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Dog Rescues
In the United Kingdom


Below is a list of dog rescues, to add your rescue please contact us.

All Dogs Matter

Covers: London and surrounding areas

All Dogs Matter is a registered charity. We are a voluntary dog rescue based in London.

Our aim is to rescue and rehome dogs in and around London and surrounding areas.
The dogs who come into our care are strays, from pounds or simply dogs whose owners no longer can or want to keep!

Unfortunately, there is a growing demand for rescue services in the current climate, as more and more unwanted dogs find themselves in need of new homes. Our job is to pair each dog with the best new owner for it, ensuring that it will be safe, cared for and loved for the rest of its life.

Our work is done in three stages:
- identifying and taking on the dogs in need of help;
- placing the dogs in foster homes where they can be assessed, checking their health, microchipping, neutering & vaccinating them;
- finding a home for them.

Another important aspect of dog rescuing is education. ADM often collaborate with the local authorities to help teach responsible dog ownership and raise awareness about animal welfare. In 2010, we have visited schools in North London and we are hoping to develop that aspect of our work in the months to come.

ADM are a team of passionate dog-lovers. We work hard to help rescue as many homeless dogs we can. We could not do so much without the help of our volunteers, be they foster carers, drivers, home-visitors. We are also grateful for the donations we get for the dogs (money but also food, toys, collars, leads and blankets ...). We always welcome help in any form, so if you think you could give the dogs a little time and help in any way, we would be happy to hear from you.



Contact Name:

Telephone: 020 8341 3196 or 07904 472 678


Animal Concern Cumbria

Covers: Cumbria

Animal Concern Cumbria is based on a rural site outside Egremont, Cumbria. Founded in 1971 it has grown into an established Charity dedicated to supporting and caring for animals in need. We offer a secure and caring environment for animals whose owners, for whatever reason, are unable to care for them any longer and help them find permanent, loving homes along with providing support and guidance for owners who wish to keep their animals.

Some residents may need medical treatment, rehabilitation or a bit of extra care before being adopted into their furever home. Our animal care team support and work with the animals daily ensuring their needs are met by providing individual care plans to suit each animal.

The staff and volunteers:

offer enrichment and learning to help the animals adapt to different situations and environments
raise awareness and promote animal welfare and responsible pet ownership
provide support for owners and pets
educate and work within the community to support and teach animal welfare
advocate and encourage positive reinforcement training, let them sniff and smiling leads

We also run our Peppa's Pot Campaign, working with Vets helping animals in our community who need assistance towards medical attention and treatments. See Peppa’s page for more about her fund and how you can donate.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 07712 330 829 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)


Animal Helpline

Covers: Most areas of the UK

We are based in Peterborough, but have volunteers in many areas and will re-home dogs to a good home almost anywhere in the country.
We rescue unwanted dogs and puppies, and rehome to new loving homes.
Thousands of unwanted dogs, strays and pound dogs have found their way through our kennels during the 30 years we have been rescuing dogs.
You are very welcome to visit our kennels by appointment.


Contact Name: Teresa or Sue

Telephone: 07709 036103.


Animal Rescue Cymru

Covers: West Wales

We are a small, independent rescue charity, (as seen on T.V.),based on the beautiful west Wales coast, and our sole aim is to rescue and re-home domestic animals. We do this with the aid of a small band of dedicated volunteers and experts whose sole aim is the welfare of animals.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 0345 4755958


Animal Rescue, Hertfordshire

Covers: Hertfordshire

The animal rescue charity was founded in 1990 by mother and daughter Jan Rose and Fiona Piggott after taking in strays from the local police dog pound. News travelled fast and soon waifs and strays where being left on their doorstep. Desperate funding and a more suitable home for these animals initiated the creation of the Charity, now affectionately known as “the small charity with a big heart” . Our aims and objectives are as follows:

To provide a safe haven (sanctuary) for neglected, unwanted and abandoned animals and wherever possible to treat and re-habilitate all animals including wildlife; sanctuary as we see it being a place of protection; a refuge.

Our aims are:
• To overcome the pain and suffering previously endured, with kindness and understanding.
• To treat animals with respect and compassion.
• To be aware that because animals cannot speak for themselves we must be their voice.
• To allow animals to live their life without fear or exploitation.
• To run a rehabilitation programme, which ensures that any animal leaving us will be well cared for and afforded the affection so desperately needed in order to thrive.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 01279 501547


ARC Animal Rescue Centre

Covers: Devon

RC Animal Rescue celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012. Originally started by Mrs
Shrimpton and Miss Topsy Hindley, the official title is "Sidmouth Animal Welfare and Animal Rescue Circle". Another local charity known as Leap, "The League for the Encouragement of Animal Protection" was incorporated into ARC when its founder member died and ARC inherited the responsibility for their remaining animals and their funds.

Our purpose is to provide rescue, relief and re-homing for lost, unwanted and abandoned
domestic animals in the area. Some 40 years later Miss Hindley remains one of the charity's trustees and continues to be a driving force behind ARC and an inspiration to all.

Much, however, has changed since those early days. The growth of local towns and the
pressures of modern living have all played a part in ensuring that ARC is as busy now as it
ever was. ARC has forged links with other organizations on a local and national level and is
often called upon to help other charities re-home domestic animals which might otherwise be destroyed.

Since opening the new centre on 27 May we have almost doubled our re-homing of dogs.
This obviously is very gratifying but also means we need to continually raise funds to pay
our staff and the ever increasing veterinary bills. Some of the dogs we are taking in need
considerable veterinary treatment, often due to neglect.


Contact Name: Crystal

Telephone: 01404 815487


Ark Animal Rescue and Retirement Home

Covers: Lincolnshire

We rescue all types of dogs as well as looking after dogs that are unsuitable for rehoming due to illness or other problems.


Contact Name: Barbara

Telephone: 01507 358140.


Arundawn Dog Rescue

Covers: UK

Arundawn Dog Rescue is based near Horsham, West Sussex. We mainly focus on providing rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming for council pound strays who have served their obligatory 7 days and are facing euthanasia, through no fault of their own. We work with dog wardens, the police and other rescues to assess dogs in need and ensure that they find the right home for their temperament, energy levels and breed. We have built up a good reputation over many years now as a reliable and professional dog rehoming facility, with families adopting more than one Arundawn dog over time and many homed through recommendation. Arundawn was founded many years ago by Elaine Barter, the daughter of a veterinary surgeon and a bacteriologist. With this background and her exposure to animals needing help, Elaine began taking in stray and abandoned dogs when she was 19 years old. Some have been severely abused. Some are looking for new homes due to changes in their owners circumstances, and some through total ignorance and neglect.

Arundawn rescues dogs from council facilities across the country - in some cases working with kennels who will euthanize as a matter of course normally after 7 days served. Arundawn also works with many families locally who have faced changes to personal circumstances - ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the dog both immediately and in the future. In other cases we have succeeded in providing valuable assistance and guidance for the animal to remain in their home where possible.

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Contact Name:

Telephone: 07736049390 or 01403 891687 Monday to Saturday: 11 am - 6 pm


Ashbourne Animal Welfare

Covers: Derbyshire

Ashbourne Animal Welfare operates The Ark Rescue and Rehoming Centre for unwanted and stray cats and dogs. We provide TLC as well as any necessary veterinary care prior to adoption, we always neuter and we promote responsible pet ownership. The charity was formed in 1988 and has helped over 8000 animals to date.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 01335 300825


Babbington Rescue

Covers: Nottinghamshire

The rescue was founded in 1993, has a non-destruction policy and has on average more than one re-homing a day. All dogs are fully vaccinated and we now offer an ID chipping service. Home checks are carried out prior to re-homing. The rescue is financed by voluntary contributions.


Contact Name: Tom & Sam Sanderson

Telephone: 0115 9324576


Bark Inn Kennels

Covers: West Midlands

Aldridge/Walsall is where you can find Bark Inn Kennels run by Michelle and her team who continually strive to provide a tranquil, safe, cosy environment for the greyhounds in our care.

On the 20th December 2009 Bark Inn kennels opened its doors to its first four legged guest Max and the rest as they say is history thou we have experienced highs and lows we have gone from strength to strength this is due in part to the Owners who board their wonderful family members with us and the hard work care and commitment of Michelle who sets the standard everyone involved with kennels needs to meet.

Bark Inn Kennels is a business run for the benefit of greyhounds, the boarding side pays for the day to day costs of the kennels and allows us to fund the newly established Bark Inn Greyhound Rehoming Centre through which we care for and home those greyhounds that come to us.

We receive no external funding or grants, working with other organisations or individuals when we can to help care for greyhounds. Everything we do at the kennels is with the welfare of the greyhounds in mind. All funds we raise from the sale of Arkwrights complete food and Greyhound and Lurcher food, sale of toys, leads and from walks and other fund raising events goes towards the cost of veterinary treatment of the greyhounds in need of forever homes.

We aim to provide the best care at a reasonable price for all our boarders without whom we could not do all that we want for this magnificent breed.

The re-homing page on the website is


Contact Name: Michelle Owen

Telephone: 07828 609201 or 07478270852


Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

Covers: Nationwide

We aim never to turn away a dog or cat in need of help. We reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners; when we can’t do this, we care for them until new homes can be found for them; and we educate the public about responsible pet ownership. Every year the Home cares for over 10,600 dogs and cats.

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Contact Name:

Telephone: 020 7622 3626 - London, 01784 432929 - Old Windsor, 01474 874994 - Brands Hatch


Bay Tree Rescue and Boarding Kennels, Cyprus

Covers: Cyprus

Bay Tree Rescue kennels in Cyprus rescues and finds new homes in Cyprus and in other parts of Europe, including the UK, for all breeds of dogs.


Contact Name: Kayte

Telephone: 00357 97648568


Birmingham Greyhound Protection

Covers: Birmingham

We are a non-profit organisation dedicated to the rescue & rehoming of greyhounds in need. We are based in Birmingham.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 07572296780


Block Fen Rspca Rehoming Centre

Covers: Cambridgeshire

Here at Block Fen most of the animals have been rescued from neglect and bad treatment by their previous owners. When they come to us they are often nervous of strangers. We spend weeks, sometimes months, looking after them and preparing them for a new life and a second chance.

We look after cats, dogs, rabbits and other domestic animals - at any one time we are caring for over 150 animals.

RSPCA Block Fen Animal Centre was built in 2003 on approximately 70 acres near the village of Wimblington in Cambridgeshire. We are able to accommodate 63 dogs, 72 cats, 32 rabbits and various other small animals, poultry and farm animals.

We are in a rural location and Sat Nav isn't always reliable using our postcode. We suggest you use PE15 0PL. This will take you to the bottom of our lane. Keep coming up the lane for roughly 1.5 miles, the centre is on the right hand side just after the entrance to North London Parachute Centre.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 0300 123 0726


Brambleberry Greyhounds

Covers: Peterborough and surrounding area

Brambleberry is a branch of the Retired Greyhound Trust (reg. charity No: 269668) which is located in the Peterborough area. We started rehoming 27 years ago, and moved to our present location 8 years ago to provide space for our expanding kennels. There are about 45 dogs available for re-homing at any one time, of all ages and colours.
Brambleberry is run by Sharon Saberton. She is a trainer and rehomes all of her own dogs but also takes in dogs from other trainers when she can (this obviously depends on kennel space). Non-chasers, non-starters, retired racers, ex-brood bitches and elderly returns have all been rehomed through Brambleberry. Sharon is very proud to be able to say that she has never had any dog put to sleep unless it was the right thing to do, as advised by a vet for medical reasons.


Contact Name: Sharon

Telephone: 07843 655003


Bruno's Animal Haven

Covers: Nationwide

Welcome to Bruno's Animal Haven - we are a small but dedicated rescue passionate about helping animals in need. All of our staff are volunteers and no one takes a salary. We all work for the passion of saving dogs and cats who have been let down and abandoned for whatever reason by humans.

