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, microchip, worm and flea treat 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 11/02/2018

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Colin, aged 4 years

Colin will be 4 years old in the Spring 2018. He is a lovely, exuberant big hound with a heart of gold. Colin has never raced but has lived with racing owners. He has always lived in a kennel so will need house training. He may be a bit of a bull in a china shop at times but has the kindest nature and personality. He can be quite talkative when he is excited (listen to the video).

Colin may be best homed with older children as he loves to jump up to give you a kiss on the nose. He will need recall training and be kept safely on a long lead until he is trained. Like a lot of dogs, Colin can get quite nervous of loud bangs but generally is a confident boy.

Colin is used to dogs, cats, livestock and visiting children. He is currently living near Kendal and a prospective owner will need to come and visit him. Colin will be castrated, vacc’d and microchipped before being homed. We will arrange to do a home visit to chat about his needs. Contact us for more details about the lovely boy if you think you can offer him the perfect home. Click photos to enlarge. Short video HERE




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.

Bobby aged 5 years. He’s a loving boy who can take a little while to warm up to new people. He is currently enjoying making new canine friends and long leisurely walks off-site. He can be a little shy and seems to benefit from being around other dogs. He has undergone some training but will need a little more training. Please consider Bobby as he is a lovely boy.

Contact WARS for more details. Tel: 01905 831651

Visit their website to see available hounds  WARS WEBSITE

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 so please revisit this page regularly for updates.


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Tommy aged 6 and half

Maggie, aged 10

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Jack is a lovely 4 year old boy who is looking for a special and understanding home. Jack is an absolute beauty, he has such a gentle and caring demeanour that all the carers find him such a joy to be with. Jack loves all the typical hound activities, walking, running, sniffing, mixing with other dogs and eating but his affectionate nature with people is so incredibly rewarding that it is hard not to just sit and cuddle him. Sadly Jack is noise phobic, bangs, gunshots, fireworks are a problem for him so this needs to be considered when thinking about where you live.

Type of home needed

Jack must live with another dog, he could live with cats, he travels great in the car, he is housetrained, he can live with young adults and he will need someone around everyday at least for the first few months while he settles. People will need to visit regularly to get to know him as he can be a bit spooked by new people but if your chilled with him he will come round.


Jet aged 6 and a half

Jet has been adopted

Jet is a beautiful confident girl who is looking for her special retirement home. Jet is very lively despite being over 6 years so will enjoy an active home. Jet is good around dogs, cats and children. She has a very kind nature. Jet is currently with her racing owners near South Lakes and a prospective adopter would need to visit her there as they wish to be part of the homing process. Jet has been neutered and vaccinated. Please contact us if you would like to know more about lovely Jet. Click on photos to enlarge.


Glen, 8 month old tripawd

30/12/17 Glen has been adopted

Hello. My name is Glen and I am 8 months old. On November 12th I managed to end my racing career before it even started. I had a freak accident when being exercised on the fells and smashed my rear leg in various places. X rays by the vet showed that amputation was the only viable option. Someone from Trailhound Welfare came along to meet me 6 days after my op, and as you will see from the videos, I am getting along great. (The vet was a bit sneaky about removing my man bits too when they did the amputation!)

I am looking for my perfect retirement home. I am a quiet boy, fairly chilled out really. I have lived with lots of other dogs but no cats. I think I would like to be around nice children as I have a gentle and kind nature, although I have not lived with children.

Here is the type of home that I would like (I may be slightly flexible on some points so please feel free to get in touch if you think you can offer me an amazing home):

  • I am a little bit unsure of new experiences so I may be happier living with another dog; it could be a big sister or brother.
  • As I am only 8 months old, I am still very much a puppy so will need training and guidance from my new family. I will respond well to positive and kind training methods.
  • I have not lived full time in a house so will need house training.
  • I will need an owner who is not out at work all day, unless they could take me along with them.
  • I am used to living right out in the beautiful peaceful fells and may find a noisy or built up area too much so prefer a quiet or rural home.
  • My jumping ability will be affected by only having one launch spring instead of two, but I will still need a secure garden to keep me safe.

I am neutered, vaccinated and chipped. A prospective owner will need to come to meet me in Cumbria. Please email or ring Trailhound Welfare for more details.

CLICK ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGE. Here are 3 short videos of me managing well on 3 legs 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 travels well, and like most hounds, he loves his food. He just needs to work on his lead walking skills a little bit. He has not yet been cat tested.

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