Please complete the application form in one of two ways:
1. Fill out the application online (.html) and then submit the form to GPA FL/SE as an email message.
2. You must have Microsoft Office Word to complete the .doc applications. Save the application to your computer, print it out, fill it in and then send by email to GPA FL/SE (firstname.lastname@example.org) . If you need assistance or have questions about the applications, please contact Mary Ann Grzybowski at email@example.com or call (954) 579-6069.
After we receive your application, we will contact you to set up a "field check." A field check is a home visit by one of our representatives and helps us to ensure that our greyhounds go to the best homes possible.
Because we insist on doing thorough field checks, it is the policy of GPA FL/SE to place our greyhounds somewhat locally. Exceptions have been made for special needs dogs and/or special circumstances.
After a positive field check the prospective adopter makes an appointment to come to the kennel and meet the dogs! The adoption donation is $200.
When a greyhound initially arrives to us he is given a flea bath and blood is drawn to perform a heartworm test, fecal test, and tick-borne disease panel. If all tests are normal the dog is spayed or neutered and a thorough dental cleaning is performed while under anesthesia.
A tick-borne disease panel test detects Ehrlichia canis, Babesia canis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Lyme, all of which are diseases transmitted from a tick bite. Protatek Reference Laboratory has tested over 5,000 greyhounds for tick-borne diseases and their findings revealed that about 35% of these dogs are silent, asymptomatic carriers of at least one or more tick-borne diseases. Greyhounds are more prone to tick exposure since they are raised on farms.
We make certain every one of our greyhounds that test positive for a tick-borne disease is medically treated for that disease prior to adoption. We feel a responsibility to our greyhounds and our adopters to provide the best medical work up possible for each greyhound. If a greyhound is never tested for tick-borne diseases it can go undetected for years until the dog becomes very ill at which time extensive and costly treatment is required. For more information please read the following articles; Tick-Borne Diseases in Dogs (Part I) and Tick-Borne Diseases in Dogs (Part II).
We perform the following Tests/Procedures for all of our adoptable Greyhounds:
Heartworm Test with treatment if needed
Tick-Borne Disease panel by Protatek Lab with treatment if needed
Fecal Testing with treatment if needed
Neuter or Spay
Dental Cleaning including extractions if needed
All Vaccinations including Rabies, Bordetella, DHLPP
Additionally, we recommend the following reading prior to bringing a retired racing greyhound into your home:
Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies by Lee Livingood
Adopting the Racing Greyhound by Cynthia Branigan
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