About Kent Greyhound Rescue

We are local, committed, compassionate and caring.

Kent Greyhound Rescue is a registered charity (1138841) based near Hythe, in South East Kent. All of our volunteers are committed to helping the dogs and saving lives.   They all truly believe that rescue is best.

What makes us different?

Everyone at KGR is a volunteer and no one is paid. Our rescues find new homes for around 150 abandoned and unwanted greyhounds, lurchers and other sighthounds each year. 

We rehome throughout Kent and also in other counties (strict checks are carried out before any dog is rehomed, regardless of the location).

Giving Safety From Exploitation

We are completely independent from the racing industry.

KGR receives no help or funding from the racing industry.  Our volunteers have the responsibility of fundraising every penny needed, to ensure the charity can meet its financial obligations.

Most of our greyhounds tend to be the youngsters who have little potential to be profitable.  Or the older ones who have spent their life living in a kennel, breeding for profit.

Our greyhounds come from an industry which exploits greyhounds for profit.  Our lurchers come from a traditional working background and have usually been abandoned.  They often come to us via the dog pound.

The rehabilitation of each dog starts the minute we know they are coming to us.

From Kennel To Kindness

The vast majority of our dogs arrive needing to be neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.   Most dogs also require a dental and/or other medical treatment, as well as the usual worm and flea treatments. Some dogs need more help than others, but the average cost of rescuing each dog is £600. We have to raise the funds to pay the difference between the donation and the actual cost of caring for the dog until a home is found.

Most of our dogs have never been in a home before so we prefer to place them in foster homes to show them how life should be.

Adopting a dog from Kent Greyhound Rescue

We ask for a minimum donation of £250 when you adopt a dog. This donation goes towards the general running costs of the charity. We explain why we ask for a donation in more detail in our FAQs. In return you are getting a dog that is:

  • neutered/spayed
  • fully vaccinated
  • deflead and dewormed
  • examined by a vet and provided the relevant medical treatment if required
  • house-trained (if a dog comes from a foster home)
  • usually has a pet passport

Please note that we do not operate a rescue center, which is open to the public. Instead the dogs wait for their new homes at either private boarding kennels  or, ideally, in foster homes throughout Kent.

Why Support KGR – Reaching Out To Our Rescue

We lead with compassion and we are all very dedicated to the dogs in our care.  Our strong ethics and passion for greyhounds ensure we have a strict code of care for all our dogs.

You will see us out nearly every weekend throughout the year fundraising. Volunteers do not get paid by KGR, they give their time and efforts because they love the dogs and want to help them.  . The majority of volunteers work full time and manage the charity and the fundraising in their free time.

We are incredibly grateful to our volunteers, fosterers and financial supporters, because without them Kent Greyhound Rescue would not exist.

Interested in adopting a dog from us? Check out our Hounds Needing Homes page

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