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Adoption Process

NGAP's Adoption Process

National Greyhound Adoption Program's adoption process usually takes 1-2 weeks from the time we receive your information until you receive your new dog. The process may take slightly longer if you have very specific preferences (i.e. color, age, etc.) or multiple restrictions (i.e., many young children, small dogs, cats, etc.)

Where to start

The first step to adopting a sighthound through National Greyhound Adoption Program is to fill out our Adoption Application and Reference Sheet and mail, fax or email it along with a deposit of $150 to the following address:

National Greyhound Adoption Program
10901 Dutton Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
(Ph.) 215.331.7918
*(Fx.) 215.331.1947
*Email: [email protected]

(*If you intend to send your application via email or fax, you must pay the adoption fee with a credit card, otherwise the application will be put on hold until the payment is received.)

Adoption Fee

Sending the adoption deposit along with your application is an indication to us of your commitment to adopt a dog. Please send a check or credit card with a depost for $150.00, with the remaining balance to be paid at the time you pick-up your new pet. Tax for the full adoption amount of will also be applied at that time, as will the fee to register your new pet's microchip. Adopters using Visa and MasterCard will be charged an extra 2% processing fee and adopters using Discover and American Express will be charged an additional 5%.

Our Adoption Fee covers the following:

  • Spaying / Neutering
  • Vaccinations (DHLPP / Corona, Bordetella, Lyme, Rabies)
  • Microchip*
  • Heartworm Test
  • Bloodwork
  • Dental Cleaning (if necessary)

*You will also be charged an additional fee at pick-up to register your microchip with HomeAgain. NGAP will register your dog for you!

We cannot start the adoption process until our adoption fee is received. Any application received without the fee will be placed on hold until the adoption fee is paid. If for any reason your application is rejected, or we cannot supply you with a dog, your monies will be returned.


Once we receive your adoption application, reference form and adoption fee, we will call you to confirm receipt and will then begin the process of checking your references. Once your references are returned, your information is sent to our Adoption Coordinator. Our Adoption Coordinator will carefully review your application and select the best dog for you based on your family and lifestyle.

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Visit Our Kennel

We generally house 20-40 adoptable sighthounds and sighthound mixes at any given time. If you would like to come look at our dogs before you submit your application, or at anytime during the application process, you may do so seven days a week including holidays from 9-10:30am and 2-4pm. If you would like to make a short list on your application of 3-5 dogs that appeal to you, you may do so with the understanding that there is no guarantee that you will get any of the dogs on your list. Our Adoption Coordinator works very hard to make sure she finds the dog that is the right match for each adopter's situation. Although we will try to take your requests into consideration, our utmost priority is the happiness, safety and well-being of you, your family, your other pets and of course, the dogs we adopt out. Please note: Because many of our adopters have cats and a percentage of our dogs are not cat safe, cat-friendly dogs will never be allocated to families with no cats.

The Selection Process

Each of our dogs goes through an extensive shake-down process which includes a complete medical check-up, neuter/spay and then a period of time to settle in so that we can properly evaluate and profile them.

Greyhound Celection Process

At NGAP, we take the selection of your pet very seriously. Because we run such a large kennel, we have a vast selection of dogs to choose from when matching them with their new potential owner. Each dog is carefully observed and evaluated, cat-tested (generally speaking, dogs that have tested as cat friendly will be reserved for homes with cats), and isn't being pushed out the door. This, we feel, is the best way to receive a dog into your home.

Many people feel that someone else cannot pick a dog for them. Our process has proven them wrong! This does not mean that you cannot look at all of the dogs that are available for adoption or that you can't give us preferences - you surely can! Our statistics show that by using our evaluation process, we have a much lower rate of return than that of programs that allow adopters to make their own selections. Once your dog is in your home, you can rely on support forever if you need it. We are available to respond to adopter's needs almost 24 hours a day everyday. If you cannot keep your dog, you must return it to us and we will find it a new home.

NGAP will continue to provide any support you may need from the time you take your dog into your new home until the end of its life.

If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our office at 215.331.7918.

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