Greyhound Life Blog

Adopting a greyhound; life at Whittingham Kennels; stories of our rehomed/adopted greyhounds; information for greyhound lovers!   

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

Donations towards our work for rehoming rescued and retired greyhounds are always very much appreciated!  Please go to our Whittingham Kennels' gofundme page, or email us for bank details.  

April is 'Adopt a greyhound' month

Follow us on TikTok

Don't forget to visit and follow our new TikTok page run by our volunteer, Elissa. Search for whittingham_kennels
Elissa and Louis are producing some fantastic videos highlighting individual dogs looking for homes and also the reason why greyhounds in general are such great dogs!
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Carol and Finbar (was Finn) at home

It's always lovely when people let us know how the dogs are settling. We always mention that there may be a settling phase until the new greyhound understands the new routine and life away from Kennels. And we always hold our breath during this time!

Here are Carol (above) and Finbar (was Finn) (left) doing so well on only day two. A huge thank you again to both sets of adopters.
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Carol and Finn fall on their paws

In a little flurry of homing today, we were delighted to see Carol (pictured) go home with lovely adopters who have adopted from us before and who felt ready to welcome another deserving and lucky greyhound into their home. Carol is very lucky indeed.
In the second homing, we saw Finn go home to lovely people who have also adopted four greyhounds over the years from Whittingham. He is also exceptionally lucky.
We wish both well and hope they settle quickly. We will look forward to updates.
There are so many deserving greyhounds who need a loving home and who are hoping to fall on their paws too. So please continue to share and spread the word so we can get more dogs in from our ridiculously long waiting list and home those still waiting patiently at Whittingham. It is so sad that so many loving souls are waiting in Kennels for their chance to find loving homes.
But today is all about Carol and Finn. So a huge thank you again to both sets of adopters.
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Thank you for the muzzles, Jo

Thank you so much to Jo with Zoe (was Mo) for their generous donation of muzzles. It is SO so kind. Thank you so much again. Now they are off walking too!

Monty finds a home!

Monty (now known as Udon) went home today. And he's already playing in the garden! Thank you so much to his adopters. We hope he continues to settle well!
We will be taking some new dogs in as soon as we hear that a couple of other recently homed dogs are settling fully. We will look forward to welcoming them into the Whittingham fold. With over 100 greyhounds waiting for a space, we are going one dog at a time.
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Roxy and Boris send their thanks to Claire/Mimram Vets

Roxy and Boris would both like to say thank you so much to Claire and the team at Mimram Vets for raising money and collecting bedding etc for Whittingham Kennels. We we are so grateful.

Roxy and Boris are both looking for homes. To adopt a greyhound, email

Finn really wants a home

Why oh why do we still have Finn?! He's such a lovely boy... great with other breeds and a really gentle soul. He has lived in a home before so won't be phased by the home environment. And he loves the company of other dogs so would make a great second dog. Could you offer Finn the loving home he craves?
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Whittingham joins TikTok - thank you to Elissa

Our fantastic volunteer, Elissa, has created a TikTok page for the kennels and already created its first video. Please give us a follow. Search for whittingham_kennels
And a massive thank you to Elissa for doing this for us. πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘

Woody falls on his paws

Woody, now to be known as Prince, found his home today with a very experienced adopter. Thanks so much to Brenda and family... (and with huge thanks to Judy and Mark Zatonski - Judy who designs and produces our calendars, and Mark who drove all the way from Rugby to bring their friend, Brenda, to collect Woody).

What a lucky boy. We sent him on his way with a hug from all the staff and are delighted to know he has a wonderful home.

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Stormy and Emily settle in at home

A reminder that our event is CANCELLED today as rain was forecast. (Just pretend the sun isn't shining 🀦‍♀️🀷‍♀️). We will reschedule and hope it doesn't rain then!!!
So instead, here are some photos of Emily and Stormy (Storm) who went home on Friday. Emily is clearly already in control of the remote control... and Stormy looks so comfortable in his lovely big bed.
Thank you to both adopters and everyone who gives a lovely home to one of our dogs.

A huge thank you, too, to Summer's adopters, who we visited yesterday with greyhound, Holly, to see if she would suit their home and other animals. She did so well and will be falling on her feet with them in due course.
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Happy Easter from Whittingham Kennels

Len and his adopter, Martin are star attendees at Weald Hall fete

Adopted greyhound Len, and his adopter Martin (our amazing volunteer ((not staff member))...) spent today at the Weald Hall fete. They had visited this care home before at the request of our former volunteer, Roy, who is now a resident. After their previous visit, which had enriched the lives of all the residents, Len and Martin were invited back to attend the Fete. We can't thank them enough for their kindness and dedication. It is so wonderful that they agreed to attend and raise the profile of Whittingham and greyhounds in general.
Martin reports that it was a very happy day and "great for handing out publicity, educating people,...(and)...chatting to residents and visitors".
Len was as amazing as ever, "spending
most of the time just wandering about freely, making new friends young and old, with never a cross word. People wanted to see him in his racing jacket" here are some lovely photos of the day. One picture is with the singer who entertained the assembled host. Len even had his own dedicated song when the singer "sang 'Hound Dog' on request for Len who listened attentively throughout"!
Thank you SO much again to Martin and greyhound, Len. They are truly wonderful ambassadors for showing how brilliant greyhounds are at adjusting to every situation and proving that they make great pets for everyone! We are sure that more people will have had their eyes opened to the wonders of greyhounds today as a result of their support.
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Thank you for your marathon efforts, Michelle

Margo and Ed want to say a huge thank you to Michelle for running the marathon for Whittingham. We rehome dogs for Michelle when we have space and it is kind of them to think of us as their cause.

If anyone would like to sponsor her, the page is below:

To offer Margo or Ed a home, email
Margo is perfect with small dogs and very loving; Ed is a gentle soul who also loves a cuddle. 

Emily and Storm find their special homes

Apart from the cancellation of our event on Monday, our Easter weekend started positively with Emily finding her special home with Tracy and family. They had lost their beloved greyhound, Bree and were in a position to offer another lucky dog a home. Emily had come into us directly from a home so must be so glad to be out of Kennels. Here she is settling in at home already.

The second lucky dog today was Storm, who found his special home with Maurey and Manuel. They had also had to say goodbye to their beloved greyhound, Micky and wanted to give another dog a home. Storm is the third whittingham hound who has fallen on his paws with Maurey.

What a lucky duo today. And a huge thank you to both sets of adopters.
We also saw Monty reserved yesterday to lovely people who will be taking him home next weekend.

Thank you to everyone who spreads the word. There are SO many greyhounds waiting on our list so we focus on the individuals. And we are so grateful to everyone who gives our hounds fantastic homes.

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Easter Event cancelled (or postponed) due to the weather

New bears and stickers; good news for some dogs

We have a couple of new items of Whittingham merchandise that will be available at our event on 1st April, Easter Monday, at Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity between 11am and 2pm.
(Stickers... and Teddy bears looking for good homes)!
In other news, we were delighted to see Shirley home yesterday and hold our breath until we know she has settled. She was the happiest dog in the Kennels and wagged her tail all the time. She also loved her food and despite being petite, would wolf down a huge bowl in seconds! Thank you to our friends at Barley Greyhound Sanctuary - Essex who recommended her adopters when they didn't have anyone suitable for the home. It's always lovely when rehoming/rescue centres can work together.
We were also delighted to see Andy and Emily reserved at the weekend; with also interest in Holly, Kiki and Pam depending on their reactions to the other animals in the households (and visiting animals). They will all be with us for a little while until the relevant home checks and tests are completed.
So do come and join us on Easter Monday for our open day.... or otherwise, please email to adopt a greyhound

Len and his adopter make £1000 target

Wow, Len and his adopter, Martin, are smashing records with their fundraising. We can't thank them enough for all their time and commitment to this.
There is still time to book a talk so please do let me know if you would like to welcome them to your group or organisation. Email
Thanks so much again to them. πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘

Bed making continues...

Another day of bed making was in progress today. We can't thank them enough for their incredible kindness and skills. Phil, Doreen and also Pete and Steve who joined them today have been beyond fantastic. They did so many today and only ten double beds now need to be made. Amazing. Thank you to them all so SO much.

We are FULL

Carol, who came in recently and is looking for a home, would like to tell everyone that we are full. With four new intakes and Clive being returned at the weekend (no negative comments please because his adopters tried very hard) we are literally full to bursting.

(So a friendly note to trainers, we will resume taking in dogs when we home some of our current residents. We simply cannot take more dogs at the moment so phoning/emailing to know how long it will be is simply unanswerable).

Homing enquiries are very minimal. We have two people due to visit but otherwise not a single enquiry in over three weeks.

The situation nationwide is at crisis point. So please adopt before you shop. And please stop breeding more. Animals of every description are in need of homes and rehoming/rescue centres are beyond breaking point.

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Please think of another...

Thank you, Diane

Dinky (and his friends) would like to say a huge THANK YOU to our lovely volunteer, Diane, who spent the morning cleaning the bungalow kitchen.

The bungalow tends to deteriorate into a state of squalor so it is a brave person who attempts to tackle it. With so many dogs to care for, it is a task that always seems to fall by the wayside.
Thank you so much, Diane.

Reminder of our upcoming event...

New arrivals and some returns means we are full to the maximum

Three new ladies arrived yesterday: Pam, Kiki and Colleen. They are all really friendly and loving. They will be tested around other breeds as soon as possible, but the signs are promising! We will get to know them further as they settle in.

With Finn sadly being returned today (no negative comments please), we are now absolutely overflowing. So if anyone was thinking about adopting a greyhound, now is the time! Finn was perfect with small dogs, very affectionate and cuddly.

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Rose and a full kennel

Rose, who went home with Keith and his son, Duncan, is settling in with their other dogs and learning the ropes at home. She's also got the appropriate headgear for this rainy weather!!

We have a kennel full of beautiful dogs of every temperament and size. Large and smaller boys; smaller girls... and many are good with other breeds and share happily with other greyhounds. We are absolutely at breaking point for space so if you were thinking of adopting a greyhound, do get in touch. Homechecks apply.


New greyhound, Carol, looking for a home

Carol is one of our most recent arrivals. She is a dear little soul who loves affection and didn't want to be hooked up to the dog parking for her photo because she wanted a cuddle instead! She'd really love a loving home!

To adopt Carol or any other Whittingham greyhound, email

New beds

A HUGE and ABSOLUTELY massive thank you to Phil who came up today to start changing the kennel beds. It is a huge project and Phil has so kindly been taking bits of bed home and fixing them at home in his workshop. The legs all needed fixing to the bases and we could not have done it without Phil's skills. We literally can't thank him enough. Ably assisted by our other Sunday volunteer, Doreen, they have started constructing them and we have begun to start the long process of replacing each chewed wooden bed with these new modern beds. The old beds really needed replacing (after 100yrs) and when the new beds arrived in a million pieces, we were rather overwhelmed by the task! But Phil and Jo have been wonderful and not only adapted them, but also worked out how they all went together.

Thanks so much to them for their help and expertise. And moreover, their patience.
We are also topping off the beds with the new blankets donated by Ann and the vetbed given by Greyhound Walks.
We were also delighted to see Finn home. Thanks so much to his new adopter and we look forward to updates.

Thank you

Thank you to Hilda (with Bran (was Arthur)) and all those who leave positive reviews on Google or Facebook. It really helps to raise the profile of Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity and encourage others to adopt.
If anyone else would like to do so, we are always grateful.
And a huge thank you to Judi and Roger (with Jasper) who drove donations of bedding and other items to us. It is so kind and so appreciated.
We still have a full house with so many needy dogs waiting for loving homes (and so SO many waiting to come in). Every day we receive multiple calls from trainers who are desperate for spaces for so many dogs. So to adopt a greyhound (and help another come in to us), email
Thank you.

Thank you, Medivet

A huge thank you to Medivet (Waltham Abbey) for collecting so many donations for us. It's really appreciated and goes such a long way to help support all the greyhounds in our care.

Happy Mothering Sunday

Cheeky, Rose and Finn

Today, we were delighted to see both Rose and Cheeky into homes. Rose was adopted by a lovely family who lost their beloved previous greyhound, Audrey, and were able to offer another lucky hound a home; and here is Cheeky, now Bryn, sitting in traffic on his journey home with his adopters, Slyvia and Ben, who have adopted four greyhounds over the years from Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity. Both dogs have fallen on their paws.
We were also visited by a lovely prospective adopter for Finn. Thank you to Cat for recommending us. We are sure he will be falling on his paws soon too.
Whilst we have had a little flurry of adoptions (which is always wonderful), we have so many beautiful dogs still waiting for their special places (and still an astronomically long waiting list for dogs needing to get to us). adopt a greyhound, please email

New greyhounds, Woody and Andy arrive to find their homes 

Two new boys have arrived to begin their search for loving homes. They are in immaculate condition and will be assessed around other breeds as soon as possible. Meet Andy (black) and Woody (Black and white).

They've been patiently waiting their turn for many months so let's hope a loving home awaits them soon.

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Luna (was Lady) at home

It is lovely when adopters send us photos of the dogs settling in so well; often with the intention of highlighting how great they are and how everyone should adopt a greyhound!
Luna (was Lady) is doing her bit to show this for all her friends at the Kennels who are still waiting for their loving home.
Thank you to her adopter, Jess, for the photos!
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Tricia goes to Guernsey! 

Tricia had an unusual night overnight, but has landed on her paws this morning. A huge thank you to Brenda and Ian who have given her a special home after losing their previous beloved greyhound. And a huge thank you to our lovely friend, Gail, for recommending the home. On Guernsey! Gail homed greyhounds in the Channel Islands for many years and often recommends her adopters if a home becomes available. We know she only recommends the best.

So Brenda contacted the Pet Bus (who we also knew after dear Hero found his home on Jersey with our wonderful supporters, Matthew and Kathrine) ... and Tricia set sail yesterday, leaving the Kennels at 4pm yesterday afternoon and arriving at 7am this morning. It's a sleepless night of clock watching for us but she was in very good hands as the Pet Bus team are great. They accompany them all the way and keep us posted with photos.
She has already found the bed and now we keep everything crossed that she settles quickly.
Thanks so much again to everyone who has helped Tricia find her special home.

Bonty and Clive at home

Bonty and Clive are also settling in after going home on Sunday. They are generally doing well, but do have a few settling hurdles to overcome. Thank you to their special adopters.

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Dogs at home!

We love to keep in touch with our adopters and share the photos of our adopted dogs in our newsletters.
Here is Mary, who was adopted 1yr ago, and is doing so well and is so loved.

Bran (was Arthur)

And Pickle, Bran (was Arthur) and Margo, who all went home recently.


Margo is still getting used to the cats so we are keeping everything crossed, but a huge thank you to her patient and caring new family.
Margo and friend
Thank you to all our adopters and we look forward to seeing more potential rehomers too!
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Join us on Easter Monday for our event

Do join us for our event on Easter Monday: food, stalls and meet the greyhounds and other greyhound enthusiasts.

Clive, Bonty... and Rose head home; and new arrivals are due in to begin their search for loving homes

This is Clive and Bonty heading to their new home with Lauren, Paul and family. They came to choose one new family member (they have adopted greyhounds from us for many years) and couldn't decide between them... so took both! We now hold our breath as they settle in at home. But they have really fallen on their paws into a super home. Thank you to the whole family for adopting again. It is lovely when we know they will be so well cared for.
We also saw Rose off to her new home (all being well with the other dogs). And the other Rose went out to a local football match with her new adopters and is going home officially next Saturday.

It is great to see the dogs into wonderful homes. And it also means we can help the next dogs come in from our astronomically long waiting list! There are still so SO many dogs needing loving homes so if you would like to adopt a greyhound, email and we would be delighted to find you the right match.  

When Rosie met Rose...and Pickle!

When Rosie met Rose...

Keith and Duncan visited today with Rosie and introduced her to Rose with a view to adopting their sixth greyhound. Number five meets number six! Rose has already met one of the others and all went well. So she is going home tomorrow to meet the other four and we will keep everything crossed!

In other unexpected news, we were delighted to see Pickle off with one of our homed boys, Ted, after the sad loss of their female greyhound. Pickle has really fallen on her paws. It also allowed us the opportunity to let a few of our other dogs meet the small dog that came along with the family too. Emily and Shirley went in the paddocks with her happily. And Loki also sniffed her through the fence. Betsy and Roxy showed a little more interest so will need more care around smaller breeds but all of them were manageable. Thanks so much to Tracy and family for adopting Pickle.

Thanks also to Emma and Sarah (with Rory) who brought us bedding and are always so supportive and generous. It is always lovely to see our adopters and adopted dogs again.

To adopt a greyhound and join the Whittingham fold, email 

Star and Margo

Pixie-Star (Star) at home
We were delighted to receive the photos of Pixie-Star (Star) settling in yesterday. After just a few hours, she had found the sofa and enjoyed a nice walk. Thank you Rebeca and Erik for helping her settle.
We are also delighted that Margo is doing well so far around all the other animals. Huge thanks to Elissa, Louis and Jackie for giving her a chance.
Margo at home

For any new greyhound, some greyhounds will settle very quickly and others may take a little longer. We always advise that is important to remember that everything is new to them and it is a whole change of scene, as well as new people.
Timescales differ for them all but it is important to remember there is likely to be a settling phase.
Huge thanks to both sets of adopters for being prepared to work with this and we hope we can find the same for them all.
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Introducing Loki and Rocky - 2 new greyhounds looking for a home; and Star and Margo go home

Loki - greyhound looking for a home
The two new boys have arrived, Loki (fawn) and Rocky (brindle). They both are beautiful and will be great once they get to know you. Rocky, especially, needs a little time to get used to you before he fully trusts. But we know both will be great additions for the right home.
Rocky - greyhound looking for a home
We also saw Star into her home today with her lovely new adopters so we wish her well and look forward to updates. Margo has also gone home with our super volunteers to see how she gets on with their cats and small dogs. We have told her to be on her best behaviour as she will really fall on her paws if she does well.

