GPA Greater Cincinnati
Greyhound fostering is a serious responsibility and in most cases, at least a two week or longer commitment. This application is intended to assist GPA Greater Cincinnati in evaluating the willingness and ability of prospective foster homes to meet this responsibility. This application and the home visit also assist GPA Greater Cincinnati in placing the right Greyhound in the right foster home.
GPA Greater Cincinnati requires the reading of Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies, or Adopting the Racing Greyhound, preferably before the application is submitted, but definitely by the time of the home visit. For homes with children, GPA Greater Cincinnati also requires the reading of Childproofing Your Dog or Living with Kids and Dogs without Losing Your Mind.
Straight off the track greyhounds will go through a period of adjustments as he/she settles into your home. Some greyhounds will be slower to housebreak than others until they adjust to their new routines. Other greyhounds may have a tendency to chew and will need to be muzzled or crated to safeguard your furniture and valuables until they settle in to their new surroundings. While some greyhounds are very social, others are quite shy and will need a quiet gentle approach. Foster parents need to be prepared for these and possibly other challenges with their foster greyhound. Most issues of this type can be resolved over time, with patience, TLC and perseverance. GPA Greater Cincinnati will also provide foster support to help assure a successful transition for both the foster home and hound.
GPA Greater Cincinnati will provide the foster home with: a foster dog, a foster crate, and any medical care needed for the foster dog. Heartworm preventative will be mailed to each foster home prior to the first of each month. It is your responsibility as a foster home to make sure your foster is given this preventative each month. As a foster home you will occasionally be asked to transport your foster hound to medical appointments or to Meet and Greets. It is also suggested that you take your foster to as many Meet and Greets (M & G) as possible if they are not on home visits. Getting your foster out in the public heightens their chances of adoption. If you agree to foster, you will be provided a Foster Manual. By accepting to foster for GPA Greater Cincinnati, you agree to follow the procedures in this manual.
As a foster home, it is your responsibility to contact your foster coordinator the day after getting your foster with an update and then on a weekly basis, more frequently if there is a problem, to report on the progress of your foster hound.
Remember, while fostering is a short-term commitment, it is one of the most important steps for a retired racer in finding forever homes.
Please provide the following information:
City: _____________________ State: ______________ Zip: _______
Home phone: _________ cell phone: ___________ cell phone: ____________
Home e-mail address: ________________________________________
Other contact Info:______________________________________________
How did you learn about GPA GREATER CINCINNATI? ____________________________________________
Why do you want to foster a retired racing Greyhound?__________________________________________________
What is the best time and number to reach you?
Best time/day(s) ____________________
Best phone number__________________
Please mail application:
2002 Millville Shandon Rd.
Hamilton, Ohio 45013