Fostering FAQ

Image Here are answers to the most common questions people have about our foster program. 

If you have more questions, you can e-mail us or call (303) 816-2799 and ask to have the Foster Setup Coordinator give you a call. Please be sure to provide both a phone number and email address when leaving a message.









  • I've never had a greyhound before. Can I still foster if I don't have experience with them?
    Absolutely. It helps to have some experience with dogs in general, but having your own greyhound or experience the breed is not required.
  • Can I become a foster parent if I have cats?
    Yes. Many greyhounds do well with cats. We cat test the dogs before placing them in foster homes, so if you have cat(s) you will only be given cat-safe dogs to foster.
  • What do I do with my foster dog if I have to go out of town or on vacation?
    Another CGA foster parent will sub-foster for you. You just need to let your Foster Rep. know in advance to arrange one for you.
  • Can we foster if we have other breeds of dogs?
    Yes. Most greyhounds get along fine with other breeds of dogs, big and small.
  • Do I have to own my home to foster greyhounds?
    No, but you must have permission from your property manager to have pets. CGA does not pay for any additional pet deposits or rent increases.
  • How long are dogs usually in foster care?
    Normally, a dog can be in foster care anywhere from 2-8 weeks, with 3-4 weeks being typical.
  • How old are the foster dogs?
    The dogs mostly range in age from 1-5 years old, with 2-3 being typical.
  • Do I have to have big house with a big yard?
    No. Many greyhounds are fine living in apartments, town homes and condos.
  • I've heard greyhound are really active and need a lot of exercise. Is that true?
    No. Greyhounds have shorts bursts of energy and then rest a lot. They are often referred to as “40 mph couch potatoes”. Taking them out on walks several times a week should be adequate exercise.
  • What if I want to keep my foster dog? Can I adopt him/her?
    Yes. Many foster families fall in love with one (or 2 or 3) of their foster dogs and end up adopting them. You would just need to fill out an adoption application and pay the adoption fee. We hope that you'll continue to foster other dogs after adopting one, and many people do.
  • What if my foster dog gets sick or injured?
    CGA provides veterinary care for the greyhounds in foster care. Call the CGA Foster Vet Coordinator who will schedule an appointment for you at an approved vet clinic, in your area if possible.
  • What if my foster dog gets lost?
    Call the CGA Lost Dog Pager immediately. Although you're required to keep your foster dog leashed any time it's not inside or a fenced area outside, unfortunately they do sometimes get loose due to gates being left open, digging under fences, etc. CGA has a pager that is manned 24/7 and we react very quickly to locating lost dogs.
 

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