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Thank you

Thank you to the sender of the dog food. Very much appreciated.
And to Ellie and Michelle who came in the rain with bedding and walked some dogs between the rain! Always lovely to see them.

Introducing Finn...

Introducing Finn...
There is possible interest in Finn but this film shows why he is such a great boy!
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Jarvis and friends

We had to share this wonderful photo of Jarvis (originally Fozzie) with his two friends. It shows how good greyhounds can be with smaller dogs (with initial care and the right match). Thanks to his adopters, Jill and Sam, for sending the photo.

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Arthur (now Bran) finds his home

Arthur, now Bran, went to his new home today and immediately found the sofa. We will keep everything crossed until we know he has settled but he has gone to an experienced home. Thank you to his adopter.

We have also taken in new boys, Loki and Rocky this week and will be getting to know them. Both are already neutered and ready to go!

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Three new greyhound arrivals, Emily, Rose and Holly


Introducing Emily, Rose and Holly - 3 new girls! Whilst we are struggling to move many new boys in from our list, we did have some space for some new ladies. So we will be getting to know these three lovely girls.

Emily came from a pet home as she was originally homed directly from a trainer. She turns out to be our long-stay, Jack's litter sister! Small world! Holly and Rose came in today and will be looking for their perfect homes in due course too.


The two new boys from the track are coming in this week and then we will resume taking the boys from our list as soon as we can.
So many dogs need homes!

A huge thanks to all our volunteers today. Bernie popped up for a visit and it was lovely to see him doing so well. Usual visitors, Jack, Ross and Zoe were also looking wonderful! Thanks to all their adopters and our volunteers for their help.

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Thank you to James for the bedding

A huge thank you to James for collecting bedding, food, toys etc. So so kind and so appreciated.
We also have good news that Arthur has been reserved today!
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Paddy the greyhound falls on his paws

Paddy has fallen on his paws with the parents of the adopters of Mags and Harriet. They all look very comfortable!!! A huge thanks to the whole family.

There are lows and highs in animal rehoming/rescue, but it makes the job worthwhile to see these dogs in loving homes. We hope for the same for all the greyhounds waiting in Kennels and all those waiting to come in. Our list of greyhounds needing a space at Whittingham Kennels grows longer every day.

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Arthur the greyhound really wants a loving home

It would be wonderful if we could find a home for Arthur. He spent time in doggy day care whilst in his first home and is pictured here with all the other breeds. So we know he is great with other dogs.
He went on a trial with some of our lovely volunteers and was absolutely brilliant with them. Sadly they couldn't keep him as their cat was petrified (no fault of Arthur), but their report about him was glowing.
He is good with other greyhounds, likes to eat his food on his bed and is really good on the lead. Could you offer Arthur the loving home he craves?
If so, please email

Greyhound, Dancer, falls on her paws in a lovely home

We were delighted to receive these photos of Dancer (now Phillipa) tonight. She went home on Saturday and has settled so well with Geoffrey (formerly Zippy).
A huge thanks to her adopters, Mike and Lynda. They have said how pleased they are that they decided to adopt a second greyhound. And we are delighted too!
So if you are considering adopting one dog or also a second dog, please do email
Most greyhounds are fine on their own but they usually also love another greyhound for company.

Ted graduates from Dog School

Congratulations to Ted (was Robbie) on graduating from Dog School! πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘
Ted had not been in his new home that long, but thanks to his lovely adopters, Diana and Andrew, he is already showing that greyhounds do so well beyond kennels. The rest of the Kennel residents are academics in the waiting too! They just need a loving home!
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Shirley can't wait!

Most of the greyhounds take treats so gently.... and then there is Shirley who just bypasses the human and sticks her head in the bag!!! πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ™„
She's a real character!! Whoever adopts Shirley will be very lucky. She is always happy!! She just needs a few more careful introductions to other breeds.
In other news, we were delighted to see Dancer off today with her lovely adopters. We wish her well and look forward to updates!
To adopt Shirley, or any other Whittingham greyhound, email

Meet Frankie...

Meet Frankie...
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Thank you again to Grace and Kev for producing these lovely videos.

Meet Glen...

Meet Glen....
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Bernie and Lady find their homes

We were delighted to see both Bernie and Lady (now Luna) into their homes today. We hold our breath until we hear how they settle but Bernie looks pretty comfortable already!! He's a very lucky boy.
Thank you to both families for giving the dogs homes. We have got to know both sets of adopters as they have visited until the date of adoption and we will look forward to continued updates.
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The adventures of Rio by his adopter, Caterina

At Whittingham, we always want to keep in touch with our adopters and be there for our previous residents if there is ever an issue throughout their lives.
Ultimately, of course, we hope for loving homes for them all and are often kept informed of the adventures of our previous residents.

We were delighted to receive this clever artwork from Caterina, adopter of Rio and TinyMabel. With Richard Skipworth as her inspiration, Caterina has charted Rio's journey so far. She starts with his birth, racing career, the injury he sustained on the track... to coming to Whittingham where he found his loving home with Caterina. His adventure continued when faced with stairs and learning how to behave and relax at home...and latterly finding a friend in TinyMabel and continuing her story too.

We think it is lovely!

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Meet Storm...

To adopt Storm or any of his greyhound friends from Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity, email

St. Valentine...

Happy St. Valentines day with love from Betsy and all the greyhounds. All they want is to love and be loved so if you are thinking about adopting, today is the day! Let them race into your heart!

Did you know? St. Valentine is not only the patron saint of love, but also of beekeepers; against fainting; and plague! (How romantic)!!

So how did the day that commemorates the martyrdom of a Roman priest become associated with love? The answer is vague but there are two main suggestions. The first is that St. Valentine secretly married young couples in defiance of the Emperor Claudius' ban on marriage. And the second is that love birds tend to find a mate in mid February. This may also link to a poem by Chaucer written in about 1375 where he attributed birds (and humans) finding a mate to Saint Valentine's day.

Either way, our loving hounds just want to find love with you! So to make their Valentine's day wishes come true, adopt a greyhound and email

Meet Bonty...
He has been waiting far too long for his special home. Could it be you?
To adopt Bonty or any of his greyhound friends from Whittingham Kennels, email

Meet Roxy...

To adopt Roxy or any other Whittingham greyhound in need of a loving home, email

Meet Ed...

To adopt Ed or any other greyhound looking for a loving home, email

Meet Pickle...

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Cat testing heroes!

A HUGE thank you to Jane and her daughter for letting us come and cat test two dogs tonight. It REALLY helps us know who to put forward to the right adopters. And the biggest thank you, goes to their cats, of course! πŸ™‚

Greyhounds, Alan and Ella find a home together 

We haven't had many homing enquiries this week, but we did see Alan and Ella into their home on Wednesday. They are a very lucky duo and went to a lovely home with people who have had greyhounds in the past. Thank you to their adopters.
We hold our breath until they have settled but they found the sofa on the first day and have been doing well with other breeds on walks.
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(And a continued thank you to Grace (and Kev) for producing the lovely videos of each of our current residents who are waiting for their special homes).

Meet greyhound, Betsy - looking for a home 

Meet Betsy...
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Orla falls on her paws...

We would like to say a huge, HUGE thank you to Roxanne and Martin who have adopted Orla formally this week. They were exceptionally kind to foster Orla last year when her adopters were unexpectedly posted to Australia for work. Upon their return, they were unable to keep Orla ....and Roxanne and Martin were so kind to take her back, despite having adopted another beautiful rescued dog in between too. We can't thank them enough. We have been kept involved throughout the entire process.

Orla is an exceptionally lucky girl and her previous adopters will be staying in touch too.
Thanks so much, Roxanne and Martin.

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Meet greyhound, Boris - looking for a home

Introducing Boris....
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Greyhound, Len meets the the Heart to Herts group with his adopter, Martin

Len and his adopter Martin visited the Heart to Herts group yesterday and had a really enjoyable evening (despite the weather)!
They were such a welcoming group and had heard Martin talk pre-Covid on other topics. They were so generous - giving an extra £30 and bolstering Len and Martin's total. Len/Martin have now reached £800 and heading for an even bigger target. We cannot applaud them enough.
Len was his usual calm self; so much so that once his duties were carried out, he showed the usual side of greyhounds by just laying out on the floor!! It was clearly past his bedtime! We were very amused to see this as it is so typical!

Martin and Len have been (and continue to be) so amazing in their talks tour; not only raising money but bringing awareness about the gentle nature of greyhounds. They bring information, but also comfort and joy in the process to such a variety of groups and people of all ages. All this helps to show what great additions greyhounds are to the home.
In separate news, today, we saw Len's brother, Alan (together with Ella) into their new home. We wish them well and look forward to updates. Alan and Ella were like chalk and cheese - Alan was serene and calm; Ella was intrigued by everything and couldn't wait to explore! They are all unique and individual characters.
So if you'd like to adopt a greyhound or hear a Martin/Len talk, please email

Royal connections for our Whittingham hounds

It comes to something when Whittingham hounds (and their friends) manage to upstage the King. (Well, we thought so anyway)!!
Here is Hope on the news (with his adopter Terry (and Pat)) and his friend Gippy (and adopter, Bev).
To adopt a greyhound and gather royal connections (😁), email
(See our Facebook or Instagram page for the video!)

Meet greyhound, Jack - looking for a home

The adopters of Swifty (now Loki) have been coming to the Kennels over the last few weeks to film the dogs and promote them via videos. Thank you so much Grace (and dad, Kev) for your amazing hard work and talent.
The first two films feature Sheene and our long termer, Jack. This second post features Jack.
We know this will be a great way to highlight the dogs and generally show how great greyhounds are...with the hope of leading to more adoptions.
To adopt a greyhound, email
Thank you so much again to them for working so hard on these videos.

Grace (and Kev) film each dog looking for a home 
Meet greyhound, Sheene - looking for a home

The adopters of Swifty (now Loki) have been coming to the Kennels over the last few weeks to film the dogs and promote them via videos. Thank you so much Grace (and dad, Kev) for your amazing hard work and talent.
The first two films feature Sheene and our long termer, Jack.

We know this will be a great way to highlight the dogs and generally show how great greyhounds are...with the hope of leading to more adoptions.
To adopt a greyhound, email
Thank you so much again to them for working so hard on these videos.

Get Knitting - thanks to Erssie

Our wonderful supporter, Erssie, continues to support us so generously through the sale of her knitting patterns. She raised a whopping £250 in January.
Thank you SO much, Erssie.
And please do continue to knit and raise money for greyhounds at the same time! You can find her patterns at:

Greyhound, Len visits his brother, Alan

Our greyhound ambassador, Len, visited today with his adopter, Martin. We have Len's brother, Alan, in the Kennels (who is hopefully going to his new home next week), but Martin and Len wanted to meet him and we have received these lovely photos of them today. Also pictured is our staff member and volunteer, Sim. (Len is in the blue collar)!

We also have some lovely news in that Bernie and Star were reserved over the weekend. They have a little wait until they go home but we are really pleased to have welcomed such lovely visitors.
A huge thank you to Sim (and the other staff) for stepping in today and over the last few days whilst I've been off sick with kidney stones. It's been a really busy weekend with messages and emails to keep on top of so knowing the work at the Kennels was covered has been a godsend. And a special big thanks to Sim and volunteer, Tim (with Bert), for stepping in to collect a dog on Friday too.
We have some wonderful volunteers and adopters so thanks to everyone who came this weekend; and don't forget, please email to adopt a greyhound! There are always so SO many waiting for loving homes.

A greyhound pack

Keith (and his son, Duncan), show their five girls with spectacular photographic expertise once again!
We just had to share this photo! It shows again how well greyhounds get on with each other.
They are a very lucky pack. Now, we just need to encourage them to adopt a sixth!! πŸ™‚
To adopt a greyhound, email

Spencer one year on...

It was almost a year ago when we had an urgent request to take in Spencer who had been injured in trials after coming over from Ireland for the sales. He had nowhere to go so with the help of Debbie and Steve, we magic-ed a space and took him in.

After recuperation with us, he really fell on his paws (sensibly, this time!!), with a lovely family and now has a new rescued friend too. What a lucky boy and we love this photo. Thank you to his lovely adopters for sending it. It really shows the lovely homes and happy endings we want for all our residents (and those waiting to come in).

To adopt a greyhound, email

Chloe and her new family...

Today we visited the wonderful people, Liz and Martin, who so kindly took in Chloe the greyhound and Harley the husky after their adopter, Bob, very sadly died. Liz and Martin already had their own dog (pictured) and had known Bob, who was devoted to his dogs. They were so kind to step in for two elderly dogs. Sadly, Harley was already very elderly and fragile and didn't have long with them. But they have agreed to keep Chloe for the rest of her life too. She gets on well with their other beautifully natured resident dog (pictured) and what a very lucky girl she is to go to such lovely people.

Thanks so much to them both.

Bonty and his shadow...

We had some lovely visitors and walkers yesterday. Lady was reserved and two other girls (Dancer and Rose) also reserved pending final confirmation.

Thanks to our lovely volunteers, Elissa and Louis who collected loads of bedding for us; to Monty and Doodle's adopters who are always so generous and to everyone who came and walked.

(Meanwhile, Bonty appears to have a rebellious shadow! He and his shadow would also love a home)!

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Buddy is reunited with his adopter

This week we helped see Buddy reunited with his adopter who has moved to Spain. Buddy was a very lucky boy as his adopter was only prepared to relocate if he could take Buddy with him. We had to sort the final paperwork and see him into the transporter van.

There was an anxious wait to make sure he got through customs (with the threat of having to drive to Folkestone to collect him if not!), but thankfully all was well.

And he has arrived in Spain happily. Good luck Buddy
and we look forward to hearing about your continued adventures.

A crisis in animal welfare...

There is a huge crisis with animal welfare in this country (and the world) at the moment. We are full. Every rehoming and rescue kennel/centre is full and animals of all description are desperately in need of homes. There are hundreds of greyhounds now backing up in kennels and we have calls daily from trainers who are desperate to home their dogs. We are going as fast as we can but simply can't move more in until some of our current residents get homes.
Trainers each have over 15 dogs waiting in many cases, with some at other tracks with over 50 or more retired dogs. With Henlow closing, we have to prioritise a couple at the track. These will be our next boys in and then we will be back to our waiting list (of over 100 dogs).
So if you are thinking of adopting, please do get in touch. Email
Thank you.
(No pro or anti racing comments please. Let's just focus on finding these needy souls loving homes).

Thanks for the donations and introducing new greyhound, Ella

Thank you so much, Susan with Kitty. And introducing our newest arrival, Ella. She is a very happy soul, although she's not going to stay that pristine for long in our muddy paddocks!

Thank you, Sadie and family

We reset into a new day. But we would like to thank everyone for your kindness and compassion for Penny yesterday. It is really appreciated.
Paddy would also like to share our thanks to Sadie and family for their very kind donation. They have adopted four dogs from Whittingham over the years (including, Fudge, who looked a bit like Paddy) and always been so kind. Sadly, personal reasons have prohibited another adoption but they have been so kind to donate so generously. Thank you so very much.
To adopt Paddy or any Whittingham greyhound, email

A very sad day

Penny - rest in peace
These are never posts we want to write, but life in rescue/rehoming has some very low lows. Penny, who was only less than 18 months old, was spayed today and whilst the operation went well, she was put in her crate to recover and her heart stopped. Resuscitation failed and Penny has died. We don't like sharing these kind of posts but it is in honour of her memory. She had her whole life ahead of her and potential visitors too. She was brought over from Ireland by her trainer (who we work with and who also supports us) as a rescue mission when she was worried about Penny's welfare. We agreed to take her immediately as a result. Everyone did their best for her.
She was a dear little soul, friendly and happy. And we are all absolutely devastated. We wish we could have seen her into a wonderful home where she would have had many years ahead of her. Presumably there must have been some underlying problem as this just doesn't happen. So many dogs pass through our doors and we have only ever had this happen once before in nearly 20 years. It is a rare and freak event. But no less heartbreaking.
Rest in peace little puppy Penny. May all the animals we have all ever loved be there to meet you.

Two's company...

Greyhounds generally love the company of other greyhounds so whilst they are fine on their own, if you have been thinking of adopting a second, they will likely love the company! Oaky and Sylvie prove how well they get on at home together....or, alternatively, Sylvie makes a comfortable pillow! 🀣🀣
To adopt a greyhound, email

Come and meet the new greyhound arrivals!

All the new dogs who have arrived over the last week have been doing very well. They've been down to the town and most have proven to be good around other breeds (with the usual careful introductions). So if you are looking to adopt a greyhound, there are so many lovely dogs waiting for a home. Our original residents are also waiting patiently and many of them are also good around other breeds. Finn and Bernie have also met other breeds successfully and both have been in a home before so are used to the home environment too.
To adopt a greyhound, email

During and after storms

With the ferocious winds tonight and tomorrow, please check all fences to ensure your garden is still secure before letting dogs out. Stay safe everyone!

Len and Martin at Ware Cub Pack

Len and his adopter, Martin, attended Ware Cub Pack on Thursday and had a very enjoyable time. Martin said, "the cub pack...(had)...the usual level of enthusiasm and Len was his perennial docile and tolerant self"!
Sadly, the photos are a little blurry but it shows just how great greyhounds are around children and Len is such a great ambassador for his friends waiting at the Kennels for their special homes. His brother, Alan, is now at Whittingham and waiting for a home. He is very similar in temperament to Len so we know he will be a great addition to the home. Alan was tested around other breeds yesterday and found to be unreactive and good (with the usual initial care).
A huge thanks to Len and Martin for their time, commitment and devotion in promoting Whittingham. Their fundraising has been exceptional. (Please note this is not the staff member but a different 'Martin'!).
To adopt Alan or another Whittingham greyhound, email

Thank you for your generosity

New girl, Penny, would like to thank Cheryl (with Spartan); Beck and George (with Ernie) and Sally (for the biscuits). She hopes it is all for her but she's been told she has to share!

