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 25235 (Sue) or 07958 517366 (Barbara) Email: trailhoundwelfare@hotmail.co.uk

Most pictures below are thumbnails. Click on picture to enlarge. Page updated on 09/04/2021

Covid-19. All rehoming is being done whilst observing government guidelines.

We are not always putting available hounds details on the website as we are matching and homing them to people already on our waiting list. It is still worth potential adopters contacting us so that we can send out a pre adoption form. 

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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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

09/04/2021 – 2 hounds going to WARS. Contact them for more details.

Spot, aged 4. COMING SOON

Spot is a 4 year old boy who will be available in the near future. He has a slight racing injury which should not affect him as a pet. Spot is a friendly and lively boy who is quite strong on a lead. He lives happily with other hounds. We plan to further assess Spot in the near future. Until then we are only inviting enquiries from people with trailhound experience. Click photo to enlarge.


Jed, aged 2

Jed is reserved.

Jed is 2 years old and was not very interested in following an aniseed trail. He is a friendly boy with other dogs. Jed is currently with us in foster whilst being assessed so that we find his perfect home. He has been clean in the house and will make a lovely pet. Click photo to enlarge.


Blue, 2 year old looking for canicross home


I would like to introduce you all to Blue. He is  two year old Trailhound who is being retired from racing and would make an excellent Canicrosser with the right encouragement and training. Blue is being rehomed through his owner but with the full back up and support of Lakeland Trailhound Welfare. He will be vaccinated, wormed, deflea’d,  castrated and a full home check done before he is rehomed.  Blue is a really sweet natured boy who gets on really well with other dogs of all sizes, is very loving and just a little bit nosey. He pulls quite strongly on the lead at the beginning of a walk but settles quickly. As a dog who has spent a good chunk of his life in a kennel, he is not currently housetrained but he is a bright dog and we think he will learn very quickly. He is a dog that is used to living with other Trailhounds and would benefit from the company of another dog unless a new owner could be around the majority of the time. Although Blue has not spent much time around young children, he has the personality that we feel would mean he would cope well, however please bear in mind that he is a big solid dog and any interactions should be monitored. As a Trailhound, Blue has the most awesome nose, that frankly spends a lot of time investigating everything…. and so if you fancy Canicrossing with a side of Mantrailing, he would be perfect for this. If anyone has any questions or is interested in Blue, please feel free to email me. HELEN: overwaterace@hotmail.com


Billy, aged 5

Billy has interest.

Billy is 5 years old. He is a super friendly and happy boy who will need an  experienced home. He has been living in a house since 20th December and has had no toilet accidents. This will be ongoing training with his new owner. Bill will need good fencing and a garden to run around in. He could live with another dog especially one who would enjoy playing with him. He would prefer an owner who will be around quite a bit of the time.

Billy gets very excited and strong on a lead when he sees other dogs as he loves to try and say hello to them, so will need an owner who is experienced enough to continue training him. His recall training is coming on well but he will need a home that can offer SECURE off lead time for him, as he loves to get his nose down on a scent. Click photos to enlarge.  Click links to see short videos.  VIDEO 1   VIDEO 2   Video 3   VIDEO 4

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Benji, aged 7 years

Benji has been adopted

Benji is an adorable 7 year old hound who has retired from racing. His owner is very keen for him to have a great retirement home, and would like to hear how he gets on once adopted. Benji is currently living in the house and has been clean from the start. He is a big lad who walks nicely ion a lead. Benji loves to cuddle up close to you.

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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.