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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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These IGCA rescues are looking for homes —


Plynio PhotoPlynio

Contact IGCA about Plynio

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My name is: Plynio

Age (estimated DOB): 16 years old

Primary Color: Blue (Grey)

Weight: 13

Gender: Male

Location (City, State): New Braunfels, TX

My adoption readiness status: I am available for adoption.

My optimal Adoptive Home: Low Energy/Activity. Has an Italian Greyhound Companion. Has someone that can come home at lunch and let me out to potty.

I Do Well With:

Children under 12: unknown

Children over 12: unknown

Cats: unknown

Other small dogs: yes

Medium or Large Dogs: unknown

Apartment Homes: maybe

At night, I prefer to sleep in: A dog bed. A large kennel with the other IGs in my family.

Walking on a leash: I do fine on a leash for trips to the vet or other outings, but I don't particularly care for long walks.

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 do just fine being in my crate for reasonable amounts of time.

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 sweet little old man that likes a lot of human attention. I follow my Mom around most of the day, talking to her.  I'm not much of a cuddler and prefer to be in my own bed, either by myself or with one of IG siblings. Sometimes I even go off into a quiet room to get away from the craziness of my family. I'm active during the morning but spend the rest of the day and evening sleeping a lot. There are times that I  join in with play time with the other dogs and start barking and try to run around.
Since I'm a senior citizen, it is difficult for me to get around and I can't do stairs. I take a while to walk from one point to another so don't expect to hurry me, I'll get there on my own time.

If I have a known medical issue or am taking any medications, they are listed here: None


Gabe PhotoGabe

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My name is: Gabe

Age (estimated DOB): (August 2011)

Primary Color: Red Fawn

Weight: 14.5 pounds

Gender: Male

Location (City, State): Houston, TX

My adoption readiness status: My foster home is helping me with a behavioral, emotional, or medical situation, so I would only be available at this time to a family willing and able to take on and commit to a special needs IG.

My optimal Adoptive Home: Low Energy/Activity. Is familiar with fearful behavior and/or has experience with dogs that have been abused/neglected in their past. Has time and patience to dedicate to continuing my social rehabilitation

I Do Well With:

Children under 12: no

Children over 12: unknown

Cats: unknown

Other small dogs: yes

Medium or Large Dogs: unknown

Apartment Homes: maybe

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

Walking on a leash: I am currently learning about being on a leash and need some patience while working on it

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 do fine in my crate while traveling in a car.

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: I know how to use designated potty pads indoors. Occasional accidents.

A little more about me and my personality: My foster home thinks I am an alert, curious and handsome IG. As a puppymill survivor, I am fearful and do not yet trust humans. I am making progress, but still have a lot to learn about being a pet.

If I have a known medical issue or am taking any medications, they are listed here: Unknown.


Rocco PhotoRocco

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My name is: Rocco

Age (estimated DOB): 10 years old

Primary Color: Fawn (Tan)

Weight: ?

Gender: Male

Location (City, State): Houston, TX

My adoption readiness status: I am available for adoption.

My optimal Adoptive Home: High Energy/Activity. Has Adults Only in it. Is okay with a dog in their lap quite frequently. Has prior experience with a high energy IG. Must have a securely fenced in yard (not an available dog park area).

I Do Well With:

Children under 12: unknown

Children over 12: yes

Cats: unknown

Other small dogs: yes

Medium or Large Dogs: unknown

Apartment Homes: yes-I am low energy and walk and potty well on a leash

At night, I prefer to sleep in: My human's bed

Walking on a leash: I walk very well on a leash and enjoy going for walks

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 do just fine being in my crate for reasonable amounts of time.

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: Occasional accidents.

A little more about me and my personality: Although I am 10 yrs old I have the energy of a young iggy (but currently doing well living in an apartment)! I really like to hang out with my humans, but also enjoy being around other dogs at the dog park. My parents call me nosy, but I say I'm curious! I love to sit on the couch/human bed/my bed and just stare/watch at what my humans are doing throughout the house. I'm know how to sit and lay down & currently working on how to "give my paw". One of my favorite things to do is give kisses...sometimes unsolicited, but that's just because I love so much!

If I have a known medical issue or am taking any medications, they are listed here: Unknown.


Justine PhotoJustine

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My name is: Justine

Age (estimated DOB): 9 years old

Primary Color: White with Fawn Markings

Weight: 13 pounds

Gender: Female

Location (City, State): Sugar Land, TX

My adoption readiness status: I am available for adoption.

My optimal Adoptive Home: Has a Canine Companion. Has someone that is home mostly during the day

I Do Well With:

Children under 12: yes

Children over 12: yes

Cats: unknown

Other small dogs: yes

Medium or Large Dogs: unknown

Apartment Homes: maybe

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

Walking on a leash: I walk very well on a leash and enjoy going for walks

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 like to be in a crate but do great being in a confined area when I am home alone.

