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Italian Greyhound Rescue Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To find homes for rescued Italian Greyhounds and to educate the public on the care and training required by this breed.

Target demographics: Pure-bred Italian Greyhounds of all ages.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500-800+ dogs re-homed annually.

Geographic areas served: Entire USA

Programs: Finding homes for rescued italian greyhoundseducating public on care and traing required for this breedmaking dogs available for adoption

Community Stories

67 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted two boys from the Minnesota chapter and the Missouri chapter of igca rescue. All of the volunteers and the Reps that I dealt with were very kind and compassionate wonderful people. They made sure that we understood the breed and made sure that our home was safe and have been there to help with any questions that have come up since the adoption. You can tell that everyone involved has a passion for animal welfare and particularly the Italian greyhound breed. Their passion is to find the right forever home for each dog and not every home is a right fit for a particular dog. I have since become a volunteer in my state so that I can help others looking for their forever friend too.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I had a traumatic loss with our pet in May and we needed to fill the void he left. Adopted 3 Iggys from this group and we couldn't be more delighted. They all get along great with each other and my children. They are such and wonderful breed and will come back for more in the future. I thank this group and Gizmo, Ambrose and Enzo do as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 5 IG's from this group over the years. Every single experience I had adopting my dogs, from 2 different states and working with 4 total state reps, was wonderful.
I'm not sure what prompted the removal of the dogs in the very negative review on this site, but one thing stuck out to me...He says FOSTER parent..which means the dogs were not his property. They belonged to the rescue and could rightfully and legally be removed at any time for any reason.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Italian Greyhound Rescue for 5 years. Rescue is comprised of a large group of people who give their time, make phone calls, do home visits, transport and open their homes to Italian Greyhounds who are in need. The priority of this rescue is the dogs. I am a foster home, and I have fostered 4 Italian Greyhounds. I also do home visits. This is to make sure the home is both a good fit, and safe for the dog who will be placed. I follow a 6 page guideline and report, that is then sent on to my rescue representative, Heather Johnson. Dogs in foster homes, are evaluated for what the like or dislike. Rescue has the health needs of the dog taken care of at this time. All dogs are up to date on their vaccines, spayed or neutered. If the dog needs dental care, it is taken care of. Rescue wants to match the adopting family, with the dog who is in foster care. Rescue wants the adopting family to be happy, and they want the dog to be a good fit.

I am transport volunteer. I have transported dogs that are surrendered, and puppy mill dogs who are often afraid and in need. During transportation, the safety of the Italian Greyhound is the top priority. The dogs are transported in a crate. This is to keep the dogs safe and secure at all times. I have been part of a transport chain, where volunteers meet along the route to get a dog into a safe foster home.
I have also had the pleasure of adopting a sweet older Italian Greyhound from this wonderful rescue.
I recommend this rescue to anyone who is considering an Italian Greyhound.

aelee

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just adopted our second rescue, Stella, with the help of this great group. The team is incredibly dedicated and puts the animal's welfare above all else. They guide you through the process, help you understand the breed, provide helpful tips, and follow ups. We continue to be impressed and inspired by all the volunteers that help throughout the rescue and adoption process.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just adopted my second iggy from the Italian Greyhound Rescue, and I couldn't be happier! The two volunteers I've worked were very helpful during the whole process, and you could really tell how much they care about these dogs.

Both my iggies were in foster homes before I adopted them, which I like a lot. It lets the rescue get a really good idea of the dog's personality and temperament. I have two young kids and two cats, so it was important to me to find a dogs that would be okay with everyone.