We take mainly dogs from council pounds that otherwise might be put to sleep due to lack of space they spend 7 days waiting for their owners to come and get them if they do not, then the pounds can and often do put to sleep many dogs. We take on these dogs and others who are often overlooked by others including rescues. We have a no kill policy and believe every dog or cat deserves that special loving forever home and until they find that we give them the very best care we can either in a foster home or in one of our very special kennels.

Each year approx 10,000 dogs are killed due to being handed in or dumped and picked up as strays and never claimed. If it wasn't for rescues like us taking in pound dogs in there would be many many more killed each year due to lack of space.


Contact Name:



Cardiff Dogs Home

Covers: South Wales

Cardiff Dogs Home takes in and finds homes for dogs all over south Wales.

Cardiff Dogs Home operate a re-homing procedure which aims to find the best possible home for each dog in our care.

All our dogs will have been vaccinated, wormed and checked with our own vet.
The adoption fee, includes micro chipping, first vaccinations.


Contact Name: Maria

Telephone: 02920 711243


Carla Lane Animals In Need

Covers: Liverpool and surrounding areas

We are Carla Lane Animals in Need Liverpool a rescue of over 40 years, We Rescue Rehabilitate and Rehome dogs, cats and other animals.

We promote responsible pet ownership vaccinating, microchipping and neutering all of our animals. We have a no destruction policy. We take animals from homes that are needing to be re-homed but the majority of our dogs are from stray dog pounds where they have served there 7 days as an unclaimed stray, and are now due to be destroyed.

We believe that all animals are equal and no animal or breed is discriminated against. We LOVE bull breeds and encourage dog lovers to give a rescue bull breed a chance, there is a perfect rescue dog out there for everyone. Each one comes with there own love, personality and wiseness, not to be matched.


The majority of our dogs coming from stray dog pounds they are unable to be re-homed with children under 10 as we have no history on them. Our insurance policy does not allow us to re-home any dog with children under 5.

We also assess each of our dogs and give them a colour code based upon the results of the assessment. Our colour codes are Green, Amber and Red. Green dogs have shown no abnormalities. Amber dogs have slight abnormalities and Red dogs have severe abnormalities and are not currently up for re-homing, they will have intense training and socialization plans until they can be reassessed and downgraded.

Each dog that leaves the sanctuary has individual recommendations based upon the assessment and based upon the new owners family unit and circumstances.

If you would like to give a home to one of our dogs, please contact us at


Contact Name:

Telephone: 0151 549 0959


Carr House Rescue Centre

Covers: Yorkshire

Our reputable dog rescue centre finds loving homes for stray dogs taken off the streets of Hull, East Yorkshire, by the council’s dog wardens. Established since 1994, our family-run kennels have taken in abandoned dogs and provided a safe haven for them, regardless of their breed.

We are constantly seeking new, loving homes for our rescue dogs, so if you would like to know more, you can either give us a call or e-mail us at


Contact Name:

Telephone: 01482 701738


Castledon Kennels Greyhound Rescue

Covers: Essex

Castledon Greyhound Rescue provides a sanctuary for Greyhounds in need in the UK. Greyhounds come to us as retired racers, from shelters, as strays, and from owners who need to give up their dogs due to changing life circumstances such as: relocation, financial hardship, divorce, illness, or death.

Castledon Greyhound Rescue provides the animals with veterinary care, spay/neuter, vaccinations, high quality food, love, and placement into a home for life under a contract that dictates their humane care


Contact Name: Jodie

Telephone: 01268 733293


Celia Cross Greyhound Trust

Covers: Surrey, South East England

We rescue, rehabilitate and rehome abandoned, sick or ill-treated greyhounds and lurchers in our kennels near Guildford in Surrey. Until they find their new home, our dogs have a safe and loving place to stay. Wherever possible they are kennelled in pairs, the beds are large and soft and the kennels have heat lamps and outdoor runs. The dogs have daily supervised access to a large secure field and volunteers also take the dogs for longer walks in the beautiful countryside. We also have an onsite treatment room and isolation room. All dogs are neutered and micro chipped before adoption and all potential owners have a home visit assessment. In 2011 we won the Wetnose Award for the Best Breed Specific Animal Rescue. We were founded in 1970 after the late Celia Cross found her first abandoned greyhound which had been left to die in a disused barn and have been a Registered Charity since 1993 and rely entirely on the fundraising activities of our supporters. Open 7 days a week 11:00 to 2:00 Mondays to Fridays: call for an appointment and no appointment necessary at weekends.


Contact Name: Jane Thompson, Kennel Manager

Telephone: 01483 222 832


Celias Greyhound Rescue (Fife)

Covers: Central Scotland and the border counties

Celia's Greyhound Rescue is a small sanctuary for Greyhounds situated near the village of Kinghorn in Fife, Scotland. It is run by Celia and Jimmy and always has a number of lovely Greyhounds available for rehoming, plus sadly, a constant waiting list of incoming dogs.


Contact Name: Celia and Jimmy

Telephone: 01577 850393 or 07826 244765


Cheshire Sighthound Rescue

Covers: Cheshire

We are a small not-for-profit organisation run by just a handful of volunteers. Our aim is to help rehome Sighthounds in need. We often get Greyhounds that have been retired from racing, and other Sighthounds that have been relinquished from their previous owners for any number of reasons.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 07825545567


Clarks Farm Greyhound Rescue

Covers: Essex

We are Clarks Farm Greyhound Rescue, a registered charity based near Maldon in Essex. We work in association with the Retired Greyhound Trust (Maldon & Tiptree Branch) and Friends of Crayford Retired Greyhounds. We take in retired greyhounds that for one reason or another have finished their racing careers. We are actively involved in retired greyhound homing, trying to find loving homes for as many of the retired greyhounds who find their way to us as we can.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 01621 788315


Derby and District RSPCA

Covers: Derby and District

The Derby & District RSPCA is an independently-funded Branch of the RSPCA. Our Branch is run by a committee of locally elected volunteers who are responsible for the management and administration of the branch's affairs.

We rehome animals at our Animal Centre, promote responsible pet ownership and offer advice and guidance to members of the public.

We take in dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and a variety of small furries, and we never put a rehomeable animal to sleep.

Some of our animals have had an extremely difficult start in life and they all really deserve a chance at a loving home.


Contact Name: Lucy

Telephone: 01223344620


Dogs Friends

Covers: Bristol and Bath areas

Welcome to Dogsfriends and thank you for visiting our website.

Every year we find better homes for hundreds of dogs in the Bristol and Bath areas. The dogs requiring our loving care and attention cover every breed and come to us from a variety of backgrounds such as puppy farms, strays, unwanted pets and ‘last chance’ pounds.

The fact that you are reading this means that you too care for the welfare of dogs, so would you like to help us in some way? Perhaps by adopting one of our dogs, making a donation or volunteering to assist us in the many ways suggested on our ‘How to Help’ page?

But whatever the reason for your visit we look forward to hearing from you. Click here to contact us or here to connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 0845 6014644


Dogs In Need

Covers: S E England

Operating largely in the Southern Counties, we seek to place unwanted dogs in suitable new homes, currently homing an average of 3 to 4 dogs per week. Dogs come to us in two ways. Their present owners choose to contact us because they no longer wish to keep their dog, typical causes being illness, emigration, marriage break-up, the dog’s behavioural problems (often because the owners work and leave the dog alone), allergies and even the imminent arrival of a baby. We also take dogs from Pounds in areas with major stray problems, particularly Eire.

NOTE: We only home dogs in the Southern Home Counties


Contact Name: Debbie

Telephone: 01306 621316 and 07778 1591150


Dogs Trust Canterbury

Covers: Kent

Dogs Trust has been in Kent since 1999 when we took over the site in the small village of Chestfield outside Canterbury. We refurbished the site in 2000 and opened to the public with 24 kennels allowing the centre to care for up to 40 dogs at any one time. In 2009, we expanded the centre and now have 38 kennels and can care for up to 70 dogs and puppies on site.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 01277 792505


Dogs Trust Manchester

Covers: Manchester

Dogs Trust Manchester threw open its doors on 23 October 2014, making it our 21st rehoming centre and our first in Greater Manchester.
The opening of the centre was only made possible thanks to the generosity of our supporters – and what an achievement! The state of the art centre includes air-conditioned, under floor heated kennels, outdoor exercise areas with sandpits and water fountains, a full veterinary/surgical suite, an indoor agility ring and training hall, plus a café with a viewing balcony so potential rehomers can see the dogs having fun outside.

Our team of 40 dedicated canine carers, training and behaviour specialists and veterinary staff, as well as our fantastic volunteers, are all on hand to give the dogs the best care possible whilst they await their new forever homes.

Our Supporter Relations Officer's (SRO), Lucy Marsh and Louise Campbell, can offer free talks to community groups and organise tours of the rehoming centre.

We look forward to seeing you – you’re sure to be greeted by a friendly smile and lots of waggy tails!

Check out all our news below and follow us on Twitter @DT_Manchester.


Contact Name: Tracey

Telephone: 0161 337 3600 ext 1966


Dogs Trust Merseyside

Covers: Merseyside and surrounding areas

Based in Huyton, Dogs Trust Merseyside has a dedicated team that help hundreds of dogs find much-needed homes every year. We're really grateful for our fantastic supporters who help us keep caring for these dogs.

If you have any rehoming queries or want to know more about a particular dog, please call the centre on 0151 480 0660.

We never put a healthy dog down, so Sponsor Dogs Lexi and Kara help us make sure we're there for every dog for as long as they need us.

Our address is Whiston Lane, Huyton, Liverpool, L36 6HP and we are open from 12:00 - 16:00 Monday - Sunday. We are closed on Wednesday.
Our phone line is open from 8am – 8pm Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm Sat & Sun.


Contact Name: Vicki

Telephone: 0151 480 0660


Dorset Animal Workers

Covers: Dorset

Dorset Animal Workers Group is a rescue organisation local to the Poole/Bournemouth area run by Helen Griffiths and a group of dedicated volunteers. We are a non-profit making group and we all give our time, open our houses up as doggie accommodation and offer our cars as doggie taxis freely. All our dogs are kept in home and family situations with fosterers who have very kindly offered their help. From here they are placed in new homes.
We are always looking for good, responsible homes for our dogs, but prefer to re-home within a 25 mile radius. Every potential new home will be homechecked by one of our homecheckers who will be looking for a securely fenced garden.
If you think that you have the time, patience and a good home to offer one of our dogs please contact us.

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Contact Name: Helen Sanders

Telephone: 01202 380467


Dorset Greyhound Rescue

Covers: Dorset

Dorset Greyhound Rescue is based in Weymouth, however we are a sister branch of Clarks Farm Greyhound Rescue in Maldon, Essex. All our dogs go to Clarks Farm in the first instance where they will be assessed and recieve all/any veterinary treatment required (including neutering, vaccinations and microchipping). All dogs featured on this website are available for rehoming from both Clarks Farm Greyhound Rescue and Dorset Greyhound Rescue.

All our dogs are neutered, micro-chipped, innoculated and have 4 weeks free pet insurance. They also come with a leather collar and lead, muzzle and bowl.

All our greyhounds are assessed prior to being homed and we always try to ensure that
we match the right dog to the right home environment.

At any time after you take your greyhound home we are available for advice and any
queries by phone and e-mail.


Contact Name: Steve or Claire

Telephone: 01305 834841


Dumfries and Galloway Canine Rescue Centre,Dovecotewell, Glencaple Dumfries

Covers: Dumfries and Galloway and the surrounding area

This new re-homing centre opened on 1 March 2003 and re-homed 20 dogs in the first month. The rescue's volunteers help all sorts of dogs - lots of border collies, also greyhounds and lurchers, and works closely with Dumfrieshire Greyhound Rescue.


