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; some 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 £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 12/02/2019

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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.

Harefield Dogs Trust

Glen is just 6 years old and is a strikingly handsome boy.  He can be strong on the lead and will need recall training as he’s far more interested in getting his nose down & tail up!  Glen is very affectionate and loves to be made a fuss of, he responds well to earning his treats so that will help in his training.

Todd is just 2 and a real live wire! He’s interested in everything & every smell is just too irresistible to miss out on.  Todd’s very strong on the lead and will need all the basic training but he is a lovable, friendly boy who loves lots of attention and cuddles

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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.


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


Lady, aged 4 years

We have had a number of enquiries about Lady which we will be following up on.

Lady is a lovely 4 year old hound who has lost her interest in racing. Her racing owners would love her to go to a fantastic retirement home where she can be the centre of attention. Lady is a very sweet girl who has lived happily with dogs, cats, children, horses and all farm animals. She is currently still with her racing owner who will be part of the homing process and will be able to answer any questions an adopter may have about her. Please email or ring us for more details. Short video of Lady  to follow shortly. Video 1Video 2

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Brie, aged 11 months

We have had an enquiry about Brie that we are following up on.

Sweet Brie is a petite female hound who will be 1 year old in Spring 2019. She is quite a shy and retiring hound who will need an experienced and understanding home. Brie gets on well with dogs and cats and will benefit from a quiet home with a confident dog who will help to give her confidence. Brie loves to play with dogs  she is also very affectionate once she gets to know you.

Shy hounds do well in homes where there are not too many changes as they thrive where there is routine. She will need a home with good fencing and where there is someone home a lot of the time, in order to build up a good rapport.

Brie is currently in north Cumbria. Please contact us for more details.


Baz, 21 months old

Baz has been adopted

Baz is a 21 month old boy who broke his leg in October 2018 so has retired early from racing. He is a stunning looking boy with an equally lovely temperament. He is friendly with dogs and people. We have cat tested him and he was very gentle towards our stooge cat. 

He will need time to slowly build up exercise to strengthen his injured leg. Baz is with us in North Lakes area and is getting used to being a house dog. He has been clean in the house and will need to continue his house training, Baz settles quickly in the home but can be a bit of a bull in a china shop at first.

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Belle has been adopted

Belle is a lovely hound who will be 8 years old in Spring 2019. She is a lively and very friendly girl who is looking for a home that will offer walks in the day and cuddles in the evening. She may have retired from racing but she is very active still, so does not want to be a couch potato.

Belle could live with another dog but would need to meet it first. She has not lived with cats although we would be able to cat test her for the right home.

Belle is still with her racing owner and a prospective family will need to travel to Cumbria to meet her. Her owner will be more than happy to discuss Belle with a prospective owner. She will be homed neutered, vaccinated and health checked.

Please contact us for more details. Short video of Belle HERE

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Jill, aged 9

Say hello to Jill, who is 9 and half 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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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. 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