IGRF Rescue*


The Italian Greyhound Rescue Foundation was established by the national "parent" club for the breed (IGCA) and is a separate organization. IGRF's mission 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 IGRF
rescues, please contact the Houston IGRF 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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These IGRF rescues are looking for homes —


Massimo PhotoBeamer
I'm Special

Contact IGRF about Beamer

Apply to adopt

My name is: Beamer

Age (estimated DOB): 12

Primary Color: Seal (off black with reddish or dark brown hues)

Weight: 20 pounds

Gender: Male

Location (City, State): Houston, TX

My adoption readiness status: I am available for adoption

My optimal Adoptive Home: Low energy/activity

I Do Well With:

Children under 12: unknown

Children over 12: unknown

Cats: yes

Other small dogs: yes

Medium or Large Dogs: yes

Apartment Homes: no

At night, I prefer to sleep in: My human's bed

Walking on a leash: I walk very well on a leash and enjoy going for walks

Crate training - please note that we teach crating as a 'safe happy personal space' where the IG can rest/sleep when confinement is necessary. Crates should NEVER be used as a punishment or 'time out' space: I do just fine being in my crate for reasonable amounts of time.

Italian Greyhounds are known for housebreaking issues and most will have occasional accidents. As an IG parent you must be willing to commit to a structured and reasonable routine to keep your iggy from having excessive indoor accidents. My house-training Status is: Very rare or no indoor accidents. NO ACCIDENTS.

A little more about me and my personality: Very, very sweet disposition. Does not like being left alone. Since he is BLIND, if left alone, he will start barking until you touch him. Sometimes touching is not enough and you have to pick him up and hold him to make him feel secure. He does like to be held a lot. Because of his barking while alone, we do not think an apartment would be a good idea.

If I have a known medical issue or am taking any medications, they are listed here: Eye drops twice a day


Massimo PhotoMassimo

Contact IGRF about Massimo

Apply to adopt

My name is: Massimo

Age (estimated DOB): (5/27/2009)

Primary Color: White with Blue (Grey) markings

Weight: 20 pounds

Gender: Male

Location (City, State): Houston, TX

My adoption readiness status: I am available for adoption

My optimal Adoptive Home: High energy/activity. Has an Italian Greyhound Companion. Has someone that is home mostly during the day. Has someone that can come home at lunch and let me out to potty. Is okay with a dog in their lap quite frequently. Is okay with a dog that prefers canine companionship to human companionship. Has prior experience with a high energy IG.

I Do Well With:

Children under 12: unknown

Children over 12: yes

Cats: unknown

Other small dogs: yes

Medium or Large Dogs: unknown

Apartment Homes: yes - I walk and potty well on a leash

At night, I prefer to sleep in: My human's bed

Walking on a leash: I walk very well on a leash and enjoy going for walks

Crate training - please note that we teach crating as a 'safe happy personal space' where the IG can rest/sleep when confinement is necessary. Crates should NEVER be used as a punishment or 'time out' space: unknown

Italian Greyhounds are known for housebreaking issues and most will have occasional accidents. As an IG parent you must be willing to commit to a structured and reasonable routine to keep your iggy from having excessive indoor accidents. My house-training Status is: Occasional accidents

A little more about me and my personality: I may be a "senior" gentleman, but I am high energy, love long walks and will follow you around while you do chores all day long. When I am sleepy I will plop on you and not let you move until we are well rested. I also love to eat, cuddle with my Iggy foster brother, and stand guard by watching out the window.

If I have a known medical issue or am taking any medications, they are listed here: none


Sam PhotoSam

Contact IGRF about Sam

Apply to adopt

My name is: Sam

Age (estimated DOB): (August 2011)

Primary Color: Blue (Grey)

Weight: 12 pounds

Gender: Male

Location (City, State): Cypress, TX

My adoption readiness status: My foster home is helping me with a behavioral, emotional, or medical situation, so I would only be available at this time to a family willing and able to take on and commit to a special needs IG

My optimal Adoptive Home: Has Adults Only in it. Has an Italian Greyhound Companion. Has someone that is home mostly during the day. Is okay with a dog that prefers canine companionship to human companionship. Is familiar with fearful behavior and/or has experience with dogs that have been abused/neglected in their past.

