Trailhounds looking for loving homes

We have a number of trailhounds available for rehoming. Below are listed a few of them. Please contact us for more details about hounds available for adoption. Contact details here. We are able to supply a full history with all the hounds that we rehome, e.g whether they have lived with children, cats, other dogs etc.  If you would like to adopt a trailhound directly from Cumbria, please ring or email us. We are indebted to the shelters throughout the country that help us by taking hounds for rehoming. We neuter, vaccinate and microchip hounds before rehoming. We come and do a home visit so that we can answer any questions fully that you may have about adopting a hound. We have 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 13/07/2018

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Sam, aged 9

Sam is an affectionate and energetic 9 year old trailhound who is super snuggly and loves nothing more than cuddling up on the sofa with his people. He has a huge  personality and is great fun to be around. He travels well in a car, is housetrained and walks nicely on a lead. He is generally very dog friendly and loves to race around the garden playing with the hounds he is in foster with. Sam may be best homed without cats.

Sam came into our care because he was getting separation anxiety but his fantastic foster home has introduced a few simple strategies and he is now happy to be left. Also, he is currently living with calm hounds who have helped to show him that being alone means snooze time!

We would like to find a home that meets the following criteria:

♥ Sam will need a home with at least one other confident, playful dog who will help to show him the ropes, tear around a garden with him, and keep him company. The companion/s should be calm and happy to be left alone, as this will help Sam to adjust.

♥ Sam will make a fantastic companion for someone or a couple who will enjoy doing physical and mental (‘brain game’) activities with him.

♥  Whilst in foster, Sam has started some fun detection work as a way of using his very quick brain! He really enjoys problem solving and is very engaged with the clicker. He has had some 3-mile Canicross sessions. Are you looking for a lovely companion to do fun activities with? If so, Sam is waiting to hear from you!

Sam is currently in a foster home in the South East. His foster carers have nothing but good and positive things to say about him. They have provided us with lots more information about Sam that we can discuss with potential adopters, including training strategies that have worked well with him.

Unfortunately, his current foster home is only short term and although we ultimately want to get Sam settled in his forever home, we may consider an offer from someone who could foster him (for a minimum of 3 months).

If you would like to know more about Sam, please email or ring us (evenings) for a chat. Contact details at top of page.

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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.

Choc aged 7 and Sam aged 9. These are 2 lovely boys so if you feel you can offer a home to a slightly older dog, please get in touch.

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

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Rosie, 15 month old girl

Rosie has strong interest that we are following up on. 

Rosie is a lovely 15 month old hound who started racing this year but lost interest, so she has come into Trailhound Welfare for rehoming. Rosie gets on well with the other hounds she lives with. Her house training is going very well. She is a confident young lady but can worry a bit if left so it would benefit her to live with another dog.

Rosie is with Trailhound Welfare in Cumbria. If you would like to know more about her, please get in touch.

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Jill, aged 9

Say hello to Jill, who is 9 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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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.


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Monty and Star aged 16 months BOTH RESERVED

Star (dark markings) is a petite 16 mth old girl that does love lots of cuddles and treats. She is very excitable when she first greets you but soon settles down once she has checked you out and she gets on extremely well with other dogs, both Trailies & non Trailies. Star walks well in a lead but can be a bit strong when an interesting sniff reaches her nose. She does know her name, but the usual selective deafness kicks in when there is something else going on, however, she is very food driven and responds well to treats. She was clean in the house and in her kennel so housetraining should be straightforward.

Monty (light markings) – is a lovely 15 month old boy. He could live with another dog. Monty is a lovely boy who may be a little bit she until he gets to know you but he has a lovely personality.


Sally, 14 months old, looking for a special home

Sally has been adopted

Say hello to Sally who is a shy 14 month old young lady. Sally is currently living with her racing family on a quiet farm on the fells. She lives with other dogs but has not met cats. We would not anticipate her having a problem with a resident cat. She is a lovely and sweet girl who is very nervous of new situations so we are looking for a special home. When she gets very anxious, she can go off her food which is why it is imperative to find a calm and happy home for her. Sally has the sweetest nature and loves cuddles and kisses when she knows you. We feel the best home for her should meet the following criteria:

♥ Sally will benefit from a home with another friendly dog or dogs to help to build her confidence

♥ Sally will need a home with a routine that she can adjust to. Nervous dogs do not do well in homes where there are constant changes

♥ Sally needs a home with a large secure garden and access to quiet walks, especially while she adapts to her new life

♥ Sally will need owners who are around much of the time so that she can get plenty of time and input

♥ Sally would be fine around visiting children but may benefit from actually living with adults who have time to give her a lot of attention and love

♥ Sally will need her potential adopters to come to Cumbria to meet her and be prepared to possibly stay over a couple of days in order to spend time getting to know her in an environment where she feels confident

Short video of Sally HERE and HERE

Please ring us for a chat or email in the first instance if you would like to know more about Sally.

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Ben aged 5 years

Ben has strong interest that we are following up on

Ben is a lovely 5 year old hound who is looking for his special retirement home. Ben is sociable and confident and has lived with children. Ben has always lived in a kennel but will adapt well to life as a pet. As with all our hounds, he needs formal recall training but he has a very willing and biddable nature.

Ben has not met cats but could possibly do so if introduced carefully. Ben has lived with other hounds and he would love to live with a female dog. He walks well on a lead, and is walked by the family’s young children.

Last year Ben had an accident racing where he pulled the muscle off his back leg resulting in an operation to repair it. We have all the medical notes from his vet. As the wound healed, it has left him with a limp when he walks. He is fine running around, in fact he carried on racing after his accident (with permission from the vet) and is not in pain. He has just been left with a slight weakness in that leg. He will benefit from regular exercise and possibly even hydro sessions but it will not affect him as a general pet.

Ben is currently in Cumbria with his racing owners. See short videos of Ben in his garden.  VIDEO 1   VIDEO 2   VIDEO 3

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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. He is a very friendly and loving boy who is looking for his own cosy bed in front of a fireplace. 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