Contact Name: Manager - Fiona Brightley

Telephone: 01387 770210


Dumfriesshire and Cumbria Greyhound Rescue

Covers: South-west Scotland, Cumbria and the North-East

We rehome sighthounds throughout South-West Scotland, Cumbria and the North-East. During the last 4 years we have found homes for 214 greyhounds, lurchers, whippets and a Sloughi.


Contact Name: Arthur, Viv or Marion

Telephone: Arthur on0845 3451148 (Lo-call) or Viv on 01899 880269


Erin Hounds

Covers: Cheshire, although we do re-home outside Cheshire, subject to a home check.

Erin Hounds has been set up in the Cheshire area to help a few of the many abandoned and neglected sighthounds that fall on hard times in Ireland.

Why do Irish dogs need help at all? Well, Ireland has many issues with companion animal welfare, far to complex to go into detail here, but as a result of basically overbreeding and uncontrolled breeding of dogs in general, and often irresponsible ownership, many, many thousands of young, healthy dogs are routinely destroyed in Irish dog pounds and by vets, simply for being unwanted. The only hope for many of these dogs is if they are fortunate enough to come across one of the few splendid groups who try to assist with responsible homings in Ireland or to find themselves with a space in a rescue group in other European countries which have a much better animal welfare record.

Erin Hounds simply focuses on Sighthounds, predominately lurchers, as they are the dog 'of choice' for the founding members. Greyhounds and Lurchers have a particularly hard time of it in Ireland because of the vast number of dogs bred for the racing industry. Some of the many, many thousands of unwanted Greyhounds often find themselves in the hands of lurcher breeders, looking to breed commercially and sell the dogs as working dogs. As with the racing Greyhounds, many dogs are bred simply to try and obtain 'the one', all the rest are simply cast offs in man's motivation of greed.

The whole issue has many deep facets that can only be touched on briefly here. The basic nitty-gritty is that Ireland breeds more dogs than it can ever imagine homing. These dogs have no future unless it is outside of Ireland. We, at Erin Hounds, are just trying to be another cog helping a few more hounds.

Where do our Hounds come from?
Most of the hounds that come through the hands of Erin Hounds will have come from the West of Ireland, mainly from the Province of Connacht (Erin - meaning out of Ireland). Usually they are lurchers and often, but not exclusively, young dogs.


Contact Name: Sue Coldock, Pat Horton, Victoria Lyon (Ireland)

Telephone: Sue 01928 714558, Pat 01928 735721, Victoria (Ireland) 00353 9496 59276


Essex Greyhound Rescue

Covers: South and south east of England

Julie re-homes ex-racing greyhounds and also many that have never raced. Many of the greyhounds that have shown no interest in racing are OK to go to homes with cats.

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Contact Name: Julie at

Telephone: 0796 7327544


Evesham Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue

Covers: Evesham and surrounding area. please see the website for full details of areas covered.

Evesham Rescue finds homes for many lurchers and greyhounds and is currently has an appeal for help to raise funds to bring lurchers over from Ireland, where the situation for these lovely dogs is far worse than here.


Contact Name: Pip or Linda

Telephone: 01386 853971 or 0121 2584510


Ferne Animal Sanctuary

Covers: Somerset and surrounding area that is within a 40 mile radius of the sanctuary at Chard

Ferne Animal Sanctuary is a charity (Charity number 1164350). We receive no government funding and rely on fundraising through grants and donations. We rescue and re-home animals within a forty mile radius of the sanctuary. We will rehome further for the right home and if it’s a needy long stay dog.

Ferne Animal Sanctuary was founded by the late Nina, Duchess of Hamilton & Brandon at the beginning of the Second World War. Her aim was to provide a temporary refuge for the animals belonging to service men and women who were shipped abroad to fight. Inevitably at the end of the war many owners failed to return to collect their pets and so the story of Ferne Animal Sanctuary began.

80 years later the Sanctuary is still acting as a refuge for animals of all shapes & sizes from across the county and beyond. It is perhaps sad that there is still a need for an organisation like ours and that this need gets greater year on year however we are exceptionally grateful that through generous donations & volunteer support we are still able to fulfil this vital role. We hope the Duchess would approve!

Registered Charity number 1164350


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Finding Furever Homes

Covers: Nationwide

Finding Furever Homes (FFH) is a registered charity set up in 2013 by Andrea Newton with 3 main aims:

1. Find loving furever homes for rescue dogs in need

2. Organise fundraising to support rescue costs

3. Raise awareness of the growing problem of unwanted dogs in the UK

FFH works with smaller dog rescues located throughout the UK. Many of these small rescue centres receive very little support or funding, whether that is hands on volunteering, dog walking, home checks, transportation or – most importantly – helping them to re-home dogs in need.

FFH fundraises so we can support these rescue centres to cover the cost of veterinary bills and medication if needed.

Through campaigning in the press and online using social media we help to find these dogs furever homes with loving owners.


Contact Name: Andrea



Foal Farm Animal Rescue Centre

Covers: Kent

Foal Farm animal rescue centre is a registered charity based at Biggin Hill in Kent. Its aim is to take in as many sick, distressed and unwanted animals as possible and restore them to health and happiness.
The animals are kept on a 26 acre farm where they are neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and given any other medical assistance necessary.
Dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals are then placed in secure and loving vetted homes.
Open 1.30pm - 4.30pm every day except Tuesday
A registered charity operating a non-destruct policy.


Contact Name: Sarah

Telephone: 01959 572386


Foredown Kennels

Covers: Devon, Cornwall and Dorset

Foredowne Boarding Kennels & Cattery is a family run business that employs and trains qualified kennelling assistants to ensure that your animal has a safe and pleasent stay in our care. As well as taking in boarders, we also take in strays and find homes for them.

We are based in the rural heart of Devon, close to the village of Kingskerswell and between the towns of Torquay and Newton Abbot. We are within easy reach of the M5 & A38.


Contact Name: Jo

Telephone: 01803 872260


Forever Hounds Trust

Covers: England and Wales

Adopting a hound during national lockdown, effective from 5th Jan 2021.

We are still able to home dogs that have been assessed and matched to the most suitable homes based on the following:

– All dog must be delivered to the new home by a member of Forever Hounds Trust who will have PPE and using strict social distancing measures

– We will prioritise local rehoming opportunities to avoid long journeys where possible

– If the most suitable home offer is outside of the region where the dog is located, we can in some cases transfer the dog to the nearest region located to the home, providing it is within the welfare interests of the dog

– Forever Hounds Trust staff and volunteers engaged to deliver a dog will be easily identifiable with letters of authority and in Forever Hounds Trust uniform.

– We will where possible introduce our dog to a potential new owner or foster carer using video calling facilities or equivalent.

We will plan ahead with the new owner or foster carer to:

Agree how to carry out the delivery safely.
Book the appointment date and time.
Deliver the dog in a secure way and which allows for the new owner to meet the dog whilst maintaining at least a two-metre distance between staff and the new owner/s.
Minimise any time spent in the owner’s premises and handovers will take place in a secure outdoor environment.

New owners need to have purchased everything they will need in terms of equipment for the animal and a reasonable supply of food and bedding (e.g. to cover a period of at least 14 days if they need to isolate themselves) before they get an animal.
Where there is a resident dog and we need to have more than one meeting and interaction assessment this will have to be deferred until the current restrictions are lifted. This is to ensure that safe handling and mixing can take place.
In the event of an unsuccessful rehoming or foster the dog will need to be collected and returned to the rescue centre, in accordance with our planned collection and intake procedure.

We regret that we currently are unable to check any of our dogs for their ability to live with a cat, and so for the time being are unable to accept any home offers with resident cats or other small, furry creatures.

Please note we will continue to accept urgent Forever Hounds Trust dog returns where there is a safety or welfare concern.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 03000 125 125 Monday to Friday, between 9am and 4pm


Four Paws Animal Rescue

Covers: Across the UK

We are a small independent charity in south Wales who try to help any animal in need - those that are unwanted or in danger. Primarily, however, we tend to take in and rehome dogs, which is where our expertise is. However, when we do receive cats and other small animals we may enlist the help of other more specialist rescue organisations if we can't rehome them ourselves. We pride ourselves in a non-destruction policy. As far as possible we try to foster dogs in a home environment where they can be assessed and cared for without the stresses of kennels. All our animals receive veterinary care if needed, are vaccinated, wormed, flea treated, and if old enough they are neutered. All prospective new owners are homechecked.

We can only do this with your continued support and are in urgent need of local foster homes and fundraisers, even if it's just spending an hour helping at a Meet & Greet. Find out more on our volunteering page or maybe join our forum

Some of the dogs that we rehome come to us from the local pound. The pounds that we work with have a Put-To-Sleep policy if we are unable to help them. This makes the task even harder, if we do not have spaces ourselves we will work with other rescues to give this poor dogs a chance of a happy life. We also rehome a number of dogs and cats that have been handed in privately to us.

We rehome dogs across the UK as long as we can find someone in your area who can perform a home check and you are prepared to travel to where the dog is fostered.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 07538 398319


Freshfields Animal Rescue

Covers: Liverpool and surrounding area

Freshfields animal rescue is a non profit making charity caring for abandoned, abused and unwanted animals. We act as a temporary refuge and sanctuary for an endless cycle of animals in need of help.

Our aim is for the misery to stop once they reach us, with each animal receiving the food, medication, socialisation and the love it needs.

Our ultimate objective is to find the right new home & family for each of our charges as quickly as possible!

If you are able to offer an animal a home please browse our site to see the animals in our care.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 0151 - 931 - 1604


Futures For Dogs

Covers: Based in Kent but also re-homes in Sussex, Surrey and Essex.

Futures for Dogs is a small voluntary non profit making rescue based in Kent. We do not have kennels, but we foster in our homes. We help dogs (and even some cats) from both the UK and Abroad. All our dogs are fostered in private homes by volunteers. We also work with other rescues we are involved with, to help place dogs in their care and on their behalf.

Futures for Dogs is the result of over 30 years rescue work.

Our rescue is so named as it was set up to try and help give a better future for dogs. Primarily we rehome dogs supported by fundraising. We work with and help other small non profit making rescues and individuals within the UK & Ireland and the hundreds of rescue dogs who, through no fault of their own, entered their doors each year. Many have been abused or neglected and dumped because they are no longer wanted. The cruelty and unjustifiable way that they have been treated is endless.

We are a voluntary non profit making rescue and where possible will, at some of our events, try to continue to raise funds for other rescues and invite other rescues to join in at events.

Over the years we have also helped some other rescues with donations of money, medication, toys, blankets etc. whilst also raising funds for the abuse cases in our care.

Some of our dogs can be seen on our abuse section. Please do visit and see the wonderful work done by all the Futures For Dogs volunteers.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 07951769118


Galgos Del Sol

Covers: Spain, the US, Belgium, Finland and the UK,

In 2007, Tina Solera, her husband and two young children moved to Spain to escape the infamous British weather. Little did Tina realize, upon moving to Spain, that she would make the decision that would change her life forever. In addition, she changed the lives of thousands of dogs desperately in need of help.

Always an animal lover, Tina could not tolerate the treatment of the Spanish galgos, a traditional hunting dog breed, and decided to devote herself to their rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming. The galgos with their indomitable spirits, needle-noses and spider-legs, completely captured her heart. One galgo rescued, gave way to another and another until it became clear that the Solera household was vastly undersized for the number of dogs that needed help. There were nights that Tina slept in her car with a newly rescued galgo simply because there wasn’t any more room.

With no prior experience in running a non-profit organization, Tina taught herself Spanish language and established Galgos del Sol (GDS), a legal, licensed Spanish charity. With the generous offer of the use of their property, the home of Gaynor and Les Davies become the first site of GDS. Les built the kennels and Gaynor provided care for the dogs. Without their initial help, Tina acknowledges that GDS would not be where it is today. Murcia, the area in which the Soleras reside, is a prolific hunting ground making the demands on GDS relentless. Because of Tina and Team GDS, thousands have been rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed.


