About the charity

Forever Hounds Trust works tirelessly for the welfare and rescue of greyhounds, lurchers, whippets and other sighthounds; our vision is a day when all of these dogs are free from risk or need. We were founded in 1996 as Greyhound Rescue West of England, and over the last twenty years have found loving forever homes for over 9,000 dogs across the country.

These wonderful hounds desperately need our help, often having been abandoned, taken to dog pounds or, in the cases of racing greyhounds, retired from the tracks. We are independent of the greyhound racing industry, and are entirely reliant on fundraising and donations to cover the substantial costs of caring for and homing dogs.


Photo 65 Larry top and Batman“Hello! I’m Larry (the handsome one at the top), with my friend Batman (he doesn’t say much but he’s a great guy).

Forever Hounds Trust found us our forever homes and they do the same for hundreds of dogs like us every year.

But, their commitment doesn’t stop at finding our forever homes.

If you need advice or support at any time (you may need to contact them, as my typing skills aren’t great), they will be here to support us forever too.”


lurcher1“I’m Wispa and I’m a hairy hound, commonly known as a lurcher – lurchers are the original designer breed you know! Somewhere in my family tree there is a mixture of a ‘sighthound’, like a greyhound, whippet or saluki, crossed with a working dog, like a collie or terrier.

Sighthounds come in all shapes, sizes and colours – tall and vertically challenged, hairies, smoothies, blackies, brindles, tri-colours, almost any variation you can think of.  Hound characters range from horizontal to vertical! Simply put, there is a hound for every home.”


Eimaer“Eimaer whippet here and that’s my big sister – she’s a lurcher too! Gaining my trust took time, patience and a fair bit of cheese but I soon blossomed in to the dog I was always meant to be – cheeky, entitled and utterly divine.

Trust is like love; hard-won but priceless… My friends and I placed ours in Forever Hounds Trust and so can you.”

 Together we are Forever Hounds Trust”

For over 20 years we have been a lifeline for dogs in need – taking them in from dog pounds (where many are under threat of destruction), from owners who are unable to keep them, responsible greyhound trainers, or from other rescue organisations. Some come to us from Ireland, where most racing greyhounds are bred and where sighthounds have a tough time. Everything from puppies to elderly dogs, elegant greyhounds, shaggy or smooth lurchers and sleek whippets come into our care.

Forever Hounds Trust is committed to improving the welfare of all working sighthounds, from cradle to grave, and gives an independent voice to racing greyhounds as a welfare member of the UK Greyhound Forum. We are members of the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes, a professional body made up of animal welfare organisations working towards a common goal of excellence in helping and homing rescue animals.

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