is a striking 3-year-old black and white male placed in
Gilbert on January 10, 2012. Dante is a very shy boy who has
experienced a lot of change in his little life, including a
puppy mill background and terrifying relocation experience
to Phoenix from the Midwest before arriving in rescue. Dante
LOVES to be around other dogs, and has found his best friend
forever in Tyson, a min-pin mix who has become his permanent
sidekick through thick and thin! Dante’s new mom joined
rescue hoping to adopt, and decided to help us out by
fostering as well. She wanted to share her story and
gratitude for her new furry family member:
“Dante entered through our doors as a skeptical youngster.
Tyson and I (my rescue ‐Min Pin mix) had recently lost our
beloved IG, Grady, of 15 yrs, and were anxious to have
another energetic friend in our lives. We knew Dante might
adjust to our family a little slower than other rescues
because he had been through a lot in his young life. Meeting
him, you could quickly tell he was nervous, but his soft
eyes told me he was a loving little boy. Day one involved a
lot of hiding and some skittishness, but to my surprise, I
was given a quick kiss by day 2! And by the end of week 1, I
knew we were making great progress. Dante has been with us
for almost five months now, and I can truly say that he and
Tyson are the best of friends. I look forward to watching
them play and follow one other around, and seeing Tyson
cuddling with his new best friend is the best feeling I
could ever have asked for. We’ve learned to take walks
together and love visiting the dog park (they even try to
gang up barking at the “big” dogs together). And what’s
amazing is that Dante has even begun letting a few strangers
at the park pet him – which is a tremendous step in his
“trust” toward people. I’ve been blessed having Dante
around, and I am forever grateful to Rescue for introducing
him into our lives. Tyson and I can never thank you enough!”
is a very sweet fawn 8-year-old male placed in Mesa on
January 31, 2012. Andre joined rescue on October 23, 2012,
when his owners moved out of state and could not take him
with them. Andre’s new parents were smitten at first sight
with Andre’s website photo and bio, and a first meeting only
confirmed that special bond. In his new forever home, Andre
enjoys spending time with his new IG sister, Sable, and
LOVES to go for his daily walks. Of course he also makes
sure to get in ample “lap time” with mom and dad, who are
happy to lavish him with lots of love and attention.
Congratulations to Andre and his new forever family!
Reggie is a 2 year old black and
white IG that came into rescue on November 8, 2011 due to aggression with the
alpha male Italian Greyhound in his family.
Reggie (renamed Lucca) was adopted on February 24, 2012. He found a wonderful
home where he will be king because he is the only dog! He loves being doted on
constantly by his new mom and goes with her everywhere. He loves that she is
home most of the time because sometimes he still gets a little anxiety when left
alone. He goes for long walks a couple times a day, loves to lay in the sun and
has plenty of toys to play with and of course cherishes all the attention from
his mom and dad. His favorite thing to do at night is sit in between his mom and
dad cuddled in a blanket on the couch. He got a new bed and fitted for a sweater
and soon will be going to the dog park to socialize with other dogs.
Poor little Reggie was moved around a lot in his short life but now he truly
found his forever home!
Ricky is a blue and
white 5 year old male that came in to rescue on July 26,
2011 when his owner had to move in to assisted care
living and could not take him with her.
Ricky was adopted
on 3/29/2012. He now lives with a poodle and they get
along very well. He spends countless hours playing with
the other dog and they have become good playmates. He
enjoys playing fetch, going for long walks and
socializing at the dog park. His new owner has lots of
time to spend with him and certainly enjoys all the
Ricky spent almost
a year in rescue but it was well worth the wait for him
to find his forever home!
Rizzo is a seal and white 5 ½ year old male that came in
to rescue on December 31, 2011 due to bad potty habits.
Rizzo was adopted on March 31, 2012. Rizzo now lives
with a 4 year old Italian Greyhound named Henry and a
Schnauzer. Rizzo is doing great! He’s starting to get
more and more comfortable around the house and playing
with the other dogs. He loves his new parents and is
always seeks to please them. Rizzo developed good potty
habits when he was at his foster home and has not had
any potty accidents at his new home. Yay for Rizzo and
finding a home where he is truly loved and can give his
Lucy is a 4 year
old black and white female and Oliver is a 4 year old
red fawn brother and sister that came in to rescue on
January 21, 2012 due to a new baby and their owner could
not give them the attention they deserved.
Lucy and Oliver
were adopted together on March 30, 2012 to the same
family and did not have to be separated. They are so
happy in their new home. They respect their older
sister Fiona who is the alpha and enjoy the occasional
opportunity to view the chickens in the backyard or try
to play with one of the cats. They especially love
their little 4 year old human playmate who showers them
with lots of attention. They go for walks daily, play
with lots of toys and love to cuddle with their new
parents. Lucy has definitely taken to a her new mom and
Oliver loves being doted on by his new dad. We couldn’t
ask for a more happy ending for this little pack on to
themselves that they were able to stay together in their
new forever home!!!
