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 Benny
Hello, I'm Benny. I'm loving. I love cuddling. I'm curious. I'm friendly and a good companion to dogs, cats, kids, and other assorted people. I'm a Biggie Iggie, with a big heart. And, I need a forever family to love.
Let me tell you a little more about myself. I'm fawn colored (which means I'm mainly reddish brown) and I have white accents, including a few white hairs near my eyes that weren't there nine years ago. I love the comforts of inside living, but I also love the occasional hang-out in the backyard with my people. Everyone I've met tells me, "Benny, you are very friendly!" Yes, that's me!
I'm active, but I pretend to be low energy: I really crave walks. I love them sooo much. I haven't had Cabin Fever a single time since I discovered my leash! And, I'm helping my people stay fit — and relaxed. And, did I mention I am a world-class hugger? I'll put my paws around your neck, hold on tight, and show you how much I love you. My foster family even calls me Sir Hugs-a-Lot. I just love cuddling with my people and with my foster IG siblings.
Oh, and I am smart! The moment I figured out the dog-door and understood that I can go out and then actually come back in at will, there have zero potty accidents inside the house. I will even go outside in the rain. This marvelous invention has given me a wonderful sense of pride and accomplishment! I don’t have to ask my people to let me out. (Of course, this is while my people are at home. I'm great in my crate when they are out.)
I am ready to take on the next chapter in my life. Is my new home with you? Are you ready to be adopted, because I sure am!
IGCA about Saul
But we call him 'Old Man Saul'. Saul was found on the streets in Houston, malnourished, unsteady on his feet, dimming eyesight and so full of personality that he captivated us immediately! Saul appears to be around 12 or 13 years old.
Saul is independent, funny, always willing to eat and learning the joys of human companionship. He is very, very smart. Potty manners are impeccable (one slip in two months due to human error of timing). He can burrow and cover as well as any young IG. Saul enjoys being held and cuddled but doesn't ask for attention. He is not the typical 'velcro' IG.
Saul gets along with his foster siblings wonderfully, but he could be an only dog with just humans. He will likely need to be in a home with a low level of activity as he seems to be hard of hearing and has lost some visual acuity. He does well when confined, although he will bark to let you know he needs to go out.
There is a line in a country song by Tom T. Hall that sums up senior IG's, and Saul in particular, "Old dogs care about you even when you make mistakes".
The mistake here would be not giving Saul a chance to make your life better for having loved him.
IGCA about Lawson
Lawson came in off the streets because something got him and made a pretty good mess out of his neck. Fortunately he was found, taken to a vet and from there made his way to rescue where his care was continued. The neck wound healed beautifully, he had his teeth cleaned, was treated for heart worms and made good as new.
And new is good! Check out his before and after pictures to see for yourself. At a sleek and rippled 15 pounds, 5 year old Lawson is ready for anything and a family of his own is first on the list. Here's what he brings to the table —
• Incredible good looks, including perfect ears (we think one up, one down is perfect)
• House-trained, good with a doggie door
• Not a marker!
• Not a picky eater
• Loves walks, loves the car
• Energy level that is "just right"
He is a little guy with a personality that asserts itself the more comfortable he becomes. Always friendly with all people and animals, it turns out that he really prefers people over animals and furthermore will attach himself to one special person who will be HIS. Still loves everyone, but once he’s made his choice, he will become your shadow, and a soft place to land where ever you are is his idea of happiness.
Now Lawson is not perfect — although he is fine in a crate, he's more fine if you aren't there. Should you put him in the crate and be in the next room, he will sing — described so because he is a soprano with vibrato. (He has been neutered, remember). Lawson has had one very minor seizure in the 4 months he has been in rescue, but no other health issues we are aware of.
But that's still pretty close to perfect, don't you think? His nickname around here is Awesome Lawson. (fostering in Sugar Land)
IGCA about Shadow
Shadow is my name; following you around all day is my game! I'll stay near you so you remember I'm available for petting. If I had it my way, someone would always be petting me.
You may see my tongue sticking out occasionally because the two teeth I have are not enough to keep my tongue in my mouth. Two teeth are all I need for a good appetite! And I even like trying new foods. At my age, I know how to enjoy the good things in life. I enjoy walks and rides in the car. I have plenty of spunk, too. I get along with my three foster siblings — even if they come up craziness I don't participate in.
I am friendly and well-adjusted. I know most people are hesitant to say an IG is "house-broken," but you could pretty much say I am. I do so well, my foster mom was very impressed. I say, "Hey, at 12 years old you should know these things!"
I was with my family since I was just a pup, but when they fell on hard times they did the unselfish thing and brought me to rescue so I could be with someone who could take good care of me. So, if you are ready for a sociable and mature guy in your life, I am ready to start afresh with you.
Well, gotta run! I hear what sounds like a can of dog food being opened. Ciao!
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 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!
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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