Pippa and Louie as therapy dogs and promoting Whittingham

Louie and Pippa, along with their adopter, Claire, carried out their first therapy session with students at the University of Hertfordshire.
Claire said, "we know greyhounds are the perfect pet- but today we shared our love with others". They spoke to both staff and students and very kindly promoted Whittingham and the joys of rehoming a greyhound.
Well done Claire, Louie and Pippa πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘
To adopt a greyhound, email

Alan, Tricia and Monty - three more greyhounds seeking loving homes

Three more new arrivals! Alan (black),

Tricia (blue/brindle)

and Monty (blue).

Monty is our Roxy's brother (he was known as 'Money', but we have tweaked it)! And Alan is the famous Len's brother. Len and his adopter have been giving another talk today so Alan has a lot to live up to! He is slightly smaller than his brother but very loving and shares happily with Tricia. We will be assessing them all further but all seem confident, happy and loving.
Thanks to everyone, too, who has sent food and brought up duvets. It was nice to see Gina today; and also Tim and Becky who volunteered with us. Thanks very much again.

Thank you for the donations

Thank you so much to Gina, Henry, Anoushka, Katherine, Heather and Sue for food and blankets. And to anyone who has sent anything. And to Beck and George. It is amazingly kind and we are so grateful.

Boris, our long stay greyhound, would love a home

One of our longer stays is Boris. He's a lovely boy, shares happily with the female greyhounds, loves everyone and enjoys his food. His only downside is that he will need further socialising with other breeds so needs an experienced or understanding home in that respect. He's otherwise a beautiful chap.
To adopt Boris or one of his friends, email
Thank you to our volunteers, James and Jo for the photo.

TinyMabel thrives at home

We were delighted to receive these beautiful photos of TinyMabel doing well at home. We hope her human family has some space on the bed! 🀣🀣
A huge thanks again to Caterina and family for giving her such a special home.
How the current kennel residents would all love to be so lucky and have a warm and loving home, especially in this weather.
To adopt a greyhound, email

Thank you, Graham (and all who gave to him)

A HUGE thank you to Graham (with Polly) for bringing a car load of stuff from food to bedding that he has collected; and to those who added to the supply. That's amazingly kind.
Thanks to everyone who supports us and to all who have helped with blankets, duvets etc recently.

Three new greyhounds arrive for homing: Dancer, Betsy and Paddy

Three more new arrivals today. They will be up for homing once we have assessed them but all seem beautiful, affectionate and friendly.
Dancer (in pink coat),

Paddy (fawn)

and Betsy (brindle and white)

To adopt a greyhound, email

Thank you

Thanks so much Susan with Kitty and all other donors. It is so appreciated and really helps keep Whittingham going.

Betty finds a new home; greyhound Cheeky arrives

Yesterday, we had a new arrival called Cheeky; and were also delighted to see Betty into her new home.
Cheeky - greyhound looking for a home

Betty at home

Thanks very much to Anoushka for recommending adopting a greyhound to her family. We know she will be very loved.
To adopt a greyhound, email
We have so many with differing characters just waiting to love and be loved!

Thank you for your generosity

Thank you so much to Matthew and Kathrine; Laurel, Jo and Matthew; Heather; and our volunteer, Linda. Your generosity is so very much appreciated.

Two new greyhound arrivals: Sheene and Rose begin their search to find loving homes

Sheene - greyhound looking for a home
Introducing two more of our new arrivals: Rose and Sheene. They have been waiting so long to get to us but are absolutely beautiful. They are both really loving and gentle so now we hope it is their chance to find loving homes.

Rose - greyhound looking for a home

There are more new arrivals over the next week too.
To adopt a greyhound, email

Tiny Mabel finds her loving home with greyhound, Rio

We were delighted to see Mabel (Tiny) go home with Rio today. She was so small that it took several different collars to finally find the perfect fit. Thanks so much to her special adopters for giving her the chance and understanding that she will be nervous at first. We know Rio will show her the ropes and we can't thank her new family enough. Good luck Tiny Mabel. We will look forward to hearing how you get on.

To adopt a greyhound, email

Thank you, Cate

Thank you so much, Cate, for sending coats, snoods etc. It is so appreciated.

Duvets and blankets always gratefully received 

We are quite low on blankets and duvets. If anyone is having a clear out, please throw them our way. We can take any bedding of any kind unless it has feathers in it. With all the mud and washing, we are always in need of this type of thing.
Thanks very much to all who collect for us.
Items can be dropped at the Kennels any day between 10 and 3.
Update: thank you so much to everyone who has responded to our request

Arthur appeals for homes

Max, Jack and a kennel full of greyhounds 

Our two long termers: Max and Jack
Max (white) and Jack (black) need special homes which understand their needs. So we are being careful where they go. Both are wonderful in the Kennels and we know they will be brilliant in the right homes. Max needs particular care around other breeds; and Jack likes his own space. They are safe with us but we ultimately hope they will fall on their paws in loving homes. Jack is a particular favourite with walkers as he is so good on the lead; both are clean in their kennels and very loving with us. We would love 2024 to be their year! If you can offer either a home, please email us!

If Max or Jack understandably don't suit you, we have a whole kennel full of other greyhounds who all need their own special home too. We have a range of individuals who are good with other breeds, friendly, clean, good on the lead and just want to love and be loved.
If you can offer a greyhound a loving home, please email

New greyhound arrivals... Clive and Star

We have started to take in our new arrivals. Meet Clive and Star!

(Clive is standing by the wall; Star is on the green mats in the paddocks).

Both are affectionate and friendly and will be further assessed as we get to know them.

To adopt a greyhound, email

Charlie, Molly... and Henlow Stadium

Charlie at home
The photos show Charlie doing well at home. He wasn't the easiest at the beginning but is now doing so well. All credit to Lisa and family. The other photo shows Molly at home with her greyhound friend. She is also settling in well and all thanks to Sarah for giving her a lovely home.
Molly at home

In other news...
You may have read that Henlow Stadium is closing soon. As you may know, we work with Henlow trainers so we have been keeping on top of the timings. Most trainers will go to (and are already at) other tracks, but we will now prioritise a few dogs that need to come in. (This is not the place for racing views so any comments will be removed). We will just continue to work in the best interests of the dogs and will continue to take in dogs from the same trainers who may have moved to other tracks. We are always being called by trainers nationwide who are looking for we will just continue to take dogs from our waiting list. If we have space, we will transfer to other tracks officially, but at the moment, our waiting list of over 100 dogs is still very much in focus.
So if you are looking to adopt, now is the time! We are taking in many dogs throughout January so please email to adopt a greyhound (or two)!

New Instagram page and thank you 

New Instagram page. Find us at:
Tracey has been updating the original page on the other account but we will transfer to the new page now so please do follow us! Thanks to her for the time she has put in. I'll be overseeing the new page so I will be getting the new page going.

In other news, a huge thanks to our Sunday volunteer, Jim and wife, Avril. They are so very generous and Jim also comes up in all weathers each Sunday evening to paddock. Last night was particularly bleak as it was suddenly raining and cold! Ouch!

And a huge thank you to our Saturday volunteer, Elissa, for asking for donations to Whittingham for her birthday. It is SO kind.

Thanks to everyone who supports us and let's make 2024 a good year for homing.

Happy New Year!

Whittingham's Year in Review

It's been a tough year for all rescue/rehoming charities and we have also felt the pressure. The constant demand for spaces and continuous requests are very draining as we can only help as many dogs as we can. We take dogs from our waiting list in order and never know whether he/she will be calm and easy to home or will need a lot of work and time to get used to other breeds.

Despite this, we have managed to exceed last year's total. We prefer to focus on the individuals, but numbers inevitably come into play when we have over 100 dogs waiting to simply come in. So in 2023, we homed 88 dogs with a further three reserved to go home in January.
(Please note that returns are only counted once when they go to their forever homes). So this total is literally 88 dogs homed this year.

We are so grateful to our wonderful adopters who make the job worthwhile. Seeing the dogs being loved in a home is why we do this.

Whilst Whittingham had existed for many years, when we were forced to go independent as a charity, we were very concerned that we might not keep up with similar organisations. So whilst it is never a competition (a greyhound homed from anywhere is always to be celebrated), it is reassuring that we can take our place amongst other rehoming centres.

We hope we can find even more homes next year as it is clear that the numbers of greyhounds needing homes are vast and each one deserves a special and loving home. That said, we will always home check every home (unless you have adopted from us before and already had a home check) and will not compromise on homes. The important thing is to find the right home for each dog in our care and match appropriately for adopters' sakes too. This is why we ask for your circumstances and the type of home you can offer before you come to an appointment to meet the dog.

A huge thanks to the trustees, staff, volunteers, adopters, donors and supporters who all keep Whittingham going. It would not be possible without such a range of support and help. To all who spread the word that greyhounds make great additions to the home, thank you. Let's hope all the current residents find their special place in 2024.

Thank you and Donald reserved!

Thank you so much to Peter and Jenny (with Fred), and to Tamara and Robert and all other donors for your kindness and generosity. It is so overwhelmingly kind and keeps Whittingham going.

We were delighted too, to see Donald reserved today and another couple considering Betty. It was also lovely to see some of our other adopters who visited too!

Robbie settles well at home

We were delighted to receive photos of Robbie (now Ted) doing well in his home. He's taking everything in and whilst there are still a few things to learn, he has already found the sofa, mastered the stairs and is enjoying his dinners. Thanks so much again to Diana and Andrew for giving him a special home.
Separately, thanks to everyone who helped find Clover yesterday. We are so relieved she is home safely and it sounds like a wondeful community effort.
In the light of that (and just generally), please be aware of fireworks over new year and try to keep the TV on loudly and curtains closed. Please make sure you do the fishtail collar and lead up right behind the ears and that harnesses are fitted correctly. Should they be spooked, this makes it harder for them to break loose. If you can avoid walking after dark, that's ideal.
(We are able to offer further tips on fireworks if your dog is particularly worried).
To offer a greyhound a home, please email

Robbie and weather!

What a strange weather day! Soaked one minute and sun the next. Our lovely walkers braved the rain this afternoon and we also waved goodbye to Robbie who has fallen on his paws with Diana and Andrew.
We will post a full year's roundup on new year's eve but it would be lovely to get some more into loving homes beforehand!!
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Thank you

Thanks so much, Elaine (with Rachel) and any other senders I may have missed. Thank you. And to Claire with Finn for bringing more donations today.

A special thanks to Jo and Phil who came up in the rain today to help with some DIY stuff. Thank you.

Adopted greyhounds celebrating Christmas and beautiful window tribute

We have had some lovely photos of our adopted dogs celebrating Christmas. We hope all the current residents will feature next year as they wait patiently for their homes. Here is Peggy! There are more ore photos on our facebook page.
The photos include a beautiful window decoration from Gertrude's adopters which celebrates Gertrude and also their previous dog. We think it is always lovely to adopt again to offer another needy dog a loving home and is a real tribute to the previous dog. Each is unique and irreplaceable, of course, but so is a new needy soul. So if there is a space, it is lovely when people are able to give another dog a loving home.
Thanks to everyone who adopts, supports and spreads the word! Happy Boxing day!
To adopt a greyhound, please email

Merry Christmas!

Swifty finds a home!

We were delighted to wave Swifty off to his new home today. We only home to people we know in the run up to Christmas and Swifty's adopters felt ready to adopt again after losing their beloved Trev. A huge thank you to them and we wish him well and look forward to updates!

Bluebell at home, Mabel is reserved and our thanks to all donors

We were delighted to see Mabel (was Tiny) reserved by Caterina and her son, who already have Rio. It will be lovely for her to go with another dog and they are very understanding about her nervousness. She will go home in January.

Thanks so much to other senders of items for the dogs. It all helps so much. Thank you, Sally for the biscuits.

We were also delighted to hear that Bluebell (pictured) is settling well. She went home last weekend.

Thanks to her adopters and everyone who adopts and supports. It is so appreciated.

Thank you, Medivet Waltham Abbey

Thanks so much to Medivet, Waltham Abbey for all their collections. We really appreciate it.

Thank you Katie and everyone for your generosity

Thanks to dog groomer, Katie (with Lola and Merlin) for donating for each groom up to Christmas. She has groomed over 127 dogs and must have arms like Mr Tickle!!! So generous and kind of her.
And thank you to everyone who has donated via Gofundme or our bank account. We are so grateful for your generosity and support.
To adopt Ed or another Whittingham greyhound, please email

Thank you

Wow. We have had a day of lifting! Huge thanks to Tim and Linda for staying all day and helping us with everything. Thanks to George from G Logistics for collecting a pallet load of dog food as a donation.
And we were very moved to receive gifts from Kathrine and Matthew in memory of Hero. And a lovely hamper from Sarah, Robbie and Gracie (with Jude). So so kind. We are so truly grateful. Thank you.

Thanks Rose and all donors

Thank you SO SO much to our lovely volunteer, Rose, for her generous donation in memory of her grandad, who loved greyhounds. Rose knew us from her days working for Medivet and meeting all the dogs that needed neutering etc. We can't thank her enough.
And thanks to everyone who is sending gifts via our amazon wishlist: Emma and Alex with Peggy; and Margaret with Buzz.
To adopt Max or another Whittingham greyhound, please email
(Please note that we only adopt to people we know or those with greyhound experience in the run up to Christmas)

Jilly Cooper lends her support to Whittingham

We were so touched to receive the support of Jilly Cooper when she sent us a book (now sold) via our supporter, Judy. I had the honour of meeting Jilly Cooper in my previous role at a charity and what a lovely lady she is - always so warm and supportive; and a huge greyhound lover (greyhounds are the favoured dog of some of her most well known characters in her books). We are so touched that she has written a card to send her "love to all the greyhounds and team at Whittingham" and for her kindness in supporting our endeavour to home greyhounds.
The photo is a memory of my meeting with her several years ago when Jilly Cooper was holding her own original greyhound, Feather, along with my original and first greyhound, Storm.
We were also lucky enough to be given a limited edition cartoon by Duncan Scott via Judy (which is still available - offers accepted through email: I will post a photo of the cartoon in the comments below. (update: this has now sold)
Thank you to Judy for initiating both items. And a special thanks again to Jilly Cooper.

Christmas Event total - Arthur and us all say, ' THANK YOU'

Thank you again to everyone for your support yesterday. A whopping £1221 was raised in 3hrs. We are so grateful.
And what a lovely photo of Arthur from Pooja to express the thanks from all the dogs!
(To adopt Arthur or any of the other greyhounds, please email

Our Christmas Event 2023

Thank you SO much to everyone who came to support our open day today. We are always so moved by your kindness and support; and are so lucky to have such lovely adopters, supporters and volunteers.
It is always lovely to see the dogs too. Demi was particularly festive in her hat and the trend caught on with many of the dogs leaving wearing the hats so generously sent/made by Judy. And Mirabelle came all the way from the Isle of Skye!
All the Kennel dogs went out for a walk several times, which was wonderful. Even nervous Mabel (was Tiny) went out with Zoe and her adopters, which was great.

Thanks to all those who were so generous with their donations of biscuits, food, treats and bedding. It is SO appreciated.
The stalls were all manned (poor Faith and John were stuck on the North Circular waiting for the AA).
Thank you to our friends and neighbours in the lane for letting us use extra parking; to everyone who set up and packed away, including Phil and Jo.
Martin and Sim started at the crack of dawn to get all the dogs cleaned and fed; and Tim, Doreen and myself got cracking with setting up very early too! Once again, Theresa was exceptionally generous with her stall and everyone enjoyed her amazing food. We can't express enough gratitude for her as it really helps to make the event complete. She is a total star attraction.

Tim, Doreen and Martin did a sterling job in the kitchen with mulled wine; and Natalie was once again a total hero on the raffle. She sold an incredible amount of tickets and also donated hand made treats and other items. So talented and so SO appreciated.
Mark and Doug were accosted to do the tombola and their efforts in clearing the tables were
absolutely stupendous. They have now both landed themselves with this role in future, of course!
Despite working all morning, Sim jumped on the stall to step in for Faith and John and Linda and Stephen oversaw other items for sale. We can't thank them all enough.
We called the raffle at 1.45pm and have a few prizes that were won by: Sarah Williams, Emma Williams, Jim and Fiona, Carol and Charlie, Jackie S, Jackie C, Rita (other winners collected their items at the time: Julie, Natalie, Linda, Glynis, Alex, Tim and Malcolm). We will keep the prizes safe and either give them to you when you next visit or send them with someone coming your way!

We can't thank you all enough for coming to support us. (Apologies if we didn't say 'hello' or were interrupted mid sentence! It always feels like we are flying about)!
Have a WONDERFUL Christmas and we look forward to seeing everyone again in 2024!
And in the meantime, please do keep adopting greyhounds!

Mabel needs a second chance...

We took Mabel (formerly known as Tiny) back into our care today. Sorry the picture is a bit dark! She was at home for nearly 2yrs but due to a change of circumstances and being found loose three times, both us and her adopters felt it best that she came back to us. They have cared for her very well and want, like us, to get her into a special home. She was nervous before she went home and although this has improved, she is still wary so would be best homed with another dog. She is small (as her original name suggests) and blue in colour. Could you offer Mabel a loving home?
Come and meet her at our event tomorrow between 11 and 2!
If you are interested in adopting Mabel or any other Whittingham resident, please email

Rosie brings gifts from Keith and Duncan - our thanks

Rosie and her adopters, Keith and Duncan popped up today with gifts for the dogs etc. Thanks to them both for giving our dogs such a special home. And for all their support. They left their other 4 greyhounds at home! ((We did suggest putting the rest of the Kennel into their car, but they sadly declined! πŸ™‚ )).

