How can you help our work in greyhound rescue and adoption in Essex, London, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and beyond

Ways to help Whittingham's work in greyhound rescue and adoption in Essex, London, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and beyond

Many thanks for your interest in helping some of our lovely greyhounds find loving homes! 

Adopting a greyhound

If you would like to adopt / rehome a greyhound, please contact us on 01992 893 734 or email

We home to all sorts of home set-ups including houses with enclosed gardens, flats, people with small dogs, families etc etc.  Just get in touch and we can discuss who might be the best dog to suit you.

If you are considering adopting a greyhound, please view our current "greyhounds looking for homes".

Donations - to support our efforts to rescue and rehome greyhounds

Thank you! 

We rely on donations so please email us for bank details or visit our gofundme page:

Please make cheques payable to: "Retired Greyhounds Charity"

A talk for your school or community group from Len and his adopter, Martin

Martin is willing to travel within a 30 mile radius (but asks for £10 petrol money if it is a considerable distance) to give this talk and raise the profile of greyhounds (both in their history and as pets, inspired by Len's wonderful adaptation to home life) and support for Whittingham in the process. Please get in touch if you'd like a talk

A huge thank you to Len's adopter, Martin, for his amazing support.

Here is more information:


A new one hour talk by Martin Attridge

In this, my last year of giving talks, I am now composing my final
group session.
This time, I have decided to offer a special topic, distinct from my
recent art and history titles. You will be offered a quite different
experience and perspective. Firstly, are you, perhaps, puzzled
and intrigued by the cryptic title above?
Well, my talk will feature a live model, an animal that you will
know of, but which is probably not very familiar to you. “ZLM4” is
his official GB racing registration, a green tattoo in his right ear.
Let me reveal more.
A short while ago we adopted “Len”, an ex-racing greyhound
from Whittingham Kennels, a retired greyhound charity near
Waltham Abbey. Len raced as “Charlie Em Len”, 75 times, mostly
at Henlow Racetrack near Hitchin. He is jet black, very docile and
affectionate towards people. However, with a highly sheltered
upbringing and not long retired, he is a little wary of other breeds
of dogs from Dachshunds to Great Danes.
My session will cover:
 Greyhound facts – their origin, natural abilities and instincts
 Greyhounds in the UK – introduction, coursing and racing
 Len’s background – birth, training, track record to retirement
 Adopting Len – a tale of mutual exploration and acceptance
Len will be with me to demonstrate the features that make
greyhounds so fast and he will love meeting everyone in your
All proceeds from these sessions will be donated to Whittingham
to help fund their valuable re-homing work


The lovely, talented Erssie, who is one of our adopters, is raising funds for us this year by donating all her knitting pattern revenue. 
Find her patterns at her shop: Erssie's knitting pattern shop
Thanks so much for your support Erssie - and get knitting everyone!


We are always grateful for anything people would like to send us.  Some of our more regular purchases or chosen items can be found on our Amazon Wishlist.  
Thank you so much to everyone who donates this way. 

Read about Will!

Louise (staff member) has written a book, published on Amazon about a very special dog called, "Will".
To buy visit and search for "where there's a Will" by Louise Clark - donate for free whilst shopping online!

Select: Retired Greyhounds Charity - Whittingham Kennels Greyhound Care as your cause and you can turn your everyday online shopping into FREE donations for us. 
There are over 4000 online retailers of all descriptions (including well known brands) which will donate to good causes.  So earn free funds for us as you shop! 

Give As You Live - donate for free whilst shopping online!

Donate by going to:

Want to help us raise even more for FREE? Well, now you can just by shopping via Give as you Live Online!

When you shop at over 6,000 top stores including John Lewis & Partners, Expedia and Marks & Spencer via Give as you Live Online, they'll turn a percentage of your spend into free funds for us! 

Simply sign up, search for the retailer and start shopping. It's that simple!  Just make sure you choose us as your favourite charity: Retired Greyhounds Charity, Whittingham Kennels Greyhound Care.

Donate via CAF: give as you earn

Donate tax efficiently with payroll giving.  We get a regular income, your donation goes further and it costs you less!  It's a win win!  


Please email us for more information about volunteering. 

We always value support whether it is directly with the dogs or raising funds or helping in any way!

Pets At Home

You can help Whittingham Kennels if you shop at 'Pets at Home' - every penny counts!  
Please take one minute to do the following: Just log in to your VIP account online and select Hendon or Loughton as your homestore.  (It doesn't matter if it is not near you).  
Then select your charity as: Retired Greyhounds Charity Whittingham Kennels (or Henlow and Waltham Abbey Greyhound Trust if it hasn't changed to our charity name).
This is us and it is as simple as that!  
Please tell all your friends too! 

Clothes shopping online via Thrift Plus 

You can help support Whittingham Kennels when you buy unwanted clothes online via Thrift Plus. 
Find our charity by searching for Retired Greyhounds Charity, Whittingham Kennels 
Follow this link to start shopping now!: THRIFT PLUS TO SUPPORT WHITTINGHAM KENNELS

Donations of supplies 

Donations of disinfectant (to clean the Kennels), dog food (especially tinned dog food of any variety, sardines, biscuits etc) are always greatly appreciated.
Tinned food is also always useful for greyhounds who need to eat only soft food, for example after a dental operation.

We would also value donations of earth/soil to fill in the holes which the greyhounds can sometimes dig in the paddocks during the Summer months!

Sponsoring a greyhound

If you would like to sponsor a greyhound, it is £1 a week - more information can be provided by email.

Leave a gift to Whittingham Kennels in your will

Leaving us a legacy in your will can help to continue Whittingham's work with rehoming and caring for greyhounds and other sighthounds.  We are a registered charity, (number: 1196685 - Retired Greyhounds Charity, Whittingham Kennels Greyhound Care).  Please do consider leaving us a gift in your will.  Thank you.  


The fantastic adopter of Lloyd (was Duke) is selling prints of some of his photography work, with all profits being donated to Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity.  
Elliot adopted Lloyd a few months ago and he's slotted in so well that they have been moved to help more greyhounds! 
There are three nature photos taken on a recent trip to Snowdonia, Lloyd’s first holiday. There’s only 15 of each print, each will be numbered and signed and you can buy them here ( There is also a bonus print of Lloyd enjoying life after racing if you want to support the cause but don't want a nature print.
Lloyd is also on instagram if you would like to follow him:
Thank you so much to Elliot (and to Lloyd who is clearly another great ambassador for greyhounds!). 

Please get in touch and we would love to see you!


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