Please remember: Our organization relies solely on volunteers throughout the state, we do not have a physical shelter. Please be patient as we process your application, or answer your questions. It is best to enter the process with an open mind. Please apply before you get your heart set on a dog on the website. An applicant who has been approved prior to you may have been waiting for a dog just like the one you like! We want to make sure all of the dogs in our care find their perfect forever home!
A potential adopter must do some preliminary research; to be sure this is the right breed for their family. The information on this site is a good place to start. If you have any questions, you are more than welcome to contact us for more information at OhioIGCARescue@gmail.com. If you have decided that an Italian Greyhound is right for you, please submit an through our website at http://igrescueohio.org/regform.php or by requesting an application via email to OhioIGCARescue@gmail.com. Once received, your application will be reviewed, and a rep will contact you. If you are located outside of Ohio, we will be happy to forward your application to your local rep if you choose to use our online application.
If you have submitted an application, please expect the approval process to take at least a week, and up to 3 or 4 weeks. If there is missing information, we cannot reach your references, or have difficulty reaching you it can greatly extend the time it takes to process your application. Applications submitted around holidays will typically take a little longer due to obligations our volunteers have other than rescue. It is very important for the applicant to let their vet and personal references to know that a rescue volunteer will be calling, and that it is ok to share information. We do check all references, including your vet for every application. Once all of the references are checked, and we have discussed any questions about the application with the applicant, we will arrange for a volunteer to visit your home. The home visit allows a volunteer to help you make sure you have an iggy safe environment, and sit down with the family to answer any questions you might have. After the home visit is completed, the application can be approved. The rep will contact the applicant to discuss specific dogs at that time.
In order to find a dog that is a good fit, your rep will consider both the applicant's and dog's needs. Please keep in mind that not every dog will be a good fit for every family, our goal is to make sure once a dog is placed it remains in your home for the rest of its life. If a local dog that meets the needs of the applicant is not available, we will look out of state. Once an applicant and rep have agreed a dog may be a good fit, the foster home will be contacted to arrange a visit. Generally, the applicant will be expected to go the the dog's foster home with their family (including current dog/s). This allows the applicant to see the dog in a comfortable environment, and decide if the dog is a good match.
If the applicant and foster home are happy with the match, usually the dog can be adopted at that time. If the dog is not a good fit, the applicant should get back in touch with their rep to find another dog. Due to the nature of rescue, we focus on one dog per applicant at a time. We usually have more than one applicant in the process of looking at dogs at any given time, and cannot justify delaying a dog's adoption in order to hold it while a potential adopter sees other dogs first. We appreciate your understanding and patience with our process.
Once an adopter has found their perfect match, we will ask you to complete an adoption contract. The donation requested at the time of adoption varies with the age of the dog.
6 months and under - $350
7 months To 2 years - $325
3 years To 8 years - $300
Over 8 years - $275
The donation is used to help continue our mission of rescuing other Italian Greyhounds in need. All dogs are sterilized, brought up to date on required shots, tested for heartworm if needed, and any other procedures as medically necessary to ensure the dog is as healthy as possible at adoption.
Foster families offer the dogs in their care a second chance. Their health and behavior are evaluated, and treated as needed. Generally, a trip to the vet for a few shots and a check-up, and a brush up on housetraining is all a dog needs to be ready for a brand new forever home. Any special needs or quirks that foster or rescue become aware of while a dog is with us will be fully disclosed to a potential adopter, we make every effort to ensure a dog is a good match for an adopter.
The Ohio Italian Greyhound Rescue is a non-profit 501c3 organization maintained entirely by volunteers of the Italian Greyhound Club of America (IGCA - http://italiangreyhound.org/IGCA-Rescue). Rescued dogs are held in foster homes throughout Ohio, until an appropriate home is found in Ohio or a bordering state. We do not have a shelter where applicants can stop in, so please do your research to make sure this breed is a good fit then submit an application to get the adoption process started. We require you have an approved application with us prior to meeting any dogs. The dogs that come into rescue may be surrendered by their owners, stray, rescued from shelters in the region, or turned over by another rescue organization.
If you are new to the breed, or want to learn more about Italian Greyhounds, please review the information in under the Breed Information menu on our IG Rescue Ohio website at http://igrescueohio.org/ig.php to start your research process. You can access our online adoption application at http://igrescueohio.org/regform.php or by emailing us at OhioIGCARescue@gmail.com and requesting a PDF version of our application too.
We do not have a shelter or central location. Foster families all over the state offer the dogs in their care a second chance. Their health and behavior are evaluated, and treated as needed. Generally, a trip to the vet for a few shots and a check-up, and a brush up on housetraining is all a dog needs to be ready for a brand new forever home. Any special needs or quirks that foster or rescue become aware of while a dog is with us will be fully disclosed to a potential adopter, we make every effort to ensure a dog is a good match for an adopter. Please read each dog's profile! Not every dog is a good fit for every family. We work very hard to make sure each dog goes to a home able to meet it's needs, and we strive to help families find dogs that will be great family members.