The mission of Southeastern Greyhound Adoption/Greyhound Pets of America-Atlanta (SEGA) is to find good permanent homes for former racing Greyhounds. In furtherance of this mission, SEGA seeks to educate the public about why Greyhounds make good pets.
Southeastern Greyhound Adoption (SEGA) is a chapter of Greyhound Pets of America (GPA), a national network of Greyhound adoption groups, as well as a project of the Southeastern Greyhound Club, Inc., a Georgia non-profit corporation. SEGA is staffed by unpaid volunteers and all donations and other revenues are dedicated entirely to supporting its Greyhound adoption program.
SEGA currently houses its Greyhounds in its adoption kennel or in foster homes of experienced Greyhound owners to ease the transition from track life to pet home life. Before any hounds are released for adoption through SEGA, they are thoroughly examined by a veterinarian. The dogs are spayed or neutered, brought current on shots, given a heartworm test and preventative, microchipped, and teeth are cleaned as needed.
SEGA promotes Greyhound adoption through a variety of methods ranging from our web site to public gatherings (known as Meet and Greets) and participation in community events, such as parades and festivals.
We welcome volunteers from all walks of life, regardless of whether they have adopted a Greyhound. All that is required is a love of animals and a willingness to work. SEGA volunteers have discovered that having fun and doing fulfilling work in the service of Greyhound welfare are not mutually exclusive!
Generally, we like to place our adoptable Greyhounds within 100 miles of metro Atlanta. If you live outside that area, please visit the Greyhound Pets of America or call them at 800-366-1472. They can route you to the closest adoption group.
On March 16, 2002, SEGA held the grand opening for its adoption kennel, realizing a long-held goal to have a dedicated facility for housing some of its Greyhounds awaiting adoption. The adoption kennel is supported solely by donations and adoption fees, an achievement of which SEGA is very proud.
Located in Acworth, Georgia, the adoption kennel was made available through the generosity of one of the veterinarians for the SEGA adoption program. SEGA has exclusive use of up to 7 indoor runs. There is adjoining office space which serves as the adoption center, and SEGA has a stainless steel tub in which to bathe new arrivals. In addition, there is a fenced turnout yard which gives the kennel residents a place to stretch their legs and run each day. Some Greyhounds reside in the adoption kennel until they are adopted, and some live with a foster family, depending on the individual needs of the Greyhound and the availability of foster homes.
The kennel staff provide daily cleaning of the runs, feed the Greyhounds, and walk them in the morning and afternoon. In the evenings, SEGA volunteers give the Greyhounds their final turnout for the night. If you are interested in volunteering at the kennel, visit our Volunteer page to learn more.
SEGA takes no position regarding the issues surrounding Greyhound racing, but encourages its adopters and volunteers to reach their own informed conclusions. We continually strive to emphasize the fine qualities of Greyhounds as pets rather than the “plight of the Greyhounds” approach that was more popular in the early days of the adoption movement. SEGA believes that there is value in working with members of the Greyhound racing community in the adoption process, thus learning as much as possible about the history of each dog to find the optimum pet home.
The Adoption Process
Consider the Commitment
Give serious thought to whether you and your family are prepared to make a commitment to responsible Greyhound ownership:
Adoption requires a $450 non-refundable adoption fee. This fee defrays our costs and includes: neutering or spaying, all current shots, worming as necessary, heartworm check, initial heartworm preventative, teeth cleaning, and new collar, lead, muzzle, and microchipping of the Greyhound.
Complete An Application
Complete our online application for Greyhound adoption. A member of our Screening and Placement Committee will contact you within seven days to discuss your application and answer your questions.
Choose the Right Greyhound
Once your application is approved, we will make arrangements for you to see adoptable Greyhounds at one of our foster homes, at our kennel, or at a Meet and Greet (see Meet and Greet section below). We will assist you in choosing the right Greyhound for your family.
Complete the Adoption
When you pick up your Greyhound, we will have you sign our adoption contract and give you a packet of other useful information.
