Welcome to the Underground
The Sighthound Underground is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and re-homing of Sighthounds around the world. Greyhounds, Galgos, Borzoi, Salukis, Afghan Hounds, Italian Greyhounds, Podencos, other Sighthound breeds and mixes are included under our umbrella. Our goal is to assist these animals wherever they may be and transport them to foster and adoptive homes in the United States and Canada.
For more information, please visit our website at http://sighthoundunderground.com or visit us on facebook at http://facebook.com/sighthoundunderground.
Adopting A Friend
Our application is available for download online at http://www.sighthoundunderground.com/files/forms/Application.pdf.
SHUG has dogs in fostercare available for immediate adoption and also facilitates adoptions from around the country and around the world. There are different fees depending on the origin of the dog, please see below. Regardless of which dog you are interested in adopting, the first step in your adoption process will be the application. Once we have received your application we will send you an email assigning an application coordinator to your request. This person will contact your veterinary and personal references, conduct your phone interview, and schedule your home check. The length of time it takes to process an application depends on everyone's availability. All of our application coordinators are volunteers and may only be able to work on your application in the evening hours. If they can't reach you or your references after three attempts we will notify you via email and put your application on hold.
Once your application has been approved, you will work with an adoption coordinator to find your perfect dog. This may or may not be the same volunteer who worked on your application. If you're interested in a dog already in foster care, it may be that dog's foster parent. If you're interested in a dog in a particular shelter overseas, it may be the person who coordinates with that shelter. Once you have selected your dog, the next step is transport.
The Sighthound Underground works both domestically and internationally to adopts dogs to homes throughout North America, so chances are your dog is probably at least a couple of hours away from you. For dogs in foster care, we prefer that you pick up your foster at their foster home. In some cases an underground railroad transport may be needed and we will do out best to help you coordinate one. For dogs traveling internationally, you may need to pick your new dog up at the airport. Most of the SHUG dogs fly into New York or Miami.
The standard adoption fee for every SHUG dog is $300. Included in this fee are vaccinations, neutering, and any other necessary vet work. Galgos, Salukis, and other dogs who have traveled to SHUG from overseas have an additional $450 transport fee. This fee includes plane fare, airline crate, and transport costs within their country of origin. Depending on the situation your dog's travel expenses may have been a little lower or a little higher but we hope by standardizing the fee we make it easier for adopters to be prepared for the costs of adoption up front. We do offer discounts on occasion for senior or special needs dogs. Please call us to discuss. We also offer a $50 discount to repeat or multiple adoptions.
Adopting a dog is a lifelong commitment--and we hope that life IS a long one. The dog you adopt through SHUG may be with you ten years or more and over the course of his lifetime you will undoubtedly spend thousands of dollars on his care. Before you adopt, please make sure you are ready to make the emotional and financial commitment every dog deserves.
Who We Are
What is SHUG?
The Sighthound Underground (SHUG) is a multi-breed rescue formed to rescue, rehabilitate, transport, and support Sighthounds around the world. Sighthounds are ancient and specialized dogs that respond to prey they see (as opposed to smell) and which they can chase down with their incredible speed. Greyhounds are perhaps the most well known of the Sighthound breeds, which also include the huge Irish Wolfhound and the tiny Italian Greyhound.
Many breeds have dedicated rescue groups, including those dedicated to re-homing ex-racing Greyhounds, and many of the volunteers with SHUG are also active in such groups. But SHUG has a broader mission – dedicated to filling in gaps in the canine safety net and providing a safe place for Sighthounds of all types being abandoned or are already in overcrowded and underfunded shelters. SHUG also steps in to move dogs from where they have been abandoned – and where they face obstacles to adoption due to a lack of community awareness or support – and bringing them to foster homes and then to forever homes in other communities. This relocation, fostering and rehoming is especially important for the Spanish Greyhounds known as Galgos, which are often terribly abused in their native country and need help being relocated to loving homes in the U.S.
So who is SHUG helping? Registered racing Greyhounds, non-registered Greyhounds, Italian Greyhounds, Galgos, Borzoi, Saluki and Afghan hounds, as well as “lurchers” and other sighthound mixes usually bred for sport hunting in rural communities.
Where is SHUG helping? Primarily the MidAtlantic region, but with a goal of linking with other national and global networks to move dogs into safe foster and forever homes.
How can you get involved?
Come Visit Us
Our adoptable animals are all being fostered in private homes and we do not keep a public shelter. If you are interested in visiting one of our dogs, please submit an application. We do attend events throughout the year and the best place to find up to date information on our public activities is on our facebook page at http://facebook.com/sighthoundunderground.
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