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. I know how to use designated potty pads indoors.

A little more about me and my personality: I am spunky and have a good amount of energy. I am curious and like to explore inside and out. I like to meet new people and get along with all other dogs I have been around. I am easy going but watch your food around me because I love to eat. I enjoy going for walks and have a beautiful stride. I like to receive affection but then do my own thing.

If I have a known medical issue or am taking any medications, they are listed here: None.


Richard PhotoRichard
I'm Special

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My name is: Richard

Age (estimated DOB): 11

Primary Color: Red

Weight: 11

Gender: Male

Location (City, State): Bellaire, TX

My adoption readiness status: My foster home is helping me with a behavioral, emotional, or medical situation, so I would only be available at this time to a family willing and able to take on and commit to a special needs IG.

My optimal Adoptive Home: Low Energy/Activity. Has a Canine Companion. Has someone that is home mostly during the day. Has someone that can come home at lunch and let me out to potty. Must have a securely fenced in yard (not an available dog park area).

I Do Well With:

Children under 12: yes

Children over 12: yes

Cats: unknown

Other small dogs: yes

Medium or Large Dogs: yes

Apartment Homes: yes — I am low energy and walk and potty well on a leash.

At night, I prefer to sleep in: My human's bed

Walking on a leash: I am currently learning about being on a leash and will have this down in no time!

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 consider the crate my safe space and don't mind being in there at all for reasonable amounts of time. If the door is left open, I will put myself inside to rest.

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: I know how to use a supervised dog door when the humans are home. Uses dog door on his own.

A little more about me and my personality: Richard is such a sweet, happy, loving dog! He is always happy when it is time for dinner. He loves to snuggle and sleep and be told he is handsome. He also loves to tan outside on a sunny day. He will do well in a calm, quiet household with human and canine companionship.

If I have a known medical issue or am taking any medications, they are listed here: Heart murmur, jaw issues but none of this seems to affect him. I grind up his kibble in a food processor to make it easier for him to eat. Blind but he gets around well once he knows his way. I think he can see a bright light so at night guide him with a flash light.


Luigi PhotoLuigi

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My name is: Luigi

Age (estimated DOB): 11yrs

Primary Color: Seal (Black)

Weight: 16

Gender: Male

Location (City, State): Houston, TX

My adoption readiness status: I am available for adoption

My optimal Adoptive Home: Moderate Energy/Activity. Has a Canine Companion: Has an Italian Greyhound Companion. Must have a securely fenced in yard (not an available dog park area). Must be in Texas or Oklahoma- out of state adoption would be highly unlikely for me

I Do Well With:

Children under 12: yes

Children over 12: yes

Cats: unknown

Other small dogs: yes

Medium or Large Dogs: yes

Apartment Homes: maybe

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

Walking on a leash: I walk very well on a leash and enjoy going for walks

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 do just fine being in my crate for reasonable amounts of time

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: Occasional accidents and I know how to use a supervised dog door when the humans are home

A little more about me and my personality: I enjoy being the center of attention, but will give way to other dogs.

If I have a known medical issue or am taking any medications, they are listed here: none


BlueJay PhotoBlueJay
I'm Special

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My name is: BlueJay

Age (estimated DOB): (12/2008)

Primary Color: Blue Fawn (Tan with Gray undertones)

Weight: 18

Gender: Male

Location (City, State): Houston, TX

My adoption readiness status: I am available for adoption.

My optimal Adoptive Home: Low Energy/Activity. Moderate Energy/Activity. Has a Canine Companion. Has an Italian Greyhound Companion. Has someone that is home mostly during the day. Has someone that can come home at lunch and let me out to potty. Is okay with a dog in their lap quite frequently. Must have a securely fenced in yard (not an available dog park area).

I Do Well With:

Children under 12: yes

Children over 12: yes

Cats: unknown

Other small dogs: yes

Medium or Large Dogs: yes

Apartment Homes: maybe

At night, I prefer to sleep in: My kennel or My human's bed

Walking on a leash: I do fine on a leash for trips to the vet or other outings, but I don't particularly care for long walks.

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 do just fine being in my crate for reasonable amounts of time.

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: Occasional accidents only when I'm left alone.

A little more about me and my personality: Blue's favorite thing to do is snuggle under blankets – he can even maneuver a blanket so that there is no opening as he gets it all underneath him – it’s amazing to watch.  You have to be careful – if he snuggles up next to you on the couch, you are likely to be lulled into a nap by his warm little snuggly self. Blue is a very happy boy and is happiest when he has people and other dogs around. He is scared of loud noises, but I don't blame him since he can't see if he's in danger or not by the noise. Blue is very brave and adaptable – he got used to our house in no time and gets around perfectly fine.

If I have a known medical issue or am taking any medications, they are listed here: Blue is 100% blind in both eyes and has glaucoma in one eye. He gets 1 drop in that eye twice daily (at meal time). Blue has a history of hemangiomas, which were all recently removed and he has recovered nicely.