We also saw Boo today. She is doing very well since going home. We also waved Molly off to a special home and keep everything crossed that she settles.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our event tomorrow. 11-2 at the Kennels.

Bonty says thank you, Ellie for our new toys!

Thanks so much to Ellie for donating toys. Bonty and the others loved receiving them!
To adopt Bonty or any other greyhound, please email

Thank you Victoria, Chris; and Alan and Van Hage Nursery

Thank you so much to Victoria and Chris (with Hero and Betsy) and for treating the staff too. So kind.

And to Alan who brought a trolley load of biscuits today. Thank you so much.

Thank you Carol; and everyone from Swifty and Shirley

Swifty and Shirley (and us all) would like to thank everyone for all their amazing support and donations. And to Carol and family with Mirabelle for the food that arrived today.

Mirabelle went to live on the Isle of Skye after the death of her adopter and our mutual friend, Hilary. She was so lucky to fall on her paws.
To adopt a greyhound, please email

Thank you to Ann and Linda

One of our wonderful volunteers, Linda, who is always so very generous herself has also been spreading the word amongst her friends. Her friend, Ann, has been incredibly kind and so generous. She has provided new blankets for every kennel along with sacks of food too. Thank you so SO very much to Ann, and to Linda for bringing everything up to us. Amazing! πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘

Thank you to Greyhound Walks!

Thank you so much to Jan and Rob from Greyhound Walks for always thinking of us before Christmas. We are so grateful for these big rolls of vet bed that we will use when we switch our beds over in January. Thank you to them so very much.

Thank you!

Thank you so much to the person/people who put Whittingham forward to receive a Canada Life Community grant. We received it today via Neighbourly. Thank you very much.

Christmas Event! 

Roxy helps tidy up around the Kennels - and would love a new home too!

It's great when the dogs help us around the Kennels. But we did actually want that bowl on the stand, Roxy!!
🀦‍♀️ Boris is rolling his eyes!

Greyhound, Gertrude finds a home

Homing and enquiries have been very slow this week but we did see Gertrude into her home. She is settling well and we hope she will be flying the flag for rehoming greyhounds in her area.

To rehome a greyhound, please email

For Enfield walkers...

Our attention has been drawn to a post that poisoned meat has been put out in Whitewebbs Park and several dogs have fallen ill. Please be aware. We have several adopted dogs around the Enfield area.

Thank you for our Petplan nominations

Thank you SO much to those who voted for us and also for me. We are so so touched by your kindness and personally thank you from me as well. It is so lovely that people give us such lovely support. We couldn't do any of it without our lovely adopters and supporters.

Thank you so much to Akash and family, Anett, Emma and Alex and everyone who sends amazon parcels

Thank you so much, Akash and family. So so kind and generous. And to Anett, Sarah, Alex and Emma who have also sent parcels. It is staggeringly kind of everyone. Thank you so much.

Greyhound, Donald, is looking for a home

The lovely Donald has been waiting too long for a home. He is small (for a boy), clean in his kennel, happily shares with male or female greyhounds and is very gentle and placid. He lets you clean his teeth and is so good. He is good around most other breeds but does need care around particularly small dogs. He did have interest but they needed 100% with smaller breeds. He is nearly there but just needs initial care and we know he will learn soon. He really deserves a chance.

To offer Donald or any other Whittingham resident a home, please email

Thank you, Anett

Thank you so much to the person who sent all the disinfectant. Amazing! And to our lovely volunteer, Anett, who is always so generous. It helps us more than people realise.
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Thank you and Congratulations to Liv and Ryan

A huge thanks to Gem's adopters, Liv and Ryan, who so kindly asked for donations for Whittingham in place of gifts for their honeymoon. We are blown away by their kindness and generosity. Huge congratulations to them too!

Gem was a nervous soul when she went home but with their patience and kindness, she is thriving and so loved.
Thank you again to them for their incredible support.
To adopt a greyhound, please email

Greyhounds in blankets

At this time of year, we receive some lovely photos of blankets. 🀣🀣


Here are Faith, Peggy and Yogi modelling some very fetching covers.


If your greyhound is suddenly crying at night at this time of year, it might be worth putting a coat on them or joining the blanket brigade.

We keep the greyhounds as warm as possible at the kennels. Our new heaters are a godsend, along with the overnight coats. But it is never like being in a loving home.

So if you can offer a greyhound a home, please email

Greyhound, Boo finds her special home

We were delighted to see Boo into her new home last Friday. She had sadly been returned so it is always nice when people want to give the returns a second chance. Often we find that these dogs thrive when they go home again.
Boo is settling well and behaving impeccably around other breeds and on the lead. As you can see, her new adopters have covered every angle (almost literally) by putting stickers on their glass windows. This is something we flag at home checks and it is so easy to solve. We can't thank Boo's adopters enough for all their care for Boo and being so thorough in their preparation. The best part of our work is seeing the dogs into loving homes, and whilst we hold our breath until we know they have settled, it is so nice to welcome every adopter into the Whittingham community and the world of greyhounds.
To give a greyhound a home, email

Thank you Ellie and everyone at Hatfield Police Station

Thanks so much to Ellie and the team at Hatfield Police Station who collect so much every year. Bernie is posing with Ellie and the donations! It is so kind and so appreciated.

And thanks to Judy and Mark for their generosity today too. Mark drove all the way from Rugby to deliver their box of donations. Thank you so much.

Roxy the red nosed greyhound

Meet Roxy the red nosed greyhound... one of our new arrivals!!
Santa could have a faster globe trot this Christmas if he adopted a greyhound to pull his sleigh ...and we reckon she is earmarked (nose marked?!) for the job!!

She is a lovely girl who is very friendly and affectionate.

So if you know Santa or any of his helpers or were waiting for a festive hound yourself, do get in touch!


Bernie (and all his friends) want to be in a warm home

Bernie says it is a bit nippy up here today. He really wants to be in a warm and loving home again. They all want the same.
If you can make a greyhound's day and give one a warm and loving home, this is the time when they will most appreciate it!
To adopt a greyhound, email

More care home visits

As a follow up to greyhound, Len's visit to Roy yesterday, we thought we would put out the call for any other care homes who would like a visit from Len and his adopter, Martin. (Please note, this is not the Martin who works in the Kennels!). It is a whole 'other' Martin!! This Martin adopted Len and has been a speaker for many different topics (and as part of his career). So please get in touch if you know anyone in a care home/anyone who runs a care home who would like a talk.

Despite yesterday's visit being a round trip of 70 miles for them, Martin said this was his most fulfilling Len session to date. In his own words:
‘To see the evident happiness that my gentle, big greyhound could bring to a frail, elderly man was quite humbling and yet so easy to make happen. This was then reinforced by meeting many other residents at Weald Hall, some with dementia, who appeared really comforted and enlivened by our visit. A rare, quiet and most rewarding day in a world full of turmoil that Len and I will not forget. We hope that Roy and his fellow Weald Hall residents all feel the same.’

Roy would also like to be remembered to all those who knew him at Whittingham. If you remember him, do comment as he would be really happy to know that he has not been forgotten.
Martin and Len’s visit was recorded on video and we hope to show a snapshot of their time at the home soon. This was their first care home visit but hopefully not their last. Again, please let us know if any homes in your area might welcome a session with Len soon.
email and we can put you in touch with Martin and his greyhound, Len. 

Adopter Martin and his greyhound, Len bring cheer to Roy, a previous volunteer

Martin, Len and Roy
Len and his adopter, Martin, visited Weald Hall Care Home today to bring some greyhound cheer to Roy and his fellow residents. The first photo shows Martin with Len the greyhound and Roy.
Roy had volunteered at Whittingham about 10 years ago and we remember him marching around the field with the dogs. He always had three dogs himself at home too.
Martin and Len were made to feel very welcome by Charlie (the Activities Coordinator for the home) and her colleagues and spent 2.5hrs there. They chatted to Roy and then presented their usual talk and video to a larger number of residents.
Charlie with Roy and part of his gift!

Martin said that "Len, as always, behaved impeccably".
We can't thank Martin enough for his time in giving these talks and raising much needed funds for Whittingham in the process. We know this would have brought Roy great cheer too. Martin even put together a photograph and model greyhound for Roy to remind him of his visit which was so very kind.
THANK YOU Martin and Len for all your time and support.

Thank you

Thank you so much to Jo and Andrew with Opie and Trixie, and to D Richards for your generosity. We can't thank you enough for your kind donations.

Thanks so much to Dana. We are so grateful and for chasing it too.

Thanks so much to Lesantha for the Harringtons. We are absolutely blown away by everyone being so generous.

(Apologies if any gifts are not acknowledged. I try to do so but I am not at the kennels every day as much of what I do is behind the scenes and unpaid at home. But we do appreciate everything sent and try to acknowledge as much as we can. Sometimes there are no labels so it is difficult to know who the sender is, but we are truly grateful for all your kindness and generosity).
Thanks so much again to everyone who is so supportive and generous.

Please consider nominating us!

Thanks so much to everyone nominating us for the Pets at Home goodies.
And thanks to Heidi for drawing our attention to this one too:
We'd be very grateful for any nominations on this one too. Retired Greyhounds Charity, Whittingham Kennels
Thanks so much for your support everyone.

Mocha... before and after...

Mocha on her first day at home

We don't often do a post about the progress of individual dogs so long after adoption but I wanted to praise Mel, Glyn and family for their immense kindness and patience with Mocha. Mocha is the fawn greyhound on the front cover of our calendar and went home in January 2023. She was EXCEPTIONALLY nervous which resulted in her being very strong on the lead (and a number of other issues). With their wonderful care and the help of their other
greyhound, Mocha made progress and we received an update last night: she has become so affectionate and a real delight and only pulls now if unsure of something or to take her preferred route!! Mel said, " she is so worth the wait

Mocha settling at home

We can't thank them enough for all their patience. The before and after photos show the difference.
It is rare for dogs to be as terrified as Mocha. Other people are also working marvels (among them, Kristina with Bill and the recent adopters of Karen)...(huge thanks to them too as they also deserve a post), but if you would prefer a confident dog from the outset, there are so many candidates in the Kennels who will settle very quickly into appreciating a loving home. Time always works its magic but a special thanks to those adopters who understand that for some it takes longer than most.
To adopt a greyhound, email

Pets at Home Vote

If anyone would like to nominate us: Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity please click on the link.
Thank you Natalie for drawing our attention to this.

Event and cake!

Theresa, our adopter and supporter, is so kindly doing the food again at our Christmas event: Sunday 17th December between 11am and 2pm at the Kennels. We look forward to seeing you there!
There will be hot food along with mulled wine; and a chance to experience the Jamaican iced rum Christmas cake which was very popular last time.
Separately, if anyone would like to buy a whole cake, please search for Mama Cynths Jamaican Kitchen....based in Colney Heath and contact them directly. (We think you'd have to be local to Colney Heath).
We can't wait to see everyone on 17th December.
And in the meantime, come and adopt a greyhound. They would love to be in a warm, loving home for winter.

Judy Zatonski's book

Well done to Judy for publishing her book of poems and stories. Judy designed and donated the full cost of our 2024 calendar which was so generous. We wish her all the best with her book.

Breeze falls on her paws!

We were delighted to wave Breeze off to her new home yesterday. The family have adopted from us before and currently have another greyhound too. She will be very loved and she is so lucky to be in the warm just as winter starts to really set in. Thanks so much to her lovely adopters and for their permission to share the photo.

Whilst we have had two wonderful homes this weekend, homing remains slow with so many greyhounds needing to come to us. The waiting list for dogs needing homes grows daily with often 8 or more dogs added every time.

But we are going as fast as we can and have to focus on the individuals. (But the bigger picture always looms).

So if you have the urge to adopt a greyhound, please do get in touch. There are so many dogs who have so much love to share.

Spike falls on his paws with Beck and George

We were delighted to see Spike (now Ernie) home yesterday with Beck and George. They felt able to give another wonderful home to another greyhound after losing their beloved Maisie, who had also come from Whittingham. We always think it is a wonderful legacy for another lucky dog to find a fantastic home and is a wonderful way to remember previous precious hounds.
Thanks so much to them and we wish Ernie well!
To adopt a greyhound, please email

Thank you, Linda

Thank you so much to our volunteer, Linda, who collected donations for Whittingham during the funeral of her mum. Linda is always so very supportive and generous; and it is so kind of her to think of us again at a very tough time. Thank you to her and all the family and friends and we send all our sympathy and best wishes to them all.

Thank you!

Thanks so much to Dana, Theo and Lucy's adopters and the sender of the Harringtons. It is amazingly generous and really helps. Thank you very much.  
Thanks so much to Sally for the two bags of Harringtons biscuits. We really appreciate your generosity.

Let's remember the boys!

Jet - male greyhound looking for a home
Whilst some of our girls are being chosen (which is great), let's remember the boys too! Many people choose the girls due to the slight size difference but the bigger boys need a chance too. Here are some of the lovely lads really hoping you will choose them!

Bonty - male greyhound looking for a home

To adopt a greyhound, whether the dog is male or female, please email

Thank you

Thank you so much for all the support and kind comments yesterday on the two year anniversary of the charity. It is SO appreciated.
And a huge thanks to Jo (with Zoe), Wendy (with Honey) and Sally (who recently sadly lost Reuben) for their donations of food, bedding and other useful items. We can't thank everyone enough for collecting for us and thinking of us.
Thank you so much.

2yrs being an independent charity

Today is 2 years of Whittingham being an independent charity!
Today we are celebrating two years of Whittingham being its own charity (charity number: 1196685). Whittingham already existed and had been functioning for many years (myself and other current staff have been there for nearly 20yrs with some volunteers, including Jim, our sunday evening paddocker, even longer)!

But nearly three years ago, on the death of its founder, Johanna, we had to secure the future of the Kennels by creating the charity to hold the property and safeguard the welfare of the dogs in its care. It was an extremely challenging time for many reasons but thanks to our trustees (who came on board to save the Kennels: Tim, John, Jackie and myself) as well as the staff and committed volunteers... together with the support of our wonderful adopters, donors and supporters, we kept Whittingham going, finalised the legalities and secured the charity status for the Kennels. A special thank you to Sandra for her backing at the time too.
So thank you to everyone who has supported us and adopted dogs along the way. We are all Team Whittingham! Here are some of the Sunday team along with greyhound representatives, Bonty and Breeze!

Tiffany and Karen find their special homes but so many more greyhounds need YOU!

We were delighted to see Tiffany and Karen find their homes today with people who have had greyhounds before. Here is Tiffany (now Amber) already making the most of her first day at home.
Thank you also to our regular walkers, Elissa and Louis who are always so helpful. And to all our visitors who came for nail cutting and Steve who walked too.
Despite celebrating two wonderful homes today, homing is generally still very slow with so many dogs needing a space in homing kennels. So if you can offer a greyhound a home, please get in touch at

Thank you, Theresa

Thanks so much to Theresa for this generosity.

Easyfundraising supporters and Michelle!

Thanks so much to everyone who signed up to easyfundraising. We have received £85 today which is a brilliant amount.
And a huge thank you to Michelle for donating the proceeds of the sale of her horse saddle to the Kennels. So generous.

Book a talk with Len now!

Don't delay - book your talk with Len today!

Len and his adopter, Martin, are marching on towards their final target. But they need your help to get there!
They are keen to offer more talks to all willing listeners! So if you run a group for adults or children; or are involved with any type of community activity which would be interested in a talk about greyhounds and meet Len (and Martin!), do get in touch.
Thank you so much to Martin and Len for their amazing contributions and all their time. We literally cannot thank them enough.

Lola falls on her paws

Thank you so much to John and Katie who adopted Lola yesterday. They already have ex-Whittingham resident, Merlin, as well as their two little dogs.

They were so kind when they visited as they expressly wanted to choose a dog that needed the chance, especially a return that really needed a second chance. So Lola was adopted (having been returned and therefore being used to being at home). She is doing wonderfully well with the little dogs. A huge thank you to them again for giving her the special home she deserves. Lola is a very lucky girl.

To adopt a greyhound, email

Celebrating dogs - thank you Anoushka and Simon

Thank you so much to Anoushka and Simon (with Freya) for donating all the food today and coming to help prepare and give it out too.
It was in honour of the Kukur Tihar festival in Nepal. This is a Hindu festival held before Diwali that is dedicated to honouring and celebrating dogs for their loyalty, companionship and role as protectors.
It ties nicely into the Hindu and Buddhist principle of ahimsa, the belief of non-violence and compassion to all living beings.
In Nepal, the dogs are wrapped in garlands, street dogs are fed and a red bindi (red dot) put on their heads to symbolise honour and love.
The greyhounds got into the spirit of it! Some were more amenable than others (who just wanted to dive into the food)!! 🀣 But Bonty and others wore their garlands with pride! They all enjoyed the attention and delicious food. (Apart from the strange individual that picked out all the biscuits and left the meat)! 🀷‍♀️

Thanks so much to Anoushka and Simon for their kindness and mucking in (literally when the dogs jumped mud all over them)!
To adopt a greyhound and celebrate dogs too (and give them the loving home they all deserve), email

We will remember them

Lest we forget...
On Armistice Day, we remember the human and animal lives lost during human conflict and war. In current times, we are all aware of the conflicts that are currently raging across the world.
Everyone is familiar with the red poppy to commemorate the human lives lost. The purple poppy is used to commemorate the animals; and the Nowzad Charity, so active for animals in Afghanistan and Ukraine produces its own annual poppy in memory of animals.

