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 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.
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.
Greyhounds As Pets
Greyhounds are graceful, gentle, loving, lazy and patient creatures who crave human affection, probably due to their isolated upbringing.
Lurchers are sighthound (greyhound, whippet, saluki, etc.) crosses with many of the greyhound characteristics, but often with more stamina. They are often bred for their speed as hunting dogs (rabbits and hares).
Once you have owned or even met a greyhound or lurcher you will be hooked.
Why do they need new homes?
Thousands of greyhounds each year are abandoned or disposed of because they are no longer winning races or have proved not to be of a racing standard.
Greyhounds and lurchers are frequently found in dog pounds where they can be hard to re-home as they are mistakenly thought of as difficult pets.
Are they difficult pets?
No – they are brilliant and rewarding. Greyhounds do not need a lot of exercise – two 20 minute walks is often enough. They are often quite lazy dogs, famous for their ability to sleep for most of the day.
Some owners with allergies to other dogs have found that they do not react badly to greyhounds.