Contact Name:



Give a Greyhound a Home

Covers: Aberdeenshire

GAGAH is a non-profit making organisation set up in 1999 to encourage people to choose a rescue greyhound/lurcher in preference to a privately bred one. The aim of GAGAH is to re-home greyhounds and lurchers and to raise awareness of what happens to them once they have served their purpose.


Contact Name: Pat or Alex

Telephone: Contact Pat on 01224 782489 or 07572 402756(weekdays after 6pm please)


Good Life Dog Rescue

Covers: Yorkshire

About us
Good Life Dog Rescue is a small charity who care about the welfare of stray dogs in the UK. We are passionate about helping these animals who often face an uncertain future. The rescue was established by a passionate animal lover who for over 8 years has been dedicated to helping stray and abandoned dogs in Yorkshire. The charity flys a flag high for the Staffies and cross Staffies who are often the last to find a rescue place.

Good Life Dog Rescue is self funded. We receive no immediate funding and survive on few donations and fundraising. We pay no wages and have no staff. The founder has a full time job to part fund huge kennelling and veterinary bills.

Good Life Dog Rescue does not have its own kennels so all the dogs in our care board at kennels in South Yorkshire. All our dogs are walked and cared for and all veterinary care is paid for by our charity. Kennels are a temporary place for our dogs and we aim to find them a new start as soon as possible.

By advertising our dogs on our site and other forms of media we work hard to find the right home for each dog so both human and hound are matched and happy.

Rehoming process
Many UK stray kennels, rescues and rehoming centres are full of lovable, active and healthy adoptable dogs just waiting for someone to love them and offer them a home. It is important the right dog is matched with the right person or family.

In order to find the right dog for you we will need to match your lifestyle with the dog. Please view our dogs and contact us by email giving us a few details about yourself and your family. Someone will contact you in order to discuss the dog you are interested in.

All our dogs are vaccinated, microchipped and neutered. Home checks are required and vet references if possible.

Happy endings
Most dogs find themselves homeless through no fault of their own. It is a common myth to think that all dogs waiting in rescues and stray kennels are damaged or un-rehomeable
- nothing could be less true.

We always have many lovable, active and healthy adoptable dogs just waiting for someone to offer them a new start. There are lots of reasons why you should adopt a rescue dog. Can you offer a Good Life Dog a happy ever after?

Please contact us if you would like information on the work we do and the dogs in our care.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 07843 151819


Green Acres Animal Rescue

Covers: We re-home to any area if a home check and transport can be arranged

Green Acres is a small animal rescue (mainly dogs and cats) based in Pembrokeshire South West Wales, we are commited to the rescue and rehoming of animals in need. We work a lot with council pounds saving dogs after their 7 days is up and private homes where the owner can no longer keep their pets.


Contact Name: Mikey, Jennie, Georgie, Sarah

Telephone: 01437 781745


Greenfields Greyhound Rescue

Covers: Greenfields Greyhound Rescue specialises in the rehoming of ex racing greyhounds and other sighthounds in Staffordshire, Cheshire, Shropshire, North Wales and Flintshire areas.

Greenfields Greyhound Rescue was set up in the hope that we could make a small difference to the thousands of racing greyhounds which are abandoned ever year. Experienced sighthound owners ourselves, we were very aware of the special qualities of this majestic breed and wanted to enable other people to enjoy them as pets. We tend to specialize in rescuing and rehoming retired racing greyhounds but sometimes have other sighthounds and lurcher available too. We are a small rescue and take pride in knowing all our dogs well which enables us to match the right dogs to the right home. Often when a greyhound retires from racing they have seen very little of life outside their racing kennels and usually have not even come across dogs of other breeds. We start to rehabilitate them by introducing them to other animals, washing machines, televisions etc so that when they are ready to find a home they find it easier to settle in. If you would like to rehome one of our dogs please click on the "Greyhounds for Rehoming" page


Contact Name: Caroline or Hayley

Telephone: Caroline on 07774 600090 or Hayley on 01691 657212


Greyhound and Lurcher rescue

Covers: UK and Eire

Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue is a website that helps to re-home greyhounds and lurchers in the Dorset area, where we are based, and also acts as a go-between for rescues in the UK and Eire and for people offering homes.

View 1 Dogs

Contact Name: Lin



Greyhound Awareness League

Covers: Scotland

Since 1998 GAL has been dedicated to rescuing and rehoming greyhounds and lurchers throughout Scotland. GAL gained charitable status in 2001 (SC031037), is a non profit making organisation and is run entirely by volunteers. All of our dogs are fully assessed, neutered, chipped and vaccinated before finding loving, forever homes."


Contact Name: Jenni

Telephone: 0870 888 7277


Greyhound Gap

Covers: UK and Eire

Greyhound Gap is a small independent charity set up to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome greyhounds and lurchers who find themselves in a ‘put to sleep’ situation in UK pounds. Funded almost entirely by donations, we rehome around 150 dogs each year. We can have up to 60 dogs in our care at any one time, in foster homes or in holding kennels awaiting suitable foster homes. Greyhound Gap operates on a national basis so our dogs can be homed in most areas throughout the UK.

We have a network of volunteers across the whole of the UK who can help physically by: fostering hounds, fundraising, home visiting, transporting and walking our kennel hounds. We also offer the opportunity to sponsor our long-stay hounds.

We are totally self funded and work extremely hard to raise the necessary monies to continue helping these wonderful hounds. This is made possible by fantastic support from our network of volunteers and you, the general public. Without that generosity we could not do the work we do and we are incredibly grateful for every donation we receive, however small. Every single penny really does help!

More information on how you can help us or get involved can be found within the pages of this website. Please explore the site and find out more about who we are, what we do and the hounds we help.


Contact Name: Rose Marie

Telephone: Rose Marie on 01256 771819 (9am - 9pm)


Greyhound Homer RGT

Covers: All of Essex, also Hertfordshire and Suffolk

Greyhoundhomer was first formed in April 2006 by a small group of volunteers originally spread over Essex, Suffolk and Hertfordshire. Once approval came from the Retired Greyhound Trust Head Office, Greyhoundhomer started by homing dogs directly from owners and trainers. After a successful first few months the organisation was asked to take on a kennel full of Greyhounds needing homes. Since then we have gone from strength to strength so that currently over 1000 greyhounds are in homes as a direct result.

You'll find a Greyhoundhomer RGT stand at many events throughout Essex & Hertfordshire giving the general public a chance to meet our beautiful Greyhounds close up. Due to the large number of dogs we have now homed there are many social events throughout the year. These include walks in a number of different locations, curry nights, quiz nights, barbecues and race nights. So there are always lots opportunities to make new friends, meet old ones and to discuss Greyhounds!

Several owners and supporters have raised funds for us by completing sponsored events such as skydives, bike rides, giving up smoking and sponsored swims. If you would like to run an event in support of Greyhoundhomer RGT please get in touch via the Contact page and we'll give you any support necessary.

As well as all the above we will always focus on our core activity, finding forever homes for as many Greyhounds as we possibly can and supporting their owners in looking after them.

There's lots of information on this website and we hope you'll find it useful and informative.


Contact Name: Pat

Telephone: 01708 551689


Greyhound Lifeline

Covers: Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Sussex. Other areas are subject to home checker availability.

Greyhound Lifeline is an independent UK homing group whose mission is to find adoptive pet homes for retired racing greyhounds everywhere. We have our own retired racing greyhounds to find homes for and we also assist other rescue or homing organisations by promoting their "long-stay" greyhounds as well.


Contact Name: Lucy

Telephone: 07769 348310


Greyhound Rescue

Covers: North Yorkshire

Rescues and re-homes greyhounds in the North Yorkshire area.


Contact Name: Karen Schultz

Telephone: 01759 319392


Greyhound Rescue South Yorkshire

Covers: Yorkshire

Greyhound Rescue South Yorkshire is a new non profit organisation to help rescue greyhounds and find them loving forever homes.

Greyhounds are all too often used and abused by the racing industry and many are put to sleep at just a year old if they wont chase or aren’t fast enough. Many others who do race will find themselves dumped when they stop winning races whether that be through age, injury or illness. The fastest dogs will be kept and bred from until they can no longer produce pups and each year over 10,000 greyhounds are unaccounted for.

A lot of people have the misconception that greyhounds need lots of exercise when the reality is they’re built for speed rather than stamina and are really lazy dogs, most greyhounds are happy with 2 x 20minute walks a day and many will spend much of the day asleep! Another misconception is they can’t live with small furries, like any other breed there will always be some that aren’t good with small furries but some greyhounds will happily settle with cats and smaller dogs.

Greyhound Rescue South Yorkshire relies solely on fosterer families to take greyhounds into their homes and care for them until they are rehomed. Please support us in anyway you can to enable us to help as many greyhounds as possible. Whether that be offering to foster or adopt, helping financially or donating items or your time to help with fundraising and obviously by simply sharing posts and spreading the word on the work we do.

Please support us in any way you can. Many thanks.


Contact Name: : Jo Dimler

Telephone: 07713172124


Greyhounds in Need

Covers: UK and Spain

We are an English registered charity founded by Anne Finch, concerned with the plight of greyhounds everywhere, and especially in Spain, where most of our work is done.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 01784-483206



Covers: South of England, but we will go as far as S.Wales, Devon and Cornwall to the west, Kent and Sussex in the east and Beds, Berks, and Oxfordshire to the north.

We are an independently run rescue who re-home ex-racing greyhounds, based in Surrey. We receive no charitable donations to fund our work and our homing centre is run by volunteers. The long term care and well-being of our dogs takes precendence over everything else.


Contact Name: Debbie

Telephone: 0787 961 5471


Happier Days For Strays

Covers: We are based in Sunderland in North East England and cover Wearside and outlying areas.

Happier Days For Strays is currently a non profit charitable company, working hard to gain charity status. Happier Days For Strays is funded purely via donations from the public and by events we hold regularly such as family fun days and companion dog shows and is administered by a dedicated group of animal lovers.

Our aim is that no dog should be left on the street without shelter, food or water. If a dog needs medical attention we will ensure they receive it.

Where are we?

We are based in Sunderland in North East England and cover Wearside and outlying areas.
Most of our dogs can be viewed at Ferry Farm Boarding Kennels which is accessed from South Hylton.

The sat nav is SR4 0NA (and NOT the sat nav for the kennels!) which is at the end of Fairmead Way (the fourth character is a zero).

At the end of Fairmead Way turn left down the dirt track, through the tunnel and turn left. You've reached the car park.

What do we do?

Well, basically we rescue dogs. Dogs whose owners have sadly died and are therefore left homeless, dogs who are lost, stolen, abandoned or abused. We also offer a rehoming service for those who are no longer able to care for their dog due to work or life issues. We don't differentiate. If a dog is in need Happier Days will help.

We prefer to place rescued dogs with our own foster carers rather than place them in kennels, although we do have access to a small number of units at a local kennels for dogs who have vaccination certificates whom we cannot place in foster homes.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 07761 743707


Happy Ending

Covers: UK

Happy Ending is a voluntary organisation, non-profit charity with a small team of volunters who give their time and effort into helping re-home dogs from Bosnia and Romania.


Contact Name: Nina

Telephone: 07592 136663


Happy Landings Animal Shelter

Covers: Somerset

Happy Landings is first and foremost an animal shelter. We have a council licensed boarding facility for dogs and cats which helps to pay for the welfare work.

The boarding section is very much in demand and spaces are booked very early.

The charity owns the 5 acre site, and is a mixed animal shelter, taking in various types of animals. We are unable to take exotics.

The centre can take approximately 300 domestic and farm animals, and we re-home about 300 animals a year plus several hundred ex battery hens. The team of staff and volunteers offer shelter and hope. WE GENERALLY WORK WITHIN A 30 MILE RADIUS OF THE SHELTER.

Happy Landings works with Dog wardens, Vets, Police, Social Services and other shelters. We are full at all times and have to work on a waiting list system with the demand for rescue spaces being very high.