An almost infinite list of animal species have served and died during conflicts: horses, dogs, camels, mules, cats, donkeys, reindeer, elephants, glow-worms, canaries, pigeons, dolphins, pigs and many others.
From mascots to military assistants, these animals suffered and died alongside their human companions. Dogs were used as search and rescue, guards, messengers, sniffer dogs and in World War One, parachuted in to wait for their party to join them. The worst task befell to the dogs of the Russian Army which used them as living explosives to run under tanks carrying bombs which then blew up.

The PDSA Dickin Medal was set up to recognise conspicuous acts of courage from animals in times of war. It was presented to eighteen dogs after World War Two for acts of bravery.
We also think of stray and pet animals who also get caught up in war.
We will remember them, both human and animal.

Bertie and Bernie both need loving homes - 7yrs old

Bernie (black) and Bertie (brindle) are both 7yrs old and in need of new homes. Bernie was returned after 3yrs and Bertie needs to find a new home (he is currently still with his adopter) after a change of circumstance.

Both are used to the home environment, very clean and loving and really want to be in a good home. Bernie is at the Kennels but arrangements would have to be made to meet Bertie.

They are both that sticky age which is neither old nor young.
If you could give either boy a home, please email

Greyhounds on wood - perfect Christmas gift!

Sally's adopter, Ann, has drawn our attention to the generosity of her friend, Susie Bicknell. Susie is donating 50% of her sales to any charity nominated by the purchaser. So if you would like to purchase items from her website (below), please nominate Whittingham! Perfect for Christmas gifts! Thanks so much to Susie and to Ann.

Our address and thank you

Thank you to everyone who sends us parcels of treats/disinfectant etc. Please try to ensure the address is labelled as "Whittingham Kennels, 6 Claverhambury Kennels etc" (not 6 Claverhambury).
We don't seem to have been getting everything.
Thank you.

Thank you to Erssie and to Claire

Thank you SO much to Erssie who has just transferred a huge sum from her knitting pattern sales. Amazing! We can't thank her enough for her hard work, generosity and support. And to Claire with Finn for her input in making us the charity for next year at her workplace, the Mimram Veterinary Centre. Thank you so much.

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(Rainbow over the kennels just for dramatic impact)! ☺

Sonny and Ava find their home; thousands more greyhounds are waiting for theirs

Yesterday, we waved goodbye to both Ava and one of our longest stays, Sonny.  Both went together to lovely adopters who had adopted from us before. We can't thank them enough for giving both dogs a chance and we keep all our fingers and paws crossed that they settle well.  Sonny went home exactly a year to the day after he was returned from his first home. He really deserves such a special home.

We wish them well and hope for the same for all the other residents (and the many thousands of greyhounds all over the country) who are waiting patiently for their homes. They all have so much love to give.

To adopt a greyhound, email and we would be delighted to match you!

Thank you, Heather and Rusty

Thanks so much to Heather for popping by with Rusty with some donations and to say hello. We love that people stay in touch and it was lovely to see Rusty doing so well.

Thank you, Anoushka and Simon

Thank you so much Anoushka and Simon. So generous. And all will be revealed next Saturday!

Thank you, Chloe

Thank you to Chloe with Balo for the treats. The dogs will love these later!

Two heads (or five?!) are better than one!?

Many adopters come back to us to offer another lucky greyhound a home. Greyhounds can live happily on their own but often enjoy the company of another greyhound too.

In this photo are Jess, Baby, Rosie (was May), Pru and BooBoo, adopted by Keith and his son, Duncan, who currently have five of our dogs and give them a wonderful home!
So is it better to have male and female? Or two males? Or two females?

We often suggest a male and a female are the easiest option for a second dog. But we have many adopters with two boys; or two girls or a multiple mix of both. Keith and Duncan's five are all female.

Primarily it is about bringing your current dog to the Kennels to see who gets along with them best. We are always happy to advise!

To adopt a greyhound (or five!), please email

Email is preferred

Please note that if you don't get an answer by ringing the Kennel, email is often easier.  Please email with details of your request and you will receive an answer to your email as soon as possible.  

Please be aware that all the administration is done on a voluntary basis in my own time so if the Kennel phone isn't answered, I may not be aware of your requests if I am not at the Kennels.  Email is easier!

Thank you.

Let's promote the boys!

Homing is very slow at the moment and our boys are not having many enquiries at all.  So please keep sharing and spreading the word!  A huge thank you to everyone who has reserved one of the girls.  We will soon be seeing them into their new homes!  

Now let's push for the boys too!  Here are two of the boys homed recently: Rocco (was Rocket) and Diesel (was Smiler) doing well in their homes.  A huge thanks to their adopters: Jackie, Alex, Melissa and existing dog, Lola (Rocco) and Sam, Lee and family (Diesel) (with Poppy too).

To adopt a greyhound, whether male or female, please email or visit our website:

Honey in the office

Honey (was Tina) is showing how easy it is for most greyhounds to join a dog friendly office. She loves meeting all the visitors and otherwise spends the day relaxing and enjoying the company of all the staff!

Greyhounds are so adaptable and adjust to so many different home settings. Always tell us honestly about the sort of home you can offer and we can guide you towards those dogs who will best suit. And we will always give you as much choice as possible.

To adopt a greyhound, please email

Thank you Miles - and

Thanks so much for Miles for nominating us as his charity through 

This organisation donates cash raised from car sales to a nominated charity. 

Rocket, Lola, Karen and Tiffany find their loving homes.  But so SO many greyhounds need a place/loving home.

Thanks to all our volunteers today on what was a busy day with strange weather!  All the dogs went for a walk and thanks to Jo for cleaning all the paddock water bowls while we rushed around! Rocket went home to special adopters so we wait for updates on him and wish him well. And Lola (pictured), Karen and brindle Tiffany (pictured) were reserved, each with lovely people who have adopted from us (or had greyhounds) before. 

We will look forward to hearing how they settle when they go home in a few weeks.

We have so many lovely boys and girls waiting patiently for their loving homes.

To adopt a greyhound, please email

Thank you to Jackie and Steve

Thank you so much to Jackie and Steve with Butch for your generous donations.

Thank you to the amazon donors

Thanks so much to the sender of these pouches. So very appreciated.

Greyhounds, Billy and Bodie living a wonderful life

We had to share this beautiful photo of Billy and Bodie. What lucky boys they are to have such a wonderful home with Barbara and Phil.

Homing is dreadfully slow at the moment with very few adoption enquiries coming in. Every day trainers are asking for spaces and we simply can't take the numbers of dogs that need a home. Every rehoming and rescue centre is struggling with the amount of animals that need a home. It is a national crisis and no matter how hard we work, dogs (and all animals) need to come in or are being surrendered. So if you can offer a loving home to a greyhound, please email Whittingham at

Or, if you can adopt any type of animal, please contact your local rescue or rehoming centre.

Len meets Beavers and a Badger

Len and his adopter, Martin, again showed themselves as Whittingham superstars at the Great Amwell Beavers with their leader (who we now know is called Badger).  They were a hit as always and the children loved Len.  We hope it shows how wonderful greyhounds are as family pets. 

Thanks to Ruth (with Indie and Leon) for getting this talk in motion too.   

We have so many dogs looking for homes and a few who have had to be returned so who are used to the home environment.  So if you can adopt a greyhound, please email or visit our website:

Christmas event...

Lana finds her special home!

Lana was lucky enough to be adopted today and went to live with Mandy and her other two greyhounds, Jack and Roman (was Norman). What a lucky dog and thank you to Mandy for giving another of our dogs such a loving home.

To adopt a greyhound, please email

Rescue lurcher, Benjy falls on his paws!

We had been waiting to share the news about lurcher, Benjy, who had been returned.  We were waiting for final confirmation that he had settled in at his new home and with the resident cat.  So we are delighted to now say that he is doing well in his new home and has been adopted.  What a lucky boy.  

Thanks so much to Holly and Olli for giving him the chance and helping him adjust as he got used to the cat.  He was one of our emergency intakes a few years ago so we are so pleased he has fallen on his paws.

The new windows are sprucing up the Kennels!

The Kennels is really starting to smarten up. We have been saving for new windows since we took on the charity project and this week, they went in. Thanks to Pete and Ken for their incredible workmanship and attention to detail. The finishing touches are taking place and they are nearly there! It will make a huge difference to the warmth in the winter and air flow in the summer, keeping the place tidy and the maintenance.

A massive thank you to Jim, our sunday evening volunteer, who spent hours sourcing a company to buy the original windows. This will also add to the budget!
And a thank you to Paula at GBGB for securing us a grant towards them too.

(Photos show black windows before and modern windows now. I did have better photos but dropped my phone 🀦‍♀️).


So...we are making progress with making the Kennels fit for purpose, but still have tons of dogs needing homes. So to adopt a greyhound, email and let's get these boys and girls into loving homes ASAP.

Smiler and Lana are reserved!

We were delighted to have several visitors this weekend. Lana and Smiler have both been separately reserved. Thanks to both sets of adopters who have adopted many dogs from us previously. We will look forward to updates when they go home.
And we hope to have some reserves from our other visitors once they have considered everything carefully.
Thanks to everyone for all your support!
To adopt a greyhound, email

Len delights his audience at Grosvenor Women's Club

Len once again excelled himself with his adopter, Martin, in being the representative of Whittingham Kennels and all his old friends still looking for homes! He had a great time yesterday at Grosvenor Women's Club - the ladies loved him as shown in the photos (more photos on Facebook)!
They are next off to Ware Beavers to meet some 6 to 8 year olds!
A huge thanks again to Len and Martin. They are true stars!

Thank you, Emma

Thanks so much to Emma for thinking of us with this food. The dogs will love it! Thank you.

Rudy (was Arthur) at Doggy Daycare

This is Rudy (was Arthur), who spends a couple of days a week with his mates at doggy day care. Rudy is working through separation anxiety and this is a good way to give them socialisation (if your greyhound is trusted around other breeds) whilst also not leaving them alone for too long. Rudy is so good with the other breeds and really enjoys their company. We just had to share this lovely photo!
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(We give lifetime back up and also have tips from ourselves and behaviourists for any settling issues...(which we hope will be minimal as greyhounds generally settle very well)!!!..)

Thank you to the volunteers from Leathwaite

We were joined today and last Tuesday by two separate groups from the company, Leathwaite.  Both groups were fulfilling a day's volunteering.  Vanessa, adopter of Poppy, coordinated the days and times and we are really glad to show people the qualities of greyhounds (and get the whole Kennel out walking!).  Thanks to both groups for their walking and help; and for mucking in with everything so positively.  We hope this encourages even more people to spread the word that greyhounds are a great addition to any home.
Thanks again to them and especially to Vanessa.

And remember, to adopt a greyhound, email

PetPlan Charity Awards - please nominate us if you like our work!

We were very kindly nominated in the past for these PetPlan Awards.
Thank you to Natalie for suggesting we post this in case anyone would like to nominate us again. 

We are under 'Whittingham Kennels' (as our charity) or charity number: 1196685
Thanks so much!  

Bernie looking for a home - and we are full to bursting

We had to take Bernie back unexpectedly today after over 3.5yrs at home. This was due to his adopters having building work and him getting out of the garden several times. No negative comments please.  Let's just try to find him a new loving home. 

We are now completely overflowing with dogs and with one more new arrival tomorrow, we will not be able to take any new dogs from our list for a while.  We haven't forgotten those waiting, but simply can't move at the moment.  We also need to get on top of all the veterinary work needed for the new arrivals and those who have been homed before. 

Bernie will need a dental before he can be rehomed. Apart from his teeth, he is otherwise a lovely, friendly boy who would love a good home quickly so he doesn't have to stay in kennels too long. He is 6yrs old.  He is confident, friendly and used to the home environment. He will be assessed around other dogs again as soon as possible.

Adopted Greyhounds, Fred and Jeff, lead Animal Blessing Service 

We were so delighted to see these photos from another Pet Blessing Service in Henlow. The stars of the show were our very own Fred and Jeff, pictured with their adopters: Rev Peter and his wife (Fred), together with their church organist John and his wife, Angela (Jeff). 

How wonderful to see both greyhounds interacting with all the other canine congregation and that animals are so wonderfully recognised around the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron Saint of Animals.  Let's hope for such blessings on all animals everywhere and especially on those waiting for a loving home of their own.

Thanks so much to them for the permission to use the pictures.

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There are so many waiting to give and receive love and fall on their paws with you.

Seven new arrivals - greyhounds looking for homes

Here are some of our new arrivals this week: Lana, Swifty, Spike, Storm, Finn and Shirley. Lollie is also new but she's at the vet today being spayed! They are all unique characters and will be fully assessed as we get to know them. The photo shows Swifty; and all the other new arrivals can be seen with all our other greyhounds looking for a new home on our page 'greyhounds looking for homes'.
We are now 110% full so if the time is right to adopt a greyhound, please do get in touch!
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Finn - emergency case looking for a home

Yesterday we took in Finn after a flurry of emails and phone calls at 10pm the night before. Finn did not originally come from us but needed somewhere to go quickly as he could no longer stay in his home. He will need to gain some weight but he is otherwise in good condition and a lovely boy. He will be further assessed as we get to know him.

If you adopt from Whittingham, we are always there as back up for the duration of the dog's life. We know some homing organisations have changed their policy on this but Whittingham remains firmly committed to every dog that we home: that if ever there is a problem with a dog, he or she must be returned to us. Obviously, we hope it will be a lifelong home, but we are always there if it doesn't work out for any reason. We are always available on email and will respond as soon as we can. Again, Finn was NOT one of our dogs originally, but he is very much a Whittingham dog now. We are glad to have been able to help him!

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Daphne at St Albans Abbey

We are very proud that our very own, Daphne, helped do the reading at St Albans Abbey for their pet service last Sunday. Pet services are held on Sundays near to the feast day (4th October) of St Francis of Assisi, the patron Saint of animals. This is often termed as, Animal Welfare Sunday. 

We are thrilled that Daphne is such a good ambassador for greyhounds in her prominent role with her adopters.  Also at the service were cats, tortoises, snakes and stick insects. πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘

Celebrating homings 

Billie taking a dip
We are always delighted to see our dogs doing well at home; both those who have been homed recently and those who have been home for a while. 

On facebook, there is a selection of oldies and newbies.  Billie showing that she's progressed from a bucket to a pond (for paddling) 🀣🀣, Smokey with his human family member again showing how good greyhounds are with children, Betty and Bluebell relaxing at home, Piper out for a walk with Margo (who also came from Whittingham and who we popped in to see recently), Lottie on her first day in the office and Prince winning a prize for 'most hilarious hound'.  Our dogs go to such varied homes and just show that greyhounds adapt to so many differing situations. 

Prince - winner!

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National Black Dog Day

On National Black Dog Day, Sonny would like to remind everyone that black dogs are often overlooked and yet have such lovely temperaments. He really deserves to be in a good home and we can't understand why he is still with us. We all hope it will be his turn soon.

In other news, yesterday we were delighted to see Lottie, Zippy and Abbie into their homes and we look forward to photos and updates. We had lots of walkers and visitors over the weekend so we are always grateful to everyone for their support. Rocket (soon to be Rocko) was visited by his new adopters ( also one of our wonderful Trustees). He will be going home in a few weeks time. And we also have everything crossed for Benji the lurcher who is being tested with potential adopter's cats. A huge thank you to Jane for letting us cat test. It makes such a massive difference and helps so many dogs find their special place.

We have also taken in Swifty and Shirley today. Her pet name was Girly but after deliberation, we settled on renaming her 'Shirley'. We hold no responsibility if she shows any confusion!! 🀣 There are also some new arrivals next week as we inch forward with our list of dogs waiting to get in.

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Beautifully expressed by Judy Zatonski in the poem:

Thank you Enfield Greyhound Walk

A huge thank you to the Enfield Greyhound Great Greyhound Walk for choosing us as one of its charities this year.  Thanks to everyone who attended and donated.

Thank you Sue with Bluebell; and thank you Keith and Duncan

A huge thank you to Sue who adopted Bluebell today. We were so pleased to see her go to a loving home. Sue sadly lost her beloved Max a week ago and it is always lovely when dogs go to people we know. It is always difficult to decide when the time is right to adopt again, but when there are so many dogs waiting for a loving home, we are always delighted when people come back to us and choose to adopt again quickly (or when the time is right for them).

A huge thank you to Keith and Duncan who also popped up to us today with donations from the photographs taken at Harlow. We are so grateful to them for their support and the wonderful home they give to so many of our dogs (currently five greyhounds at home with them)!

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Thank you, Sally

Thank you so much to Sally for the biscuits. It's so appreciated.

Len in verse!

Len's adopter, Martin has taken pen to paper to put Len's story in poetry form.  We thought Len would have written this now though?  
They are still looking for more bookings to increase their funding EVEN more.  So please email if you would like a talk.  We can't thank them enough for all their time and effort.

Support a rescue, not fireworks!

Thanks for sharing this, Barbara... and we agree, it is a good idea!

Greyhounds and children

Greyhounds and children:  Greyhounds make wonderful family pets and are generally great with children.  (Like every animal, they have their limit so we always advise that you make
sure children leave the greyhound alone whilst the dog is eating or asleep).  Obviously, it is really important to tell the adoption centre that there are (small) children so we can guide you to the dogs with the most appropriate temperaments.  We are unlikely, for example, to home a nervous dog with children; or a dog which is very bouncy and might bowl children over with excitement.  

But greyhounds are generally good with children and make a great addition to most homes when proper boundaries are respected (for both child and dog).  It is always lovely to see the loving bond between an animal and a child and obviously, we also think it is important that children grow up respecting animals.  Greyhounds are perfect for so many different situations and circumstances!

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Thank you to Judy for the use of the photographs.

