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 about Paquito
Paquito is a sweet, friendly, funny and loving boy that is very eager to please his people. He is always the first one to greet you at the door, follows you around constantly, looks up at you with loving eyes and waits outside the door while you shower.
Paquito is a tiny boy, weighing in at just under 8 pounds and is about 12 years old. He intensely craves affection and proximity to his people but only occasionally will bug you to be petted, although he loves to be petted. As a result, he can sit on your lap while you work or quietly keep you company while you read or watch TV.
Because of Paquito’s good temperament and need for affection, he would be happier in a home that would allow him to spend plenty of time with his people such as retirees, persons that work from home or that could take him to their work or place of business. Also where he would be allowed on bed and furniture. He likes other dogs and has picked one to follow around and nap with, but he clearly prefers persons. Paquito is extremely sweet and friendly with strangers, will approach them, kiss them and let them pick him up and hold him. Good with kids, good breed “ambassadog.”
When he arrived and even after his medical conditions stabilized, Paquito was deeply distrustful and snapped easily. While he has no teeth, he has a strong jaw and can draw blood or at least leave a bruise. It was hard to touch him, pet him, pick him up, put a belly band on him. Attention and affection have been the key for bringing out his sweet and happy temperament. He loves to cuddle, loves to be held (he holds on really tight) and he will shower his person with kisses in the morning when he wakes up in a happy and playful mood. He may still get upset if he’s denied something he wants, if he’s touched somewhere tender (apparently there’s some tenderness in his hip and butt area) and sometimes if he’s startled while sleeping.
He’s a little possessive and competitive, part of his preference and attachment to humans. As such, he may complain or snap if another dog tries to get a spot too close to the human when he’s already there, he will try to push his way to the preferred, he will push to get leashed and to be petted. He does it softly, not aggressively.
Paquito is food aggressive and cannot wait his turn. He loves to eat, begs for food. Also he takes steroids so his food drive may be artificially intense.
Not interested in toys. Plays a little when he wakes up and very occasionally plays with a dog that really wants to play with him. He is pretty obedient and surprisingly easy to groom. He loves walking and is a delight on the leash, heels perfectly, only passes on the person’s right hand side and calmly stops and waits. He is great in the car and is crate trained.
This beautiful, tiny, senior boy would love to find his forever home to live out his golden years.
IGCA about Wesley
Hi! My name is Wesley. I'm almost 6-1/2 months old and I am a puppy! My foster mom says I'm really unique because I only have one color, Silky Black! Sometimes she calls me Black Beauty and a lot of time she calls me Spitfire!
She laughs and laughs when I run around, especially chasing after my foster sister in the yard. I do pretty good keeping up with her and the other two dogs and one time when all 3 started running toward me I just jumped over them!
I am potty-trained, when kept on schedule and love going outside to play with my foster brother and sisters. When the weather is nice we spend a lot of time out there. When Mom says let's go outside we all run to the door and when we're finished playing, she says in the house and we all run in the house. When my foster mom watches television she pulls out a big blanket and all four of us find our spots and relax so she can watch TV. I usually don't sleep like the others do but I lay quiet so Mom can watch television.
I heard Mom talking about me one day, it seems when I was about 3 months old a nice man found me covered in fleas and ticks, underweight and really sick. I don't know how long I was on my own but I was a very very scared, sick puppy. He took care of me and got me healthy and now I'm with my foster mom. I still get scared with new things, with new people, with new dogs because I have to learn to trust them first, like I did with Mom and her pack, they scared me but I trust them now!
I love my new life but would love to find my forever family! Is that you?? (fostering in Montgomery)
IGCA about Elisa
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.
IGCA about Penne
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)
IGCA about Turbo
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)
IGCA about Flip Spurs
Hi, my name is Flip Spurs, but everybody just calls me Mr. Flip... or just Flip.. my three siblings and I were surrendered by my mom because she got old and could not take care of herself anymore. I spent all of my 10 years with her and she was the best..
I'm a cuddly little, 11 pound thing, so full of love and I will bond with you almost immediately. I still have spunk left in me for a 10-year-old, and I love to play and sunbathe.
I'm just a happy go lucky boy, always wagging my tail, and I get along with other dogs as I have never lived alone. My foster mom has three of her own and another foster, and we all sleep together. I do get jealous when my mom loves on the other dogs, but I just squeeze between them. It works every time.
I love when mom gives me treats, but I noticed the only time she does that is after I pee outside.. I heard her say that somehow that discourages accidents in the house . I am crate trained but take me outside right away in the morning so I can relieve myself!
My real mom couldn't afford to give me dentals and I had been in pain for a very very long time, until rescue sent me to the dentist . All my teeth are gone and it was such a relief to be pain-free ! I'm so used to being protective of my mouth, you have to take it slow to pet my head until I know for sure you won't be hurting me. Oh yeah my foster mom put me on a diet so I look like an Italian greyhound now! I've got curves!
I do understand certain commands, like, in your room, let's go outside and come .. the "come" command is not used very often because I'm always there with you! I do not think I was ever trained to sit! I will just look into your eyes lovingly every time you say it!
I am looking for that special forever home with someone that can love me like my mom did.. could that special someone be you? (fostering in Montgomery)
Baylee and Toby
IGCA about Baylee and Toby
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)
IGCA about Cristina
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
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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