Adopt Me! Missy the Greyhound Has Beauty & Brains

04/04/2014 at 06:30 PM EDT

Adopt a Dog: Missy in South Carolina
Missy
Courtesy Joanne Johnson
Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. In honor of Adopt-a-Greyhound Month, we'd like you to meet Missy, a 3-year-old former racing dog who has been waiting too long for her forever home.

This beautiful and friendly pup comes from good stock, with both of her parents having made names for themselves on the track. Missy (short for Missing You) was adopted into a loving home shortly after she retired from racing, but sadly she was returned when the family decided they no longer had time for her.

Chalk it up to bad luck that this sweet, social dog still hasn't found the right family. Currently in the care of the Greyhound Crossroads rescue in Greenwood, S.C., Missy is described as playful, confident and interested in everything and everyone around her. She is also extremely polite, great on a leash and loves to ride in cars.

"Missy is an excellent meet and greet dog, that calmly goes up to people for love and leans in for affection," says rescue spokeswoman Joanne Johnson. "Because of this she is always a star at our events."



There are a few quirks Missy possesses that potential adopters should be aware of. She has a high prey drive and could mistake cats and small-to-medium sized dogs for bunnies, so she would do best in a home where such animals are not kept as pets. Also, she's very athletic and can jump a 4-foot fence, so an outdoor area with fences at least 6-feet high would be ideal. The rescue would consider placing her in a home without a fenced-in yard if the owners were willing to walk her with a leash.

Think Missy is what's missing from your life? Contact Greyhound Crossroads at (864) 229-2696.

Greyhounds retiring from the 22 tracks located around the country still number in the thousands, according to Greyhound Project, Inc. Visit their website to learn more about how you can help.

Click here to meet last week's adoptable pet, Gweeda.

Adopting a pet is an amazing experience – and a big decision! Before bringing a pet into your home it's important to consider your family circumstances and do your research on breeds.

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