STOP PRESS-  CHRISTMAS CATCH UP! Please see full details on “News and Events”

To keep the Erin Hounds’ family safe, please do not come to our Christmas Catch Up  on December 4th if you have any Covid, flu or cold symptoms or have had any Covid contacts. 

Thank you for helping us all stay fit so we can keep helping desperate sighthounds.

Pandemic update:

Please continue to register your interest in adoption with us. We are assessing dogs in foster homes for home offers to ensure the best outcome for all.  We are committed to the safety of everyone involved so adoptions will take longer than normal but please bear with us for the sake of the dogs.

Vision: that Irish sighthounds cease to be exploited, over bred and abused but instead enjoy happy, healthy lives as responsibly owned pets.

Mission statement: Erin Hounds aims to rescue, rehabilitate and responsibly rehome Irish sighthounds in need, whilst educating the public about sighthound welfare issues in Ireland.

Erin Hounds is a registered charity, wholly run by volunteers who know and love sighthounds (a generic term for dogs with keen eyesight and a fast turn of speed such as greyhounds, lurchers and salukis). The charity was founded in 2008 to rescue sighthounds in the Republic of Ireland where thousands suffer due to massive overbreeding, irresponsible ownership, failure to enforce animal welfare legislation and a lack of awareness of their suitability as pets.

Since the only hope for many of these Irish dogs  is to find homes outside of Ireland, there is a close liaison between Victoria, our founder and rescuers on the front line near Galway (hence the name Erin meaning Ireland) and our team of dedicated UK volunteers, mainly based in Cheshire.

Hounds needing our help include young greyhounds deemed unsuitable for racing, ex racers and hare coursers surrendered to pounds to be euthanized usually around 4 years of age, bitches discarded after producing repeated litters and stray or abandoned lurchers.