MESSAGE UPDATE: We are currently
ACCEPTING DOGS. However, we DESPERATELY NEED ADDITIONAL FOSTER HOMES. Without additional homes, we may have to turn away an IG in need.
Many people are afraid they will get too attached to a rescue dog to foster. If this is stopping you from stepping forward, PLEASE! Contact Us! We’d love to talk with you about fostering and we understand your feelings! Its true that a foster dog can steal your heart but we can assure you that there is no greater joy than giving a homeless Italian Greyhound a safe and loving place to be while they wait for a permanent family to call their own. Our ability to help IGs depends entirely on foster home space and it keeps IGs out of the concrete cages of the county shelters and The Humane Society where often, they are not chosen by families because they are too stressed to ‘make a good impression’. These shelters have to euthanize dogs they cannot place or transfer to a rescue with space available.
Will you help us have a “space available”? Will you give your heart to a homeless IG for a short while to give it another chance to find its forever home?
CLICK HERE to find other ways you can help rescue.
What is IGCA Rescue - Arizona? We are a group of rescue representatives and volunteers for IGCA Rescue in Arizona dedicated to the rescue of Italian Greyhounds in our state that have been abandoned, lost or surrendered to shelters, or owner surrendered to Rescue by owners or relatives of the owner. We are all volunteers and work with rescue because of our love for Italian Greyhounds. We are not a shelter, and all of our dogs are fostered in homes with our volunteers until their forever homes are found.
Not in Arizona? If you are not located in Arizona please visit the
IGCA web site to contact your local representative.
Is an IG right for you? Be sure to research this breed before making the commitment to own one.
Visit this site for more information on IGs. This is a very affectionate breed that loves human contact, is difficult to housebreak, and cannot be taken off-leash in an unfenced area.
Rescue dogs usually come with some baggage, either emotional or physical, and each home has to be willing to deal with a particular problem. Every dog will go through a period of adjustment in a new home, which could include potty accidents, sleeplessness, etc. and an adopter must be prepared to deal with this for weeks or months depending on the dog. Seldom do we get puppies into rescue, although it is not unheard of.
What is the adoption process? The adoption process includes an application, phone interview, reference checks and a home visit. All dogs will have complete vet care (spay/neuter, vaccinations, dentals, fix broken legs, etc.) prior to adoption.
If you are located in Arizona, please click on the image below, to print an adoption application:
The adoption donation varies based on the age of the IG:
0 - 6 months: $350
7 months - 2 years: $325
3 years - 8 years: $300
9+ years: $275
* Certain Senior IG or IGs with health issues may qualify for a reduced rate
Often we have approved homes waiting for high demand dogs, such as young females, and place the dogs before they even make it to the website. If you do want to adopt a rescue dog but do not see the right match on the website, you must complete the adoption process so that you will be approved when the right dog comes into rescue.
For Adoptions and
Questions on Applying to Adopt: Email Jason -
If you would like to apply for a specific dog in our
program, please fill out an application by clicking on the
adoption application link above. You can follow up on your
application by writing to Dawn or Jason.
Since we are all volunteers, it may take up
to two weeks for a representative to evaluate your
application and contact you for a telephone interview, which
is the first step in the application review process. If we
do not have a match in our program for you and you are
approved to adopt, we hold your application open until we
have a match. The process of finding a match could take
anywhere from two weeks to several months. Your patience and
support of rescue is always appreciated.
For IGs Needing Help (Surrenders,
Jason Epperson: email
firstname.lastname@example.org Phone #480-286-3430
Dawn Ruotolo: email
email@example.com Phone #602-494-4688, North
Paula Monarch: Central and West Phoenix #602-332-4168
Teresa Agnes: Phone #480-299-7686 East Valley
Please contact the representative closest to
you if possible. We accept dogs within the state of Arizona
only. If you are uncertain which volunteer is closest to
you, please feel free to contact anyone listed above and
they will assess your situation.
If you want to Volunteer for IG Rescue:
For any other questions: Dawn at
The donations received when an IG is surrendered or adopted
through the IGCA Rescue program are used to help cover the
costs associated for vetting incoming dogs to the program.
Often times the donations received do not cover the actual
cost of the medical care an IG receives upon entering the
program; if you wish to offer a donation to help IGCA Rescue
continue offering care and services to IGs in need through
the Rescue program, please contact