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New retired racing greyhounds arrive from track, given a spa treatment including bath and nails, then prepare for upcoming vetting prior to going into their forever homes!


Adoption Process

If you are interested in adopting a greyhound, get started by submitting an application. There are several ways to apply:


1. Fill out and submit the online application

Virginia applicants:  

Adoptions for following areas - Central Virginia including the Richmond Metro area, west to the Charlottesville area, east to Virginia Beach area and south of the Fredericksburg area.

South Carolina & Georgia applicants:  

Adoptions for following areas - South Carolina ("Lowcountry") of Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Beaufort, to include as far northeast as Saint Helena Island and west to Hardeeville. Georgia Savannah ("The Coastal Empire"), Pooler and surrounding area to include as far south as Richmond Hill, southeast to Skidaway Island and as far west as Springfield.


2. Print a copy of the online application and return it by mail


Mailing Address:

James River Greyhounds

PO Box 70811

Richmond, VA  23255



3. Call 804-527-3584 and request an application through the mail 

James River Greyhounds does not adopt to homes with children six years old or younger.

Once James River Greyhounds receives your application, a confirmation e-mail is sent to you advising that JRG has received your application. A short phone interview is then conducted reviewing your application, answering any questions and scheduling a home visit. This process will help ensure each greyhound is placed into his or her best forever home. Home visits are conducted by one or two JRG representatives, who may bring along a greyhound. This way, you can interact with a greyhound for an extended period of time, see how a greyhound behaves in your home, have questions/concerns addressed, and be well prepared for bringing a greyhound home. 


Once your application is approved, you are notified and the adoption is scheduled. If your greyhound is arriving directly from the track, you are welcomed and encouraged to meet and bathe your new hound prior to taking them home. If your greyhound is already in foster care, we will arrange for a time that is convenient to bring your hound home.

Adoption Fee -

What's Included

  • Spay or neuter (including vet exam)

  • Heartworm blood test and prevention

  • Rabies vaccination

  • DHPP vaccination

  • Dental care

  • Thorough deworming with Drontal Plus

  • Ears cleaned, nails clipped & groomed

  • Transportation from track kennel to Richmond

  • If applicable, personal care and transition training in the loving homes of our foster families! 

  • Adoption Kit with the following:

Martingale collar and matching 6 foot lead - designed specifically for sighthounds,

track muzzle & squeaky toy

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