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 —

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My name is: Gouda

Age (estimated DOB): (June 2009)

Primary Color: Blue (Grey)

Weight: 11 pounds

Gender: Male

Location (City, State): Houston, TX

My adoption readiness status: I am available for adoption

My optimal Adoptive Home: Low energy/activity. Has adults only in it. Has someone who is home mostly during the day. Has an area that can be set up for me to stay in during a full day with potty pads. Must have a securely fenced-in yard (not an available dog park area).

I Do Well With:

Children under 12: no

Children over 12: unknown

Cats: unknown

Other small dogs: yes

Medium or Large Dogs: yes

Apartment Homes: no

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

Walking on a leash: I am blind so it is hard for me 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 don't do well in crates.

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.

A little more about me and my personality: I am a loner. I like the occasional pets on the head.

If I have a known medical issue or am taking any medications, they are listed here: I take medicine for pain for my arthritis once a day. I have cataracts so I am considered blind.

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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