I Do Well With:

Children under 12: no

Children over 12: no

Cats: unknown

Other small dogs: yes

Medium or Large Dogs: no

Apartment Homes: no

At night, I prefer to sleep in: A dog bed

Walking on a leash: Not able to walk on a leash

Crate training - please note that we teach crating as a 'safe happy personal space' where the IG can rest/sleep when confinement is necessary. Crates should NEVER be used as a punishment or 'time out' space: I consider the crate my safe space and don't mind being in there at all for reasonable amounts of time. If the door is left open, I will put myself inside to rest.

Italian Greyhounds are known for housebreaking issues and most will have occasional accidents. As an IG parent you must be willing to commit to a structured and reasonable routine to keep your iggy from having excessive indoor accidents. My house-training Status is: I know how to use designated potty pads indoors. I also know how to use my dog door.

A little more about me and my personality: I am a puppy mill survivor who is ultra skittish. I need a home with a female only who is home most of the time and has experience with ultra skittish former puppy mill dogs. Having other dogs in the home really helps me learn how the household works. See my own YouTube video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw45WiURJYQ

If I have a known medical issue or am taking any medications, they are listed here: I have an occasional swelling of the salivary gland, otherwise known as a salivary mucocele.


BlueJay PhotoBlueJay
I'm Special

Contact IGRF about BlueJay

Apply to adopt

My name is: BlueJay

Age (estimated DOB): (12/2008)

Primary Color: Blue Fawn (Tan with Gray undertones)

Weight: 18

Gender: Male

Location (City, State): Houston, TX

My adoption readiness status: I am available for adoption.

My optimal Adoptive Home: Low Energy/Activity. Moderate Energy/Activity. Has a Canine Companion. Has an Italian Greyhound Companion. Has someone that is home mostly during the day. Has someone that can come home at lunch and let me out to potty. Is okay with a dog in their lap quite frequently. Must have a securely fenced in yard (not an available dog park area).

I Do Well With:

Children under 12: yes

Children over 12: yes

Cats: unknown

Other small dogs: yes

Medium or Large Dogs: yes

Apartment Homes: maybe

At night, I prefer to sleep in: My kennel or My human's bed

Walking on a leash: I do fine on a leash for trips to the vet or other outings, but I don't particularly care for long walks.

Crate training - please note that we teach crating as a 'safe happy personal space' where the IG can rest/sleep when confinement is necessary. Crates should NEVER be used as a punishment or 'time out' space: I do just fine being in my crate for reasonable amounts of time.

Italian Greyhounds are known for housebreaking issues and most will have occasional accidents. As an IG parent you must be willing to commit to a structured and reasonable routine to keep your iggy from having excessive indoor accidents. My house-training Status is: Occasional accidents only when I'm left alone.

A little more about me and my personality: Blue's favorite thing to do is snuggle under blankets – he can even maneuver a blanket so that there is no opening as he gets it all underneath him – it’s amazing to watch.  You have to be careful – if he snuggles up next to you on the couch, you are likely to be lulled into a nap by his warm little snuggly self. Blue is a very happy boy and is happiest when he has people and other dogs around. He is scared of loud noises, but I don't blame him since he can't see if he's in danger or not by the noise. Blue is very brave and adaptable – he got used to our house in no time and gets around perfectly fine.

If I have a known medical issue or am taking any medications, they are listed here: Blue is 100% blind in both eyes and has glaucoma in one eye. He gets 2 drops in that eye twice daily (at meal time). Blue has a history of hemangiomas. These will need periodic removal for the remainder of his life.


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 IGRF 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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