In the Netherlands we do have regional shelters and usually the Dutch Whippetclub (includes the Italian Greyhound) is another way to find a new familymember.
But because there are not much Italian Greyhounds in the Netherlands (and surrounding countries) it's very rare that you find an IG to adopt.
Unfortunately the IG (and even more so with the Whippet) seems to become a trendy dog to have Which also means that over the last year there is an increase in IG's & Whippets that become available for adoption. Or end up in shelters and even put up for sale on advertisingsites.
The best option overhere to find an older IG is contacting the breeders. In the Netherlands we have maybe two or three IG breeders and just very few litters a year. I guess maybe three. So it takes a lot of patience
Sometimes a breeder has a retired dog that might do better in a familyhome or a dog is been placed back at the breeder's due to death of the owner or some other reason.
In Belgium there is an increase in puppymills, unfortunately they also "discovered" the IG now No paperwork, bad health, not socialised......people often don't even know what the IG is like ! They think its just a smaller version of the Whippet. Boy, are they wrong ! These IG's are often sold on and on and on, poor doggies.
And I would just love to get a "multi colour" IG, as you probably know the FCI breedstandard on the European mainland only recognises the solid IG. So if I want an Irish marked or pied IG I have to look abroad, in England or the USA.