Searching for a whippet
If you have already decided that a whippet is the breed for you, the next step is deciding if you are wanting a puppy or an adult dog. Puppies are very cute, but also very demanding of time and patience. After all, puppies (especially WHIPPET puppies) can be quite intense. If you can not spend time in the early months of puppy-hood to training a new puppy, it may not be a good idea to get one. After all, it isn't fair to expect a puppy (that has been around its canine and human family from birth) to stay home all alone while you are at work.
Some people ultimately decide they don't want a puppy. They may be better suited to having an adult whippet join their lives. A whippet that is already housebroken, crate trained, and past the crazy puppy stage can be highly desirable, making it difficult to find in your area.
WRAP (Whippet Rescue And Placement) is a nationwide 501(c)(3) charity devoted to the rescue of pure-bred Whippets. They have volunteers all across the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii. Rescuers keep an eye on local animal shelters and try to bail out dogs of their breeds whenever they show up. Other dogs come directly to rescue from owners who are unable to keep them; some dogs are found abandoned. Sometimes a post on the internet leads rescuers to a dog in need. Rescue takes in dogs whose first homes did not work out or who have fallen on hard times for various reasons. Rescuers take care of their medical needs, address behavioral issues, and assess temperaments to be sure these dogs can be healthy and happy pets. Their volunteers are compassionate, caring, generous individuals who donate their time to further the safety of our beloved breed. As a result of their efforts, there are very few Whippets in rescue and there is always a waiting list for adoptable dogs. If you are looking for a whippet rescue we recommend going to their website and filling out their adoption application.
Click HERE to go to the WRAP site and learn more.
Locating an adult whippet that needs to be rehomed, can actually be quite difficult and may take time on a waiting list in order to locate the right fit for your family. We usually don't like the word "rescue" as whippets that need to find a new home are usually never in any imminent danger that they need to be "rescued."
Breeders and show people sometimes know of adults that need to be rehomed, so starting your search with some of them is always a good start. Send a friendly email and explain your situation. Approximate age (under 4, a senior, etc) and sex are not unreasonable things to look for. Specific colors and SPECIFIC or very narrow age ranges are not realistic goals, as a well bred whippet is often highly sought after.
You can also try joining the Facebook group Whippets Available in US which is run by a couple of very reputable long time whippet experts.
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