Cleo(renamed Willow) is
a 6 year old seal and white female that came in to rescue on December 11,
2011 due to aggression towards owner and other dog.
Cleo was adopted on
April 7, 2012. Cleo was blind and her previous owner did not even know it.
Cleo had developed retina atrophy that comes on slowly and starts with night
blindness. By the time Cleo came in to rescue she was completely blind.
Little Cleo pulled on the heart strings of her current owners and they just
had to have her. They always had a soft spot for the special needs dogs.
Cleo is happily living in a her new home and enjoying all the other dogs she
gets to play with. When she arrived at her new home it was like she had
always lived there. She loves all the doting she gets from her new mom and
dad. They even purchased a special steps for her so she can get on the bed
with ease. Cleo never showed one ounce of aggression in foster home as well
as in her new home. She has always be such a loving little angel. We are so
fortunate that Cleo found a home where she truly does shine!!!
Romeo is a 14 year old seal and white male that came in
to rescue on April 11, 2011 when his owners surrendered him at Maricopa
Romeo was adopted on April 14, 2012. Someone knew that
this senior still had a lot of life left in him. He may be deaf but that
does not slow him down. He loves to play with the young 2 year old Italian
Greyhound that is his new sister. He is very active for an older and guy
and has the spirit of a puppy. He is constantly trying to jump on the table
to get to food something that is a no, no but he says, “Hey I am old, I can
get away with it.” He loves to lay in the sun and occasionally has been
caught playing with a squeaky toy. He gets very excited when comes for
dinner and jumps up and down. He really enjoys going for walks too.
Romeo celebrated his 15th birthday on May 1,
2012 and he could not have been more happy to have been celebrating in his
Boo is an 8 year old white male
Italian Greyhound that came into rescue on November 7,
2011 when his owners turned him in to the Arizona Humane
Society. Boo was overweight, was in desperate need of a
dental and needed to have many lumps removed.
Boo was adopted on April 14, 2012.
Boo now shares his home with many other Italian
Greyhounds. He loves to run in the yard with the other
dogs, play tug of war with toys and loves to hold a
squeaky toy in his mouth to hear it squeak. He is proud
to say that he lost 16lbs and his back to his sleek
Italian Greyhound body. Boo also enjoys cuddling with
his new parents and going for walks.
Ren is a petite 11 year old fawn
male Italian Greyhound that was turned into Maricopa
County Animal Control on June 19, 2011. When Ren was
picked up at the county pound by one of our volunteers,
you see his little teeth on the floor of the cage.
Ren was adopted April 14, 2012. Ren
had all his teeth removed and his little tongue hangs
out of his mouth sometimes that makes him look even
cuter. His new momma calls him a little ostrich. Even
though he is almost 12 years old he still loves to play
with the younger dogs in the house. He will play fight
with them and when he has enough he retires to his
favorite little bed. Ren loves to snuggle under the
covers and gets very happy when it is bed time. Due to
fact that he no longer has any teeth in his mouth, his
momma softens his food with water because he still
enjoys hard food over soft food. Ren loves the company
of the other dogs and will always welcome someone to
share his favorite snuggle bed with him. Ren is very
grateful that someone can look past his age and see that
this little senior has a lot of love to bring to their
Dusty is a 4 year old fawn male
Italian Greyhound that was turned into rescue on
December 18, 2011. Dusty and his sister Cherry were
given up due to a divorce and their owners could no
longer give them the home they deserved.
adopted on April 14, 2012. Here is a bio directly from
Dusty’s owners about their adoption. Dusty joined our
family in April of 2012. It was the culmination of a
rather lengthy search process to find a gentle, low-key
friend and companion for our current dog, Molly. He was
an instant fit; friendly and cuddly but not loud or
overbearing. When we are home, Dusty loves to be with
us. He will snuggle on our laps while we are working ,
reading or relaxing on the couch watching TV. He, along
with Molly, loves walks in the morning when it is cool
or in the evening after the sun has gone down. Between
the two of them, no bush is left unsniffed.
day, Dusty can be found in one of two places: Molly’s
bed next to the nightstand, or the couch on a comfy faux
fur blanket that he is convinced was made just for him.
some health issues that creep up every now and then. He
makes it blatantly clear when he is not feeling well.