I highly recommend this rescue if you're interested in adopting an Italian Greyhound!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We've had the pleasure to adopt a couple of IG's from this rescue group in the past 10 years. Our first IG was Mia, a senior who probably didn't have much hope of being adopted since she was 13 years old and "crotchety". :) We fell in love right away. She was healthy and well cared for before we adopted her, they had even made sure her dental was up to date, which can get quite expensive in senior IG's. Our second love was Tino, a 9 year old iggie. Again, they had taken great care of him. He even had to have 17 teeth removed because his mouth was so rotten. But by the time we got him he was healthy and well loved. Since the dogs are in foster homes first it was helpful to know their temperament and their likes/dislikes before we met them. The rescue group was obviously concerned with making sure the dogs went into the right homes. They even performed a home inspection and reference checks, which may seem like a pain, but we completely understand the point of it. They care about the dogs well being, above and beyond anything else. That's their role and they do a great job. Here are some pics of Mia and Tino.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my first Italian Greyhound four years ago and began volunteering immediately as I fell in love with the group. I have helped with transport and fostering throughout the past four years. I have dealt with other rescue groups in the past and I can honestly say that this rescue group is wonderful. Not only are the volunteers passionate about the dogs, the group is dedicated to the breed. I have worked with Heather Johnson for the last several years and find her absolutely ethical, compassionate, hard working and honest. I am grateful to see such dedication in her and is such a great leader. If anyone is looking to adopt an Italian Greyhound, or volunteer with the group, this is the one to work with!

REVTEC

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a foster for this rescue and have seen firsthand that they care more about the dogs than anything else. The welfare of the dogs is their primary focus, often spending thousands of dollars on a dog's healthcare and only asking a small donation during adoption. Dogs come into the rescue for a variety of reasons including puppy mills, hording, family & financial issues and many others. The reps and other fosters in the area have become a team and always have the best interest of the dogs at heart. Heather Johnson in particular has been an AMAZING rep for the rescue, coordinating transports, finding TRUSTWORTHY and HONEST fosters, and finding the BEST homes for these dogs. I do as much as I can for this rescue and I couldn't do it without the help and support of Heather. She's made countless families happy!

Client Served

Rating: 1

There are two things a person should never meddle with. One, someone else's money, and the other being someone else's animals (dogs). The later being the most important and the reason for this post. Ms. Johnson, OH Adoption Rep for The IGCA Rescue, who cannot be tagged and publicly shamed for her wrongful, negligent, and selfish actions as she has blocked me due to my numerous attempts to request contact information to her superiors so that I may voice my grievance, has not only wrongfully removed my dogs from my care, but has manipulated, and deceived the members of The IGCA Rescue, Ms. Longhouse, Head of IGCA Rescue, Ms. Woodbury, Treasurer of IGCA Rescue, Ms. Klopfer, NY Adoption Rep, and Ms. LaRochelle, IGCA Rescue Liaison, into suborning her wrongful behavior by after three weeks from my initial correspondence, and finally upon being accused of deliberate indifference, alleging that she acted according to internal policies, and without example or evidence alleging that I provided deceitful information on my application, and stating that there is nothing further to discuss. This is far from accurate, and a totally different reason than what Ms. Johnson had originally given us immediately following the removal. So which is it?

I can very well, without a doubt tell you, that in those policies, as this is a national organization, it does not say to LIE to the foster parents, MANIPULATE them into taking the dogs to North Kenny Vet Clinic so that they may facilitate the wrongful removal, or better known as KIDNAPING of the dogs, later be picked up by someone else, and claim that it was done in the dogs' best interest to make it seem proper and adequate.

It is very clear now, that outside resolution to my grievance must be found, sadly and unfortunately this is not the Wild West where one could just call the Texas Rangers whose punishment for stealing someone else's animals is being hung from the nearest tree. Above all, I wish to resolve this peacefully, but if no reply is given by the organization, appropriate legal action will be initiated. This is only a last resort, as I do not wish to harm the people involved in the rescue who are actually dedicated to helping the breed. The actions of the above mention rescue members must be exposed, and the IGCA must address this grievance, being that the rescue is a part of their organization.

Update, after my petition for the removal of Ms. Johnson, someone from inside the IGCA Rescue appears to have a moral compass after all. An anonymous individual has made some allegation that this organization has discriminated against me based on my sexual orientation.


