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Additional Adoption Fee Information for Happy

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.

Happy’s adoption fee is: $750

Happy, aka Happy Tower, is a 1 year old white and black male born on September 9, 2021. He never raced and is from Ireland. Happy should not live with cats.

Yes!  Happy IS a very happy young greyhound and he’s happiest when he’s with his humans.  If you’re relaxing and change positions, he’s right there to say “HI!  Where are we going?”  So, yes, he’s a Velcro boy and suffice it to say, would not be a good only dog.  

What motivates this loving boy?  The affection of his humans is just about everything to Happy.  He is pretty persistent about being at the front of the pack when it comes to pets and scritches (hope your fingers don’t tire easily!)  Next, would definitely be food.  He is highly food motivated, though not food aggressive.  He will share a food or a water bowl with his mates.  We recommend the use of a snuffle mat at feeding time to slow down his intake because he will otherwise inhale his food.

Toys.  Let’s talk toys.  Happy has yet to meet a toy he doesn’t like.  Unfortunately, one of our pack likes to take ALL the toys outside, so at times it’s a challenge to keep this smart guy entertained and out of trouble.  Happy enjoys chew toys, bones, and durable stuffies with or without squeakers.  

Happy has learned to use a doggie door and loves the freedom to go in and out when something piques his interest or the rest of the pack goes outside.  He has a pretty regular potty schedule and will need to go outside after eating or after playing.  With that in mind, I’m sure he could learn to signal to let him out quickly.  (Refer back to food being a big motivator.)  

Be aware that because Happy is young, smart, and hasn’t been in a home for a long period of time, EVERYTHING is something that needs to be explored.  Anything stored less than 4ft off the ground is fair game- seriously.  He’s not destructive, just incredibly curious at this point.  I’m sure once he has a chance to settle into his forever home, has a lay of the land and routines, this will become much less of a concern.

Happy proved to be too interested in the kitty and thus should not live with them. This handsome Irish lad needs another large dog to show him the routine and people around to love and adore.

Happy's Foster Family