Give A Greyhound A Home (GAGAH) was established in 1999 with the sole aim of raising awareness about the plight of racing greyhounds and ex-working lurchers, and to save as many of these wonderful hounds as we can.
We are a non-profit organisation, run solely by a dedicated team of volunteers who give their time and effort for free. Every penny donated to GAGAH goes to helping us save more lives and to look after the dogs we already have in our care.
We have found homes for several thousand of these adorable hounds, where they are loved and get the chance to have a happy, well-deserved retirement.
We are almost totally foster based, with a small number of hounds living out their lives in comfort at kennels near Maud in rural Aberdeenshire and at the Hope kennels nearby at Memsie.
According to evidence submitted to the 2015-16 Government Enquiry into Greyhound Welfare, it was estimated that around 3,700 of a total 9,000 retired greyhounds go 'unaccounted' for each year. Despite the mandatory introduction of microchipping in the UK in 2015, there is still no official data on the number of greyhound rehomed each year.
The majority of greyhounds retire between the ages of 3 and 5, with the majority of their lives ahead of them. Sadly, some of the dogs that come into our care have been very badly abused or neglected, or are suffering from serious injury. We treat any injuries (choosing to save limbs wherever possible rather than amputation) and rehabilitate traumatised dogs to enable them to lead full happy lives as part of a family.
We have had dogs in our care who have been so badly beaten they are just an empty shell who have shutdown; we've had dogs who are starved and neglected to the brink of death with some adult greyhounds coming in weighing 14kg when they should be 30kg. We've had dogs whose broken limbs have begun to fuse incorrectly, requiring them to be rebroken prior to surgery. Whilst the heartbreaking cases are endless we are pleased to say all have had happy endings.