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 Octavia
Octavia is new in rescue and just beginning to reveal her iggyness. She is a petite but sturdy 11.5 pounds and at 8 years she is at the perfect time of life — old enough to have mastered all the traits owners notice puppies don't have but young enough to give you frequent doggie down's to let you know she's still got some frisky going.
Octavia isn't one of those in your face sort of dogs, but is charmingly demure. At the first hello, she wags her tail from across the room and then makes gradually longer advances with smaller retreats until she is in your lap where she knew she wanted to be from the very beginning. She's an enthusiastic kisser once she gets to know you better.
She doesn't scratch to get in or out, but loves to be outside and hasn't had any accidents so far. Crates are fine, dog beds and furry blankets are fine and your bed would be fine too. During the day, Octavia will try to follow you wherever you go. A lap is preferred but if yours isn't available, a dog bed or sofa cushion nearby will be fine. She's not a picky eater, canned is fine and so is kibble.
She's in great health. Shortly before she came into rescue Octavia landed wrong when leaping for a lap, and came to us limping. She has seen a specialist who could not find anything wrong, so we suspect she just bruised herself a little. She is well now, walking on her leg normally but we are making her take things a bit slow just to make sure it stays that way. She says that's fine.
As you can tell by now, Octavia is easy, easy, a perfect balance of all things iggy. Not velcro but her eyes never leave you face, (even when you aren't in the kitchen). You will learn that everything you do is perfect, only pearls of wisdom fall from your lips and come to wonder why no one had noticed this about you before. You really need Octavia, you just don't know it yet. Once you have her, life will be fine. (fostering in Sugar Land)
IGCA about Ennio
Hello. My name is Ennio. I am a 6 year-old, 16 pound, red and white extremely handsome Iggie. I am a super mellow, calm fellow. I love to cuddle with humans of all ages and my favorite place to be is in your lap. I am a little shy and nervous at first, but once I get to know you, I will show you how much I love human contact.
I live with 9 year-old foster twins and a resident whippet. I get along well with the kids and other dogs. I am super quiet: my foster mom has only heard me bark once and I was trying to get the attention of the squirrel by the window. I do have a high prey drive, so I would be best suited in a home without cats or birds — and that knows not to let me out without a leash. I walk well on a leash and I love to lay in the sun or prance around the backyard. My favorite thing to do is dive bomb pillows on the couch and then make a warm snug nest with them and take a nap. No need to worry, I do not tear them up, just re-arrange them to my liking. I don’t play a lot with toys but my foster family is slowly teaching me how fun toys can be (except the loud squeaky ones — they are scary!! )
I am fully vetted, neutered, and missing quite a few teeth. I still eat normal kibble and missing a few chompers does not affect my good looks.
Do you have room in your heart and home for me? I promise to give you many years of love!!
IGCA about Slim
My name is Slim and I am looking to adopt a family with special needs: Do you have a special need to be loved and worshipped? Do you have a special need to be met at the door by a wagging tail? Do you have a special need to engage in some hardcore cuddling? I am willing and able to reasonably accommodate all of your special needs.
I wasn't really supposed to be looking for a new family, so thank your lucky stars that this opportunity is being presented to you. I had my own home and was loved and well taken care of by my own human. Sadly, he died last December and I ended up at the groomer’s and stayed there for 7 months. Eventually I landed in rescue. I know that was not what my human had in mind so I handled it well and did not let it break my spirit. I want to go to my new family as quickly as possible so my old human can rest assured that I have new people to take care of and that I'm safe. I don't want him to worry.
My foster momma says I'm "resilient." I think that’s fancy speak for "cuddly." She also says that I haven't let any of the recent events in my life stop me or hold me back, so yeah, it means cuddly for sure because I'm totally adorable and I cuddle like a boss.
I should mention that I'm a little bit blind (a lot). I also don't let that stop me. Granted, I run into stuff here and there, but no biggie, I can hold my own in any situation. I find my way around very well and jump on and off the couch when invited. My foster house has steps on most sofas and beds and I've learned to use them — pretty convenient stuff. My chronological age is 'undetermined' but I'm young at heart. I enjoy playing with squeaky toys, adore going for walks and like riding in the car and going places.
At my foster home, I enjoy the company of three other foster IGs. I like to greet all dogs and people I run into on my walks and outings, even the large ones!! (I'm very confident.) If the others push me too hard and I cry a little, my foster momma holds me tight and tells me "you is smart, you is kind, you is important" and gives me a bunch of kisses that I love.
My foster momma doesn't crate me, but as I mentioned, I stayed at the groomer's for 7 months, so I think that passes for "crate-trained." My foster momma is helping me make up for the time at the groomer's with lots of cuddles, generous meals (I had lost some weight), long walks and sunning sessions in the backyard.
