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Rescue whippets waiting for a homeThere are many excellent whippet breeders in the local area. However, if you would like to make a big difference in the life of a dog, please consider adopting from Whippet Rescue. Here are some answers to typical questions about rescued whippets...

  • How did this beautiful dog end up in Whippet Rescue?
    Many dogs in Whippet Rescue end up there because the people who bought them knew nothing about whippets or sight hounds. People purchased the dog because it was beautiful to look at. They didn't realize that whippets can't be left alone, or that they can be highly desctuctive if kept indoors all day. They just fell in love with the dog's appearance.

  • This dog has been through several homes - why?
    Don't be alarmed if the potential adoptee has been through several homes. As you now know, whippets need a special type of home. One of our whippets went through five homes before we adopted him - yet he is the most well-behaved, loving dog we have ever had. To this day, we can't figure out how anyone could have given him up.

  • This whippet is six (or older). Will he adapt?
    Not only will the whippet likely adapt, he or she will also be grateful, and more likely than not, already house-broken. Whippets tend to mature a bit later than other breeds, so a 6-year old whippet still has plenty of energy for walking, racing, and playing with the kids. Keep in mind that the average lifespan of a whippet is between 12 and 14 years with 16 not being unusual.

  • What if things don't work out?
    If the whippet you adopt does not fit into your family or is causing problems, contact Whippet Rescue and we will take it back. However, we will want to know why things didn't work out. Don't feel that you are "on trial" it's just that we need to know about the dog's behavior and reactions to certain situation so that we can find a successful "forever home." For example, a whippet may not fit in a boisterous home with young children, but may do very well with an older couple.

How Whippet Rescue Works

If you are interested in adopting from Whippet Rescue, please download, fill out, and send in the following form.

A Whippet Rescue representative will then contact you for a phone interview. Don't feel as though they are "testing" you. Whippet Rescue simply wants to make sure that you are aware of the characteristics of the breed and have the right type of home for a whippet. There's nothing sadder than an adopted whippet ending up back in rescue because the home was unsuitable.

Upon approval, you will be "on the notification list." When a whippet comes into whippet rescue, you will receive information about it. If you are interested, contact the Kennel to set up an appointment. Whippets are adopted out on a "first come, first serve" basis.

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