After you take your Greyhound home, we will remain available to answer questions and assist in helping the former racer make a successful transition into your home. You can join our affiliated organization, the Southeastern Greyhound Club, which is a great way to meet other Greyhound owners, exchange ideas, and explore a variety of ways to have fun with your Greyhound!
MEET AND GREETS
Meet and Greets are a wonderful way to meet Greyhounds up close and to talk to their owners about the joys of adopting an ex-racer. Meet and Greets are hosted by SEGA volunteers who typically bring their own pets. Be certain to check the SEGA calendar to confirm dates and times, or to see notices of cancellations and additions.
You are more than welcome to attend a Meet & Greet near you to meet some lovable hounds, scratch a few ears, and gather information about our organization.
We do not adopt Greyhounds out onsite at the Meet & Greets — these events are intended to be a starting point for those who are curious about Greyhounds. If you decide that a Greyhound is right for you, simply fill the adoption process above. After we receive, review, and approve your adoption application, you’ll be able to meet hounds who are currently seeking a loving home.
We look forward to seeing you as we’re out and about around metro Atlanta!
The information below is about our regularly scheduled Meet and Greets. Please be aware that changes are sometimes necessary. If you have any questions, visit our Contact Us page and select Meet and Greet Inquiry.
GREYHOUND STARTER KIT
The Greyhound Starter Kit consists of those items we suggest you obtain before you bring your Greyhound home. Having these items on hand when you bring your new companion home will make life a little easier for both of you, and will let you spend your time helping the former racer make a smooth transition into your home rather than running around shopping for supplies.
Note: You will NOT need to purchase a collar and lead. A new Premier martingale collar and 6-foot lead are included in your adoption fee. SEGA will also provide a very humane plastic muzzle, which is an excellent safety device for introducing your new Greyhound to the family cat or a dog and for other pet friends and neighbors. These are the same muzzles that are used in the turnout yard on the track, so your Greyhound is very familiar with the muzzles.
Senior Greyhounds who are available for adoption hold a special place in the Greyhound community. Each day in November 2006, SEGC members volunteered to post a reason to adopt a senior Greyhound. The response was overwhelming from the members of the group and helped show why so many people feel so strongly about their senior hounds.
Along with the member posts, SEGA’s Screening and Placement co-chairs kept the members updated on the progress of the senior adoptions. Each time another senior was placed in their forever home, the entire group felt a sense of accomplishment.
Click on the accordion tabs below to view each reason.
Submitted by Bill, proud owner of Charcoal, 11 years old
Senior hounds have it all over the young ones. They’ve “been there and done that.” The young ones think they know so much about life but they know “nutting.” The seniors have been through marriage, divorce, child bearing, child rearing, job success, job failure, and life threatening illness. Move over you young whipper snappers, and make room for your elders.
Submitted BY HELEN, WITH LOVING MEMORIES OF ANDIE, ADOPTED AT AGE 10, SPUD, ADOPTED AT AGE 11, AND LISA, ADOPTED AT AGE 13. STILL LOVING THE SENIORS WITH GRACIE, AGE 10, AND TWO YOUNGSTERS: JANICE JOPLIN (JJ) AGE 8 AND ZEKE AGE 7
Lisa the Greyhound was old. Half-blind and thin, truth be told. But she stole my heart. Right from the start. A gift far more precious than gold!
With such glowing eyes and wise souls, it’s no wonder that our senior adoptable are “flying off the shelves” this month. Hooray for Hugger and Echo! Seniors can provide the love like no other hound. They are comforting, compassionate and warm. They just look into your eyes and melt your heart with their appreciation, confidence and tenderness.
Seniors greet you every morning and every afternoon with love, affection and calmness. You will feel so loved and so appreciated, and will return those feelings with your devotion to the senior hound who brings tranquility, serenity, and a peaceful spirit into your home and your life.
Let their love open your heart this holiday season!
Your senior, a quiet, loving, peaceful and steady as he goes fellow. All the rough edges are softened. His demands no more than a whisper. Look deep into his eyes, and on into his soul, and there you will find the serenity and unconditionally love of your best friend.
First, we have a 2 year old grey we’ve had 9 months. We also have a senior we’ve had for only 3 months. This is our reason that you should enjoy the life of a senior.