Many animals have to be nursed back to health and more have to be re-habilitated before carefully chosen, loving homes are found. We pride ourselves on our match-making ability and it is rare that an animal has to be returned to us.


Contact Name: Aimee

Telephone: 01749 860350


Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

Covers: All of the UK

Nearly nine million of the UK population experience some degree of hearing loss. That’s one person in every seven. Over 650,000 of these people are severely or profoundly deaf and could benefit from a hearing dog.

Hearing dogs change lives. They alert their deaf owners to sounds we take for granted, providing greater independence, confidence and security. Whenever possible, the dogs are selected from rescue centres, but they are also donated by breeders and members of the public, with the remainder coming from the Charity's own breeding scheme.

Since we receive no government funding, we rely totally on the generosity of individuals and organisations to continue transforming the lives of deaf people


Contact Name: Vanessa

Telephone: 01844 348105


Hector's Greyhound Rescue

Covers: Shropshire, Cheshire and North Wales

We are a not-for-profit greyhound rescue operating in Shropshire, Cheshire and North Wales.

We are a dedicated group of volunteers who devote their time to saving the lives of ex-racing Greyhounds. All of our greyhounds are profiled by the foster carers who look after them when they come in to rescue and this means that we are able to work with you to find the right dog for you. Greyhounds are rescued by us for a variety of reasons: some are no longer required by the racing industry and find themselves at risk of being “put to sleep”; others are taken in directly from trainers; some are received from the dog pound after being picked up as strays, and others are handed in by owners who can no longer keep.


Contact Name: Hayley

Telephone: 01691 657212


Holly Hedge Animal Sanctaury

Covers: Bristol and the surrounding area.

Holly Hedge Sanctuary was first registered as a charity in 1982, although it's founder, Pauline Leeson, has dedicated her whole life to animal welfare. Until 1992, when kennels were purchased and became Holly Hedge Sanctuary, Pauline worked from her own home and with the support of foster carers. Her aim has always been to provide a safe haven for animals until caring permanent owners can be found and this continues to be the purpose of the charity today. Holly Hedge rescues and re-homes dogs, cats and rabbits.
We have several greyhounds or greyhound X’s longing to be chosen and they are all truly deserving cases.
They are all sweet natured and loving and make gentle and loyal pets. They reward their owners with love, loyalty and affection, not to mention company whilst watching your favourite TV programmes.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 01275 474719


Hope Rescue

Covers: Based in South Wales, but re-home throughout the UK

All Hope Rescue dogs are neutered, vaccinated, wormed, flea treated and microchipped prior to rehoming. Our dogs are assessed in foster homes for a minimum of 2 weeks. A homecheck is always required, and the new owners will need to come and meet the dog with their own dogs and family in person. Hope Rescue rehomes throughout the UK but are based in South Wales so a majority of our dogs are in this area.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 07834 525753


Hull Greyhound Rescue

Covers: Hull and surrounding area

Hull Greyhound Rescue is a independent rescue and is run by a dedicated group of volunteers. Sue Markham heads the rescue and she has been working with Greyhounds for over 40 years. The rescue is self-funded and relies on the generosity and kindness of supporters. Since becoming a registered charity, the rescue has helped more Greyhounds than ever before. A ‘no destruction’ policy is in place, which means that no Greyhound that the rescue helps, will be put to sleep except on health grounds when there is no other option. The rescue is only small compared to others, we feel it gives a more personal service.


Contact Name: Sue Markham

Telephone: 01482 223228 / 07938521802


Italian Greyhound Rescue Charity

Covers: The whole of the UK

We are a rescue Charity dedicated to rehoming Italian Greyhounds and crossed Italian Greyhounds. Italian Greyhounds are 'Toy dogs' in effect miniature Greyhounds. Due to their fine bone structure and sometimes sensitive personality they do not make good pets for households with young and boisterous children or large active dogs.


Contact Name: Helen Lister

Telephone: 0845 6003116


Jersey Rescue Dogs

Covers: Jersey and the other Channel Islands

We are a 100% VOLUNTEER run charity which means as much of the money raised as possible goes into rescuing the dogs.

We primarily rescue dogs from the UK & Ireland and re-home them into Jersey. A small number of our dogs are re-homed to the other Channel Islands as well.

​We rarely use kennels, with most of our rescues cared for in foster homes, meaning we can assess them more comprehensively and also begin any needed training. This also helps to keep our costs down.

We provide lifelong care for dogs with special requirements in home environments. The majority of these live in our 'Sighthound Sanctuary'.

​We offer temporary foster / care to pets when owners are ill or circumstances change. This gives a life line to owners who would otherwise have to give up their animals.

We supply oxygen pet masks for our local Fire department in case the worst happens and an animal needs oxygen after smoke inhalation from a fire.


Contact Name:



Just Whippets Rescue

Covers: England, Wales and Scotland

We are an organisation set up to rescue, rehabilitate where necessary and re home whippets in need of care and attention by reason of sickness, maltreatment, poor circumstances or ill usage. Just Whippets Rescue never uses Kennels all our dogs in Foster are fostered in our Home Checked approved whippet friendly foster homes. Having foster homes throughout the Country allows us to Rescue whippets nationally without us having to be tied to one central location. Just Whippets Rescue therefore has no re homing Centre and all our day to day Administration is administered just outside Exeter, Devon.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 0845 625 6211


Kent Greyhound Rescue

Covers: Kent

Kent Greyhound Rescue is a registered charity based near Hythe in South East Kent. We find new homes for around 150 abandoned and unwanted greyhounds, lurchers and other sighthounds each year. We rehome throughout Kent and also in other counties (strict checks are carried out before any dog is rehomed, regardless of the location).We receive no help or funding from the racing industry and our volunteers have to fundraise every penny needed, to ensure the charity can meet its financial obligations. Most of our dogs arrive needing to be neutered, vaccinated and microchipped and most also require a dental and/or other medical treatment, as well as the usual worm and flea treatments.

We do not operate a rescue centre which is open to the public; our dogs wait for their new homes at either private boarding kennels near Ashford or in foster homes throughout Kent. All our staff are volunteers - they do not get paid by KGR and they give their time and efforts because they love the dogs, are passionate about animal welfare and want to find the KGR dogs new homes. The majority work full time and manage the charity and fundraising in their free time. We are incredibly grateful to our volunteers, fosterers and financial supporters, because
without them our charity would not exist. For all the dogs waiting for forever homes, please click....


Contact Name: Julie at



Kerry Greyhounds

Covers: All the UK

We are dedicated to finding the very best forever homes for unwanted racing greyhounds. We provide ongoing support and encouragement to all of our placement families and hounds.

'Kerry Greyhound Connection' was set up by Amanda Saunders Perkins in 2002 after realising the sad fate awaiting most of these dogs when they failed to win prize money in racing. This included destruction, abandonment or being shipped to Spain where they were kept in atrocious conditions and some raced with terrible injuries. Many were inhumanely killed, often by being hung from trees, or abandoned to die of starvation. Recently the IGB have started to explore the opportunity of exporting greyhounds to China and India in an attempt to bolster their failing industry.
In 2011, the UK rehoming branch of KGC became Kerry Greyhounds UK, an independent rehoming charity based in Norfolk, England.
We take in, rehabilitate and find homes for unwanted racing greyhounds. We also work to educate the public that greyhounds make great pets.
We aim to encourage governments to end Greyhound Track racing and stop the export of these dogs to Spain and other proposed exports.
We look after approximately 35 greyhounds at any one time. They are kept in private boarding kennels where we rent spaces, until we can find volunteer foster homes to prepare them for adoption. We neuter, vaccinate and microchip each dog and give them a veterinary check before they are re-homed.
We rely on public donations to enable us to carry out our work and refuse, on principle, any financial assistance from the Greyhound racing industry.


Contact Name: Bronwen

Telephone: 075 000 626 48


Last Chance Animal Rescue

Covers: Kent

Last Chance is a Kent based Animal Rescue Centre. We rescue and re-home dogs, cats, rabbits and Guinea Pigs of all ages. As a result of our success, we are permanently looking for loving homes for our animals. We carry out home checks. We operate a non destruction policy.
We are a registered charity no. 1002349. Open 10am-3pm everyday except Tues. We are situated 2miles South of Edenbridge on B2026.


Contact Name: Mrs. Adrienne Ramsey Trustee Last Chance Animal Rescue Hartfield Road Edenbridge KENT TN8 5NH

Telephone: 01732 865530


Lewknor Blue Cross Adoption Center

Covers: Oxfordshire

Lewkor Blue Cross Adoption Centre is in London Road, (A40) Lewkor, Oxon, OX49 5RY. The centre cares for dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals


Contact Name:

Telephone: 01844 355293


Lincolnshire Rescue Kennels

Covers: Lincolnshire

Bringing owners and their dogs back together

Here at Lincolnshire Rescue Kennels we take in dogs that are stray and or abandoned. Dogs are brought to us mainly from dog wardens that cover the Lincoln, Newark and Gainsborough areas. If you have lost your dog please check our Found Dogs page to see if we can reunite you.


We have so many dogs looking for their forever homes that there's sure to be one thats fits perfectly into your family. If the dogs that come to us are not reclaimed by their owners within 7 days then we look to find them a new home.
Visit our Homes Needed page to see who's waiting for you.


Contact Name: Lisa

Telephone: 01522 730502


Linconshire Greyhound Trust

Covers: Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Greyhound Trust re-homes greyhounds in the Lincolnshire area.


Contact Name: Kevin

Telephone: 01522 569825


Llys Nini Animal Centre, Swansea

Covers: Wales

Llys Nini helps hundreds of animals in need every year. Although affiliated to the RSPCA Llys Nini is not funded by them. Please help us help more of them and be the home of Happy Endings.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 01792 229435


Lozzas Lurcher Rescue

Covers: Nationwide

LLR is a small lurcher rescue based in Herts and rescues predominately from pound situations. The dogs live in a home environment before rehoming and are fully assessed and are matched with the right environment. All dogs requiring new homes can be viewed on the rescues facebook page and video footage is regularly shown. An initial chat on the phone to gauge suitability is required and then a visit to the rescue to meet your new potential sofa dog is a must. There are no limits to visiting and making sure you as a family are 100% committed to your new dog before taking him/her on trial. There is a wealth of experience and knowledge within the rescue and working together we can overcome the majority of problems but ultimately the dog can always come back to the rescue at anytime if circumstances change.

We consider any circumstances and treat each application on its own merits , so enquiries are always welcome. Home check and an adoption fee are standard. All dogs come fully vaccinated, wormed/deflead,microchipped and neutered or if not possible will be rehomed with a neutering contract and reasoning given. NO HOME IS COMPLETE WITHOUT A LURCHER ON YOUR SOFA


Contact Name: Lorraine

Telephone: 07956 349337


Lurcher Link

Covers: Countrywide

The aim of Lurcher Link is to HELP LURCHERS IN DISTRESS..... both through Lurcher Link rescue itself and by acting as a point of contact for rescues, dog wardens, vets, stray centres and the public. Many Lurchers are destroyed because stray pounds are full and their local rescues have no room. Yet in other parts of the country people are looking for Lurchers to rehome and because of this we act as a kind of "Dating Agency" for Lurchers, trying to find the right dog for the right family, from ANY rescue, to make space for other Lurchers to come into rescue and to save these dogs from being euthanised.

We also take in and rehome Lurchers from Put To Sleep situations ourselves - some of these are "Death Row Cases" i.e. dogs who everyone else has given up on and we are their last chance. We also act as advisors to people who are newcomers to Lurchers, have behavioural problems with their dogs or just need to share their Lurchery problems.