Bertie, Benji and Bluebell

7yr old, older greyhound Bertie
- looking for another home
After a little flurry of homing, we suddenly find two returns after 2yrs and 3yrs respectively. Bertie is 7yrs old and brindle...and would suit any home. He has also lived with a child who is now 2yrs old.  He is still in his home for now but will need a place with us or a new home by December.

The other is a lurcher who we took in from another rescue when his time had run out in the pound.  He is a very gentle boy and also lived with small children.  (His photo will follow).
We are also homing a dog for our neighbour who is keeping her until a home can be found. Her name is Bluebell and if you'd like to meet her, we can arrange that!  She is happy and bouncy so not suited to smaller children as she would likely bowl them over with enthusiasm!

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Billie, Daniel and Molly at home...

Billie at home
Some beautiful photos of Billie, Daniel and Molly who found their special homes at the weekend.  It is only early days for them all but they all went to experienced homes and are settling well so far.

Daniel at home

If you haven't had a greyhound before (or even if you have!), we are always here as backup so there is bound to be a dog waiting for YOU!

Molly at home

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Billie, Princess and Roro fall on their paws at home...

In our second flurry of homings this weekend, we were delighted to see Billie into her new home. She's waited for so long and has really fallen on her paws. We will look forward to updates!

And then the wonderful adopters of Princess and Roro (now Peanut) arrived to take them home. We were so thrilled that these two dogs could stay together as they are brother and sister and have been together all their lives. They are so lucky to have gone to people who have had greyhounds from us before: we can't thank Cheryl, John and Lottie enough for taking the pair. Here they are with their caterpillars doing well so far!

Thanks to everyone who adopts and helps us in any way.
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Molly and Daniel find homes but so many more dogs need loving homes...

Molly and Daniel went off to their homes today. With people who have adopted from us before.  We were so delighted to wave them off knowing they will be so very loved and cared for. Good luck to them both and to those going tomorrow too. We can't wait to have updates!
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Len reaches £400 but wants to go even further...

Len, and his adopter, Martin, have reached the massive target of £400 raised for Whittingham Kennels through their talks.  We are so SO grateful for all their efforts and dedication.  Here are some photos of their most recent successful talk (more on our facebook page).

Len is really pleased but he is looking a bit doleful in this picture as we still need YOU!  Our supporters and your contacts hold the key to additional leads and bookings.  

For more information, please email and we will put you in touch with Len and Martin.

New greyhounds arrive looking for homes...

Since Tuesday, we have been able to take in Lottie, Zippy and Daniel (pictured). All are beautiful, friendly and affectionate. And we will be assessing them further as they settle.

They would love to fall on their paws in a loving home.

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A huge thank you from Smiler and everyone at Whittingham...

Our September walk 2023 

A HUGE HUGE thank you to everyone who joined us for our walk and open day today.
We were simply blown away by the attendance and support.  Overwhelmingly wonderful of everyone to make it such a special day for us.

Martin, Tim and I started at 7am to make sure all the Kennel dogs were cleaned and fed; and a huge thanks to Doreen (our regular Sunday volunteer), Sim (our staff member and volunteer) and Stephen (Martin's brother) for coming so early to help finish the general kennel duties, set everything up and generally muck in.  A MASSIVE thank you to Theresa and Pete who were so utterly fantastic in providing and preparing all the food.  It is SO very generous and means every penny from every item bought today comes to the Kennels.  The level of work is never underestimated and we can't thank them enough for being so willing and kind.  
Thank you to everyone who helped or supported: to Tim and Val for helping; to Faith and John who were on the stall selling calendars, books and Eliette's picture; to Val who sold the greyhound figurines; to Doreen, Tim and Martin for rushing around with drinks; to Sim, Linda, Linda's son Jim and the other Tim for helping sell raffle tickets; to Jackie and Alex who took on the raffle tickets too (despite having driven from Norfolk)... and to EVERYONE who took dogs on the walk.  The Kennel was completely empty as ALL the dogs looking for homes joined in!  Martin led the walk and it was amazing to see such a long line of greyhounds disappearing into the woods.

A huge thank you to the farmer for letting us use the cemetery for parking (and also to our neighbours along the lane for their help).  It made a real difference and we are sure it encouraged more people to join us.

We were so lucky with the weather as despite ominous and changeable forecasts, we were in the window of cooler and dry weather (ideal)!  The rain came just as the event was ending which was great for us (but not so good for poor Jim who paddocks on Sunday evenings and had to endure the rain!).  

We were delighted that three dogs were reserved too!  Molly, Billie and Rocket were all lucky enough to be chosen by people who have had greyhounds before.  And Rocket is going to our trustee, Jackie and husband, Alex.  It makes our day to see the dogs reserved.  Each is so deserving: Molly was returned so needs another chance, Billie has been waiting a while and Rocket is just an absolutely lovely dog!  There was also another lovely family interested in adopting too. 

Thank you SO much again to everyone who came, helped, supported, walked, donated, bought raffle tickets or supported at the stalls.  We can't thank you enough for all your support and look forward to seeing you again next time!

(Thanks to Steve and Barry for the additional photos on the facebook page)!

Our new pergolas...

We can finally reveal our three new pergolas!  The aim is that they will provide shade in the summer and protection in the winter.  This has been an ongoing project, due to various delays beyond everyone's control, but we are very happy with the result!  We have needed covered paddocks for over 20yrs!
We had to have the base feet put in, then the structures were delivered and two days to put them together.  
Thanks to the team at Capella. We were lucky enough to have two legacies that covered the bulk of the cost.  A huge thank you to their families and everyone who supports us.
And we look forward to seeing you at our event tomorrow. The weather appears changeable but forecasts suggest the timings will be ok. So see you tomorrow for our walk at 11am!  Another huge thanks to Theresa for doing the food. And to everyone who has donated raffle items, including Christine and Lorna.

Piper settling at home...

We received some lovely photos of Piper settling at home. He's still overcoming a few initial settling hurdles but is learning quickly and being very affectionate.

Homing is so very slow with very few enquiries but we still want to celebrate those lucky enough to find homes.

The Kennels has many more lovely boys and girls looking for homes and over 100 dogs waiting to get to us. So to adopt a greyhound, email

We look forward to seeing you at our event on Sunday. Walk starts at 11am.

(If rain or thunder becomes torrential we may have to reconsider, but as it stands, we ARE going ahead).

Event reminder! Do come and join us this Sunday!

A reminder of our walk and gathering this coming Sunday. Extra parking has been made available. Walk starts at 11am, followed by delicious food (thanks to the amazing generosity and culinary skill of Theresa with Ash and Kylagh). There will also be a few select stalls and the chance to buy our beautiful 2024 calendars and the prints of Sonny.

We really hope you can join us. The weather is set to be cooler so we hope this will encourage a good group walk.

For more details, email

Greyhounds - number one breed!

The Evening Standard tonight named greyhounds as the best breed to have in the city. Hooray! (Of course, we already knew they were the best breed wherever they are located)!!

Described in the article as, 'lazy...gentle and peaceful souls', let's hope this encourages more people to adopt a greyhound!

(Thanks Sue with Winnie for drawing this to our attention).

An unusual homing - Cellus the Whippet finds a loving home

We were asked to find an elderly whippet by one of our previous adopters who felt able to offer another dog a home but needed smaller this time.  Whilst we don't normally get whippets, one of our staff has contacts with the whippet world and found an older boy who needed a loving home. Cellus joined us on Saturday. Thanks to the Brown family for going to collect him for us. And he went to his new home today. He was a dear little soul and it felt odd delivering a smaller version! But he has really landed on his paws with such lovely people. 

In greyhound news, Piper was lucky enough to find a home yesterday, and Grace went home on Saturday. We await updates and as with all our adoptions, are always available for back up/advice.

Remember, greyhounds are bigger than whippets but there are so many that need a home and they are all beautiful and deserving. So to adopt a greyhound, email 

Greyhound, Len, and his adopter, Martin are back in action!

Len and his adopter, Martin are back in action and set to do their first 'Scouts' session with a group of young Beavers in October. Len has been told they are children and not real beavers!!! Thanks to Ruth (with Indie and Leon) for getting this in motion.

Len and Martin are again available for talks. Just email and we will put you in touch. A donation applies for each talk.

Thank you, Len and Martin!

Our event on 17th September: please note extra parking available

We look forward to seeing you the following Sunday (17th September) for our walk and open day. A huge thank you to the local farmer who has said we can use the former pet cemetery (between Kennel 2 and Kennel 3 in the lane) for extra parking. We look forward to seeing you then! Walk starts 11am.

Billie cools down in her water bucket - greyhound initiative at its best!

Billie is clearly the brains of the Kennels as she realises standing in your water bowl is the best idea. Bonty, who shares her kennel, isn't so sure he wants to drink it now though! 🀣🀣

Billie is such a lovely girl and has been waiting for her home for such a long time. She's good with other breeds but as she is strong on the lead (and does react to deer), she is often not chosen. But whoever adopts Billie will be very lucky.

Bonty is a lovely boy too and really deserves a loving home. He happily shares with any of the girls.

To adopt a greyhound, email

Thank you Beck and George and all who send via the amazon wishlist or via other methods

Thanks so much to Beck and George for their kindness and all their support. Thank you so much to the sender of the Wagg. We really appreciate everyone's support.

Greyhound, Rocket, is looking for a home!

Rocket is looking for a home. His half-brother was reserved yesterday and so Rocket is hoping he will be as lucky soon too. He is great with small dogs, used to children and walks really well on the lead. He is, however, a large dog! But sometimes the bigger dogs are even more gentle!
To adopt Rocket or any other Whittingham resident, email
Home checks apply.

Hot weather

Please note that as very hot weather is forecast, all walking at the kennels is cancelled for at least the next 4 days. Thank you to our volunteers for your understanding.  We look forward to seeing you when the weather cools down!

Thank you, Michelle and all donors - we are so grateful

Thank you so much, Michelle and the sender of the winalot. We are so so grateful for such amazing generosity.

In other news, Piper was reserved today so we are delighted to be seeing him into a home soon.

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Bonzo and Andy find their homes

Bonzo (now Ludo)
We received lovely photos of Bonzo (now Ludo) settling into his home. And separately, Andy is also doing well in his home. A huge thank you to their adopters. Andy and Bonzo were totally contrasting personalities.  Andy was full on and confident; Bonzo was apprehensive until he knows you but each was suited to their home and each set of adopters was very understanding about working through the initial settling phase.

Some greyhounds walk in as if they've always been there and others take a few days (or sometimes longer) to adjust.  But ultimately they are very adaptable and so easily slot into any home environment. 

To adopt a greyhound, please email

Calendars On Sale!

Our beautiful calendars designed (and donated) by Judy Zatonski have landed! They can be ordered via email at and will also be available at our event on 17th September (or can be posted). £10 (plus postage).

Hot weather warning!

It is scheduled to be very hot this week so as usual, please ensure you only walk dogs very early or very late and NEVER in the heat of the day. It is better for them to not have a walk at all than to be at risk in hot weather.

Thank you!

Join us on 17th September!

Don't forget to join our next event, walk and open day on Sunday 17th September. We are also in talks with the local farmer to get extra parking. Watch this space!
We look forward to seeing you then.

Thank you, Anett

Thank you to our lovely volunteer, Anett, who always so generously donates dog food and walks in between studying and working. We are so lucky to have such lovely supporters.

Welcome to new greyhounds, Frankie, Ed and Karen!


We have been able to take a few new arrivals. Frankie, Ed and Karen. They will all be assessed as they settle but are all beautiful. Ed is especially calm and laid back on the lead.

Thanks to Steve for the treats too.


We were also lucky enough to have visitors today who have reserved Grace. And we are so grateful to Cheryl, John and Lottie who have offered both Princess and Roro a home together after losing their beloved Kingy (who came from Whittingham). They will really be falling on their paws at the end of September.
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Thank you, Sally!

A huge thank you to Sally who sends us bags of Harringtons dog food. We are so grateful for such kind generosity.

Thanks to Forest School for promoting greyhound rehoming!

A huge thank you to Forest School for putting our story in the Old Foresters Magazine. It feels a bit like shameless self-promotion, but it is with the aim of reaching out to let people know how great greyhounds are, how many dogs need homes and to hopefully encourage my former school attendees to adopt a greyhound!

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Thank you Tony and The Old MacDonald's Farm Park, Brentwood

A huge thank you to Tony Butchart, a long standing adopter and supporter of Whittingham Kennels, for securing us a promotional spot at Old MacDonald's Farm & Fun Park today. It was great to show everyone that greyhounds make great family pets and especially how good they are with children.  A special thank you to Shannon and all the staff for their help and to the gentleman who granted us permission to use the photo of his little boy meeting the dogs. 

Sonny went as a representative from the Kennel and was very good. He walked around near chickens and all the other animals and behaved impeccably (as long as you ignore a moment of interest in the Wallabies)!  

Oaky went as a representative of a 'homed greyhound' and was so wonderful with the children as she is so very gentle and accommodating.  It all helps to show greyhounds make great pets. If we are lucky enough to go again, we will get a larger group of dogs and volunteers to really cause a spectacle!!

Thank you again to everyone who helped set this up.

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Molly is looking for a home again

Sadly, Molly is back with us as she didn't get on with the other greyhound in the home, much to the distress of her adopters and us. Usually greyhounds love other greyhounds, but she would probably be best suited as the only dog in the home. She is house trained, has lived with young children and is used to the home environment. She also lived with a small dog for 2yrs in her first home.

Could you give Molly a loving home? She is 4yrs old. 

Please email for more information.  Home checks apply.

New arrivals: Piper and Rocket

We took in our first new arrivals today.  Piper (fawn) and Rocket (black) happily share together and will be assessed further.  

However, they are both lovely calm boys, used to children (and Rocket has played with Yorkshire Terriers at his trainer's kennel).  They will make great additions to any home.

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Thank you to Richard's adopters

Thanks so much to Beth and the Newbury family (Richard's adopters) for their kind amazon donations.

Good news for lucky greyhounds, Molly, Anna and Bonzo

Despite the strange weather over the Kennels (!), we were delighted to have a little flurry of interest today. Molly (who was sadly returned last week) found a wonderful home with Max's adopters; Anna went home unexpectedly with people who had adopted from us previously and felt the time was right to adopt again (thank you very much to them), and Bonzo was reserved by a lovely family after they were also ready to adopt again after losing their previous greyhound. We are so glad to see some dogs moving into loving homes.

Thank you to everyone who adopts and to all those who are able to open their hearts and homes to another needy animal when they feel the time is right.

To adopt a greyhound, please email

Recycling for Good Causes - to raise money for Whittingham 

We have a recycling sack courtesy of Recycling For Good Causes. We simply need to fill the sack, send it back and await their cheque !  If you have any unwanted items of those listed, please drop them to the Kennels!  

Thank you! 

(Please make sure you check the list to ensure the item is accepted).

Come and join us!

Spencer has found a home!

Well, Spencer went home yesterday and isn't he doing well so far?!! He went to a lovely family who had had a greyhound before and were able to offer a home to another lucky greyhound in her memory.  

As many of our followers will remember, we were asked to take Spencer in February when he injured his foot during a trial at the sales after coming over from Ireland. He was confined to the kennel to heal and was such a good boy. He was a favourite with our volunteer walkers as he was so good (and recognisable with a wonky tail too, poor chap)!

Exactly six months later, he found his loving home and is roaching less than 24hrs after going home!

Thanks so much to his lovely adopters and to those who stepped up to help him before he came to us!

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Bonty and Billie - two lovely greyhounds looking for homes

Bonty and Billie are both looking for a home. Billie has been with us for for too long. She's a dear little soul but can be strong on the lead. This would soon improve with regular walks at home. Bonty is very affectionate and loves his food. He is also a little strong but calms down once out and about.

To offer a greyhound a home, email

In other news, Spencer went home yesterday to a lovely family so we hold our breath until he settles! Thank you to them and everyone who adopts.

St Guinefort's Day - 22nd August

Happy St Guinefort's Day!

Today is St. Guinefort day. St. Guinefort is the greyhound Saint who, legend says, saved the baby of a French Knight whilst the family were out and the baby was threatened by a snake. Guinefort, the greyhound, made the ultimate sacrifice as the family initially suspected he had killed the infant (after returning home and seeing blood). However, they later realised the dog had saved the baby and commemorated his life with a well, from which miracles are said to have been performed to aid sick children.

We think this story clearly underlines what we all know: that greyhounds are generally great with children, are very loving and gentle and are also very loyal and loving with their adopters right to the end. They all deserve a loving home from us too.

To adopt a greyhound, email

St. Guinefort's prayer can speak to those of all faiths (and none) and those who love greyhounds and all animals. (It is also used in memory of all loved dogs who are no longer with us).

Saint Guinefort, O holy dog, slain by thy master’s hand.

A martyr made of this good boy, most brave in all the land.

You saved a babe from venom’s fate brought forth by viper’s bite.

Protect us please, like that small child, throughout the day and night.

We vow henceforth to do our best to never act in haste,

for as your master struck you down, God laid his home to waste.

But vengeance never rights a wrong, the past is carved in stone.

Yet dogs forgive their master’s faults, and faultless dogs atone.

May humans strive to have pure hearts so generous and true,

thus echoing God’s boundless love, exemplified by you.

Please guide beloved pets who pass to heaven up above,

when God's creations are called home to share eternal love.

For in each creature’s gentle soul dwells part of the divine,

and beaming forth, for those who see, a miracle doth shine. 

Thank you...

Thank you so much to Robbie with Jude for being so generous. We are so grateful.

Doug and Ross!

And to our good news for Ross. Our volunteer, Doug, who always had a soft spot for Ross, has adopted Ross! Doug very sadly lost his beloved Kane, his previous greyhound. And very kindly offered Ross a home. Ross has been perfect so far and really fallen on his paws. And we still get to see him! Thanks so much to Doug and we are so glad to see Ross in a wonderful home.

