Homing a Greyhound

If you ever homed a greyhound you may already know that they really make wonderful pets – they demand very little, are happy to snooze the day away, are loving and loyal and mostly need only two walks of 20 minutes each per day. Greyhound owners say they are a bit of an addiction; either you will end up with more than one greyhound (one simply isn’t enough) or you will find that you just won’t ever want any other breed than a greyhound.

The Greyhound Trust Canterbury always has about 20 dogs available at the kennels and we will help you find the one that is right for your home, family and circumstances. If you are thinking about re-homing an ex-racer please contact us or visit Brian and the team at the kennels, they will go out of their way to help you find the right dog.

Below we are giving some information on the re-homing process and what to expect from re-homing an ex-racing greyhound. Naturally, the process will throw up some questions and Brian, the team and our volunteers are always at the end of the phone if you need advice and guidance.

So what is it like to re-home a greyhound?

We are thrilled that you are considering to adopt one of our ex-racers. As mentioned before we will work hard to help you find the right dog for you.

Meeting your new best friend

If you visit us at the kennels, Brian and his team will take some time to learn more about you, your family and your situation. Do you live in a house or a flat, do you have younger children, do you work and of course what kind of dog you’re looking for. They will then point you in the direction of some of the dogs that might be suitable and you can take them out for a walk. Making that decision about a particular dog may take some time so you might need more than one walk to find the right dog.

Home check

Once you have found “the one” the kennels can reserve the dog for you, while we book in a home check, i.e. someone is going to visit you at home to go through some questions, talk about your situation and check your garden to make sure the fences are secure and high enough(6 ft.). Once the home check is done you will be able to arrange the pick up of your new family member with the kennels.

What you receive

We ask for a donation when you adopt a greyhound from us. The dog is going to be vaccinated, wormed, neutered and the insurance company Pet Plan will provide the first four weeks insurance cover free of charge. You will also receive a collar, lead and muzzle for your greyhound.

When you have adopted your dog we will continue to provide support to help you and your greyhound settle into their new home.

We’d also like to mention that it would be wonderful if you could consider a black greyhound as a new family member. They often get overlooked at the kennels, as there are more of them and they might not always “catch your eye” immediately. Needless to say that they will be grateful to you forever and will love you unconditionally, so why shouldn’t we give that unconditional love right back to them. To see the black dogs we have available for re-homing at the moment, please visit our Dogs Looking For Home page.

Some greyhounds are happy to share their new home with cats – if you have a cat and want to re-home one of our dogs please contact the kennels.

Brian and his team will be able to advise which dog might be suitable to live with a cat and they can do an initial cat test. They will also give you lots of guidance and advice on how to introduce your old and new family members safely.

If  you have any additional questions or need more information, just contact us!