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; many 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 £120 adoption donation. We offer 1 month free insurance with PETPLAN 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 (Sue) or 07773 252350 (Sue) or 07958 517366 (Barbara) Email: trailhoundwelfare@hotmail.co.uk

Most pictures below are thumbnails. Click on picture to enlarge. Page updated on 06/06/2021

HOUND TRAILERS – Please ring Sue or Barbara if you have a hound you wish to rehome. We can discuss if you wish us to assist you to privately home your hound (either by it staying with you until adopted OR for it to come into our care until adopted)  OR if you are happy for it to go to an external rehoming centre, in which case they take over sole responsibility for it. If you decide to find a home yourselves, we are still happy to pay for neutering, and to assist with advice and home checks, if you require it.

ADOPTERS –  Contact us and we will send you a pre adoption form. We have received an unprecedented number of enquiries all over the country since March 2020. We always match the right hound with the right family but we currently have more people waiting than available hounds.

As well as privately homing hounds, we also send some to other rehoming centres. If you see one on this page that you are interested in, contact the centre directly to register interest but please be aware – their own homing criteria will apply.

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Jula, aged 6 years

Jula is a lovely 6 year old girl with lots of energy and personality. She has retired from racing and her owners would love her to find a retirement home, as she gets quite upset when she sees her companions go off racing.

Jula is nervous of new situations so will need a very special home that has the time and experience to help her to enjoy her life.  It does not take long for her to warm to a new person: she will cover you in kisses then! She does need understanding owners who will not overfaze her too soon.

Jula currently lives with other hounds, who she gets on well with. She is nervous of puppies and would prefer not to be around dogs that try to pester her too much. Jula is still living with her racing family in North Cumbria and adopters would need to come to Cumbria for a weekend to meet and spend time with her. Before we get to that stage, we will need to complete all necessary pre adoption paperwork, discuss her needs, and share information, videos and photos, to ensure she is getting the best home. The following criteria is what we are looking for so if you are interested in knowing more about Jula, then please ring or email us.

Jula will need:

  • Owners with time and experience with shy dogs, who are able to introduce her to new things slowly, to help build her confidence.
  • Owners who are experienced at handling a strong dog, as Jula can pull especially if something worries her.
  • A quiet, rural home with a spacious and secure garden is a must. Excess noises worry Jula and she needs to be able to relax in her home environment.
  • A home with quiet walks and routine. This is so important with shy hounds as constant changes can be stressful.
  • An adult only home, although Jula will be fine with visiting children who are under supervision. This proviso is because children can sometimes be noisy and get into a dogs’ space when the dog is clearly not comfortable with it.

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Jack, 6 year old boy

UPDATED. Jack is a 6 year old boy who has retired from racing. Jack lives with other dogs, cats and chickens. He loves a good cuddle. Jack is good around children. He has spent some time in his racing owners home. He has reasonable recall although will need an owner to continue training him before allowing him to go offlead. Jack has been neutered. He is living in West Cumbria currently and a prospective adopter would need to come to meet him.

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Wesley, aged 1


Wesley is a 1 year old boy who has not taken to trail racing. He has no injuries. He is a lovely hound with good recall (although new owners need to keep a new hound safely on a lead until a good bond is established.) Wesley loves children, and has been raised on a farm with all the farm animals. Preferably to go to someone who has previously had hound experience. May enjoy canicross or running with an owner.

WESLEY IS BEING HOMED BY HIS RACING OWNER. Initial enquiries should be made through Trailhound Welfare and we will put you in touch with his owners. You will need to discuss details with them, including making arrangements to come to west Cumbria to meet him.



Worcestershire Animal Rescue Shelter, Deblins Green, Malvern, Worcs

WARS often have trailhounds for rehoming. 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 very popular in the area.

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

Flint is a lovely boy who is quite shy. Read more about him on WARS site. RESERVED


Spot, aged 4


Spot is a handsome 4 year old boy who has come into our care on 28/05/2021. Spot is a friendly and happy boy. He lives with other hounds who he gets on with. He has been clean in the house and settles down on the sofa for a cuddle and a snooze. He enjoys his walks and is responding well to recall.   Click photo to enlarge.



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.

Canterbury Dogs Trust 

Rocky, aged 6.

Here is what Dogs Trust say about him: Visit their website for more details. Rocky is a beautiful 6 year old Trailhound. He enjoys exploring all our exercise compounds and playing enrichment games that his Canine Carers make him. He has some canine friends that he enjoys walking with but does like to have his own space to go and explore, and he is quite strong on the lead. Rocky loves his food and treats which will help with his ongoing training. He can be a little unsure when meeting new people and needs to be given a little time and space to get to know you. Rocky is looking for an active, patient adult only home that will give him time to settle. Rocky needs to be the only pet in the home and cannot live with cats. He must have direct access to his own secure garden that he can spend his time exploring and he will need some ongoing training. Potential adopters must live within a 45 minute drive of the Canterbury Rehoming Centre.


Bella, 1 year old hound X with RSPCA

Bella is a hound type, possibly crossed with a lurcher. She is in RSPCA Millbrook Animal Centre in Chobham, Surrey. They are looking to home local to Surrey and for an adopter to visit her a number of times before adopting.

Bella needs an experienced and specific home. Read all about her on the RSPCA website and contact them directly if you are interested. DETAILS


Pete, aged 3

Pete is a lovely 3 year old boy. He is quite a shy boy so will be looking for a home that is calm without too much hustle and bustle. He gets on well with the hounds he is living with and loves playing with one of the younger ones, racing around our paddock. He would love to live with another dog, but could also be an only dog.

Pete has been around cats and could live with one. He could live with children although older ones would be better as a calm home will suit him best.
Pete needs an owner with previous dog experience who will help him to learn new experiences at a steady pace. He will benefit from a routine to build his confidence. He is a country boy at heart and loves going for rural walks so would need a home in a quiet location.
Pete has been clean in the home since he has been with us. He will need a secure garden and someone around most of the day to help settle him in. He is such an affectionate boy who loves to curl up on the sofa with you for a cuddle. Watching him slowly slide off the sofa head first without actually waking up is very funny to see. Please email us if you would like to know more about Pete.

Video 1 here       Video 2 here

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Other hound types in other rehoming centres

Although we primarily promote trailhounds looking for homes (and love them so much that we want you to adopt one!), we also like to support other organisations so occasionally list different hounds on this page. Here are some organisations that home other hound breeds and hound crosses.

Dogs Trust – national organisation with rehoming centres all over the UK. Use their drop down menu to find a hound breed, usually listed as trailhound, beagle, harrier or foxhound.

Beagle Welfare – rehomimg centre at Burton 0n Trent. Also have beagles in foster homes throughout the country.

Foxhound Welfare UK – based in the North East near Newcastle but homes throughout the country. Has variety of hound breeds for adoption.