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What to Expect


  • GAO is the largest greyhound adoption group in the state of Ohio and the first group to be incorporated in Ohio.
  • We have been in existence since 1993 and have placed more than 2000 greyhounds in loving new homes.
  • We are not affiliated with any other greyhound adoption organization in the state.


  • Apply online at www.greyhoundadoptionofoh.org.
  • Upon receipt of your application, an adoption representative will e-mail you to set up an in-person interview at the kennel. The purpose of this visit is to ascertain that a greyhound is, indeed, a good choice for your family. This in not an interrogation but a reflection of our desire to make the best match for all concerned.
  • Based on the interview and your family and lifestyle, we will have chosen the dogs in the kennel that would fit best with your family. Things we look at include: 1) Are there children in the family? 2) Do you have other pets? 3) How long would the dog be alone (some do better than others when alone). 4) Do you have a fenced yard, or will your dog be walked on a leash? 5) How much experience do you have with dogs? You may then choose from those dogs that are best suited for your family and, once approved, you will arrange to take your dog home. We ask that you allow at least an hour for this visit (some take much longer). At GAO, there are five acres for you to walk and spend time with your potential new family member (weather permitting). With 15-20 dogs at the kennel at any given time, it is rare that we would not have a dog that will fit beautifully into your family when you come to choose!

About Your Greyhound

Prior to adoption, your greyhound will have

  • been spayed or neutered
  • been updated on vaccinations (DHLP / Parvo and Rabies) if not current
  • been tested for heartworm
  • been dewormed
  • had a complete dental cleaning and extractions, if necessary
  • had a microchip implant for permanent identification
  • been evaluated for temperament and behavior
  • had any other medical care needed

After you adopt your greyhound, GAO will provide

  • Follow-up and assistance during the transition period and throughout the life of your greyhound
  • Fun events, gatherings and volunteer opportunities to participate in with your greyhound
  • Boarding at a nominal rate if you need to leave your greyhound in a kennel
    Lifelong support and financial assistance in the case of catastrophic illness or injury (as long as our financial situation permits) when needed
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