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 Oscar
Hi. My name is Oscar and I'm 8 years old. If you thought true love was a myth, it's because you haven't met me yet.
I love everyone I meet and they all love me. No matter where I go, I make friends. I love my nice Vet and they play with me and spoil me when I'm there. I love walks and meeting the neighbors and play very well with other dogs at the dog park. I will snuggle and give you kisses, I like to sit and watch tv and at bedtime, I'm happy to be close to my people.
I'm not huge, but a rather handsome 14 pounds . My fostermom also says I'm smart, I know my name and respond to commands.
I do have a special need. I take medicine every day to control my seizures. It's no big deal, I take it with my food. No muss, no fuss.
So, if you're looking for a handsome, sweet guy to love ... that's me!
IGCA about Sam
Sam is a smart, curious, 10-pound bundle of cute. He is energetic, but he also excels at taking it easy while buried in his favorite snuggle sack. Sam reminds everyone around him to take joy in the simple things of life. He greets each new day, each homecoming, and every meal the same way — with enthusiastic tail wagging and kisses, lots and lots of kisses.
Sam has settled in to his life as a treasured member of his foster family. He enjoys his foster brothers and snuggles with one, plays with another, and takes his role on the yard patrol team quite seriously. He loves to be petted, and he now allows the occasional new person to pet him…okay, the occasional new person who has treats. He is crate-trained and knows how to sit, stay, wait, and come. He was quick to learn house-training, and he does a good job with it when someone is around to supervise him. His training behavior when left in his crate is a work in progress, and he would benefit from someone who has a flexible schedule that would permit some additional at-home time.
Sam has made quick progress in foster care, but he is still skittish and will require continued patience. He is wary of being handled, afraid of quick movements and unsettled by noise and commotion. Getting a leash on him is challenging, but once you are able to do it, he settles into walking on a leash quite well. Once he trusts you, he allows himself to relax into being petted and receive the love that he clearly wants and deserves.
Sam is 3 years old and ready to make a wonderful addition to your family.
Anne Marie and Jacqueline
IGCA about Anne Marie and Jacqueline
Anne Marie and Jacqueline are 5 year old, biggy iggy sisters that weigh in around 21 pounds each, but they are currently in the process of slimming down. Neither one of them loves their new eating plan, but they know it's best for them.
These sisters truly love each other and take care of each other. Often you can find them squeezing into the smallest dog bed in the house or the smallest corner of the couch together. Jacqueline is white and seal, Anne Marie is white and fawn. Anne Marie is Jacqueline’s ears since she is deaf. Although Jacqueline is deaf she does not lack spunk. She and Anne Marie love to play with their foster sisters. Jacqueline takes care of Anne Marie, too — she will actually clean her ears and eyes before and after naps. Anne Marie is also one to sneak away and rest or lay in her crate. She loves her crate. Jacqueline does fine in her crate when she is with her sister, but she prefers to hang on the couch. Crating together keeps these girls happy when their foster parents are away.
Oh, and they are potty pad trained, which made for an easy transition to their foster home or their forever home. Most of all they love to nap and cuddle on the couch with their foster mom. So, they would love to have a cuddle partner in crime to call their own. Who can resist double the fun and love! (fostering in Cypress)
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.
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 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.
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.
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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