Our mission, vision and values

Our Vision

Our vision is a day when every greyhound and lurcher is free from risk or need.

Our Mission is to:Greyhound thinking about our vision and values

  • Rescue and care for unwanted, abused or abandoned greyhounds, lurchers and other sighthounds in any part of the country, resources allowing.
  • Find loving permanent homes for all our hounds.
  • Provide, in line with best practice, care for all our hounds.
  • Strive for and promote improved sighthound welfare through our active membership of the UK Greyhound Forum, the All- Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare, the Association of Dogs & Cats Homes and any other appropriate body.

Our Values


  • We believe every dog should be protected from abuse, neglect and abandonment
  • We believe every dog should have a permanent, loving home
  • We advocate, influence and inspire others to improve welfare for all sighthounds
  • We work together in order to achieve our mission and ultimately, our vision


  • We give the best possible care to our dogs
  • We always act in the best interests of our dogs
  • We always strive to find the best permanent, loving home for each of our dogs
  • We never willingly choose to put a healthy dog to sleep


  • We lead the way in matching our dogs to permanent, loving homes
  • We work to the highest possible standards in each area of our work
  • We use our experience and data to lobby for improved welfare for all sighthounds
  • We create a supportive, respectful and enabling environment for  volunteers, trustees and staff
  • We are courteous, fair and considerate

How we are funded

We are independent from the Greyhound Racing industry and receive no funding from the Greyhound Board of Great Britain. We rely on funds from individual supporters, voluntary fundraisers, legacies, and grants from Trusts and Foundations.

People homing dogs from Forever Hounds Trust contribute towards our funds, and we ask for a donation from people handing in their dogs to us, except in cases of genuine personal hardship.

Our policy on euthanasia

Forever Hounds Trust will never to put a healthy dog to sleep. Euthanasia is only ever considered in cases of physical ill-health (under vet advice), on welfare grounds or if the dog poses a significant danger to humans or other dogs.