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 13/10/2021

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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Laddie aged 2 and half

Laddie is a 2 year old boy who has no interest in racing. He is a lovely, friendly boy. He gets on with other dogs. He has not met cats. Laddie is a quiet boy. He is quite strong on a lead so will need to practice his loose lead walking in his new home. Laddie is currently staying with his racing family in north Cumbria. He is going to be neutered in the next couple of weeks.

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Ruby, Zack and Brad

RUBY is 8 years old. She is still a very active hound and happy to go on long walks. She has spent time in the house so house training is well under way. Has good recall (although new owner must work on it whilst she is safely on a lead until she bonds with you). Ruby is being speyed in the nest few days. She is currently in west Cumbria with her racing family.

ZACK is  6 years old and is a lovely and affectionate boy. He is a lovely hound who is used to children, and is currently living on a farm with all the farm animals. Has good recall (although new owner must work on it whilst he is safely on a lead until he bonds with you). Is being neutered in the next few days. He is currently in west Cumbria with his racing family.

BRAD is 2 years old and is a quiet boy. Used to living on a farm with the other hounds.

The racing owners of these hounds are involved with the rehoming process. A potential adopter will need to talk to them as well as representatives from Trailhound Welfare before any decision is made about who will adopt them. We are particularly interested in adopters who would be able to travel initially to Cumbria to meet a potential hound.

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Spot, 5 month old boy

SPOT IS RESERVED Say hello to Spot who is 5 months old. Spot’s racing career has been cut short even before it has started. His owners noticed he was lagging behind when running around with the other hounds, and took him to be checked out at their vet. Xrays were taken. We are happy to share the vet notes with anyone interested in adopting him. The vet said that he should not be used for racing or sports such as canicross or bikejoring etc but that he will be fine as a general pet.

Spot will need regular walks but also low impact games and activities to keep his brain busy whilst he continues to grow. We are looking for a dog experienced home who will have time to spend with him. Spot will need to be castrated at a later date, when he is around 12 months, at our expense. His new owner must be in full agreement for this to be done.

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Ruby, aged 7 years

RUBY HAS INTEREST. Meet Ruby. She is 7 years old and is an energetic and affectionate hound. Ruby lives on a farm in the Lake District and is looking for a rural/semi rural home with plenty of walks. Ruby currently lives in a kennel with other hounds so will need an owner who can help her to learn house training etc. She may like to live with another dog and a potential adopter will need to travel to north Lakes to meet her (and to introduce their dog, if they have one). Equally, we think she will be happy as an only pet, spending quality time with her owner.
Ruby needs a secure garden and active owners who will enjoy walking and training her. She will make a super companion.
We are looking for an owner who has previous experience of owning a dog. If you would like to know more about Ruby then drop us an email and we can let you know more about her and send you a pre adoption questionnaire. We will also need photos and video of home and garden.

More photos on our Instagram page HERE


Nelly aged 4

NELLY ADOPTED Nelly is a very sweet girl who has come into our care. Nelly is dog friendly and could live with children. She is very gentle. We are currently arranging Nelly to be speyed.

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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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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


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.