Over the last 15 years, we have rehomed over 800 Lurchers, many of which would otherwise been put to sleep.
We also try to offer advice to people who are new to the world of Lurchers and help anyone who is experiencing behavioural problems with their dog - often through our affiliated behaviourists.
Through our fundraising efforts, we have managed to build our own small kennel block at our HQ in Halifax, which can house up to 18 adult dogs
We also have a small, shaded exercise pen which is fully secure with 8ft fences. This can be used for meet and greets with potential new owners and their dogs, as well as allowing dogs some free running space and off lead training
We have a thriving on-line community both on Facebook and the Lurcher Link Forum

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Contact Name: Kaye



Lurcher search UK

Covers: Whole of UK

Has a database of lost lurchers and other dogs throughout the UK. Information on lost dogs is e-mailed to rescues around the UK. Please contact Kaye if you need her help.


Contact Name: Kaye Fitzgerald-Gorham

Telephone: 01422 240168


Lurcher SOS

Covers: Surrey

Lurcher SOS is a Surrey based Lurcher, Greyhound and Sighthound Rescue. Now in our 8th successful year, Lurcher SOS was started in 2010 by two lifelong lurcher owners. We have a network of supporters, fundraisers and foster homes in Kent, Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey, Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, but we home our dogs throughout England, Wales and Scotland.

We are all volunteers and our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and home abused, abandoned and neglected Lurchers, Greyhounds and Sighthounds. Most of our Hounds come from Ireland and the UK, but we are proud to have helped Spanish, Cypriot and even Romanian and Egyptian Sighthounds!

Lurcher SOS takes in Sighthounds of all ages; from puppies to oldies. These dogs come to us for various reasons – some are strays, some have been ill treated and some needed to find a new home simply because their owners no longer wanted them. Some of these dogs are so emotionally and physically scarred that they will need long periods in foster homes, learning to trust humans again.

Our priority will always be dogs due to be put to sleep, or dogs in danger both in Ireland and the UK. We will also try to help other Sighthound rescues wherever possible. Rehoming direct from private individuals will rarely be considered.

All our dogs are placed in warm and loving foster homes where they are carefully assessed and, if needed, rehabilitated. We do not have kennels as we believe that a home environment is the best way to assess a hound, and this enables us to best match a dog with a prospective adopter.

All Lurcher SOS Rescue dogs are neutered (where possible) and given full veterinary treatment, microchipped and vaccinated, wormed and deflead before going to their new homes.

We are a non-profit organization and receive no funding. We rely solely on donations from the public and are always in need of fundraising support to cover the cost of the care of our dogs. We are always actively seeking new foster parents and permanent homes for our rescue dogs. For more information on how you can get involved please look at our “Help Lurcher SOS” page.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our site. Please bookmark us and come back to visit again soon. Our dogs for adoption change frequently as we take in new dogs all the time.

We are also on Facebook.

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Contact Name: Laurie



Makants Greyhound Rescue North West

Covers: North of Englnad

We aim to help any greyhound in need.

Founded by Siobhan Hoppley; Makants Greyhound Rescue is based in Tyldesley, Greater Manchester.

We primarily rehome retired racing greyhounds from all over the country, but we also help find homes for greyhounds from individuals who can no longer provide the love and care they require.

All of our dogs are assessed, neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped prior to rehoming.

We rely on the kindness and generosity of others. If you wish to help us in any way please check out our help us page or join us at one of our fundraising events.

If you want to see who needs a forever home please visit dogs looking for homes, or visit our adoption page to register your interest.


Contact Name: Siobhan

Telephone: Siobhan on 07960 561 988


Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home

Covers: The northern half of England and beyond

We take in and care for over 7,000 dogs every year, many of these dogs are never reclaimed by their owners and require a great degree of emotional and physical support during their stay with us.

In addition to the Specialist Care Unit at our Cheshire Home, we also utilise a wide range of behavioural and mentally stimulating activities at both Homes to ensure each dog receives personal care and attention.

Once the dogs are fit and healthy they are made available for adoption, we are always looking for caring permanent and foster homes for our dogs and often have over 250 dogs that are waiting to find that perfect family.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 0844 5040404


Margaret Green Animal Rescue, Devon

Covers: Devon

Finding Forever Homes since 1965
We are here to take in pets that become homeless due to a change in circumstance

This can include pets that have been mistreated, neglected or abandoned. Regardless of their circumstance, each pet will find a warm bed, a kind team and all the love and respect they deserve awaiting them at Margaret Green Animal Rescue. We pride ourselves on the standard of care each rescue pet receives. As well as veterinary care, pets are prepared and rehabilitated ready for a new home. Most of our animals are vaccinated, microchipped, treated against worms and fleas and neutered before going to their new home.

Finding forever homes is at the very heart of what we do and there is no better feeling than knowing we have found the perfect match. Our rehoming process is designed specifically to help potential owners adopt a pet that fits in perfectly with their lives and loved ones. Animal welfare remains our priority with each decision made and we will always act in the animal’s best interest. After adopting a pet from Margaret Green Animal Rescue, you can be assured that you will always have our support. For advice and guidance, we will be right beside you whenever you need us through the adoption process and onwards as you settle into a life together.

Margaret Green, who founded our charity in 1965, along with her father Mr Jerry Green, was an amazing lady with incredible strength and determination. After searching for a suitable site, the first centre location was decided on the fringe of the village of Church Knowle in 35 acres of gently sloping land, situated in a beautiful valley in the Purbeck Hills, 6 miles from Wareham and 8 from Swanage. From the very beginning, with Margaret Green herself at the helm, the charity provided expert veterinary attention for animals, spaying and neutering for animals, pet boarding, a welfare visiting service and a special remembrance of departed pets. The earliest animals included retired pit ponies from Wales and many wild birds after the RSPB helped fund a saltwater pool, where oiled sea birds could live during their rehabilitation. They also included Susan, a thirteen year old Jersey cow and Marigold, a Jersey/Guernsey cross and her calf Wildeyes.

Decades of care for rescued animals passed with many more milestones, such as opening our first sole dog rescue centre, Lincoln Farm near Bere Regis. Shortly after, we opened our Wingletang Centre just outside Tavistock, Devon that cares for cats and dogs. Around this time, we introduced microchipping for every dog being rehomed in 1990 – something that the charity promotes fully to this day. Many thousands more animals were helped during this time, including Woody, a lamb with a broken leg that found its way into the local Suttles quarry and needed rescuing by the charity.

Margaret Green retired as a Trustee of the charity after 35 years dedicated to rescuing animals. She remained involved with the charity until she sadly passed away on Christmas Eve in 2009 aged 94. Margaret’s dedication and love never wavered and shortly before her passing, she was ensuring that provisions had been made for her annual Christmas donation of carrots for Angel and the other horses at the Sanctuary.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 0330 400 6670


Margaret Green Animal Rescue, Dorset

Covers: Dorset

Finding Forever Homes since 1965
We are here to take in pets that become homeless due to a change in circumstance

This can include pets that have been mistreated, neglected or abandoned. Regardless of their circumstance, each pet will find a warm bed, a kind team and all the love and respect they deserve awaiting them at Margaret Green Animal Rescue. We pride ourselves on the standard of care each rescue pet receives. As well as veterinary care, pets are prepared and rehabilitated ready for a new home. Most of our animals are vaccinated, microchipped, treated against worms and fleas and neutered before going to their new home.

Finding forever homes is at the very heart of what we do and there is no better feeling than knowing we have found the perfect match. Our rehoming process is designed specifically to help potential owners adopt a pet that fits in perfectly with their lives and loved ones. Animal welfare remains our priority with each decision made and we will always act in the animal’s best interest. After adopting a pet from Margaret Green Animal Rescue, you can be assured that you will always have our support. For advice and guidance, we will be right beside you whenever you need us through the adoption process and onwards as you settle into a life together.

Margaret Green, who founded our charity in 1965, along with her father Mr Jerry Green, was an amazing lady with incredible strength and determination. After searching for a suitable site, the first centre location was decided on the fringe of the village of Church Knowle in 35 acres of gently sloping land, situated in a beautiful valley in the Purbeck Hills, 6 miles from Wareham and 8 from Swanage. From the very beginning, with Margaret Green herself at the helm, the charity provided expert veterinary attention for animals, spaying and neutering for animals, pet boarding, a welfare visiting service and a special remembrance of departed pets. The earliest animals included retired pit ponies from Wales and many wild birds after the RSPB helped fund a saltwater pool, where oiled sea birds could live during their rehabilitation. They also included Susan, a thirteen year old Jersey cow and Marigold, a Jersey/Guernsey cross and her calf Wildeyes.

Decades of care for rescued animals passed with many more milestones, such as opening our first sole dog rescue centre, Lincoln Farm near Bere Regis. Shortly after, we opened our Wingletang Centre just outside Tavistock, Devon that cares for cats and dogs. Around this time, we introduced microchipping for every dog being rehomed in 1990 – something that the charity promotes fully to this day. Many thousands more animals were helped during this time, including Woody, a lamb with a broken leg that found its way into the local Suttles quarry and needed rescuing by the charity.

Margaret Green retired as a Trustee of the charity after 35 years dedicated to rescuing animals. She remained involved with the charity until she sadly passed away on Christmas Eve in 2009 aged 94. Margaret’s dedication and love never wavered and shortly before her passing, she was ensuring that provisions had been made for her annual Christmas donation of carrots for Angel and the other horses at the Sanctuary.

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Contact Name:

Telephone: 0330 400 6670


Moorlands Dog Rescue

Covers: Staffordshire

Moorlands Dog Rescue is a non profit organisation dedicated to rescuing dogs of all sizes, ages and breeds (as resources allow) with the aim of finding them the best possible permanent loving home as quickly as possible. When dogs are adopted we insist that the dog is returned to us if, for any reason whatsoever, the placement is no longer viable.

We are an all volunteer foster home based organisation; as such we do not have a physical shelter or kennels. We rely on the internet, 'word of mouth' and publicity events to promote our work, the opportunities to volunteer and the dogs available for adoption. Our rescue dogs are those who are abandoned, homeless or unwanted and who come from homes, shelters, vets, boarding facilities or the street.

Our aim is to never euthanize animals in our care however in the event of a severe, untreatable/debilitating illness or extremely dangerous behavioural concerns we may have to consider this option (upon advice from a veterinary surgeon) taking in to account the well being of the animal and public safety.

Moorlands Dog Rescue also aims to raise public awareness of issues concerning dog health and welfare. We also serve our community and adopters by educating and encouraging responsible pet ownership with an emphasis on the need for spaying and neutering and we do our best to break down the stereotypes of many “bully” breeds.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 07969220957


Mutts in Distress

Covers: Mutts in Distress is an animal shelter located at Normandale Kennels, in Little Hallingbury on the Herts/Essex border.

We rescue dogs from local pounds that would otherwise be destroyed, and offer them for rehoming. Please note though, that we only re-home dogs in the Harlow, Bishops Stortford, Saffron Walden, Cheshunt, Broxbourne, Ware or Epping regions. We insist on making home checks before rehoming a dog, and it is difficult if you live further away. We also like to do follow up checks to ensure that the dog is happily settled in its new home.
To view the dogs, please call at the centre between 11am-12.00am Mon to Sat.(not on bank holidays) but please note that you must have passed your home check before viewing.


Contact Name: Pat

Telephone: 01279 656633


National Animal Welfare Trust, Somerset

Covers: Somerset

Our West Henley centre, just outside of Langport, rehomes a wide variety of animals. Apart from the extensive kennels and cattery there are stables and paddocks for donkeys and ponies. The farm area accommodates goats and we have a pond and poultry enclosure for ducks, geese and chickens.


Contact Name: Caron

Telephone: 01458 252656


Noah's Ark Dog Rescue

Covers: UK

We are a small team of volunteers, dedicated to the rescue and rehoming of abandoned dogs and those in need from both the UK and overseas.

Our non-profit organisation is based in Peterborough but we do adopt and foster dogs throughout the UK with kennels based in Norfolk, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.

The team make regular visits to Romania which are 100% self funded, and testament to our level of dedication to support and help our fabulous rescuers on the ground, we of course get lots of Arkie cuddles and help socialise our pups and dogs whilst they are awaiting their tickets to board the happy bus.


