Origins of Greyhound Rescue Wales

Greyhound Rescue Wales began in 1993 with a small group of people trying to rescue Greyhounds and Lurchers in the Swansea area. Over the next few years the organisation grew quickly and attracted support from many parts of Wales. Greyhound Rescue Wales became a registered charity in 1996 when it covered the whole of Wales and is the longest established Greyhound charity in Wales and the only all Wales charity dedicated to rescuing and re-homing Greyhounds and Lurchers. GRW is a charitable company limited by guarantee, company number 08411721, charity number 1152650, and was established in this new form on 2nd June 2013.

Where our dogs come from?

Our dogs are given to us directly by their owners or we take them in as strays after they have been abandoned. Our dogs receive all the loving care and veterinary treatment they need for as long as they are with us. All are also neutered, vaccinated, wormed and micro-chipped.

Greyhound Rescue Wales campaigns endlessly to spread the message that Greyhounds and Lurcher’s make wonderful pets and companion dogs. We continue to work with key partners to make sure that all Greyhounds in Wales receive protection in law in the future. 

Organisation and Structure

Greyhound Rescue Wales is a membership organisation. It is a democratic organisation managed by a board of trustees, who are elected annually at the Annual General meeting of members. All members and supporters are kept in touch through the twice yearly magazine “Greyhound Express” and our occasional e-newsletters. Each year we also produce an Annual Review.


You can also help the charity by volunteering for some of the important tasks such as raising funds, visiting prospective adopters, transporting dogs, fostering etc. We have to raise all our money ourselves and we make sure it goes a long way. We pride ourselves on our cost-effectiveness and this is only possible because of the dedication of our volunteers and members.

All animal lovers will be aware of the plight of the Greyhound. Although many owners of racing hounds take their responsibility towards the breed seriously, some are not so thoughtful, and see dogs as commodities, thus will discard dogs once they are past racing age (typically about three to four). Their placid nature makes them ideal pets for a happy life in retirement.