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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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 Chris Brooks
My name is Chris Brooks. I answer to many variations of this: Chris, Chrissy, cutie pie. I know how to come when my name is called. I was in a puppymill where the conditions were terrible. One day, I was rescued and was welcomed into a whole new world.
I am 12 pounds and about 8 years old. I am currently living with a foster family who have one other Italian greyhound. We get along very well and sometimes sleep together in the same bed or crate. I do well on my own though too. I don’t have much interest in toys yet but that may come later. I am house trained for the most part. On very few occasions I have gotten a little excited and had an accident in the house but these days that is very rare. If I am given opportunities to go outside then I will do very well. I have even taught my foster brother that it is ok to go outside when it is cold or raining. Something he would never do before I arrived.
I am a great eater. I don’t have any teeth as they had to be removed. I don’t let that stop me one bit. I am not picky at all and thoroughly enjoy meal time. I do the cutest happy dance when food is on the way. I am not aggressive during mealtime but will definitely go seek out other’s food if they are not eating it. I love soft treats of any kind and will gladly take them from your hand.
I have been around children ages 6-9 who were calm around me and I love that. Smaller children who are very active still make me nervous. I haven’t mastered walking on a leash just yet but the more practice I get the better I have become. Getting me to go out at first is a little challenging but once I get out, I do great. I have enjoyed trips to Petsmart, Natural Paws and the dog park. The dog park is where I have excelled. I make friends with other dogs quickly and like to meet all the humans. Recently I have learned to enjoy snuggling up to my foster mommy on the sofa. My favorite part is getting my tummy rubbed.
I am very thankful for this new way of life and know that I can make a family very happy with my super sweet personality. (fostering in Sugar Land)
IGCA about Sage
Sage is a long, tall, handsome and happy guy, about 4 to 5 years old and weighing in 13 pounds. He has a beautiful Italian Greyhound prance and a constantly wagging tail. In fact, he wags his tail all the way to his ears! Just imagine Sage walking and wagging at the same time: he would surely win any hula contest in the continental US and maybe even Hawaii. He loves toys and quickly claimed a squeaky toy abandoned by his foster brothers. Sage will even retrieve his beloved tennis ball and return it to you to toss again. He sits on command, waits patiently for his food bowl, and loves to snuggle with his people.
Walking Sage on leash has been an adventure. He is easily startled so we take care to make sure he doesn't slip away. A crowd of bicycles, a bird hopping on the ground, a man in sunglasses have all caused distress. But, he has become accustomed to other things that initially worried him. With continued reassurance, he will blossom into a confident dog.
Although initially timid and wary, Sage warms up, snuggles up, and buddies up quickly to adults, kids and dogs. The jury is still out on cats. Squirrels are the enemy. Sage greets the doorbell with warning barks, especially if he does not recognize the person at the door, but accepts his person's command to be calm and quiet. Sage should be good as an "only dog" or as a new brother in an existing pack.
He is especially happy dashing around the back yard. Sage runs like the wind and corners on a dime. He leaps into the air, whirls around 180 degrees, and then tears back in the direction he just came from! He has an amazingly graceful jump. Unfortunately, he uses that beautiful leap to clear the dog gates meant to keep him away from the cat's food (which may explain why the cat swats at him when Sage walks by too closely.)
Sage is a sweet, beautiful dog. We all love his blue-fawn color and the creamy-white streak on his chest. His creamy white toes remind us of ballet slippers, but don't tell him we said that. He has some hair loss along his back, which is not uncommon in dogs with his blue-fawn coloring, so a sweater or jacket is a good idea for cooler days and protection from the sun on warmer days. His hair is full and soft on his chest and face. He loves to have someone scratch him all over and to rub his velvet ears. At 13.7 pounds, he is a pound or so underweight, which will be corrected with good nutrition.
Like most Italian Greyhounds, he takes long naps during the day and sleeps through the night in his crate, burrowed under his blanket. He is reliably house-trained if you watch for his cues: he quietly walks to the door when he needs to go out.
Sage is very adoptable. He is loving and loveable. He wants so much to please people. If, similarly, you are loving and loveable and want to please a good dog, then you and Sage may be a good match.
