Dumfriesshire is home to one of the five remaining Scottish greyhound racing tracks. The track is just a mile from the border with Cumbria at Gretna.
In December 2001 the charity's founders decided that something needed to be done to improve the lot of ex-racing and ex-coursing dogs in the area so Dumfriesshire and Cumbria Greyhound Rescue came into existence.
Scottish Charity status quickly followed and this has enabled us to raise funds more easily. We use what we raise for kennel fees, feeding, vet fees, fostering expenses and advertising. We are wholly operated by unpaid volunteers. Your donations are the key to our success in re-homing retired Greyhounds.
We also run an extensive ‘Events’ calendar where we try to raise public awareness of the plight of dogs at the end of their racing or coursing careers and raise much needed funds.
To date we have found homes for one thousand dogs, a few of them lurchers, but the vast majority ex-racers or coursers. We have found that despite their size, coursers tend to be larger and heavier than racing dogs and they make equally good pets. The lucky owners who have one would say better!
So if you live in Dumfries and Galloway, Cumbria or wherever, and would like to help support our charity you need not necessarily adopt a greyhound. You can donate, foster, or assist with transporting, dog walking, assisting at fundraising events or even helping at the charity shop as a volunteer. All you need is some time and a big heart!
"We are the only greyhound rescue in Scotland to have a dedicated Charity Shop"
Fostering is an important step between the dog's working, racing and kennelling lifestyle and their new life living in a home. It is where they receive some needed support during their first real contact with the world outside racing and working. It is a huge help in making rehoming the dogs easier because it's a step in settling the dog into what will be their future home environment. We provide lots of support to all of our fosterers and along with this we supply all feed, dog beds, bowls, collars, leads, coats, and cover for vets bills! We just require your time and love and understanding to teach these lovely dogs about home life, so we can find out all about their wee traits and personalities which then helps us to match them to their forever homes.
If you are interested in providing a home to a retired Greyhound, or maybe want to foster a dog, fund-raise or simply want to get involved please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us on our website for more information www.dgrescue.org.uk. You can also follow us on Facebook at the link on the foot of this page.
We look forward to hearing from you.
The Perfect Pet
Greyhound owners and adoption groups agree that Greyhounds make wonderful pets.
Greyhounds are quiet, gentle, and loyal to owners and their family. They are very loving creatures, and they enjoy the company of their humans and other dogs. Whether a Greyhound enjoys the company of other small animals or cats depends on the individual dog's personality, like any other pet. Many owners describe their Greyhounds as "45-mile-per-hour couch potatoes".
Greyhounds live most happily as pets in quiet environments. They do well in families with children as long as the children are taught to treat the dog properly and with politeness and appropriate respect, like any other pet. Greyhounds have a sensitive nature, and gentle commands work best as training methods.
Occasionally, a Greyhound may bark, however Greyhounds are generally not barkers, which is beneficial in suburban environments, and they are usually as friendly to strangers as they are with their own family. A very common misconception regarding Greyhounds is that they are hyperactive.
In retired racing Greyhounds, this is not the case. They can live comfortably in small homes and flats, as they do not require much space and sleep close to 18 hours per day. In fact, due to their calm temperament, Greyhounds can make better small home and flat dogs than smaller, more active breeds.
At most race tracks, Greyhounds are housed in crates for sleeping. They know no other way of life than to remain in a crate the majority of the day. Crate training a retired Greyhound in a home is therefore extremely easy.
We always recommend that owners keep their Greyhounds on a leash whenever outdoors, except in fully enclosed areas. This is due to their prey-drive, their speed, and the assertion that Greyhounds have no road sense like many other pets.
So what is stopping you adopting or fostering?