HUG is a registered charity based in Ireland which aims to find loving homes for retired Irish racing greyhounds and promote a positive image of the breed as pets throughout Ireland.

Every year, thousands of greyhounds enter the racing industry in Ireland, yet many are retired quite young due to injury or sheer lack of speed. While still healthy, vibrant dogs, they find themselves unwanted if they are not earning prize money. With a lifespan of between 12-14 years, every greyhound deserves a forever home to enjoy their retirement with comfort, dignity and companionship.

Greyhounds are calm, quiet and docile dogs who crave the comfort of a soft bed or couch almost as much as the company of their people. Affectionate and gentle natured, they soon bond with their adopted family, and easily adapt to life in a home.

HUG is run completely by a small team of dedicated volunteers who organise the day-to-day care and transport of the greyhounds, including liaising with trainers who wish to surrender dogs, arranging veterinary visits, coordinating transport logistics of dogs traveling to foster or forever homes, carrying out home visits, answering phone calls and email queries.

How to help Irish greyhounds


With thousands of greyhounds bred every year in Ireland for the racing industry, there are endless numbers looking for a forever home once no longer required for racing


HUG is a registered charity in the Republic of Ireland relying mainly on public donations in order to operate, and is run completely by a small team of dedicated volunteers


Fostering is a critical step to help a greyhound adopt to life in a home, having often never lived in a house before, and sets them up for a more successful transition to their new role as a pet dog



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Cooper the greyhound
Brilliant charity who do a lot for these beautiful dogs, without them I would not have met Cooper! Couldn’t reccommended them highly enough!


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Homes for Unwanted Greyhounds

Phone: +353 (0)87 6932090 Email:

Dog Rescue Charity

HUG is a registered charity in the Republic of Ireland No. 20076115

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