Give A Greyhound A Home (GAGAH) was established in 1999 with the aim of raising awareness about ex-racing greyhounds and ex-working lurchers, and to rehome 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 rehome more of these beautiful hounds and to look after the dogs we already have in our care.
We have found homes for numerous hounds over the years, 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 in rural Aberdeenshire.
The majority of greyhounds retire between the ages of 3 and 5, with the majority of their lives ahead of them.
We welcome dogs with injuries, which are treated (we choose to save limbs wherever possible rather than amputation) and given time to fully recuperate prior to finding their forever homes.
We work to rehabilitate traumatised dogs to enable them to lead full happy lives as part of a family.
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).
Why do they need new homes?
Once a greyhound reaches the end of its racing career, it’s definitely time to put their paws up and enjoy life as a pet. We help them adjust to life in a home; discover the joys of a comfy sofa to relax on, toys to play with and how to demand cuddles from humans!
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.