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Our mission is to preserve and protect the unique qualities of our breed and to share our knowledge with others.
We are a member club of the American Kennel Club. The IGCA is what is known in the dog world as the "parent" or National breed" club for Italian greyhounds.
In addition to educating the public about the breed, two of the IGCA's main functions are rescue and health research.
IGCA Rescue is a club sponsored re-homing service provided for Italian Greyhounds that have been abandoned at animal shelters, taken from abusive homes, or surrendered to Rescue due to the death or divorce of the former owner. Occasionally, dogs are turned over to Rescue because the owner can no longer keep the dog and the dog was acquired from a source to which it cannot be returned.
IGCA Rescue volunteers foster these dogs in their homes, where their health and temperament are evaluated. All dogs are taken for a veterinary check-up: when necessary, vaccinations are updated, the animal is neutered/spayed, and its teeth are cleaned. Each Italian Greyhound is evaluated so that it can be placed in a home suitable to both the dog and the new owner.
Prospective adopters are required to fill out a short application and go through an interview process, including a home check. At the time of placement, the adoptee is required to sign a simple adoption contract. A donation is requested at the time of placement. The donation amount is based on the age/health of the dog being adopted. These donations are returned to the Italian Greyhound Rescue Fund to provide medical care for future rescue dogs.
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