To adopt a greyhound, email

Our event on September 17th...

Also, don't forget our next event!

A newsletter will be going round soon!

Thank you!


A huge thank you to Rosie and Christian (with Winnie) and Sue (with Max) for their food donations. We are so so grateful.

Winnie and feline friend

We also have good news for Ross but we shall tell more after an update on Sunday!

To adopt a greyhound, email

The current crisis with animals....

I know I've banged on about this before but we want to join the voices of every rescue/ rehoming centre. It is a crisis for animal welfare in this country at the moment. Dogs of every breed are desperate for homes and pounds are putting dogs to sleep every day as there are no places in rescue/rehoming kennels.  It is heartbreaking.  Every rehoming centre we know has over 100 greyhounds on their waiting list simply to get in.  And all of us rely on donations to survive and are receiving very few adoption enquiries.  Lurchers are overflowing in pounds too and every day we are being asked to take more greyhounds.  We will prioritise those at risk and we will otherwise only work through our list in order. We let trainers know when they are next on the list so they are kept informed about timings. 

It really is very tough for all rehoming centres at the moment. So if you can adopt a greyhound or lurcher (or any breed or animal), please adopt and don't shop.  We will never tire of repeating this.

To adopt from us at Whittingham Kennels please email

Lola finds a home! 

Lola went home on Sunday and is doing very well so far. We are always impressed by how quickly the greyhounds settle into home life, despite most only ever having known kennels.

She has been clean indoors, affectionate and is learning the sights and sounds of the wider world. She had a particular affinity with the cuddly toys in the home and seems to be accumulating quite a collection!

To adopt a greyhound, please email

Our residents doing well at home...

We love receiving photos of our former Whittingham residents doing well at home.  The photos on facebook include Masha (photo on the right), who was adopted by our Trustee John and partner, Faith; Hero, who really fell on his paws when he went to Jersey; Boo who is taking relaxation to a new level in her new home; and Bill who is also showing what greyhounds do best (being asleep!) in his home with other adopted greyhound, Beyla.  Bill was previously returned as he was nervous and we thought another dog would help.  He is starting to wag his tail thanks to the patience and kindness of his lovely adopters.  A huge thanks to everyone who adopts. 

There are always so many greyhounds looking for a home so to adopt a greyhound, please email

Greyhounds all share similar traits but every one is also unique and individual.   Many are confident, forward and friendly but we also have a few who might take a little longer to trust you. But it is so rewarding once their true colours start to shine and they can sometimes show even more loyalty.  We ask for your home circumstances so we can suggest those of the right temperament for your home situation.

Glen is looking for a home!

Glen (black and white) went for his trip down to the town with Will today. Will is a behaviourist (as well as being one of out adopters) and gives additional assessment to the dogs by volunteering his time on a Saturday. Glen was initially excited by other dogs but with exposure during the walk, he was fine on the way back. So he will need initial care around small dogs but with exposure and socialisation, he should adjust quickly. We, together with Will, will continue to work with him and this will all help him when he finds a loving home.

Fifi, who shares with Glen, thought she had the whole bed to herself, but alas it was only temporary as he was only out for a little while!! 🀣🀣

To offer Glen, Fifi or any other Whittingham hound a home, email

Sonny and so many animals looking for homes 

Why oh why do we still have Sonny?  He's such a lovely boy.  He walks nicely on the lead, is clean in his kennel, good with other breeds (with the usual careful introduction), has been in a home so is used to the home environment, loves to play with a ball, good with the other greyhounds and is very affectionate.  He won't be homed with young children as he likes his own space, but he is otherwise perfect for most homes.  He's even had his portrait drawn (move over Henry VIII and Hans Holbein as Sonny's picture is better)!   

Homing and enquiries are desperately slow with dozens of greyhounds stacking up in trainers' kennels waiting for a space.  Many trainers have over 15 dogs waiting to get to us, but we can't get them in until we home some of the current residents.  It is beyond crisis for animals at the moment with so many greyhounds and dogs of every breed needing homes.  And, of course, animals of every size, age and description.  So if you are in a position to adopt a greyhound (or are looking for any animal) please visit your local rehoming/rescue centre and offer a needy animal a home.  Email us at to adopt a greyhound.  

All our greyhounds are neutered, vaccinate, microchipped and come with four weeks free insurance.  

(Please NEVER breed an animal as this just exacerbates a situation that is already beyond capacity.  Every animal deserves the chance of a loving home so we can all play our part by preventing more animals entering the system).
Home checks apply.

Our new Calendar - all thanks to Judy!

Our Whittingham Calendar has gone to print!  We are very excited about it and Judy has done an incredible job, using as many of your photographs from the 'rehomed' section of our newsletter as possible. She's also so generously paid for the printing too so that every penny from the sales will come to Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity.  We are so touched by her generosity and in awe of her creativity! 

They will be £10. And will hopefully be on sale at our event in September. 

They can also be ordered by emailing 

Thank you for all your support!

Thank you for the Dentastix

Thank you so much to the kind sender of the dentastix. So so appreciated.  Update: Thank you to Mirabelle's fantastic adopters!

Learning the protocol at home!

When greyhounds go home, they have to learn how to behave in a home. This includes learning that not all food belongs to them. It doesn't stop them hoping though!!!  🀣🀣

To adopt a greyhound, email 

There are so many dogs who need a home (and your leftover dinner)!

Thank you Graham and Polly

A huge thank you to Graham (with Polly) who collected food and treats for us and drove it all down today. We really appreciate your incredible support and all the time and effort this takes. Thank you so much. πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘And with thanks to Hitchin Market and Arcade Nurseries for their support.

A rainy Saturday at the Kennels! 

What a wet and miserable day!  Thanks to all those who braved walking in the rain this morning (until we called a halt for all our sakes (both four legged and two legged!).  It was lovely to see Finn today; and Rodney (was Captain) and Ruby who are doing so well with their new 10 week old human baby; and also Billy, Rebel, Digger and Prince (was Whipper) who all came along for nail cutting.  

We also saw Boo into her loving home and wish her well (we will look forward to updates); and Bill...who also went to his new home after sadly being returned this week.  He has gone to live with another of our adopted greyhounds and five cats and we are hopeful this is the boost he needs for his confidence.

We have over one hundred dogs waiting to get to us and trainers calling every day desperate for space.  (Seven trainers in one day yesterday)!  But we can't take more dogs in until some of the current residents find loving homes.  With Ava sadly being returned yesterday through no fault of her own, we still remain full... so to offer a greyhound a loving home, please email 

You won't regret it! The photos on our facebook page show how greyhounds adjust and adapt so well to being at home.  Thank you to their wonderful adopters for giving them such loving homes.  This photo shows Geoff (was Zippy) thriving at home.
All Whittingham greyhounds looking for a loving home can be seen on our website:
They are all neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and come with four weeks free insurance.  We also supply collar, lead, muzzle, house-collar (and a coat where possible) as well as a lifetime of support and being part of the Whittingham greyhound community!

Thank you Claire and Mimram Veterinary centre 

Thank you to our adopter, Claire, who works at Mimram Veterinary Centre and has been collecting donations for us.  We are so grateful.

Thanks so much, Medivet Waltham Abbey

Thanks so much to Medivet, Waltham Abbey for collecting so many goodies for us. We are so grateful.

Billie is still looking for a loving home...

Billie has been with us for far too long and really deserves a loving home. She came in during the colder weather (hence why she is wearing a coat in her original photo). She can be slightly strong on the lead but she is so good with the other greyhounds and has been good around smaller dogs too. She shares happily, loves her walks and can be playful too. She is a lovely girl and really needs a chance. To offer Billie a home, please email
Home checks apply.

Thank you Yusin, Shadow and family!

Thanks so much to Shadow and family. So so generous. This will keep us going. Thank you so much again.

Thank you for the Amazon donations

Thank you so much for the food. So so appreciated.

Pegasus is thriving at home!

In another positive story, Pegasus came to see us yesterday and he looks wonderful! His wonderful adopter really stuck with him as he had been very unsettled initially and strangely inconsistently reactive to other dogs. Now he is absolutely fine, has been on holiday in the camper van and is quiet at home.  What a lucky boy. And thanks to Paula for her behaviourist help too. 
Most greyhounds slot in quickly but some have additional quirks, like Pegasus, but he just shows how they all can get there in the end.
To adopt a greyhound, email 
We have so SO many dogs waiting to get into us so please open your home to a greyhound if you have room and love to give. Home checks apply.

Adding a second (or more) hound is a positive!

Many people often ask whether adding another greyhound (or more) to an existing adopted greyhound is a good idea. Yes! 99% of the time, greyhounds love the company of other greyhounds and thrive with their own kind. It is all they have known so to home another is usually a very easy process. We would just make sure they get on in the paddocks at the Kennels and make sure any additional greyhound suits the home situation. 

The photos show how dogs from different households can enjoy each other's company. 
Victor, Freddie, Sylvie, Oaky, Yogi, Rhino and Evie.

To adopt a greyhound, email or visit our website:

Sadly Ross is looking for a home again

Sadly, Ross was returned again tonight.  No negative comments please. He has been homed several times and is the perfect dog in every way except that he doesn't like being disturbed on his bed and now, in this home, he doesn't like having his feet touched.  We really thought we had cracked it this time so we are so disappointed.  He will now stay with us until we have someone who is experienced and someone we know.  Like Jack and Max, he will go out with our walkers as much as possible.  Greyhounds are such wonderful animals and Ross is also a fantastic dog, but sometimes individual dogs just need homes that understand their individual quirks.  We never give up on any dog but we will now have to ensure that Ross is only homed to someone who we know and who will take on board Ross' history.

Arnie and Jet

Arnie (black) was one of our long termers until he fell on his paws with Emma and her daughter, Lucy.  He had been very reactive to other dogs whilst with us. But Emma is an experienced adopter.  And then Jet joined the family too.  It's always amazing to see how the longer stays thrive and just proves that every greyhound needs to be given a chance. Arnie gives Jet confidence and Jet loves him!

To adopt a greyhound, email

Andy is looking for a home!

Andy is doing his best camouflage impression in this photo. But normally he is up at the door and loves a cuddle. He's a favourite with our volunteers, great on the lead and a lovely dog.

To offer Andy or another resident a loving home, please email

Sonny's prints are here!

The wonderful prints of Eliette's fantastic drawing of Sonny have arrived!
And we are absolutely thrilled with them!
Don't they look wonderful in a frame?!
We will start putting them by for those who have ordered one; and they will be available at our walk in September.
They are £2.50 each and are a perfect present for all greyhound lovers! Treat yourself or another greyhound enthusiast and raise money for Whittingham in the process.  Email to order.
Thanks so much to Malcolm who funded then and to Martin for all his help too.  And a huge thank you again to 13yr old, Eliette.

Len raises a smile again!

Len once again raises a smile!
Len and his adopter, Martin, visited a group of Seniors in Potters Bar and were enthusiastically greeted for their talk. The group know Martin well as he has delivered talks there in the past (as it was attended by his late mum). 
Thanks so much to them for hosting Len and Martin and we are so glad they enjoyed the talk.

Adaptable greyhounds; greyhounds on holiday!

Greyhounds are so adaptable and we often comment about how we home to a vast array of different home set ups.  It is just about finding the right match for your circumstances.   This is why rehoming and rescue centres like information about the sort of home you can offer so we can try to match accordingly.  

And speaking of how adaptable greyhounds are, many people take their greyhounds away on holiday with them as they are generally calm and easy going/just happy to go with their adopters.   Toots only went home a couple of weeks ago and is already enjoying her first holiday on the beach!  And Finn (who was so nervous when he first came to us prior to adoption), has been showing how far he has come by enjoying a ride on a tram! 

Thanks so much to everyone who adopts and we'd love to get our other residents into loving homes too. 

To adopt a greyhound, email

Fifi and Lola join us to find their new homes

We welcomed new girls, Fifi and Lola at the weekend.  They will be assessed further as they settle in, but both share happily with other greyhounds and will be tested with other breeds as soon as possible.  

Thanks to all our sunday volunteers who took all the dogs out at least twice yesterday.  Thanks to Susan for her donations, and to Phil and Jo who are always so generous. And to Phil, Jo and Doreen for helping hoick our new covered area back into the paddock after it literally flew over the fence in the windy weather!!  
And not forgetting Jim who always paddocks in the afternoon. 

To offer a greyhound a loving home, please email

Monty and Doodle pay us a visit; Spencer is reserved!

It was lovely to see Monty (was Andy) and Doodle today as they came to see us. Thank you to their wonderful adopters for walking the others and their food donations.

And in good news, Spencer was reserved today by a lovely family who were recommended by a friend of our staff member and volunteer, Sim. He will be going home in August.

To adopt a greyhound, email

Thank you so much for your support

Thanks so much to Logan Glen and the senders of the other stuff. So SO appreciated and we are really touched by your kindness and generosity. Thank you so much.

Please adopt from rescue centres...

We don't often echo the words of our friends in other rehoming/rescue centres, but today I'd like to say too about the crisis in homing nationwide. Every dog of every breed (and other animals too) deserves a loving home (or a space in a sanctuary or kennels where they are treated as if it is their loving home), but there are simply not enough homes or spaces at the moment. We have about 100 dogs simply waiting to get to us. Every day we get phone calls, emails and messages from people desperate for a space to take their dog. But we simply cannot magic homes. We can add dogs to our ridiculously long list and are going as fast as we can but if we had instant space, we would be filling it. (Greyhounds, of course. We can't take two French Bulldogs as was requested yesterday). We are also not prepared to
compromise on homes. We travel far and wide to check out homes and are available to advise throughout the lives of our dogs once homed. We know this is the case with our friends in other centres too. All dogs are neutered and vaccinated so unless they are done before arrival, we have to sort vet appointments too. We know people rehoming cats, rabbits, etc etc also do this. The pressure on rehoming centres is immense and only seems to get worse.

All we can do is plough on, ask the trainers to wait until we can get to their dogs and keep promoting greyhounds as great pets.

We are so thankful for our wonderful adopters and supporters who keep us going. We are helping as many animals as we can and will continue to work through the waiting list as fast as possible.

To adopt a greyhound, please email
Or if you are thinking of adding any animal to your life, please consult rescue centres first. 

Princess and Roro need a home...

We would love brother and sister, Princess and Roro to go home together. They are bonded, a beautiful pair of dogs and although excited to go for a walk; they walk nicely. They are clean in their kennel and would make a great addition.

To adopt these two; or any Whittingham greyhound, please email or visit our website:

(Email is preferred as our phones are playing up and we are waiting for this to be resolved).

Len is a hit with the crowd again!

Len wins over the crowd again! And he needs to come to YOU!
Len's second visit to London Colney Primary and Nursery School was a great success. (Photos to come once permission obtained).
Our thanks to Theresa (adopter of Ash and Kylagh) for once again bringing Len and his adopter, Martin on board.
Theresa sat in on the talk and said, "it was absolutely brilliant. Martin and Len were fantastic! The children were gripped."
Although the younger years ask more questions, Martin and Len "offered a superb insight into Len's life from birth and definitely endeared the next generation of potential greyhound adopters".
Highlights included the visual elements (photographs, Len's racing jacket and winter coat, muzzle etc) which are all explained; the photo of a greyhound puppy; comparing Len's physical attributes to cars, horses, cheetahs (with visuals/photographs); and asking the children to estimate and always responding positively to their guesses and predictions.
The talk included Len's personal history, what it meant for him when he broke his hock and subsequent need for Whittingham and adopting.
Theresa loved the section where the children were asked to walk around on their tip-toes as this is what walking feels like for a greyhound!
The whole experience "built towards an overall affinity with Len and it was fantastic".
As Theresa says, "the most important thing is increasing the life chances of greyhounds beyond racing, re-homing and supporting our lovely Retired Greyhounds Charity - Whittingham Kennels and providing the younger generation with a good experience as well as widening their general knowledge."
Len and Martin fulfilled this and are available to visit other schools, social groups and community groups. Email to be put in touch about them visiting your group or school for a talk. Please keep spreading the word. A huge thanks to them again. Remember, they are chomping at the bit to race into action!

Max and the Kennels enjoy home baked treats from ChumChum's adopters!

The dogs enjoyed some more home baked treats from Anuradha and family yesterday. They visited us with ChumChum (formerly Vince) and it is always so nice to see our adopted dogs doing so well. The dogs enjoyed the biscuits as Max is demonstrating in the photo! Thanks very much!

Have your very own drawing of Sonny

We were all absolutely delighted with the overwhelming response to 13yr old Eliette's drawing of Sonny last week! 745 'likes' and counting. So with the consent and inspiration of Eliette and her family, a professional printer is going to produce a limited number of high quality, A4 prints on heavy 300 gsm paper.

These will be sold on behalf of Whittingham for just £2.50 each, with all the profits being donated to Whittingham.

They will be available at our event or you can let me know if you would like to reserve a print as we are sure such a desirable picture will not be available for long! A limited number can be signed if you so desire!

What a wonderful gesture and a huge thanks to Eliette and family; and everyone who helped with the printing process.

Watch this space and we will let you know when they are available!

(Sonny is also still looking for a home so you could have the real thing alongside the lovely print too)!!

Toots find a loving home...

We were delighted to see Toots into her new home on Friday. It was a challenging home as there are 32 horses, another dog, cats, chickens, ducks etc!  Toots is doing amazingly well so we are keeping everything crossed that she settles quickly with all the other animals and such an exciting new life!

Thanks to her adopters, Tamsin and Michael. And Simone for pointing them in our direction. 

To adopt a greyhound, email

Len needs your support to reach his target...

Donald arrives to find a loving home...

This is Donald, one of our newest arrivals. He is confident, friendly and affectionate and will be further assessed as we get to know him. 