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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our beautiful 15 year old blue and white IG Misty died from mast cell cancer in March 2015. I could not begin to imagine how lost we would continue to feel after that sad time. We finally took the step to adopt in August 2016, and found ourselves under Lincoln IG Rescue's umbrella. Lincoln's primary rep, Scott, was very responsive from the outset. This was an entirely new adventure for us, and we learned much over the months of waiting thanks to him. Lincoln IG rescue is a very careful, caring organization, much attuned to the needs of the waiting dogs and the hearts of potential adopters. Our local rep, Rebecca, visited to ensure our home was safely prepared for a new addition. When we finally were notified in December that a little 4-year old fawn was waiting for us in the Trenton, NJ, area, we immediately made plans to drive there from our Pittsburgh home. She was worth every waiting moment and every long mile. We have named her Ivy. She is loving and sweet, and is super cuddly. In addition to Scott's very professional and personal touch, I need to commend Kaylee (and Sill) for their commitment to opening their home and fostering so lovingly. Ivy is thriving because of them. What assets to the IG rescue community. We will be forever grateful to all involved.

1 Annemarie G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love this rescue... we adopted our little iggy from here and it was such an easy process!
It was very evident that the dog was well cared.
He was very loving from the start we had little to no adjustment period with him.
Placement occurred rather quickly - I expected to be waiting a few months....

Client Served

Rating: 5

Italian Greyhound Rescue Foundation helped us find a new addition to our family. They are very thoughtful when choosing a family for a rescued greyhound, communicate clearly, and are always available for questions after the adoption. I would highly recommend this team of committed and generous people. Our new addition is Kobe, and our lives will never be the same.

Cameron P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I couldn't be more pleased with the people and experience I have had with this group! The incredible work they do not only in rescue and placement, but also in outreach and follow-up is phenomenal!
They are a nationwide group and I feel lucky as a resident of Washington to have been touched by their important work.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted an Iggy from the Northwest IG rescue this summer and it was a fantastic experience. They were very supportive and made the transition very smooth for him and us! Thanks!

1 Elwira M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was a wonderful experience of adopting my iggy through the IGRF. They are very professional, informative about the breed but most of all caring abut their dogs! They review applications carefully and make sure their pupils find loving home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our IG,Ricco.,broke his right leg just above his wrist. We were devasted. We called Scott, he told us about an awesome vet in Souix City, Ia. Everything went great. Ricco, is back to running and sniffing out varmits. Thank you to the Ne. I G rescue.

Elizabeth215

Client Served

Rating: 5

Recently my full-size greyhound, Cayenne, and I were fortunate enough to work with IG Rescue Texas and to welcome Isaac into our home. I've worked with several rescue groups and even been on the Board of one over the past 25+ years and want to say that I am very favorably impressed with this organization. They did a great job of vetting me, fostering Isaac and overseeing the transition from his foster home into mine. Everyone I talked and worked with was kind as well as professional (on-time, kept appointments, etc.). They do a fantastic job and have my full support.

Jeana W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of adopting two beautiful Iggy's from IGCA Rescue of Texas. The adoption process itself with seamless, and they were always timely in their communications with me when an inquiry was made. Tammy fostered both of my babies, now Pika and Incy, and she was a wealth of knowledge that helped me ensure that their transition to my home was as easy as possible. I would highly recommend IGCA to anyone that is looking to add another Iggy furbaby to their home. I know that this was my first experience with them, but it will not be my last.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was very fortunate that Italian Greyhound Rescue Hawaii IGCA was recommended to me when I decided to adopt a rescue dog. Right from the very first contact, the organization provided me with information and advice about IGs that helped me understand the breed and make an informed decision. The thoroughness of their research and level commitment to insuring the best adoption situation for both IG and potential IG homeowner was most impressive. Since I adopted Charlie, the continued caring support for both of us has been awesome. We are indeed a lucky pair.
I was told by local dog owners that Italian Greyhound Rescue Hawaii was one of the best animal advocate organizations in the Islands, and now, having adopted through them, I am in total agreement. Hawaii is very fortunate to have this wonderful organization.