If you are interested in adopting a dog from Clare Greyhound Sanctuary, please contact us and tell us about your living situation, your experience with dogs, other pets in the house, children, what the dogs daily life should be like etc. The more information we get, the easier it is for us to match you to the right hound. Click here for more info on the adoption process.



On February 6th 2019, this little beauty arrived. Flora is pure black, very pretty and settling in well.


This is Thomas, who joined the Sanctuary crew on February 16th 2019. He is three years old and a very calm and relaxed boy. More information will come when he has settled in properly.


Niall had no interest in racing and is looking forward to become a pet. He is social and friendly, good with the other dogs. Niall is 3 years old. Niall has Diabetes Insipidous, which requires twice daily medication, and blood tests every nine months to make sure that his values are as they should. He is also almost blind. In spite of these disadvantages Niall enjoys his life to the full. He loves to run and play, to go for walks and to have cuddles. We hope that somewhere there is a home that is just right for Niall. A home that understands that caring for a special needs dog can be very satisfying. Let’s find Niall that home. Niall is available for adoption in Ireland.


Pique has finished his coursing days, and will now focus on finding a suitable sofa to lounge on. Pique is three years old and he is an energetic, friendly boy, who loves human attention and tearing it up in the garden. He can be a little jumpy when he gets excited. He is good in the car and on lead. Pique has met smaller dogs, but he plays a little bit too exuberant to be off lead around them. He is not cat friendly. A lovely, handsome and elegant boy who would love an active home with plenty of time for cuddles on the sofa.

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Marcus is a big, hunky, black male. Happy, handsome, confident and friendly. He will be three years old this year. He is very strong on the lead, and can be a little mouthy, but don’t be fooled. Marcus is just an overgrown, very enthusiastic and very soft puppy. All he wants to do is to shower you with love and affectionate, but he has still to learn how to do it gently. Marcus needs kindness and patience, a harsh word or raised voice crushes him, and he will run and hide, making himself as small as he can. There is not a bad bone in his body, and once he has learned not to be so very overwhelming with hos displays of affection, Marcus will make the most loyal and stunning pet greyhound. Marcus is not cat-friendly.

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This beautiful brindle girl is Laura. Laura is quite small, and she is still a bit skittish around strangers. Friendly, but a bit wary. She is as pretty on the inside as she is on the outside, but it takes her a while to warm up to new people. Once she knows you she is playful and affectionate. She loves to snuggle and to be given belly rubs and kisses. Laura is looking for a patient and understanding home, that can give her the time she needs to figure things out. A quiet home with routines will suit her best. Once she is settled, she is a friendly and confident girl with a really, lovely personality. Laura is available for adoption in Ireland.


Tobe, Diana, Bea, Valdemar and Fintan are booked to be rehomed in Italy.

Special Hounds

We have 3 special hounds that are long-term residents at the sanctuary. They are only available for adoption in Ireland: Leo, Tikki and Oonagh. These hounds are spooks. Spooks are also known as shy or nervous. They are sometimes thought to have been abused, but in fact they are born, not made. I think of spookiness as a form of autism. Their brains are wired differently and they process stimuli in a different way. You can’t love a spook “better”, but you can provide an environment in which they feel secure and they can blossom. In their daily lives they are very much like any other greyhound here. They love to play in the field, they are cheeky and affectionate, they are comfortable around other dogs. But they don’t to well with strange people, new situations or too many changes. Since this is a sanctuary, they are safe here, but needless to say these four are long term residents.

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Say hello to the stunning Leo. He will be three years old in October 2018 so he is still just a baby. Leo wasn’t interested in racing. Leo is another shy one. But Leo has made great progress since he arrived. In the beginning he hardly dared to leave his bed, now he races around with the others, asks for cuddles and in general behaves like any other playful, three year old. New people, and new situations still make him very insecure though. He find most things really scary. New people, new places, noises, going in the car… Leo has been at the sanctuary for a while now, and will probably stay on a bit. Maybe one day he will be brave enough to be adopted.

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Tikki arrived June 2017. She is three years old now, a pretty girl with four white paws and long legs. Tikki is the worst case spook. She will react emotionally violently to strangers. She will either run and hide in her kennel, and try to make herself invisible, or she will develop a sort of obsessive compulsive behaviour where she paces back and forth and shouts at the scary intruder. In her daily live she is very much like any other greyhound here but she doesn’t do well with strange people, new situations or too many changes.


Oonagh is about 4 years old. She came to the sanctuary in 2016 and her owner told me that she was quite nervous and ill at ease around people, so I wasn’t surprised when I first met this stunning, big, dark brindle girl and she was doing everything to avoid me. But we got on. Actually, she very quickly relaxed and turned out to be funny, cuddly, affectionate and happy. She loves racing around the garden, she gets on great with all the other dogs, even if she will complain every time a new roomie is introduced, and in spite of her size she is convinced she is a lap dog. But she is steadfastly refusing to interact with anyone but me. Some visitors might get a quick sniff, others are given the cold shoulder. It is not so much fear, I have figured out, as the fact that she is highly selective. She adored her owner, she adores me, others are totally superfluous to her. So after almost 3 years she is still here, enjoying her life to the full. And I still live in hope that Her Highness will one day meet someone who she will deign worthy of her attention. Because she is a lovely dog who deserves a home of her own.