Here at Dunrunnin, we pride ourselves on the care we take when pairing our dogs with their new owners. We welcome applications from all kinds of prospective home; we have successfully placed dogs in flats, with working families, with young children -- even with house rabbits! Our belief is that matching the needs of the dog with the needs of their new family is the most important factor in a successful rehoming.
Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, we are doing things a little differently than usual. Read on to find out about our current rehoming process:
Is a greyhound right for me?
The first step on your rehoming journey is for you to decide whether you are able to welcome a greyhound into your family. Please explore our site to learn more about greyhounds and find out about our dogs who are waiting for a home.
We’ve collected some of our favourite information for new adopters in the following documents. We strongly recommend familiarising yourself with them before continuing to the next step:
- The Greyhound Trust produces an official guide to looking after your greyhound here.
- Our own selection of useful information is here, including our recommended vets and tips to set you up for success with your new dog.
- Detailed greyhound breed information is available here.
Got questions? Drop us a line! We are always happy to talk to prospective owners about our dogs!
Pre-adoption application form
To reduce the number of visitors in our kennel during Covid-19, we are asking all potential adopters to complete an application before they come and visit. This has two parts: a pre-adoption application form, and a virtual home visit.
If you’ve read all the information above and you’d like to get the ball rolling, please fill out our pre-adoption application form here.
The questionnaire has 14 pages and needs to be completed in one sitting. If you’d like to see the full list of questions so you can plan your answers in advance, you can download them here.
If you have any trouble with either the application form or the virtual homecheck, please contact us and we'll do what we can to help.
Virtual home visit
Since we are unable to come out and visit potential adopters in their homes as we would usually, we are conducting virtual home visits. To do this, we ask you to collect the following pieces of photo and video evidence:
- An image of your photo ID (passport or driving licence)
- An image of your proof of address (utility bill or similar)
- A video of the inside of your house, showing where the dog will be eating, sleeping and spending most of their time. Please show us where the dog will be eating, sleeping and spending most of their time. Please make sure that your floor coverings are visible and include all exterior doors.
- If you have a garden, a video of your outside space. Please make sure that all areas of your garden are clearly visible, including perimeter fencing or hedges, gates, access to/from house, side returns and the sides of any sheds or summerhouses.
- If you are not a homeowner, proof that you have permission to have a dog
Depending on your circumstances, you should have between three and five files to submit to us. There are three ways that you can do this. In order of our preference, they are:
- If you have WhatsApp, you can send them to us on 07760 440142. Remember to tell us your name so we know it’s you!
- If you have a Gmail address, you can use our file upload tool here.
- Otherwise, please upload the files to a file sharing service (WeTransfer, Dropbox etc) and email a link to the file to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do not email video files to us directly. They fill up our inbox and prevent anyone else from messaging us. Thank you!
Pay us a visit!
This is the exciting part! Once we have both your pre-adoption questionnaire and your virtual home visit files, we will review your application against the greyhounds we currently have available in our kennel. If we think we might have a good match for you, we will get in touch and invite you to make an appointment to come and meet them.
Please bring the whole family with you to avoid the need for repeat visits, including any dogs you already have. We’ll introduce you to your potential match and invite you to go for a walk in the woods together so you can get to know each other. Bring wellies as it’s likely to be muddy!
If everyone is happy, we’ll ask you to arrange a second appointment to pick up your new family member and finish all the paperwork.
We do receive a lot of applications and we aren’t always able to match people up with a suitable greyhound straight away. In this case, we will get in touch to let you know and ask if you’d like to be added to our waiting list.
We suggest a donation of £190 for each adoption to help towards our costs of caring for the greyhounds at Dunrunnin (including the cost of neutering your chosen Greyhound before it leaves our kennels). This includes a £25 transfer of ownership fee.
At any time after you take your new pet home you can contact us with any questions you may have. Often a quick phone call or email can answer your query but if you have a more detailed behavioural problem we can support you over the phone or with a visit if necessary.
What if the adoption doesn't work out?
Unfortunately sometimes a homing doesn’t work out for some reason or your circumstances change. If this happens the greyhound should always be returned to us at Dunrunnin.