The only thing they want is a soft place to lay their sweet head and their tired, old bones. I remember the first time our senior laid down on one of our dog beds. The look in his eyes asked “Are you sure this is okay?” He warms all our hearts and souls in this house with that look in his eyes. There is nothing but depth, wisdom, and love in his big, brown eyes. I don’t think you can find the end in those beautiful, thoughtful eyes. With only a glance at your senior, there’s a chill that runs down your spine. This chill comes from your own happiness and fulfillment of allowing this thankful soul in your home. Never mind, what it feels to pet them, hug them and kiss them. A nice, soft, warm loving place for them to lay their tired souls…if only for the last few years of their lives. How very thankful they are. Trust us…it’s MORE than worth it.
The edges are all smoothed off. He’s been around. He “gets” glass doors, mirrors, slippery floors, squeaky toys, mom leaving to go to work. And he understands the idea of “going out to potty.”
He appreciates comfortable routine. He’s had the “new boy” experience and is grateful now to just drop down onto that open, available bed and be the least trouble he knows how to be.
He knows that ear-scritches are vastly to be treasured. Kisses on the head are a prize nearly equal to “cookies.” And cuddles on the couch are absolute heaven.
But he hasn’t seen EVERYTHING. He’s still curious about what’s around the next corner on your walk. He’s wondering if he’s allowed to catch squirrels at your house. He wants to know what games you know and what toys you have. He wants to meet your friends and coworkers. He wants to be YOUR DOG.
And he’ll enrich your life far more than you’ll be able to enrich his.
Adopting a senior Greyhound means a PROMISE to that hound that he or she will always:
…enjoy life’s simple delights: an old fluffy down comforter, a peanut butter-stuffed Kong, a stroll around the neighborhood. …have a safe roof over their head with lots of good food and treats. …feel security, a sense of belonging, and a comforting routine. …have someone to lovingly help them through their aches and pains as they get older. …have the comfort of knowing that there are no more kennels, foster homes, or disruptions. This is their home, and this is where they belong forever.
And, in exchange for your loving care, your senior PROMISES you their heart, filled with love and gratitude!
Sadie is scheduled to go to her forever home tomorrow with sparkly teeth as SEGA’s send off present! Please remember Boo, Smitty, and Kitty Kitty who would also like to be in their forever home for the holidays and the long winter. Give yourself the gift of a senior – you will very glad you did.
Submitted BY JEFF & MARYLYN, IN MEMORY OF SUGARFOOT, THEIR BELOVED SENIOR
Through The Eyes of a Senior
They call me a senior, but what is that? I still love to run and play, but somehow not quite as fast as I once did. Oh, and how I love to eat and get treats and attack my stuffies. Am I called a senior because I’ve got some grey? Come on! I’m a Greyhound! Of course I have some grey! I’ve heard “them” talk about seniors, something about age. But what is age? Is age the reason I am where I am? Is age the reason no one wants me? Oh I hope not because I don’t know what age is. If I did, I would change it fast. I do so hate to worry. But I know deep in my heart that there is someone out there that will take me for what I am, a senior. And in return, that someone will get the very best of me. The very best of Greyhounddom! The very, very best. A senior. And now I’ll take a nap and not worry. Because I know you are coming.
Submitted BY CATHERINE, FOR LIZBETH (NOW AT THE BRIDGE) ADOPTED AS A SENIOR, SKYLAR (11 YEARS) ADOPTED AS A SENIOR, GRACE (9 YEARS), SPENCER (9-1/2 YEARS), AND LITTLE SEBASTIAN (14 YEARS) ALL TEACHING ME HOW TO GO WITH THE FLOW AS WE AGE TOGETHER
Every time you look into the eyes of an old dog you can’t help but smile. They love you unconditionally, they ask for so little, they appreciate so much. They withhold nothing — their joy is right out there for your viewing pleasure. An old Greyhound is elegance personified — They are the Katherine Hepburns and the Cary Grants of the animal world.