Fortunately, with the help or our vet, Dusty is on a
great regimen that, for the most part, keeps him healthy
and happy. He appreciates a good massage and will repay
your kindness with a thousand kisses (if you let him.)
learning that an Italian Greyhound is usually the center
of attention. People think Dusty is just the most
adorable dog and lavish him with praise. One of our
neighbors has made it her life goal to help Dusty gain
weight. Usually, at the end of our evening walks, we
will stop by to visit and both dogs get a treat (Molly
doesn’t need to gain weight, but treats must be fair,
love Dusty. Nathan, who is 11 years old, thinks it is a
special treat when Dusty chooses to sleep in his bed
instead of ours. And speaking of sleeping in our bed;
Dusty is a burrower. He will find, or make space for
himself under the covers cuddled up right next to us (or
in between us.) Coincidentally, Dusty is a lot like my
teenage son, Benjamin, who can sleep until the sun is
well up in the sky: whereas Molly is like Nathan and has
to be up and at it really early. I recently made the bed
right over the top of Dusty because he just wasn’t ready
to get out of bed by the time I was ready to make the
added to the joy and love in our home in so many ways,
both in the giving and the receiving aspects. We are so
grateful to have found him.
Baby is a 9 year old blue female
that came into rescue on February 23, 2012 when her
owner passed away and the immediate family could not
Baby was adopted on April 28, 2012.
Baby was adopted to a wonderful home where she is an
only dog. She loves all the attention she gets from her
new owner and all the neighbors in the community where
she lives. She goes to the dog park every day and goes
on several walks throughout the day as well. She enjoys
cuddling with her new owner on watching tv or snuggling
under a blanket. Being spoiled is something Baby
welcomes and she deserves it too!!!
Gelato is a 5 year old male seal
Italian Greyhound that came into rescue on January 29,
2012 when his owner could no longer keep him because of
a new baby on the way.
Gelato (renamed Jasper) was adopted on May 26, 2012.
Hunter (an IG who is 9 years young) is thrilled to have
a brother because he just recently lost his best friend
and sister Abriana (an IG) to cancer. We will always
remember her and keep her in our hearts as we welcome
Jasper the newest member of the family. Jasper is so
sweet and easy going that it didn't long for him to feel
right at home in his new forever home with Hunter. They
get along great and love taking their daily stroll
around the neighborhood, especially when they see a
rabbit along the way! Of course their other favorite
times are meal time, nap time and watching a good movie
or a baseball game with mom - go Cards.
Caesar is an 8 year red male that
was turned into rescue on June 5, 2012 for biting.
Unfortunately Caesar was being bothered by the
grandchild of his owner and snipped at the child in the
face and he had to get a few stitches. Caesar had to be
put in quarantine for 8 days. As regretful as his owners
felt they could no longer keep Caesar and turned him
over to rescue.
Caesar got adopted on July 21, 2012
to his foster mom! When Caesar came into rescue we knew
he could not be placed in a home with other dogs or
small children. His foster mom who recently just lost
her beloved IG to cancer was the best fit for our
Caesar. They instantly bonded and were the perfect
match. Caesar lives in an apartment and is a very good
dog. During the day his stays well in his crate with no
accidents or barking. When his mother comes home he is
very anxious to see her. He has learned to walk well on
a leash and is learning not to be aggressive to other
dogs he see on his walks. He loves to ride in the car
and enjoys taking long car rides with his mother.
Occasionally he goes to work with his mother and enjoys
all the attention he gets at work. There could not be
more of a happy ending for Caesar!
Wrigley is a 4 year old black male
Italian Greyhound that came into rescue on July 23, 2012
when his owner abandoned him at a Petsmart. One of the
workers of Petsmart took him home and contacted Italian
Wrigley was adopted on August 2, 2012.
Wrigley is so happy in his new home. He is an only dog and
he is just fine with it. He gets to go on walks several
times a day and goes riding in his owner’s golf cart with
him. He enjoys spending all his time with his new owner and
his owner feels the same way too. Wrigley has come a long
way from being abandoned in a store to being cherished in
his forever home!
Dewey is a seal and white male 8 year old male that came
into rescue on May 29, 2012 when he was turned into the Pima
County Animal Control after he was taken from an animal
Dewey was adopted on August 12, 2012. His bio was written
directly from his new owners. Adding Dewey to our family has
been such a wonderful experience. He is the most loving and
accepting dog I've ever met. He loves to meet other people
and animals, and is never afraid to say hello to a new
friend. Dewey's manners are great, and has been very quick
to learn some of the house "rules" and commands. Dewey has a
soft spot for the women in the house. He likes to start his
night sleeping in our daughter's bed, and then will
sometimes move on from there. Everyone that meets him
immediately falls in love with him and the breed. We
couldn't have asked for a better addition to our family. We
look forward to many more years of joy with this
fantastically loving guy!
Webster is a seal and white 1 year old male that came into
rescue on May 13, 2011 because he did not get along well
with small children.
Webster was adopted on September 2, 2012 by his foster
parents. “Webbie” as they call him is just a one the
sweetest dogs. He gets along well with his 3 other siblings.
