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Additional Adoption Fee Information for Abbie

GALT is charging an adoption fee of $750 for Irish retired racing greyhounds 7 years and younger and $650 for those 8 and over.

The Irish greyhounds arrive to us spayed or neutered with current rabies vaccinations. The transportation cost averages $1,620 per dog, and GALT spends another approximately $400 for CBC blood work with heartworm test, Protatek testing, dental and vaccinations required for this environment.

At this time, Ireland is the current source for retired racing greyhounds. Southland track in West Memphis, AR is ceasing racing December 31, 2022. After that time there will be only 2 tracks left in West Virginia. All of those retired racers will go to adoption groups on the east coast.

For its almost 22 years in existence, GALT has operated as a 501 (c) 3 Corporation. The Irish retired racers’ adoption fee correlates to this policy.

Abbie’s adoption fee is: $750

​Abbie, aka Abbies Ballymac, is a 4 1/2 year old black female born on March 15, 2018. Her sire is Ballymac Vic and her dam is Donals Tank. Abbie has 1 race and 1 pup to her credit on Greyhound Data. She is one of our Irish hounds. Abbie  is undergoing medical evaluation and is okay with children and all size dogs. We still need to evaluate her for cat tolerance.

Abbie is a soon-to-be 5 years old black beauty from Ireland. She’s such a great combination of mature personality and spunky energy. She’s very smart and learned the house rules very quickly. Within the first 2 days, she learned she should use the dog beds, and that couches are off-limits. She was walking around the dining table at human meal time, and she soon learned she should not do that, so now she just lays on the kitchen floor or waits on her dog bed.

Abbie is great with any human big or small. She is very patient and gentle with my children and she’s figured out she can always go to them to get loved on. She has this cute gesture that when she wants more pets, she gently scratches our hands with her front paw.  Also, she’s not destructive, and leaves our shoes and kids’ toys alone. She’s new to house life and a bit curious, so she sniffs a lot, and doesn’t take anything away. Our backyard is where she plays with her toys and she even plays fetch and chases balls! The great thing about her is that she does play with toys and balls and while she likes some certain ones, she’s also a great sharer!  She even shares her meal with my greyhound! My grey checks on Abbie’s bowl after she’s done with hers, and snacks on Abbie’s leftovers when there is some and Abbie doesn’t mind it!

She walks fine on a leash, and like many other Irish racers with GALT, she has a high prey drive. Abbie’s very quiet in the house, so we believe that apartment life is pretty possible for her. Sometimes she cries on our walks when she spots squirrels or bunnies nearby. She spends a lot of time on a dog bed by our front door looking outside; Abbie doesn’t bark at delivery trucks, postal workers, people walking with their dogs or critters. So far, the only time she is vocal is outside on a walk. She gets along well with my greyhound very much, though because of her prey drive, we believe she should not live with cats or small dogs.

Abbie lets me brush her teeth and trim her nails with no problem, because it means she gets more attention and affection! And I just realized that she doesn’t shed as much as my greyhound.  I was expecting to find black dog fur all over the house, yet when I brush her coat, nothing comes off.

Abbie is affectionate and likes to stay close by. She spends a good amount of time on our kitchen floor just staring at me. When my kids are back from school, she stays by them, so we believe she may be more into humans than into her fur sibling. Abbie has so much love to share. She really likes to be petted and will sometimes nip at my husband’s hand lightly as a way to ask him to keep petting her. It’s not a hard bite, and she hasn’t done this with anyone else in our household.

We highly recommend Abbie to a future family that is looking for a smart and affectionate greyhound. We’ve grown very fond of her!

Abbie's Foster Family