If you think I sound as amazing as I actually am, snap me up quickly because this is a limited time opportunity. I am sure to go fast.
IGCA about Tipper
In the short time we have had Tipper, she has touched our hearts with her sweet personality and serene, easy-going temperament. Even though she is only 14 months, Tipper is especially gentle and considerate with the other dogs. She seems very willing to accept the boundaries set by the others and acts as if she were asking for permission to engage in play. At 24 pounds, she is considerably larger than her IG foster friends but it looks like she is making an effort to play gently. She doesn't walk over the others when they are burrowed under blankets and backs off when told.
She is very curious about our interaction with the other dogs and instead of using her size and strength to push her way in and be pet, she will actually pet the others by licking them softly around the mouth, eyes, ears and tummy. Tipper is well liked by our less-sociable IG Lucinda. It has been a long time since Lucinda initiated play with another dog and not felt scared and intimidated. They play very well and because Lucinda is about 1/3 Tipper’s size, Tipper is especially polite, gentle, and tolerant.
Tipper's activity level is lower than one would expect of a dog her age. She likes some toys and chews but mostly she is a couch potato that will follow you everywhere you go in the house and find a comfortable spot to rest close to you. Because she's not pushy or needy and there's nothing she wants more than to be with her person and keep him/her company we suggest a home that will allow her on the sofa and bed. She likes other dogs very much and shows no signs of dominance or aggression, she seems to adapt to other dogs’ personalities. Her temperament is so sweet that she will probably do very well with children. She interacted with a girl at the pet store and was very friendly. We think she would also make a wonderful companion to older persons, retired, or someone that takes his/her dog to work.
Because she’s not that active, weight loss is a work-in-progress. Luckily, she has discovered the game of “fetch” thus allowing us to exercise her several times a day in addition to her walks.
Tipper walks great on the leash and is as housebroken as an IG can be. She rides wonderfully in the car both on the crate and restrained by a harness.
If you have a family history of type 2 diabetes do NOT consider adopting this dog, because Tipper is pure sugar.
IGCA about Tevi
Hi there, my name is Tevi but my foster mom calls me "Lucky" or "Little Stinker." I am 3 years old and about 11 pounds.
Mom says that I'm "Lucky" because all the problems I had when I came into rescue have been fixed or are in the process of being resolved. I came from a breeder and suffered medical issues including heartworms. I've been treated and the worms are gone. It's a shame — I might have liked to eat them. I love to eat! I am right up front when my foster dad is handing out treats and CHEESE! When I came into rescue I was a bit shy since I wasn't used to people but I've come a long way, baby! Due to a broken leg (that has now healed — told you I was lucky) I've become attached to my foster mom and like for her to pick me up. Now that I'm more mobile, I'm ready to learn more independence, though of course I still love to lay with her when she is sitting on the couch. Since I had a broken leg I haven't been able to go a lot of places but the cast is off and my doctor has cleared me so it's off to the park and maybe even school.
I’m "Little Stinker" because I like to play with my foster brothers and sisters toys and I also find other things I consider toys that maybe my foster mom doesn't.
Dad still makes me a little nervous ... but I'm slowly coming out of my shell. I even waited at the gate for him the other night when he wasn’t home — it was almost "cheese time" and I was a little worried he'd be late. Mom is working on helping me to gain confidence when I go out and about.
I walk and potty on leash and mom is teaching me not to circle when I'm nervous. I will be a little shy when you first meet me, but I do warm up especially if you have other dogs for me to play with and cheese!
IGCA about Remi
Remi is a tall, lean 17-pound boy with a beautiful white and grey coat and a charming, inquisitive nature.
At six years old, he has it all figured out and knows how to sit, kennel-up, go out, and come when you call. Remi is energetic and loves to play. Watching him run after dogs at the dog park that are chasing balls will make you smile. He loves his toys and will often stop to grab one before going out the door. When Remi takes off in the house on a mission, you can expect to see him run back clutching a toy in his mouth. He loves to be petted and will give a gentle nudge to keep it going when you stop.
Remi accepts being in his crate during the day as long as he can see his foster IG siblings, but he doesn’t like to be left behind by himself wondering where everyone has gone without him — who does? He does well going potty outside, but patience is a virtue while you wait as he looks for the perfect spot, or spots to go.
Remi had a couple of seizures when he first came in to rescue, but they have not persisted. He passed his vet-check with flying colors and is not on any medications. Through no fault of his own, Remi has moved between several homes over the past two years. It hasn’t dampened his spirit, but in new situations he might need coaxing to start eating his meals or take a treat from your hand. Once his trust is gained, he will bark enthusiastically at meal time, drape himself over a lap, and melt a heart with his expressive eyes.
Remi is happy and loves to snuggle but is not a "velcro" dog. He loves playing, loves his foster IG brothers, and his foster family. He will love you, too, and is ready to make a wonderful addition to your family.
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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