He enjoys spending his time basking in the sun, playing with
toys and constantly following is mother around the house. He
cannot wait until she gets home. He is also learning how to
behave well around small children. It took a long time for
Webster to get adopted because he did not get along well
with children but I think he wanted to stay right where he
was. Hooray for Webster and his new owners.
Bentley is a 6 month red male that
came into rescue April 16, 2012 due to his owner’s work
schedule he was left alone all day in a condo and had
too much energy for her.
Bentley was adopted just shy of his
first birthday. Bentley loves his new home. He has a
huge yard to run and play in and lots of dogs to play
with. He favorite is the toy Rat Terrier he that keeps
him busy. He even gets a few tug of war sessions in with
the senior dogs. Bentley is a bundle of energy and
constantly wants to keep busy. When he finally tires out
his favorite thing to do is cuddle on his mother’s lap.
He loves to go to the Italian Greyhound meet up groups
and socialize with the other Italian Greyhounds. He
truly is a gem and so glad he found his forever home!
Sweet Pea now 11 years old is a
seal and white male that was turned into rescue on
August 11, 2011 when he was 10 years old to the Humane
Society because his owners were losing their home to
Bubba a 10 year old fawn male was
turned into rescue on July 8, 2012 when his owner could
not afford to take care of his vet care.
Both dogs were adopted to the same
home on September 30, 2012. Bubba & Sweet Pea are so
lucky they found such a wonderful owner who knows that
seniors are great dogs. They spend their days lounging
on couch of nice big dog beds. They go for long walks
and occasionally to the dog park. They could not have
asked for a better home to spend the rest of their sweet
life. Yay for Sweet Pea & Bubba
(renamed Tuffy) is a 8-10 year old blue fawn male that
came into rescue on September 14, 2012 when he was
dropped off at the Maricopa County Pound. Small Dog
Rescue picked him up and contacted Italian Greyhound
was adopted on October 15, 2012 to his foster family.
This was their first foster and they instantly fell in
love with him. He gets along well with their other
Italian Greyhound Kona. They enjoy each other’s company
and are the same age. Kona was an only dog her whole
life and she was instantly enjoyed the company of Tuffy.
They enjoy lounging in the sun on the patio and going
for daily walks. Occasionally they to go visit their
grandmother and they get so spoiled. This is truly a
happy ending for Tuffy to find his forever home in his
Asher is a 4 month old
white and black male puppy that came into rescue on July
9, 2012 due to biting his owner. His foster family did
not experience any of that aggression. Asher had
demodex mites that was passed on to him from his mother
due to poor breeding conditions. Asher could not be
adopted for several months until this condition
completely cleared up.
Asher was adopted on
October 16, 2012 to a wonderful family that
completely adores him. He has a new brother named
Nino. He and Nino love laying in the sunny spots
upstairs. Most of the time, they love laying down
together in the same space, like a critter cube or large
dog bed. Both dogs alert the family when someone is
coming up the driveway. Asher will now welcome anyone
if he is in his mother’s arms, and he will extend his
hand in mother’s hand to the "new person" in the house.
Commands he now knows: sit or (sits automatically if
anyone holds up one finger to him, do you want a
cookie?, time for nibbies (food), lay down, kiss, do you
want to go potty out? His new family loves Asher's
beautiful wanting love-eyes, his cute personality and
coloring; but mostly the joy and love he has added to
Tonto renamed Tanto is a 10 year old red and white male
adopted November 1st, 2012 in McMinnville OR. Tonto came
into rescue February 2, 2011 when the Arizona Humane Society
called us to help him get healthy and find him a good home.
Tonto’s health had been severely neglected. When he was
turned in to the Humane Society, he was so incredibly obese
he could barely get to his feet without help and he would
tire walking even short distances. Tonto’s thyroid condition
had not been treated properly, his eyes were sensitive to
light and runny, he had trouble breathing and he had
numerous and complicated infections. After months of medical
rehabilitation, Tonto was moved to a foster home that did a
wonderful job paring off the last few extra pounds and
caring for him.
In rescue, Tonto transformed from a dog who looked utterly
miserable to open his eyes each day into a happy boy who
loves to play and has the energy of a much younger dog.
Tonto caught the eye of a previous IGCA Rescue adopter in
Oregon who fell in love with him the first time she saw his
picture. A wonderful Arizona volunteer escorted Tonto to
Oregon under his airline seat. Tonto shares his home with a
full size Greyhound, a Chihuahua, 2 cats, and 4 loving human
hands to pet him.
Below are pics of Tonto’s rescue journey: Tonto shortly
after leaving the Humane Society, Tonto after months of
Medical Rehab [clear eyed and healthy!], and best of all,
Tonto soaking up the love of his new owner. Tonto’s medical
bills ran in excess of $1700, much of which was covered by
private donors. Please consider including IGRF in your
annual charitable giving plans since our adoption fees
rarely cover the cost of vetting most of the dogs who come
into our program. Information on how to donate can be found