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 Carlo
Hi, ya everyone, my name is Carlo. I am about 14 pounds and have an ornery and outgoing personality. I had way too much running around and living to do. I am a mix of Italian Greyhound and ... some say, Terrier. Only my mom knows for sure and she didn’t share. Don’t mean to brag, but I am as cute as can be.
I have a shiny dark chocolate fur with a little white mixed in. Look into my eyes; they are the windows to my soul. My foster mom says they show my hidden puppy like qualities. You see I am 6 years old but act more like I am 5 months old. Full of energy and an eagerness to please. I give kisses just like my IG relatives are known for, love to play, and sometimes pester my foster brothers and sister. Oh, I really don’t care for cats, I must be allergic, yea, and that’s it.
Throw me a ball and I will chase it and bring it back to you. Take me for a walk and I will show you how well I do on a leash. I’ll whine and cry at the back door when nature calls. I love the outdoors. In fact in my former life I was kept outside. But I’ve come to enjoy being with my humans too much and prefer being indoors with them.
I think for my forever family I would love to have kids around and since I can pester other 4-leggers maybe I should be an only fur baby in the family. I love attention and really don’t want to share.
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!
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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