Contact Name: Vanda Kizmaz at



Norfolk Greyhound Rescue

Covers: Norfolk

Norfolk Greyhound Rescue is a small local non-profit organisation whose main aim is finding caring people to rehome Irish greyhounds – ex racers and also those that never made it to the track. This is because there are literally thousands of dogs that either don’t make the grade, or are discarded once they are no longer able to race. Without the intervention of greyhound rescue organisations, many meet a very sad end. We also work with other charities and help lurchers looking for their forever home.

Something we are often asked is “Where are you based?” The answer is, broadly, in and around Norwich and the North Norfolk Coast. We have no actual central kennels though – we are not Battersea!

The reason for this is that we prefer the hounds to be housed in foster homes when they reach the UK. This is kinder to the dogs, as they get to experience some of the love and luxury of life as a pet. Whilst they are in foster care their fosterer can assess their personalities, start training, and be able to tell the potential adopter much more about the hound. Most foster homes are in Norfolk but if you live outside the county and can foster a hound for us, please get in touch.

Although we do plan to have backup kennelling arrangements, the fostering model is far preferable for both hound and future forever parents. Just seeing lines of dogs in kennel cages and choosing them by an “eeny meeny miny mo” system is far inferior.
We offer ongoing support, advice and meet up regularly for social events and fundraisers.

Everyone is welcome and we love to see our hounds with their adopters and hear all about how they are getting on in their new lives.

Whilst far from obligatory, we welcome those who adopt a hound and decide to help out in any way they can. This need not be onerous at all. Just spending an hour or so at one of our collections is a tremendous help. You can also try to attend our events.

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Contact Name: Richard or Hayley

Telephone: 07470 931758


Northern Greyhound Rescue

Covers: North West/Lancashire

Northern Greyhound and Lurcher rescue is a small rescue in the North West/Lancashire area. The dogs have come from trainers, are unwanted pets or strays
All the dogs are neutered/spayed, vaccinated and microchipped before going to their new homes and a thorough homecheck and follow up visits are done after rehoming to check on the dogs welfare.
Preferably the dogs are homed in the north west area but for a good home, although the rescue will make exceptions. The rescue is always looking for loving permanent homes for the dogs and foster homes are always needed too.

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Contact Name: Amanda Gething

Telephone: 01253 891589 or 07888726885


Oldies Club

Covers: The whole of the UK

We can publicise the plight of older dogs, arrange homechecks UK-wide, put up posters in vets, training clubs, post offices and libraries up and down the country to help find the right place for an older dog.
Our task is to get these dogs talked about until somebody offers them a home!
We are working hand-in-hand with rescue centres and many dog-related websites who have already lent us their support and offered us space to promote our work. We are approached every day by more people keen to get involved. The plight of the oldies is something that is close to the heart of all rescuers and they are all delighted with what the oldies club has to offer.


Contact Name: Oldies Club Rehoming Team

Telephone: 0844 586 8656


Porthcawl Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Covers: Porthcawl and surrounding areas

PAWS provides services caring for abandoned and injured animals in Porthcawl.

We care for injured and abandoned cats and dogs and find new homes for them within the Porthcawl area. We are a local charity and all our funds go to the welfare of the animals.

Our main source of income is from our shop in Lias Road which is manned by unpaid volunteers as is the committee. We rely on their good will to maintain our services in caring for the welfare of animals in Porthcawl. Please come to our shop to buy books, clothes and bric a brac and to donate items for sale.

We also welcome anyone wishing to volunteer their time and energy in any of the aspects of our activities including fund raising, working in the shop and dog walking. If you are interested please leave your details at our shop and a member of the committee will contact you. Please see also see our Get Involved page.

We welcome all gifts and donations which support our ongoing care of animals in our location.

Last year alone, we rehomed over 40 dogs and provided vetinary treatment for over 200 animals and we are constantly looking for good homes for our dogs and cats.

New members are always welcome to the society and if you are interested, please call us on 01656 773307 or email us:


Contact Name: Helga

Telephone: 07814 926253 or 01656 773307


Project Galgo

Covers: UK

Our Mission Statement - To provide safety, dignity, and compassion to dogs in need while engaging the hearts of communities. To educate the public so we can bring about an end to the abuse, neglect and abandonment of dogs, in particular: Galgos, Podencos and other Sighthounds.

We are a UK based, volunteer led, not-for-profit animal welfare rescue organisation dedicated to relieving and preventing the suffering predominantly, though not exclusively, of Galgos and Podencos (Spanish sighthounds) who are in need of care and protection, in particular by rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing.

All our dogs are placed in loving foster homes, where they are given time to decompress after their journey over, they are given support to adjust and adapt to home life, and assessed in a range of situations/environments.

We offer a very conscientious adoption process and endeavor to ensure that our dogs find the best homes for them, where they are cherished, respected and loved beyond measure for the rest of their days.

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Rescued Racers

Covers: Most parts of the UK

Based is South Wales but will travel to most parts of the country to find a good home.All homes are checked, all greyhounds are spayed/neutered, fully vaccinated, wormed, microchipped and done for kennel cough as standard prior to adoption. Rescued Racers have any given time over 40 greyhounds of various ages looking for loving, permanent homes. Our registered charity number is 1115294.


Contact Name: Liz

Telephone: 01443 422757 or 07900902784


Retired Greyhound Trust

Covers: Whole of the UK

The Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT) is a national charity, founded in 1975 and we are dedicated to finding loving homes for greyhounds when their racing days are over.

The RGT is registered with the Charity Commission (registered number 269668 & SC044047).

The Trust operates a network of over 70 branches across Britain, run by volunteers. Most branches have kennels with retired greyhounds that the public can meet and that are available for rehoming. A full list of our branches and contact names can be found on the website.


Contact Name: Peter - for Hampshire area only, other contact details are on the website.

Telephone: 01425 654415.


RSPCA Blackberry Farm

Covers: Berkshire

Here at Blackberry Farm most of our animals have been rescued from neglect and bad treatment by their previous owners. We look after dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, farm animals and many other types of small domestic animals - at any one time we could be caring for over 200 animals.

It can take weeks and sometimes months to rehabilitate animals. Our staff and volunteers work hard to ensure every animal that comes through our doors will find their 'perfect match'.

Like little Kassy! When Kassy came into our care she was just four months old. She had some horrendous injuries, including a broken leg and a large open wound, and it took weeks of veterinary treatment and lots of TLC to make her feel better. 

We successfully prosecuted the people responsible for her suffering, and they received a five-year-ban on keeping dogs.

Having spent over a year in our care while her case was decided in court, it was no surprise that Blackberry Farm staff member Bridget fell in love with Kassy and offered her a loving home.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 0300 123 0752


RSPCA Lincolnshire East

Covers: East Lincolnshire

The Lincolnshire East Branch is an individually registered charity operating under the wider umbrella of the national RSPCA. Our area of responsibility is a large one, from Chapel St Leonard's in the north, all the way to Grantham in the west and Crowland and Sutton Bridge in the south and south east.


Contact Name: Cherrie Bartlett

Telephone: 01205 319 059 (office hours Monday to Friday: 9.30am - 12.30pm


RSPCA Lincolnshire Mid and Lincoln branch

Covers: Lincolnshire

We rescue animals all over the Lincolnshire area. The telephone is manned 9.30am until 12.45pm Monday - Friday. As we are extremely short staffed we may not get back to you immediately but do please keep trying to reach us. Charity number - 224482


Contact Name:

Telephone: 01522 544862


RSPCA Llys Nini Animal Centre, Swansea

Covers: Wales

The Llys Nini Animal Centre is located on the former Llys Nini farm in Penllergaer, Swansea.

The site is approximately 78 acres in size. It was purchased by the now Llys Nini Branch of the RSPCA in 1996 and converted into a purpose-designed animal rehabilitation centre which opened in April 1997.

It includes an administration block (with an education room), animal treatment areas, accommodation for 57 dogs and 72 cats as well as a miscellaneous animals block which can house all sorts of animals including seals and other wildlife.There are 3 separate kennel blocks. A, B and C plus 2 sets of large exercise pens, a very large run and exercise paddock.

Each kennel has an inside and outside space. At night the dogs are locked inside their kennel where they stay warm and can sleep in a special bed area.

The dogs can be seen from the outside of the blocks but only staff and specially trained volunteers are allowed inside. Dogs needing a new home can be seen on the animal pages.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 01792 229435


RSPCA Manchester and Salford Branch

Covers: Manchester and Salford and the surrounding area.

The Manchester & Salford Branch of the RSPCA is a separate charity from the national RSPCA and has been running since 1963.

The charity is dedicated to improving the lives of animals in the local area but being financially independent means it is entirely reliant upon local support to help fund its work.

The branch strives to promote kindness and prevent and suppress cruelty to animals by:

* Caring for and rehoming animals

* Providing welfare neutering

* Providing welfare microchipping

* Providing welfare veterinary assistance

N.B We are NOT the animal hospital and have very limited resources.

We achieve this work through a comprehensive programme of animal welfare promotion, rehoming locally rescued animals and offering an advice and support line to the public via telephone and email.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 0161 882 0680


RSPCA Oxfordshire

Covers: Oxfordshire

The Oxfordshire Branch of the RSPCA is a self-financing organisation committed to providing animal welfare services in its area.

The Branch is affiliated to the national RSPCA, but is a registered charity responsible for raising its own funds locally. All monies raised in Oxfordshire through fundraising, house-to-house collections, tin-rattles and sponsored events etc is spent on Oxfordshire animals.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 0845 604 5507


RSPCA Preston

Covers: Lancashire

RSPCA Preston & District Branch is a separate Registered Charity. We get no funding from the Government or other sources. We rely on the generosity of the local people. We take in stray dogs from the Council, unwanted animals from the public and cruelty cases from the Inspectorate. We have a non-destruction policy, unless the animal is extremely sick or dangerous. Our main goal is to take in unwanted animals and find them permanent loving homes."

All dogs are neutered or spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, flead and wormed before being adopted.
We do not rehome dogs to families with children under 5 years, there must be a secure private garden and if rented accomodation written permission is needed.

Full adoption procedures can be found on our website.


Contact Name: Natalie

Telephone: 01772 792553


RSPCA South Godstone

Covers: Surrey

Here at South Godstone most of the animals have been rescued from neglect and bad treatment by their previous owners. When they come to us they are often nervous of strangers. We spend weeks, sometimes months, looking after them and preparing them for a new life and a second chance.
We look after cats, dogs, rabbits and other domestic animals - at any one time we are caring for over 150 animals. In 2012 we rehomed 146 dogs, 300 cats, 67 rabbits and 183 other animals. That's 696 animals rehomed in one year!
A good way to keep up to date with our news and events is by following our Facebook page where you can post comments, photos and make contact with our other supporters.
Feel free to pay us a visit at the centre - we are open from 11.30am-4pm every day except Wed.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 0300 123 0741


RSPCA West Hatch Animal Centre

Covers: Somerset and surrounding area.

Here at the RSPCA West Hatch Animal Centre, most of our animals have been rescued from neglect and bad treatment by their previous owners.

We look after dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and many other types of small domestic animals - at any one time we could be caring for over 150 animals.We spend weeks, sometimes months, rehabilitating them and preparing them for a new life and a second chance. It costs the RSPCA over £2000 a day to run the West Hatch Animal Centre. The RSPCA relies entirely on kind donations from people like you.

Despite the restrictions, in 2020 we rehomed 63 dogs, 151 cats, 37 rabbits, 11 birds, 31 farm animals, 15 guinea pigs, 58 small mammals and 2 goldfish!

The RSPCA West Hatch Animal Centre takes in animals from RSPCA Inspectors only. The demand for spaces for the animals they bring to us is ever increasing and we are therefore unable to accept unwanted pets or stray animals from members of the public. We are able to provide information on centres that can re-home animals for the public on request.

