Trailhounds looking for loving homes

Listed below are some of the trailhounds currently available for adoption. We are able to supply a full history of each hound, e.g whether they have lived with children, cats, other dogs etc. We take in around 60 hounds a year; some we home ourselves and some go to reputable rehoming centres throughout the country. We ensure hounds are neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, and visit you in your home so that we can answer any questions fully. There is a £70 adoption fee for boys and £90 for girls. We have teamed up with PETPLAN Insurance and offer 1 month free insurance when you adopt a hound from us. If you are new to trailhounds, please carefully read our FAQ and training page to be sure that a trailhound is the right type of breed for you.

Initial enquiries: 01697478383 or 07773 252350. Email: trailhoundwelfare@hotmail.co.uk

Most pictures below are thumbnails. Click on picture to enlarge. Page updated on 11/12/2018

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Dogs Trust

We are indebted to Dogs Trust who take some of our trailhounds for rehoming. It gives people the opportunity to meet and adopt from all parts of the country. Please note that once a hound is in their care then their homing procedures and policies apply. We are always happy to talk to you about your hound but Dogs Trust make their own assessments when the hound is in their care. Various Dogs Trust kennels throughout the country take our hounds (mainly Leeds, Harefield and Canterbury) so please revisit this page regularly for updates.

Harefield DOGS TRUST

Contact Harefield

Dan, aged 21 months. Lovely young lad who will make a wonderful pet. More details to follow.

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Worcestershire Animal Rescue Shelter, Deblins Green, Malvern, Worcs

WARS regularly take trailhounds on our behalf. Why not ring them for a chat or call in and see them, to register your interest in a trailhound. They will keep you informed when a suitable hound goes there. They often have a waiting list for trailhounds as they are so popular.

Bob aged 7 and half. Bob is a lovely boy who will make a super pet.

Zac, aged 6 and half. Friendly and lively boy who has lived with children and cats. Needs very good fencing. 

Jacob, aged 9 and half. Sweet and active boy looking for his retirement home. Loves to go for walks.

Contact WARS for more details. Tel: 01905 831651 Visit their website to see available hounds  WARS WEBSITE

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Belle will be 8 in Spring 2019. Her prospective family will need to travel to Cumbria to meet her. More details to follow very soon.

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Jill, aged 9

Say hello to Jill, who is 9 and half years old. Jill is still living with her racing owners who feel she would love a home where she can relax and be pampered. She often spends nights in the house so is already mostly house trained. Jill gets on with other dogs that she lives with, so would benefit from living with a friendly easy going dog.

Jill can be unsure of unknown people and dogs when out on a walk and may woof at them a few times but she means no harm. She may be better in a home in a quiet area where she can enjoy her walks in peace then maybe potter around a nice garden.

Jill is very affectionate and loves having a fuss made of her. If you think Jill may suit your lifestyle, then please email or ring us for more information. Prospective adopters would need to come to Cumbria to meet her.

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Choc, aged 7 and half

Choc has interest that we are following up on.

Choc is a lovely boy who will be 8 years old in Spring 2019. He is currently in foster with Trailhound Welfare in Cumbria. Choc lives in close contact with 2 other hounds and regularly mixes with other dogs. He has not met cats although we could arrange to cat test him, for the right home.

Choc has been clean in the home. He will need a home where he is not left for long periods, in order to continue building up good house training. Choc is very food motivated which is helping to build up good recall although this is ongoing and a new owner must continue to take it slowly before allowing him free access. It can take many months to achieve good recall.

We are looking for an experienced adult only home with someone who is looking for their soulmate as Choc will be an incredible companion for someone to bond with. He loves to be with you and has such a happy disposition. Choc loves to snuggle up with his human on the sofa, so a home with sofa access is a must!

We are looking for a very special home for Choc so if you meet the above criteria and have a particularly comfortable sofa, please ring or email us for more details.


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Sam, aged 10

Sam has been adopted. Good luck, lovely boy!

Sam is an affectionate and lively 10 year old trailhound. He loves going for walks but also curling up on the sofa and being cuddled. He is a big boy with a huge goofy personality and is great fun to be around. He is housetrained, walks beautifully on a lead and travels well in a car. He is mostly dog friendly but can bark at strange dogs particularly un-neutered males. Generally he enjoys playing with other dogs. Sam may be best homed without cats. Sam likes people and is very popular with children he meets in the park.

Sam came into our care because he was getting separation anxiety but his foster homes have worked hard to reduce his anxiety and a lot of progress has been made. Sam’s health is good although he does have a weakness in his back legs which has been diagnosed as nerve damage. It is managed by giving pain relief medication.

Sam will make a fantastic companion for someone who will enjoy and have time to engage in gentle physical and mental (‘brain game’) activities with him and will continue to work on his separation issues.

Sam will benefit from a home with at least one other confident dog to keep him company. The companion/s should be calm and happy to be left alone, as this will help Sam to adjust.

Sam is currently in a long term foster home in the South East with other trailhounds.

If you think you can offer Sam an amazing home, and would like to know more about him, please email or ring us (evenings) for a chat. Contact details at top of page. Video 1 HERE  Video 2 CLICK


Ernie, aged 4 and half

Ernie has been adopted

Ernie is a lovely 4 and half year old boy who will make a super companion. He is dog friendly and would happily live with another dog. He is a very trainable boy as he engages really well with people.

Ernie has retired from racing due to a slight injury to a foreleg which will not affect him as a pet. He would be able to run around as normal without any problem.

Ernie is currently with his racing owners in west Cumbria. If you would like to find out more about Ernie then please ring us for an initial chat.


Bonny, aged 6 and half

Bonny has been adopted

Bonny is a lovely hound who will be 7 in Spring 2019. She has raced all her life and as a veteran this season. She is looking for an active retirement home as she enjoys her long walks. Bonny could live with another dog, and is also used to cats.

Bonny will need a secure garden and an owner who will be able to keep her safely on a long lead until fully trained to recall. Bonny is currently in Cumbria with her racing owners. Prospective adopters will need to visit her in Cumbria. Please contact us for more details.


Rufus 6 and half year old boy


PLEASE NOTE: Rufus is NOT being homed by Trailhound Welfare.

Meet the beautiful 6 and half year old trailhound Rufus. He retired after an active racing life in Ireland. Rufus is currently living in a home with a number of other dogs, who he loves to run around with.

Rufus has been castrated, vaccinated and fully health checked. He came to the UK from Southern Ireland and has a pet passport.

Rufus is being homed by Foxhound Welfare UK. To find out more about Rufus and other hound breeds with FWUK, please email them directly at foxhoundwelfareuk@gmail.com or visit their website HERE