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.

Please welcome Zachary! He will turn five years old in April and have finished his racing days. He is a gentle soul. More information as he settles in and becomes ready for his new life as a pet.

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.

Meet Tristan Houdini. Three years old, devastatingly handsome, a gentleman, and possible part cat. Yesterday he somehow managed to squeeze himself through a partially open, but secured window to inform me that I was LATE serving his dinner. I could figure out the progress from the desk to the windowsill to access to window, but I can still not figure out how he managed to get himself out from that angle. Actually, he might be able to walk through walls.
Tristan retired from racing due to a tendon injury, but it does not cause him any problems in his day to day life. He is a great guy, and he has shown very clearly that he is ready to find his forever sofa.

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.

Robbie has no luck in finding his people, and it breaks my heart since he is so full of love and affection. Robbie is six years old, house trained, travels well in the car and fond of human company. He is quite a sensitive boy, who can become a little giddy when he is stressed. He gets very excited when he sees small dogs, so an area without too many dogs walking would suit him best. He is very clean, relaxes inside and loves to run and play outside. For two years he has seen his kennel mates come and go, and for two years he has been bursting with happiness when visitors arrive. Robbie will make a wonderful loving and loyal companion. Robbie has so much affection to give and we would love to see him back in a home again.

Mona is looking for a five star home. After a long career, first as a racer and then as a brood, eight year old Mona deserves a forever home to live out her life. She is currently in a foster home, where she enjoys the peace and quiet, sneaking into the human bed, doing zoomies and she loves going for walks and explore the world. Mona has impaired sight in one eye, but is otherwise healthy. She is a small, rather dainty greyhound, but she has a prey drive, so no small dogs or cats, to be on the safe side. Although she is full of love and fun, she is quite worried when she first meets new people, but with a little bit of patience she quickly comes around. Mona would prefer an adult home only and not too urban. Right now she enjoys living in a fairly busy village and she has got used to the traffic.

Welcome Misty. She have just finished rearing her last litter and is now looking forward to becoming a pampered pet. This lady could be prescribed as an anti-depressant. It is impossible to not be happy in her company. Her happiness and lust for life is contagious. Misty is a former brood, who came here only six weeks after giving birth to her fourth and last litter. This fabulous lady is the living proof that age is just a number. Full of joy, fun and love, she enjoys running in the garden, playing with toys, cuddles and rooing. Misty will turn eight in December, but she has the energy and zest of a dog half her age. She is a large, strong lady and due to her enthusiastic nature she would be better in a home with children over 12 years of age. Are you the one lucky enough to be able to offer happy, easy going Misty a forever sofa? If so, please get in touch.

Please welcome handsome William. He is four years old and will be looking for his forever home soon. More information on him.once he has settled in and we have got to know him.

Please welcome Sonia. She is very lucky girl. Sonia wasn’t fast enough and was brought to the vet to be put down. Luckily, the vet thought she deserved better, and now Sonia is here. She is only two years old, still a bit shy and uncertain around strangers, but she will be given the time and space she needs to develop and grow her confidence.
Many thanks to Treaty Veterinary Clinic for stepping up for Sonia, and for spaying her, vaccinating her and giving a donation of dog food.

Phoebe arrived here very pretty and very nervous. She has calmed down a bit, but she is still wary and wants to hide when she feels overwhelmed. We are taking things slowly so she can mull over things at her own pace. Phoebe is not yet two years old.

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.

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.