Rehoming greyhounds in Shropshire, Cheshire and North Wales.
Charity Registration number 1168327
Hector lived with Hayley until his last days and became the first of many that she went on to rescue and re-home. Hayley’s aim, together with her team of volunteers, is to save as many of these hounds from pain and suffering as she can.
After hours of research and travelling to dog pounds in Ireland and the UK, Hayley decided that she really wanted to make a difference, even if it was only to a few dogs. It was this quote that really inspired her:
“While wandering a deserted beach at dawn, stagnant in my work, I saw a man in the distance bending and throwing as he walked the endless stretch toward me. As he came near, I could see that he was throwing starfish, abandoned on the sand by the tide, back into the sea. When he was close enough I asked him why he was working so hard at this strange task. He said that the sun would dry the starfish and they would die. I said to him that I thought he was foolish. There were thousands of starfish on miles and miles of beach. One man alone could never make a difference. He smiled as he picked up the next starfish. Hurling it far into the sea he said, "It makes a difference for this one." I abandoned my writing and spent the morning throwing starfish.” ― Loren Eiseley.
Then one day, Hayley stumbled across a poor greyhound who had really been through the wars. He had a broken tail, was a bag of bones, and scared of his own shadow. It was the dog that stayed, and will always stay, in Hayley’s heart. It was Hector.
How it all began…..
It all started for Hayley at the end of 2002 when she was taking Ollie, her St Bernard, to the vet for a health check. She came across a retired couple who ran a greyhound rescue. They were holding an emaciated black greyhound who looked so sad. His coat was dull and dirty and he had cuts on his toes from urine burns. Hayley volunteered to help the couple with their rescue and was hooked.
Hector’s Greyhound Rescue is made up of a dedicated group of volunteers who devote their time to saving and rehoming ex-racing Greyhounds and other sighthounds. As a Registered Charity, we rely totally on the support of volunteers and the kind donations of the public. Our rescued dogs are fostered in the homes of a small number of dedicated people and we make every effort to assess and profile our dogs before they are considered for rehoming. This means that we that we are able to work with you to find the right dog for you.
Dogs are rescued by us for a variety of reasons: some are no longer required by the racing industry; others are taken in directly from trainers; some are received from the dog pound after being picked up as strays, and others are handed in by owners who can no longer keep.