IGCA about Ashton
Hello ... my name is Ashton, better known as Ash. My foster mom says I am a very handsome boy! I am about 5 years old and weigh in at a svelte 11 pounds. The beginning of my story is a sad one — I am a puppymill survivor. The only reason I was kept was to help produce puppies for profit. I was not loved, taught social skills or ever vetted, but you are all aware of the horrors of puppymills, so let’s move on to the happy part of my story — in August, I along with 59 other IG's were saved!! Since then, my foster mom has been teaching me what it’s like to be a loved, pampered iggy boy. She says I have come a long way, gaining confidence, not being quite as fearful of humans or even my own shadow. I absolutely need a home with another confident dog to help in my progress. I have learned a lot from my foster brother and sister. Unfortunately, I am still not comfortable being outside, which makes me perfect for someone who does not like to walk their dogs because I don't want to go for a walk either! I will go out and potty but want right back in the house. I come looking for affection now, am learning to play with toys, get very animated at meal time and even greet mom with a waggy tail when she comes home. I could go on and on but mom says ... she would be happy to talk all about me if you are interested. Let's be honest ... even though I have learned a lot in my new life, I still have a way to go.
My "forever" home needs to have Iggy experience, patience and a willingness to help me continue my journey to the life I was meant to have. Is that you? (fostering in Sugar Land)
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 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.
Jenny and Roozie
IGCA about Jenny and Roozie
We are Jenny and Roozie. We are brother and sister who have lived together all our lives until we lost our original family and home. We love each other and would like to stay together. We are a social, fun-loving, 10 year-old duo.
I’m Jenny –the one with mostly white body and fawn patches. I’m about 14 pounds and my eyes will melt your heart.
I’m Roozie. I am a mostly fawn male with white patches. I weigh about 15 pounds. My big eyes are full of happiness, with a slight twinkle of mischief.
We sleep together on the couch or in a doggie bed. I, Jenny, like to be under a blanket, but Roozie doesn't. I will let you know if Roozie pulls the blanket off of me and I cannot get back under by myself. I love my blankie.
I, Jenny, am a very sweet and gentle lady without the nervous energy that some iggies have. I am not hesitant to become friends with humans, other dogs, or even cats for that matter! I use a potty pad and also go outside to take care of my personal business.
At my age I, Roozie, am not high-energy. Like many iggies, I do enjoy loving attention and snuggling. Respectful children would be good for me. Like my sister, I do like my blanket but I don’t have to be under it all the time—if I do want to go under it, I may ask for help. My foster mom says I am a silly guy that is always happy. I am friendly with everyone. I also use a potty pad and go outside to take care of my personal business. I’m used to wearing a belly-band when unsupervised.
Our foster home has several other IGs that have welcomed us into their pack and we have done well, but we would love a family and home to call our own again. (fostering in Beaumont)
IGCA about Tevi
Hi, Hi, Hi! Tevi here. Mom (foster) said that since I've been in rescue for a while that I was ready to write my own bio. So here I go.
If I do say so myself I am kind of a handsome dude, don't you think? I keep myself slim … 12 pounds by eating right and exercising at the dog park. I am about 5-6 years old. I have all sorts of hidden talents. I can always tell when it's time to go to bed or if my foster Mom or Dad need to go out somewhere, I run into my crate so I can beat my foster brothers and sisters to the treats. I like to have first choice.
I love to eat! I am right up front when my foster dad is handing out treats and CHEESE. I also love vegetables, even kale! I give my foster mom and dad kisses and nose sniffs now which I learned from my foster brother. I love to play with toys and enjoy playing with my foster brothers and sisters. When I came into rescue I was a bit scared since I wasn't use to people, but I've come a long way baby! Sometimes they still make me nervous, especially men. I had some medical issues but I'm doing well now.
What I am looking for in a forever family is someone who will be home with me a lot because I need to continue to socialize with people. Also, I need a fur brother or sister to give me courage when I encounter new things. I will also need a yard to potty, because even though I am housebroken I get too nervous on leash to potty, so I need someplace quiet to potty. Going out into the world still scares me some, so I need practice being on leash, but I do pretty well when I'm with my fur brother. I also enjoy the dog park and have made lots of friends.
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.
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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