Seniors make great bed buddies. They have learned not to hog the whole bed and will lie still with their back against yours and keep you warm on a cold night. When you wake in the morning and see that sweet little face and eyes that tell you how grateful they are for giving them a warm and loving home. When you rise from bed, they don’t trample you as you walk to the kitchen to get their kibble ready. After their tummy is full, they are content to lie and watch you as you get ready for work. You will miss them while you are gone and they will miss you but they will be very happy to see you when you return. You know in your heart that they are very special and your love for them is like your love for no other pet.
Please reach out and share your heart and home with a senior today! You will never regret it.
Just want to give everyone an update. So far three of our seniors are in their forever homes for the holidays: Echo, Hugger, and Sadie. Boo and Smitty are being looked at this weekend. If all goes well this weekend, only Kitty Kitty will not have found her forever home. We have updated her pictures on the website so go take a look at her and see if you feel that familiar twinge of wanting to adopt another Greyhound. Open your heart and let her in – she will make you very happy.
If you ever believe anything anyone says, believe this…THERE’S ABSOLUTELY NOTHING LIKE SHARING YOUR LIFE WITH A SENIOR!!! I PROMISE WITH ALL MY HEART, THE JOY THEY BRING EVERYDAY WILL BRING THE HAPPIEST, HEARTFELT TEARS TO YOUR EYES.
Ten year old Walter will be coming to stay with a foster home tomorrow. Poor Walter had to leave the only home he has ever known because a cat was coming to stay. Due to a death in the family, a relative is moving in with her cats and the difficult decision was made to return Walter to SEGA. As you would expect, Walter is a sweet older gentlemen with character and good manners. He truly needs to be in his new home for the holidays so he can start to settle in and never worry about having to be bounced again. He will have the benefit of the Senior Adoption month if he is adopted soon. Pictures will be up on the website soon or I would be happy to send to you privately if you are interested.
You will be so enamored by your senior that you’ll never be able to do enough to repay their love and devotion. There is nothing like looking into their eyes and plainly seeing their appreciation for a warm bed, gently touch and promise of a forever home. They are mellow, strong, wise and loving. You are their best friend and they will never let you forget that. My old girls have been all this and more. I could never even try to describe the joy that Herme, Poppy and Seven have brought me. Won’t you please consider adopting a senior? Everyone should experience this joy at least once.
What an amazing month — five of the six seniors have been adopted. Only sweet Boo is left and he has people interested in meeting him — actually, more than one applicant. But we have more seniors coming in — two as soon as fosters are found and another one in a couple of weeks. They are all 10 years old and are being bounced totally for people reasons — the dogs are all good healthy dogs. Thanks for all the generous donations and help with this special senior month. Keep up the wonderful work and momentum — we are not through yet!
Adopting a senior makes you realize you should live in the moment, and not dwell on the past or the future. Your time with your senior greyhound may be short, but the rewards are many, and the memories of the good life you provided him or her will bring you much comfort and joy.
Senior Greyhounds have much to teach us about growing old with dignity. They warm our hearts with their appreciation of the good things we humans can offer them. They lend a calming influence to our lives. I’m shopping tonight for “jammies”… our old guy, Isaac, just let us know he is cold. He was restless and unhappy. We put a light coat on him and he snuggled up, happy as a pig in you-know-what! I love giving him comfort.
On this day of Thanksgiving, I am reminded of the gratitude that a senior Greyhound shows, in so many ways, when you take him into your home and hearth. Far too often, the senior Greyhounds we take in are no longer wanted by adopters who once pledged to take good care of them for the rest of their lives. What was once a lifetime commitment is now inconvenient to a lifestyle choice. As the old Greyhound became more and more unwanted, it seems he also became unloved and minimally cared for, so that he may come to us in rough condition. When you take him in and give him the love and care that he once had, he blossoms anew, physically and mentally, and his eyes shine with appreciation to you for giving him a place to live out his “golden years.” Sometimes, more rarely, our seniors are brood bitches or studs. I am thankful to them for playing a role in the perpetuation of our wonderful breed. They have served their masters and their breed, twice, and have earned a little pampering as pets after their working dog careers. These are the Greyhounds with the wisdom of their years – they have likely been stars in their time, and have traveled miles and miles in their “jobs.” They now treasure the new life of a big “kennel” and the more unstructured routine of home life.
