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 Romano
My name is Romano and I’m a beautiful 4 month-old Italian Greyhound/Min Pin mix. I have many wonderful traits of both breeds. I am full of fun, play, curiosity, and affection. I am very good with the other dogs in my foster home. At this time, I sleep quietly at night in a pen. I am a sturdy fellow and would love to have some gentle human kids to play with as well as a dog my size.
I’m monitored when out in the house to ensure I learn good potty manners, so my adoptive family should continue this routine in order to ensure success. My foster mom has started leash training me.
I’m looking for a family that is ready and able to give me lots of love and attention!
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 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 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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