Am I ready?

Owning a greyhound is wonderful but it is also a huge responsibility.

Before you take the next step and choose your pet, please ask yourself the following questions:

  • Lifestyle: Will Your Greyhound Fit Your Lifestyle?
  • Cost: Can I afford all the costs of owning a Greyhound?
  • Home: Is your Home/Garden appropriate for a Greyhound?
  • Research: Have I done my research on greyhound to ensure they are a good for for my home?

I’m convinced! What next?

Contact the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust by calling Barry Coleman at 061-448089 or by emailing and we would be delighted to help you find your perfect pet. Adopting through the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust means that you can be sure that every greyhound has been neutered, fully vaccinated and microchipped and you will be carefully supported throughout the adoption process and for the first few weeks of getting to know your new pet.


Adoption Application

We have a responsibility to our greyhounds to make sure that they find good homes and to our adopting families to make sure that they get adequate information, support and aftercare. To help find the best match, we will ask you to fill out an adoption question to get a better idea of what greyhound would best suit your lifestyle and what kind of greyhound you are looking for.

Adoption Application Form

Home Check

You will be asked to allow a ‘Home Visit’. Don’t worry! This is just another opportunity to chat and ask questions and so that we can check your garden, where the greyhound will sleep etc. Take the time to ask questions and explore your options. Remember, the only Stupid Question is the one you didn’t ask! The IRGT and our fosterers care passionately about their greyhounds and want only that both dog and family are perfectly matched.

Once your home visit is done, and any necessary changes have been made, it’s time to arrange the meet your future Pet!

Meeting your Future Greyhound

We will put you in touch with our Care Centre or one of our Foster Centre. They will talk to you about some of the dogs that they think will suit and arrange a time to come and visit some greyhounds.

If the greyhound and your family are happy and ready, you can take home your pet!

Bringing Your Greyhound Home

In this video, we are joined by Lauren, a Veterinary Surgeon and Veterinary Technical Advisor for Interchem.

Lauren has helpful tips for the day you get your retired greyhound, including:

  • Preparing your car for the journey home
  • Yard / Garden introduction
  • Exploring their new home
  • Developing a routine
  • Introducing to other dogs
  • Taking your greyhound for a walk