Adopt a senior Greyhound – it’s a great way to say “thanks,” and to get thanked in return, tenfold.
Submitted BY TINA AND GARY (FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT DON’T KNOW CORKY, WE ADOPTED HER AT NINE WEEKS OLD AND SHE’S NOT QUITE TWO YET. THERE’S A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN PUPPIES AND SENIORS!)
A few years ago, most of the greys in our family were seniors. Now, all of our greys are under seven years old. Boy, what a difference a few years makes! I sure miss our old girls. Having older greys makes your home much more peaceful. They’re so settled, so grateful for a soft bed, so glad to spend quiet time with you. They’re just wonderful and deserve to have a loving home.
When I asked Gary for a reason to adopt a senior, he simply said, “They’re everything that Corky’s not!”
Submitted BY BETH AND THUNDER LANE, AGE 12-1/2, SO VERY LOVING AND SO VERY LOVED
Your hairdresser won’t admit it, but…a touch of gray can be oh, so sophisticated!! A gray muzzle has been termed “kissed by moonlight,” and once you’ve had a senior in your household, you’ll understand how gentle and refreshing they can be, just like a soft, moonlit evening!
Adopting a SENIOR will make you the envy of the Prom! Not only will you walk leash and hand with the most beautiful/handsome, athletic, Prom date EVER, your date will also make you laugh endlessly and will move like you’ve never seen before.
Everyone has been wonderful to post daily about the joys of adopting a senior. This was a fabulous group effort and has also been fun. Only Boo is left from the original six and he has strong interest. However, sweet 10 year old Walter is now with us and Koko and Sharla are coming soon. Walter’s website information was updated last night. KoKo and Sharla have always lived together and it would be so nice for them to go to the same home but does not have to be that way. They are both 10 and are being bounced through no fault of their own- another baby is coming and with the other child, there is no room for them in their home. Sad. The promotion will continue for a few days into December so we can get all these adopted. Thanks for your support and help with this. The response has been amazing!
Submitted BY SUSAN AND DAN AND JULIE WHO IS 2 WEEKS FROM 13 AND LEELEE WHO IS ONLY 3, BUT STILL A JOY
S is for the Satisfaction of giving an older dog a new life. E is for the Eagerness with which they greet you every time. N is for Never a bother or nasty always sweet and gentle and loving. I is for the Intensity with which they watch you and listen and learn. O is for the Outstanding love and affection you get in return. R is for the Running they do now for sheer joy. S is for what else can it be but seniors the best of the best.
Ten more reasons to have a senior Greyhound around the house:
Seniors are so laid back, their younger cousins look nervous by comparison.
Seniors are so happy to find a home; they know when they have it good because it hasn’t always been that way.
Seniors already know things, like steps, windows, mirrors and, most importantly, where NOT to relieve themselves
Cleaning teeth may be optional with some seniors…no teeth.
You don’t have to worry about a senior counter surfing, it’s too much work.
Seniors turn cockroaching into a fine art.
A Senior’s eyes will light up with appreciation whenever you do anything with them.
A long walk for a senior usually doesn’t take too much time.
Three Words…Nap, Anytime, Anywhere
Adopting a senior will do as much or more for you, as it does for the senior Greyhound.
after the adoption
We are here to help you solve problems after adoption before they become larger issues. If you are an adopter and need post-adoption support, visit our Contact Us page and select Post-Adoption Support Inquiry.
FINDING A LOST GREYHOUND
Occasionally a Greyhound will get loose or go missing. The quicker a search begins, the greater chance of a successful reunion. If your hound is lost or missing, visit our Finding a Lost Greyhound page for more details.
consider a squawker
A squawker’s primary use is to “call back” a Greyhound that has gotten loose. It is often used to aid Greyhound owners who have lost a Greyhound to find and track the hound.
