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.

We have two new handsome boys today. Please meet Romeo (white) and Rafe (black). Both of them have been waiting since May to come here and I’m very grateful to their owners for holding on to them. Romeo is six years old, a much loved former racer. But now it is time for him to find a sofa where he can park his stunning self. He is friendly and easy going. Rafe is three years old and the brother of Jessica and Zoe. Rafe didn’t like going to the track and he never raced. He is very affectionate and friendly and also good around smaller dogs. More information on these two boys as they settle in.

Let me introduce you to Misneach. This lady had been on our waiting list for a while. She was a brood and described as extremely nervous by her owner. Misneach was meant to arrive on September 1st, but that was the day Oonagh passed away, so she turned up a few days later. A very sad and scared, brindle girl, with a wonky back leg from an old injury. Her puppies was nine weeks old, but she was very attached to them and didn’t want to leave them. I have always found that the best way to work through grief is to help another hound heal, and strangely enough Misneach was exactly what I needed after loosing Oonagh. We have been on quite a journey for the past couple of weeks, Misneach and I. Many steps forward and some backwards, but now I can see that there is a happy, cheeky girl behind all the fear and sadness. She is no longer running away from me in terror, she enjoys ear rubs, she have dared to pick up treats and she is comfortable enough to relax in the sunshine. Both Misneach and I have some way to go still, but we are in a much better place than two weeks ago (september 2022).

My little Eila. ♥️ Only three years old now in August, but a really tough one to figure out. She was very scared when she arrived and from day one she was shut down, avoiding contact and keeping her distance. With Eila it was one tiny step at the time and small breakthroughs. The first time she went inside the kennels while I was standing at the door, being able to approach her for a cuddle, realising she loved being groomed, her running to me instead of running away. These days she loves her cuddles and today came another breakthrough. For the first time Eila gave the Paw of More, and having discovered how to do it, she isn’t stopping. A small thing for most dogs, but a huge thing for a girl who wouldn’t even look at me 18 months ago. ❤️

Sean is two and a half years old and have given up on racing. He is a super friendly, lively, cheeky boy who is discovering his inner puppy. This means he is dragging the laundry around or carrying out the dogs beds, when he is not racing around the garden. He has a lovely temperament, very easy going and kind. He is friendly and playful and likes to spend time with people. If he is excluded from what is going on he can get a bit frustrated and whine. He loves to gather shoes and clothes, but he is not destructive, and he is very fond of his food. Sean would need a home with some space to run around as he is still young with plenty of energy. He gets on with other dogs, but he can sometimes be a bit dominant and when excited his play style can be overwhelming. Though, to be fair mostly he is perfectly fine. On the whole Sean is very nice dog who would settle very well in a home were he is included and get to spend most of his time with his humans. If you want to know more about Sean, please get in touch.

Meet Winnie. She is only little and will turn two now in July. Winnie never took to racing and decided on a sofa career instead. She is friendly, funny and can be quite boisterous and jumpy. She loves her cuddles, playing with toys and running around in the garden. She has very little experience of life outside of a rural environment and would need to learn about such things like traffic and people walking around.

Meet Alvin, our snowflake rascal with an unstoppable joy for life. Alvin is a happy, friendly boy who is full speed ahead when he is outside and very relaxed when inside. He loves cuddles and human attention, but is a bit too exuberant and prone to full on body tackling to be a good fit with smaller children. He also gets very excited at the sight of smaller dogs and cats, but he is very good around dogs his own size. Alvin is currently living with four other greyhounds, both males and females and gets on well with them. Alvin is four years old, a bit of a loner round other hounds but not against them in any way. He either does his own thing or sticks very close, demanding attention and cuddles. A good chest rub always calms him down. In spite of not being very large, Alvin is very strong. If you would like to know more about Alvin, please get in touch.

It is time to properly introduce Nancy. She has been here for a while, but she needed to find her feet and downgrade from tornado to occasional storm before she could be released on the world. Don’t get us wrong, Nancy is loving, sweet, friendly, funny and pretty as they come. There is not a bad bone in her, but she is a very intense young girl. Nancy is not a greyhound who spends her days lying upside down on a sofa. If you don’t find something amusing for her to do, she will find her own amusement. She loves toys, but in her eyes, anything can be a toy and she will not discriminate between actual toys and dog beds, table cloths cushions etc. She is whip smart and her brain is always busy, busy, busy. Because of this she also goes up in stress very easily and she can become overwhelmed. Our Nancy is not the easiest greyhound, but there is a very loveable girl underneath all the energy. We are looking for a special home for her. A home with experience and patience, with one or two grown up humans who are willing to work with and engage with our little rouge, and who have time to be with her most of the time. If you want to find out more, please get in touch.

Pretty, tiny Libby arrived here today, from Burren Animal Rescue. Libby broke her wrist very badly in March, and was brought to the vet to be put down. Luckily the vet knew of a rescue..After several surgeries and rehab from Sheena, Libby has now come here to continue her journey towards a pet life. Born in December 2019, Libby is still only a baby. She will probably have a limp all her life, but she is walking up and down stairs, running in the garden and she is happy, sweet girl. She eats well, loves toys and the other dogs and even if she is a little worried she is friendly and wants to make contact.

Please welcome Sonia. Sonia will turn three years old in August and she is another of our special cases. Because Sonia is struggling with a lot of emotions, the main one is anxiety and that sometimes translates into lashing out and quite fierce resource guarding. Her main resources as she sees it, is her human, then food and treats. She is currently living with several other dogs, but the optimal home for Sonia is a quiet home with one or two adults and no other dogs. There is no aggression in Sonia, but she can lash out and snap if she feels pressured. She has a particular fear of having her collar touched, especially when she is on a sofa or in a dog bed and making her move involves a lot of cajoling and reassuring. She walks well on lead but is unsure of strange people coming up to her and touching her. What Sonia loves most of all is being close to her human. She have grown a lot since she first arrived here and is now happy with showing affection to visitors. We are so hoping there is a home out there who can give this beautiful girl what she so deserves, her own human, a safe and patient environment, lots of love and attention. Any future home for Sonia will have to meet these requirement: Adult only home. No visiting children. A quiet home. Some experience with anxious dogs.

This very pretty two year old female is Diana. She arrived here very skittish and nervous, and while she is still quite shy around people she doesn’t know, she has improved a lot. Diana has had a very limited experience of life and she will need some guidance to feel secure in new situations. She is not suitable for life as a single dog. Diana is a lovely girl with lots of love to give to an owner who understands that she is a work in progress. She gets on very well with her roomies, she is good with small dogs while on lead, but she is a young, giddy thing who plays in a typical greyhound fashion, so is best suited to live with larger dogs.

Troy is another dog who has been here a while. He became very stressed out when he first arrived and it took some time for him to settle. He is doing very well now, but Troy is a dog who reacts to things. Like people, cars and bicycles going past on the road outside. They might be dangerous and must be warned off by a lot of barking. He is very insecure around other males and does best around females. But in spite of all his bark, Troy is a big softie who wants to do right and to please. We know that being large, black and reactive is making it difficult to find the right home for Troy. But we also know that he is a lovely dog with plenty of love and affection to give, and we are not giving up on him.

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.