This means we now have a 'Boris' and a 'Donald' waiting for homes!!!  We will have to take in a 'Keir' and a 'Joe' next to make it less politically problematic!!!!

On a serious note, we are completely full again so trainers are having to be patient. There are SO many greyhounds that are waiting to just get to us. But we will not compromise on homes.  So if you are thinking about adopting, please do get in touch!

Every dog is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and goes home with four weeks free insurance and a lifetime of back up from us.

To adopt a Whittingham greyhound, email or visit our website:

Thank you, Michelle

Thank you so much to Michelle for sending the tins and bonios from Pets at Home. 
So so kind.

Really appreciated and the dogs will love them!

Blue finds a home; many more need adopting...

We were delighted to see Blue into his home with his very kind adopters yesterday and he is doing very well so far! He was always good at the Kennels but was stronger than some so we are so glad he has fallen on his paws. Thanks so much to his adopters.

To adopt a greyhound, please email or visit our website: for more information.
Adopting from Whittingham...

Adopt from Whittingham...

When you adopt from Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity, we give you the essentials to go home with your adopted greyhound. Collar/lead, muzzle, collar, information booklet, 3 forms (our adoption form, microchip paperwork, four weeks free insurance with Petplan), vaccination history and where possible, coat. (And toy as a little gift from us). 
(Colours may vary)!

This sets you up to have the right kit from the start. Of course, there are alternatives as personal preference but this comes with the dog when you adopt from Whittingham.

To adopt one of our many dogs needing homes, email 

We will ask some questions about your circumstances and requirements to make sure we have a dog/dogs that suits and then book an appointment for you to visit.

Our next event....


Walk and delicious food:
Sunday 17th September at the Kennels - 11am: come and join us for a walk from the Kennels at 11am followed by Theresa's amazing food.
Theresa is a wonderful adopter/supporter whose culinary skills are legendary!

It is great to see our adopted dogs again and always a good social event as well as raising funds for the Kennels.

Wow - Sonny is drawn by 13yr old Eliette

Wow, we are so impressed by this amazing drawing of Sonny by 13yr old Eliette. Eliette cooked biscuits for the dogs last time and presented us with this today. No end to her talents. Thank you! πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘ UPDATE: Facebook was also impressed!  This post received 795 likes and counting!  Watch this space for further news on how to get a print!

Thank you to The Hemel Hempstead School

A huge thank you to The Hemel Hempstead School and Gail for putting us forward as one of their charities. And to the staff and pupils for being so generous at their charity events. We are so grateful. πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘

Spencer would love a new home

Spencer is really hoping to fall on his paws in a loving home. He's only young and we took him in back in February after he was injured at the sales and needed somewhere to go. His injury was only minor and he is totally healed now (albeit with a wonky tail from another  injury prior to coming to us)!  He's good with other breeds and shares his kennel happily. He would probably thrive with another dog for company.  He is confident and friendly and would love a new home where he can enjoy the adventures of life. He is still quite puppy-like so will be a fun addition for any home. (Spencer is not cat friendly; home checks apply).

To adopt Spencer, email or to adopt any other Whittingham hound, visit our website

Thank you, Jane

Thanks so much to Jane for again letting us borrow her cats for testing today. It is SO SO kind and helpful and means Toots has been reserved subject to meeting with the potential adopters' cats.  πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘ 
Thanks to Simone with Victor for pointing Toots' potential adopters our way too.

Thank you, Sally

Thank you to Sally, who so kindly sent these and other gifts. So appreciated. X

A hot June day...

The dogs are all grateful to be inside today due to the heat. They have been out for toilet breaks and will go out again later. But it is too hot for walking or strenuous activity (the latter is rather a relief for our greyhounds who have said they don't need an excuse to laze about now)!
Bonty and Ava

They are a bit hot and bothered though so we will be relieved when it cools down for everyone.
The quick toilet breaks and alternation of dogs as fast as possible so they are outside for the minutest of time means the staff are moving far more than the dogs!!
To adopt one of these lovely dogs waiting for a home, please email

Daphne stars again at St Albans Abbey 

Daphne (was Snowy) is once again flying the flag for greyhounds at St Albans Cathedral with her adopter. πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘ 

It's not just Fr Kevin who is excited about #AlbanPilgrimage on this #BringYourDogToWorkDay! Here's Daphne deciding which costume to wear in tomorrow's Pilgrimage Procession - all people and dogs are welcome!
#StAlbansCathedral #AlbanWeekend

Billie is a clever girl!

Billie has worked out an innovative way of drinking and staying cool at the same time. Paddling in the drink! πŸ™‚
But what she really wants is a loving home. Email to adopt Billie or any of her friends.

Finn finds love again

We were so delighted to receive this photo of Finn and friends this morning. Finn has VERY kindly been adopted by a family member of his previous adopter, Anne, who sadly died recently. Anne had been a huge supporter of Whittingham and we thought Finn would have to come back to us until Richard and Vicky stepped in to give him a home. 

A huge thanks to Judi and Roger who went round to do our obligatory homecheck and found it would be a first class home for him, and even with the added bonus of two canine friends. It also shows how far Finn has come as he was quite reactive to other breeds when with us 4years ago. He has settled in very well and we are so grateful to them for giving him a home and preventing him having to come back to kennels at an older age.

If anyone else would like to adopt a greyhound, please email

A dog for all ages

Len proves a hit again!

3 year old Len meets 90 year old Gill at his first adult talk on Wednesday.

Young or old, he loves them all.

Greyhounds, Leo and Margo join us to look for their new homes

Leo - looking for a home
Leo and Margo joined us on Sunday to look for their new homes.  Margo is super-friendly and Leo seems really laid back and lovable. Both are hoping to fall on their paws in loving homes. 
If you can offer a greyhound a home, please email 
Home checks apply.

Margo - looking for a home

There are still SO many greyhounds just waiting to get to us. The homing situation nationwide is a real worry at the moment with trainers ringing us every day wanting more spaces.  

So remember that adopting one greyhound also helps us take in another...meaning you are actually helping two greyhounds. Please tell all your friends to adopt too!

Len's adopter and his visit to a London Colney school

Martin, Len's adopter, has shared his write-up of the talk at London Colney and some photos.  Thank you to him again for his amazing support.  And for the enthusiasm of the children and the permission to share the photographs.  

As Martin says, let's keep Len on track to reach his target for the fundraising and raise the profile about greyhounds needing homes.  

Please continue to share to any community group, school or scout/brownie group you know.  

And email for more information.

Arthur and Jet find special homes

In a more positive post, we were delighted to see Arthur (now Rudy) into his new home yesterday. And he is doing well so far. 

And little Jet (black) went home this morning with her toy squirrel to a lovely couple who have had greyhounds for many years. We wish them both well and are sure they will fly the flag for greyhounds in their local areas. 

To adopt a greyhound, email

Thank you, Sally

Thank you so much, Sally. What generosity. So very much appreciated. X

Jack is back...

Frustratingly, we had to take Jack back tonight. (He had been our longest stay and went home two weeks ago). He had settled well and been good with people and other dogs on walks, but unfortunately, he displayed some dominance towards the new adopter, which is why he had been our longest stay. (Adopter had been informed of previous behaviour). No negative comments please. 
Jack is safely back in our care and we will only home him now with someone who has had a greyhound from us before and is prepared to work with him.  He was very excited to see us and shows no dominance at the Kennels.  He will stay with us now for as long as it takes to find the right home.
Greyhounds are generally placid and easy going, but very occasionally some are harder to home despite having everything going for them.  We will make sure Jack doesn't miss out and always goes for a walk with our volunteers.

Thank you Eliette

Thank you to Eliette (aged 13yrs) for her amazing cooking skills. The dogs will love these homemade treats today.  Thank you also to the whole family who visited today and walked four dogs, including Boo who they will be adopting soon. πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘

Len goes to London Colney

A huge thank you to Len and his adopter, Martin... and our supporter, Theresa, who was instrumental in organising today's talk at London Colney. 
The children ranged from 5-7yrs old, including Jesse, one of our  fabulous existing Whittingham adopters.  Len and Martin were made to feel very welcome and the children relished meeting Len as before.
Some children had additional needs and Martin said, "it was truly heartwarming to see the smiles on their face as their turn came round". 
Len was fantastic again despite the heat and was so calm and friendly
The school have invited them back soon to run the same session for their older children.
Another good day - come on other Whittingham supporters replace 'likes' with 'talks'!
Further write-up and potentially photos will follow!
But a HUGE thank you to Martin, Len and Theresa for their fantastic support.

A shameless plug...

In a shameless plug, if anyone would like to buy this new book, self published on amazon, the profits will be coming to the kennels. Thanks to everyone who has supported and bought it so far.

Let's find longest stay, Sonny, a home

Longest stay, Sonny, is a really lovely boy. He's now good on the lead and loves a game with a ball. He has been in a home before and so is used to the home environment. He is a special boy who deserves the best home.
To offer Sonny a home, please email

(Sonny would prefer a home without young children, and he is not cat friendly).

Thank you, Michelle

Thanks so much, Michelle for your donation from the sale of your knitted policeman. Very talented, and very generous.  πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘

Thank you, Tim and Rhino

A huge thank you to Tim who has given Rhino a chance after the sad loss of his lovely greyhound, Razzle. His other dog was lonely and deflated so he wanted to find her a new friend and simultaneously give a long termer a home. We keep everything crossed and hope Rhino settles well. πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘

(Sonny was also an absolute star with both greyhounds and should not be overlooked for other potential homes. Sonny was easier to home, hence Rhino being kindly chosen).

Len wants to talk to you!

Len and his adopter, Martin, are set to do their second school talk on Friday after a resounding success. There must be other parents or social groups who would love a talk by Martin and Len? 

Please do share and promote as not only is it good in itself to show people how great greyhounds are (especially with children), but also helps raise funds for Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity.

To book, email and we can pass you to Martin.
Len is practising his curtain call! And staying cool! 😎

Thank you to all adopters

Nel (was Celine)
Many of our recent adoptions have been to people who have adopted from us before and have either come to us for a second greyhound; or are adopting again after the sad loss of their previous greyhound.  

It is always so wonderful when people adopt again as we know the dog will go to a fantastic home.  Here are three amongst our most recent adoptions doing well at home.  


Betsy went home yesterday and we keep everything crossed that she settles well with Hero. 

A huge thanks to everyone who adopts a Whittingham hound and especially those who adopt again.

As ever, we have a full Kennel and SO many greyhounds waiting for a space. 

So... to adopt a greyhound, email

Support us by shopping online via Give As You Live

While the dogs stay IN due to the heat, would you like to help us raise even more for FREE? Well, now you can by shopping via Give as you Live Online!

Donate by going to:

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.

Stay IN during hot weather

As the weather heats up, we want to join the voices of other rehoming and rescue centres and remind you that it is better NOT to walk your dogs at all on hot days. Never take them out in the heat of the sun. Early mornings or late into the evening when it cools down may be possible, but please be ultra-aware of the risks of hot weather for greyhounds (or any breed). Thank you.

Jack, Noah and thanks to Caroline

Jack, our longest stay greyhound, went to his new home on Monday and was so excited when he arrived that he had a mad five minutes of rushing around!  But he's settled so well and his adopter said, "he has settled in perfectly I feel as though he’s always been with me, far he is showing himself to be the perfect dog...even though this is only the third day, he has brought me so much happiness... I absolutely love him".
Jack exploring his new garden

How wonderful.  It just shows that the right home is out there for every dog, however long they have to wait.

In other thanks, a huge thank you to Caroline for her generosity in sending treats and supplies for the dogs. Thank you.  

And we took our little rescued lurcher, Noah, to his new home today where he met a multitude of cats and was good. So we keep everything crossed and hold our breath (again!) until he settles. Thanks so much to his new adopters for giving him the chance. And to all our recent adopters.  We are so lucky to see our dogs go into some very special homes. 

To adopt a greyhound, email or visit our website to see all the dogs currently waiting to find their special places.

New arrivals, siblings Princess and Roro

Princess and Roro are two of our latest arrivals. They are brother and sister, in gleaming condition and have everything going for them. It would be lovely if they could stay together. They are confident, happy, friendly and have so far proven to be fine around other breeds (with the usual careful introductions and pending further testing). Could you offer this fabulous duo a loving home?

Email or visit our website

Thank you Dee and Aggregate Industries

Thanks so much to Dee and her workplace, Aggregate Industries for collecting for us. Collars and leads this week. And a week after adopting Annie too. Amazing support and so appreciated.

Thank you to Jo, our volunteer for the collars and numbers!

Wow, a huge thank you to our volunteer and adopter of Roman, Jo, who has treated us to new collars and numbered tags for all the kennel dogs that we can match with numbers for their kennels. It will make it easier for our volunteers to get dogs in and out. πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘

Jack has been reserved!

Our longest stay, Jack, has been reserved today. Unexpectedly! It was obviously his week as our visitors on Wednesday liked him too.

Even though he wasn't right for their family, they must have whispered in his ear as he was chosen today! We will hold our breath until he settles but he goes on Monday and we will keep everything crossed. πŸ™‚

Thank you Dee and Steve

A huge thank you to Bruno's adopters, Dee and Steve, for their amazingly kind generosity and Dee's continued support through her workplace in securing donations for us. Thank you so SO much.

Greyhounds are so adaptable...

Greyhounds are so adaptable and slot into so many different types of homes.  We just ask that you give us a brief description of the sort of home you can offer so that we can help to match you accordingly.  

On our Facebook page (Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity), there are a few recent photos of some of our dogs doing well at home in a variety of settings.  Here is Hamish amongst friends!

To adopt a greyhound, please email or visit our website:

To arrange a school/group visit and talk from Len and his adopter, please email

Appeal from Len - please share to promote his talks

Len would like to post a message to stir people to action. Please do share or ask your local school or social group if you would like to promote Whittingham and hear Len and his adopter talk.

"Len the greyhound says he really appreciates the ‘likes’ and kind words from many of you that he received following his first visit to a school, last Friday. However, he says that just having a warm feeling and a certain satisfaction does not generate any more revenue for Whittingham.  We know some of you have approached schools and social groups but so far, only his adopter, Martin, and Theresa have successfully organised further appearances for him at schools, local organisations or at other meetings. These will run out during the summer and he needs additional leads that he can follow-up soon.
He wants you, please, to put on your  ‘thinking caps / collars’ and use your many contacts to help keep him gainfully employed. He is prepared to work his paws off for this new Whittingham money-raising  initiative. Please help and support him through your own actions."

If your local group or school is interested in a talk, please email 
Len really wants to further this talk that his adopter has worked so hard to put together...both to raise funds for Whittingham and promote greyhound rehoming

Turbo and Noah appeal for homes


Turbo is such a lovely boy. He's so good on the lead (although comes out of his kennel excitedly) and loves everyone. He'd be a lovely addition to a home.

We also took in little Noah last week. He is a lurcher who had run out of time in another kennel and needed a space. He has visitors at the end of the week so we are hoping he will be in a loving home soon.


To adopt Turbo or any other Whittingham hound, email

Len and his adopter, Martin visit their first primary school - please get in touch if you would like a talk

Len's first talk with his adopter, Martin went down a storm at his local infant school in Harpenden.

They met 74 children and their teachers and Len behaved perfectly throughout, allowing
everyone to pat and stroke him and only lying down in the last 5 minutes. His adopter, Martin (and us), were very proud.

The school and staff were enchanted by Len and the attentive look on the children's faces shows how well Len and Martin were received.
Len even did a write up afterwards (I suspect with a little help (?) because, yes, Len is the 
greyhound!!!) and said he was so pleased to further his education around people of a similar age. He hopes this showed the children how greyhounds need our love and respect and may help other greyhounds find their loving homes too.  

So what a hit! He is scheduled for more school visits next month but we are sure you wouldn't want to miss out on this if you work in a school. Please email for more information: 

A huge thank you to Len and his adopter, Martin; to all the staff and pupils for their welcome and donations for Whittingham; and especially for granting permission for us to use the photos.

New girl, Izzy, looking for a home

New girl, Izzy, was a bit fed up with posing for a photo, especially as she was tied to the door while the photo was taken. But she reluctantly agreed in the end, before going back to bed. She is our latest arrival and a lovely girl. 

To offer Izzy a home, email
Or visit our website: to see all the available dogs waiting for their loving home to come along.

Jet - looking for a home (and cat trainable)

Jet is a dear little soul who is very friendly and loves everyone. We judged her to be cat workable (thanks SO much to Jane and her daughter for letting us borrow their cats when we have a suitable candidate). We will also be cat testing our new lurcher, Noah, who may have a home offer if he passes.

To adopt Jet or any other dog from Whittingham Kennels - Retired Greyhounds Charity, please email

Support Natalie and her greyhound designs

Natalie, who is a huge supporter of Whittingham and also adopter of Blue and Jerri, has continued to make bookmarks, keyrings, etc that were so popular at our Easter event. Take a look at her very clever designs and do support her if you can: click here to visit her little shop
ZoomingGrey - Etsy UK

Arthur conquers the steps

Sometimes people who adopt have all sorts of requirements. We try to match as appropriately as possible. So here is Arthur mountaineering on the bungalow steps like a professional. He managed the ascent and descent successfully so this bodes well for his forthcoming home.

Today we took in a little lurcher who needed a space (more details to follow when he is assessed) and were delighted to see Victor go home with Simone and John who adopted again after losing their beloved Rosy (and Rooney).

We are inching forwards with our massive waiting list but trainers are calling daily begging for spaces. So if you can help by adopting a greyhound, please email

Harriet and Mags find their home together

Harriet (brindle) and Mags (black) went home today and Mags is busy collecting as many toys as she can! Of course, we hold our breath as they settle but they have fallen on their paws with Jackie and her husband.