UPDATE 15/04/2021

We are still closed to the public, but our phone lines are now open, Tue-Sat: 11.30-1pm and 2-4pm; Sun: 11.30-1pm. Closed on Monday. Tel: 0300 123 0747.

We do however prefer that you contact us by email at: and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Email us if you would like more information on an animal you have seen on our website.

Rehoming is still being carried out remotely in most instances, but we are now arranging collections by appointment. Due to this we are able to rehome some animals to locations that are further away than the previously stated one hour's drive. Some dog introductions are now taking place on site. We will update on further reopening measures as they are rolled out.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 0300 123 0747. Tue-Sat: 11.30-1pm nd 2-4pm; Sun: 11.30-1pm. Closed on Monday.


Rushton Dog Rescue

Covers: Based in Somerset, but operates around the UK.

Rushton Dog Rescue Centre, registered charity (no: 1139999), is based in Somerset but operates around the UK. Our aim is to simply rescue and rehome dogs who become homeless for whatever the reason and find them permanent, loving homes.
We offer to rehome your dog if you can no longer provide for them, its important to make sure your dog gets placed in the right home with a family that can cope with any behaviour issues right from the start. All our homes are checked and we also follow the dogs progress with their new family. A move is a stressful time for any dog and it is important that this is done as stress free as possible. We never place a dog without a home check and we never turn a dog down if we have the space. Most of all, our dogs are spayed and neutered before being placed with their new family, unless too young or for medical reasons, in which case follow up checks will be made more often.


Contact Name: Cindy

Telephone: Tel: 01458 259056 Mob: 07870 771694


Scunthorpe RSPCA

Covers: Scunthorpe and surrounding area.

We rescue and re-home animals in the Scunthorpe area. OuOffice Hours Mon - Fri 11am to 3pm
Charity number: 23483


Contact Name:

Telephone: Tel/fax: 01724 843620, Mobile: 07785 596618


Somerset and Dorset Animal Rescue

Covers: Somerset and Dorset

Welcome to the Somerset and Dorset animal rescue website.

We hope that by visiting our site you may be moved to help us help the animals that pass through our centre.
We are a family run organisation and rely heavily on the goodwill of the public.
Being located in Wincanton Somerset we are able to take into care animals from across the whole of the South West of England.

Our aim is to help all kinds of animals in all kinds of distressing situations.
We save animals from a wide range of life threatening circumstances,homelessness,starvation,abuse and neglect.

We are totally apolitical and non-judgemental and take animals in any condition and for any reason.Our only concern is the immediate welfare of the animal and it's subsequent rehousing.

The publics generosity has helped to heal and find safe,caring homes for many animals including dogs,cats,rabbits,chickens and horses.

Any animals that are rehoused are fully vet checked, and where ever possible,neutered and microchipped.

Please help us continue this vital work and support us either by donation,rehousing or simply spreading the word.


Contact Name: Liz

Telephone: 01963 32279


South Godstone Animal Centre

Covers: Surrey

South Godstone Animal Centre is an RSPCA rehoming centre in Surrey. It finds new homes for hundreds of unwanted dogs, cats and other small animals each year.
Please come and visit us if you can offer a new home to one of our animals.
Opening Hours: 11:30 to 16:00
(Closed Wednesdays)

This site provides information on everything about South Godstone Animal Centre, including animals in need of a new home, information about the staff and up and coming fund raising events.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 0300 123 0741.


Southern Lurcher Lifeline

Covers: South of England

Southern Lurcher Lifeline is a small UK voluntary organisation based in the South, dedicated to the work of rehoming unwanted lurchers. Since we are based in the South, preference will be given to rehoming dogs in this area; although we will consider surrounding areas in exceptional circumstances. We will endeavour to help other lurcher rescues wherever possible. We take dogs that are given up from home environments or through local authorities. We do not have kennel facilities, and all dogs are fostered within families until rehomed".
Fosterers in all areas are very welcome (A homecheck is necessary).

We rely entirely on voluntary donations.


Contact Name: Jenny

Telephone: Jenny - 07940 555574


St Francis Animal Welfare

Covers: Hampshire

St Francis Animal Welfare is a registered charity (no: 1166590) which has been established since 1953. Our shelter is based at Sunnyside Cottage, Mortimer’s Lane, Eastleigh, Hampshire.

We care for, rehabilitate and re home numerous domestic animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, caged birds, various small mammals and reptiles. We are a small shelter with only four full time and one part time member of staff and a team of several volunteers.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 02380 693282


Staffie and Stray Rescue

Covers: Dorset and Hampshire

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are the most abused and misunderstood breed of dog, this has motivated us to devote ourselves to rescuing this breed – and of course any dog, including lurchers and lurcher crosses, that needs our help.
We would love you to help us if you could foster temporarily or adopt a dog permanently. We provide help and support for you and your dog before and after your dog has been settled into its new home.

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Contact Name: Sophie

Telephone: 07450 207417 Monday to Friday: 9-5 Saturday: 9-5 Sunday: closed


Starfish Dog Rescue

Covers: Gloucestershire and surrounding area

Starfish Dog Rescue is a small organisation which rescues and rehomes dogs and other pets. We help people who are no longer able to keep their pets to find an alternative home for them, where they will be loved and cared for just as much as they have been in their original home. We also take in abandoned and unwanted pets and work to find a permanent loving home for them.

If you need help in finding a new home for your pet, or if you can offer a dog or other animal a new, loving home then please use our contact page to get in touch. Also please visit our Facebook page on!/StarfishDogRescue


Contact Name: Gillian



Stray Aid

Covers: County Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesborough and Darlington areas

Stray Aid is a registered charity, Charity No. 1117372, based in Coxhoe, Durham. We cover Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesborough and Darlington areas. Our aim is to provide practical help and information on stray, lost or abandoned dogs and unwanted cats across these areas. The Stray Aid Rehoming Centre, Coxhoe is open from 10am until 4pm. The dogs are available for viewing until 4pm.
Stray Aid is an animal welfare-based organization whose primary aim is to stop rehomeable stray dogs and unwanted cats from being put down. We increase public awareness to the plight of unwanted animals, providing information on what to do if you lose or find a dog or know of or have an unwanted cat, who to contact and how to get help. We are creating a network to facilitate the exchange of dogs around the country. We provide and maintain a safe and secure environment for our strays until such time as our dogs and cats can be rehomed. In addition, Stray Aid subsidises a veterinary surgeon to provide necessary veterinary treatment for un-owned animals.

The founder members of Stray Aid were appalled by the fact that healthy dogs were being put to sleep every week. In a Council Dog Pound, if a dog is not returned to its original owner or a new home can't be found, the dog may have to be put down to make room for the next batch of strays.

Stray Aid is dedicated to providing health checks, vaccination, flea and roundworm treatment, neutering and shelter for stray dogs and cats until such time as they can be rehomed.

We need your help. Please support us.


Contact Name:

Telephone: 0300 9994247 between 10am and 4pm seven days a week


Stubbington Ark

Covers: Portsmouth and South East Hampshire

The Stubbington Ark is an RSPCA branch animal shelter which is run by the Solent Branch of the RSPCA

The Solent Branch of the RSPCA is an independently registered charity. This means we are not funded by RSPCA Headquarters and as we receive no government funding or lottery grants. We have to raise all our own funds to keep the shelter running.

Our aim is to rescue any animal from neglect, cruelty, accident or misfortune and provide them with an opportunity to enjoy a better life.

The Stubbington Ark supports and maintains the objectives, principles and policies of the RSPCA and seeks to improve the welfare of animals by its own actions and by promoting responsible pet ownership.

Our address is :
The Stubbington Ark Animal Shelter
174-176 Ranvilles Lane, Stubbington,
Fareham, Hampshire
PO14 3EZ


Contact Name: Janie Ratliff

Telephone: 01329 666918


Tia Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue

Covers: Inverness and other parts of Scotland

Tia rescue is home to up to 100 Greyhounds, lots of Shire horses, two miniature donkeys and a menagerie of other animals.

We are now in our 18th year and the problem of Greyhound Welfare is still a massive problem.

Tia is run entirely by donations from the public.

We have nine charity shops from Skipton to Pickering and everywhere in between.

If you can help in any way, please do!

Thank you.


Contact Name: Deb

Telephone: 07974 960684


Valgrays Border Collie and Animal Rescue

Covers: See website for details.

•Please take a look at all of our deserving dogs and see if a small space can be found in your house for one of them, as they will surely take up a huge space in your heart when they arrive.
•Collie's need education and usually like a 'job' to keep them 'sane'.
•Some of the collies Valgrays have would be suitable for all fields of dog sports and hobbies; Agility, Obedience, Flyball, Working Trials, Extreme Walking etc, but the most important thing is that they are a loved and well cared for pet.
•When you get a collie and find a new hobby then you will be amazed at the new friends you will make along the way.
•All the Border Collies offered here have been assessed and all will be wormed and microchipped before going to their new homes.
•Neutering will be done according to the age of the dog involved.
•Valgrays is a 'tiny' rescue based around Val's own property, we pride ourselves on being small and pe


Contact Name: Val

Telephone: 01883 624513 or 0781 215 1704


Waggy Tails

Covers: East Dorset or West Hampshire (BH and SO40-45 postcodes

Waggy Tails Rescue is a registered charity based near Poole and Bournemouth. The Waggy Tails story is about happy dogs, happy people and happy homes. We always put the animal first – then the rest will follow.

We have a no destruction policy. No healthy animal is ever put to sleep, which means that as well as re-homing we also look after dogs in long term foster homes.

These tend to be dogs who are too ill or too old to be re-homed but we feel that these “oldies” have a right to a dignified and happy retirement. We need foster homes and sponsorship for our “oldies” whose vets bills are consistently high!

our adoption criteria

Dogs must not be left more than 4 hours a day
Households cannot have children under 6 years old
You must live within East Dorset or West Hampshire (BH and SO40-45 postcodes)
You must have a secure rear garden
It is the charity's policy not to home a dog where there is already an unneutered dog in residen

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Contact Name: Shelagh

Telephone: 01202 875000 between 10 and 4 weekdays, 10 and 1 weekends


Wisbech Galgo and Podenco Rescue

Covers: Nationwide ( rescue is based in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire)

Run by Barbara Townsend and her mother Chris with the help of Janice Freshwater and volunteers. We are a non profit organisation raising funds and finding homes for Spanish Galgos (Spanish Greyhounds) and Spanish Podencos (Spanish hunting dogs)


Contact Name: Barbara

Telephone: 01945 430311, 07717 217347


Wood Green Animal Charity

Covers: Based in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, but re-homes oiver a wide area.

Our vision is of a world where all pets are well cared for in loving homes for life.

We aim to achieve this vision by:

Providing the best possible care for animals in need.
Promoting good animal welfare and responsible pet ownership by providing support, guidance and education to members of the public.
Setting standards of animal welfare in the UK and beyond.

We seek to work in partnership with those who share our vision.
Our Values:

We aim to find the right home for every animal in our care.
We endeavour to support anyone who needs help in caring for their pets.
We believe the emotional and physical well-being of every animal we look after is paramount.
We are proud of our non-judgmental and compassionate approach.
We value our volunteers, staff, supporters, and our partners.
We pride ourselves on being open, honest, and committed in every aspect of our work.

Our Mission:

To take in unwanted and lost animals, provide shelter and care, find secure and loving homes, provide advice, support and guidance for pet owners and increase the public's awareness of its responsibility towards animals in society.


Contact Name: Tracey

Telephone: 0300 303 9333.


Woodside Animal Welfare Trust

Covers: South Devon

Woodside Animal Welfare Trust rescues, cares for and re-homes all kinds of animals in the South Devon area.We are committed to continuing total daily and long-term care to as many animals as we can afford, prior to their monitored adoption. We never give up on any pet in our sanctuary unless it is beyond veterinary help or dangerous.


Contact Name: Carole

Telephone: 01752 347503