Springtime is the perfect time to purchase a squawker as more dogs tend to get loose in the spring and summer months, due in part to the increase in outdoor activities and backyard gates being left open by accident. The number one day of the year for the most lost dog calls is the 4th of July.
SEGA is pleased to offer squawkers to Greyhound owners to have as one tool to aid in the event you have a missing hound. Squawkers are small and fit easily into a purse or glovebox (keep one in both!).
Congratulations on the addition of a Greyhound to your family! This truly is an exciting time in your life. You have done everything you can to give your new friend the comforts of a home–a warm bed, a quiet place to sleep, toys, and lots of love. And as much as anyone hates to think about you two becoming separated, you have no doubt protected your friend by putting SEGA’s star tag and another identification tag with pertinent contact information around its neck.
But within the Greyhound racing registry, you are still not the registered owner of your Greyhound. Someone else is — someone known to the National Greyhound Association (NGA), officially recognized by the Greyhound industry as the sole registry for racing Greyhounds on the North American continent. The NGA maintains officials records of all Greyhound litters and their registered owners.
It is important for you to transfer registration of your Greyhound from its registered owner to you. That way the NGA shows you as the registered owner. Should the NGA ever be contacted by someone who has found your hound, they can help reunite you and your friend.
So take a few minutes as you are beginning to get to know each other and complete the transfer process by visiting the NGA’s pet transfer page and following the steps on their site. Don’t forget to designate Southeastern Greyhound Adoption as the pet agency to receive $10 of your registration fee.
At some point you may need to board your Greyhound while traveling. The links below are provided as a service to SEGA adopters. All of these facilities are familiar with the Greyhound as a breed. No endorsement by SEGC or SEGA of the services should be inferred from the listing of them.
The Greysitting Exchange is a group of SEGC members, who are willing to pet sit your Greyhound(s) while you are away from home. This could be for a day, overnight, a weekend or for a vacation. Read the Greysitting Brochure for more information.
Who Can Use the Exchange?
The use of the Exchange is a benefit of your membership in the Southeastern Greyhound Club (SEGC). So, plan for the unexpected and join the club today! It is not necessary to be a Sitter yourself in order to use the Exchange, though of course the more SEGC members who are willing to sit for others, the better the system works.
How Does the Exchange Work?
All SEGC members can make use of the Exchange by contacting the coordinator (see contact link below), who will provide you with a copy of the current GreySitting Exchange Roster. The Roster is arranged by city to help you locate the closest sitter. You make your own sitting arrangements. Call or email anyone on the list, depending how far you want to drive. You may want to consider meeting with the Sitter before your departure date, to be sure you are all comfortable with the arrangements.
The cost for GreySitting is $5/dog/night for fellow sitters, and $10/dog/night for other SEGC members. There is an obvious benefit to being a member of the GreySitting Exchange!
Users of the service must supply their own and their vet’s contact information, their pet’s food, treats, favorite toys, crate (if necessary), bed (maybe more than one if the Sitter has a two story home) and medications plus instructions. All dogs must be current on their vaccinations. There is a GreySitting Agreement the Sitter may ask you to sign. It is not mandatory, but you should both be familiar with the contents. A copy will be sent to you with the current Roster.
How to Become a Member of the Greysitting Exchange
Contact the coordinator (see contact link below) to have your name added to the Exchange roster. The requirements are:
You must have owned a Greyhound for at least six months.
The coordinator will provide you with the information that is needed. When your information is received and membership in SEGC is verified, you will be added to the Exchange roster and emailed a copy. This process may take a few days, so please plan ahead.
For more information about the Exchange, visit our Contact Us page and select Greysitting Exchange Inquiry.
remembering greyhounds we’ve lost
As hard as it is, at some point all Greyhounds will cross the Rainbow Bridge and leave us. Visit our Greyhounds We Have Lost page to read tributes posted by SEGC members in memory of their beloved Greyhounds.
RESOURCES AND SHOPPING
Visit our Resources and Shopping page for Greyhound links and Greyhound shopping that might be of interest. We list these links only as a service to the Greyhound community, and no endorsement by SEGC or SEGA of the products, services, or information found therein should be inferred from the listing of them.