Eye
Seriously, if Lady could talk, this is what she'd say. She wants desperately to be someone's princess, not to compete for attention or status in the pack. Though she does well here with my pack, I have to say that I think Lady does not particularly like being a foster dog. Lady Lacy is waiting for something that may take some time to find for her, because she is "special."
Some dogs are easy to love. Cute and confident and sweet, who were not scarred by life and who meet the world expecting great things. But some dogs need a special adopter with a heart that meets them half way, who can see beyond the lumps and bumps and wounds of life, to the terrific dog who is there, ready to love. That would be Lady Lacy. Lady was rescued from a shelter where her human mom of 8 years left her when her job required her to travel. Lady is beautiful and healthy, and her dearest wish is to once again be someone's special girl.
Lady is very sociable, greets strangers with a friendly greeting. But be a little careful when you reach to pet her because she becomes afraid sometimes if you touch her around her head or when she is not ready for it. It seems has been conditioned by life to protect herself from harm. She will throw herself on the floor on her back with fear in her eyes as though you might kill her. Other times, she will relax and give you her belly to rub. She loves to give kisses and go for walks. She loves to curl up beside you on the sofa. She trained me to put pee pads out for her to use, but she happily goes outside every chance I give her and does all her business. She likes to patrol the yard. One of her endearing quirks is how she barks at Thunder as if to say, Hey cut it out!
If you are that special soul, who can deal with some hard-earned snarkiness, and appreciate a beautiful, playful IG, Lady Lacy needs you to give her some arms to trust. She is a great girl and deserving of her own family; she is so worth the extra efforts. Can you make room for Lady in your life? If you are that special person, please contact us. You will be richly rewarded for giving her a cherished place in life again. Lady Lacy is waiting.
IGCA about Nino
Ever had the desire to win someone’s heart over, to earn their trust, and become the center of their universe? If so, Nino may be your boy. He wants so much to trust his human, to be a part of the human pack. Unfortunately, he missed a very critical stage of development that would have allowed him to learn that humans were meant for loving. He now works at a deficit, but shows potential to become a wonderful companion. Nino may never be a social butterfly with humans, but dogs are not a problem for Nino and actually he relates to them best. Another dog in his forever home might help bridge the gap with his human companion more quickly, but would not be a requirement for him.
Nino is a young boy at just 2 years old, ideally still having lots of years to work on his issues. Truly a dog to rescue, lots of patience, consistency and love will go a long way with him. He takes two steps forward and one back, but does make progress in trusting humans.
The crate is his favorite place to be, but will now come out on his own to go outside. He understands what is expected of him in his foster home, and he is happy to comply with the routine. Any changes in his routine will take time to adjust to, but rest assured, the adjustment will be made. Although he is not a snuggler, consistent training and reinforcement in this area will help him learn to trust the human touch. You can tell he very much wants to trust, and would love to snuggle if he could just get past his initial fear. Consistency and repetition will be key in helping Nino earn your trust.
Again, Nino is a dog that truly needs to be rescued, not one to merge immediately into your home. However, seeing the progress made in working with him enables him to quickly sink into your heart. He has tender, loving eyes that will now gaze into his human’s … this has not always been the case. Contact us about Nino if you are looking for a dog to rescue, not just adopt. He is waiting for his special person to love him for him and for the potential that he has inside. He would love to gaze into your eyes. (fostering in the Beaumont area)
Some Things to Consider Before Adopting an Italian Greyhound
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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