Cristina PhotoCristina/Cricket
I'm Special

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My name is: Cristina/Cricket

Age (estimated DOB): (February 2007)

Primary Color: White with Blue Markings

Weight: 18

Gender: Female

Location (City, State): Houston, TX

My adoption readiness status: My foster home is helping me with a behavioral, emotional, or medical situation, so I would only be available at this time to a family willing and able to take on and commit to a special needs IG.

My optimal Adoptive Home: Moderate Energy/Activity. Has someone that is home mostly during the day.

I Do Well With:

Children under 12: yes

Children over 12: yes

Cats: unknown

Other small dogs: yes

Medium or Large Dogs: unknown

Apartment Homes: maybe

At night, I prefer to sleep in: My kennel

Walking on a leash: I do fine on a leash for trips to the vet or other outings, but I don't particularly care for long walks.

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 consider the crate my safe space and don't mind being in there at all for reasonable amounts of time. If the door is left open, I will put myself inside to rest.

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: Very independent. Not fond of being held or picked up. Extremely confident and can be slightly demanding. Very good appetite and has some very cute and funny mannerisms.

If I have a known medical issue or am taking any medications, they are listed here: Cristina is nearly blind in both eyes from age related cataracts. she is also very hard of hearing. She has had part of one lung removed on account of cancer.


Noelle&Nicholas PhotoNoelle & Nicholas

Contact IGCA about Noelle & Nicholas

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My name is: Noelle

Age (estimated DOB): April 2004

Primary Color: White with Seal Markings

Weight: 10

Gender: Female

Location (City, State): Hockley, TX

My adoption readiness status: I am available for adoption

My optimal Adoptive Home: Low Energy/Activity. Has someone that is home mostly during the day. Has someone that can come home at lunch and let me out to potty. Has time and patience to dedicate to continuing my social rehabilitation.

I Do Well With:

Children under 12: no

Children over 12: yes

Cats: unknown

Other small dogs: yes

Medium or Large Dogs: unknown

Apartment Homes: maybe

At night, I prefer to sleep in: Dog tent

Walking on a leash: I don't walk very fast and I prefer my walks around a yard. My eyes just aren't what they used to be.

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 consider the crate my safe space and don't mind being in there at all for reasonable amounts of time. If the door is left open, I will put myself inside to rest.

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: I know how to use designated potty pads indoors.

A little more about me and my personality: I take a little more time because I don't have any teeth and my food must be prepared. I don't see very well nor can I hear most sounds. I have a great personality and love to lay in the sun. Please don't separate me from my son Nicholas.

If I have a known medical issue or am taking any medication, the are listed here: I don't see or hear very well, but with a little help I do just fine. I take more time but am worth it!


My name is: Nicholas

Age (estimated DOB): April 2009

Primary Color: White

Weight: 10

Gender: Male

Location (City, State): Hockley, TX

My adoption readiness status: I am available for adoption

My optimal Adoptive Home: Low Energy/Activity. Has an Italian Greyhound Companion. Has someone that can come home at lunch and let me out to potty.

I Do Well With:

Children under 12: yes

Children over 12: yes

Cats: unknown

Other small dogs: yes

Medium or Large Dogs: unknown

Apartment Homes: maybe

At night, I prefer to sleep in: My kennel Dog tent

Walking on a leash: I do fine on a leash for trips to the vet of other outing, but I don't particularly care for long walks.

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 consider the crate my safe space and don't mind being in there at all for reasonable amounts of time. If the door is left open, I will put myself inside to rest.

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: We are working on it! I know how to use a supervised dog door when the humans are home.

A little more about me and my personality: I love to give kisses and when I get excited I can't stop jumping. I have never been separated from my mom, Noelle, and must be able to stay with her. She is a beautiful Italian Greyhound and is 14 years old.


TurboSpurs PhotoTurbo

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Viva Fiesta!!! Hi my name is Turbo and I live in San Antonio. Would you believe that I am 11 years old and this is the first time I’ve been to Fiesta? Well I love it and I’ve sent pictures to all my friends and family.

I’m a compact little guy about 10 lbs. I only have 3 teeth left but it doesn’t slow down my eating at all. My family and I lived outside for quite a while, but all that changed since New Years Day. We have nice warm beds and blankets and good food now. I love food! I can be very determined when food is around.

I have improved tremendously in my housebreaking skills and my pet sitter says I have done really well with no accidents the last time I stayed at her house. I do wear a belly band but am slowly learning not to mark. She didn’t have to change it all day because I didn’t have any accidents.

I love to play and run around the house like a 4 year old. I love to snuggle and sit on laps. If my forever home would like to take me out and about I would really like that. I’m a really friendly guy and like having tons of friends. (fostering in San Antonio)


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 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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