First and foremost, become an educated and prepared adopter. Nothing is more depressing to a retired racing greyhound than being returned to the program because his or her adopters were unprepared for life with a new pet.

Visit our FAQ page for details about this special breed and two downloadable documents aimed at making you a fully informed adopter (1.preadoption information to help you prepare and 2. guidance for transitioning your retired racer to a pet).


Submit an Application: To start the adoption process, please fill out our online adoption application below. The review will begin once you pay the $50 application fee, which is a down-payment on the $350 adoption fee (effective Jan. 1, 2021). If you have adopted an MSGAO hound before, you need only complete application sections requiring updates, such as change of address (street and email), telephone number, and names of current and past greyhounds. If you are new to adoption through MSGAO, then we will depend on the reference from your veterinarian regarding care of previous pets or from verifiable proof that your past pets received annual shots and heartworm and flea/tick preventive. You will be notified via telephone within two weeks that your application is approved. After that, you can contact the adoption kennel to set up an appointment to view the available hounds. You can pay the application fee online here.

Select Your Greyhound:  Once your application has been approved, we ask you to keep an open mind when it comes to selecting your new family member.  How your personality fits with a particular hound is more important to a successful adoption than the dog's color or gender.  For this reason, dogs will be marked as reserved only after the prospective adopter and hound have interacted in person.  We also take this opportunity to assure prospective adopters that the fact that a dog has been waiting a while in our kennel does not mean he or she is “unadoptable.” These patient hounds have just been waiting until the right adopter comes around. You may be the one! View the available Greyhounds HERE


The $350 adoption fee (effective Jan. 1, 2021) covers neuter or spay, a blood panel, tick panel, heartworm test, and dental cleaning. Your Greyhound will also receive the ProHeart6 shot which provides six months of heartworm prevention. In addition, your new greyhound will be up to date on all vaccinations. MSGAO greyhounds and are free of fleas and ticks. With every adoption, we will provide a free, 1-inch black martingale collar. 


Get Ready for the "Gotcha Day": Deciding to adopt a greyhound has proven to be one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime, but one very important aspect of this decision is being a prepared adopter. Many books are available to learn about adopting. Our favorite books are: Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies by Lee Livingood, Adopting the Retired Racing Greyhound by Cynthia Brannigan, and Childproofing your Dog by Brian Kilcommons. To spend some time with the greyhounds, you are more than welcome to make an appointment to visit the dogs or volunteer as a kennel helper or dog walker. The time spent interacting with our volunteers and their hounds is usually a very informative and enjoyable experience.


Here’s a list of things you’ll need:

  • Extra-large crate (48" in length)

  • Non-retractable leash (remember to bring with you to pick up your new greyhound)

  • Identification tags (available at most local pet stores)

  • Food and water bowls

  • Large dog bed

  • Toys (most greyhounds prefer soft, squeaky ones)

  • Treats (We recommend a large Milkbone once a day)

  • Toenail clippers

  • Brush (We recommend Zoom Groom and the FURminator)


Some optional things to have:

  • Coat for cold weather

  • Pet odor remover (in case of accidents)

  • Kong (keeps your greyhound entertained while you are away)

  • Shampoo (We recommend Mane and Tail)

  • A harness such as the Pet Safe Easy Sport Harness.

Please click here to access the Adoption Application if you are using a Mac or the form does not show for you below.

*Please fill out the application completely, including contact information for veterinarian and personal references.

Incomplete Applications will not be processed.


*Application fees are non-refundable. If your application is not approved or you decide not to adopt then you can request a donation receipt by emailing us at