Thankyou for considering rehoming a rescued greyhound or lurcher! Our adoption process is tailored to meet your needs so that you can find the right dog for your family. We ask that you think carefully about adopting before starting the process, and make sure everyone in your household is prepared for the responsibility of owning a dog.
In situations where small animals or young children are involved it may take longer to find you the perfect pet. Or we may require multiple visits so you can learn about, and spend time around these wonderful hounds.
Adopting a Dog
Complete a Pre-Adoption Questionnaire
Download, print and fill out one of our pre-adoption questionnaires. Please include as much detail as possible so that we can find a dog suitable for your family. Please do not email your questionnaire to us. Instead, bring it with you on your visit to the kennels for a member of staff to look at. If you do not have access to a printer you may fill in a questionnaire at the kennels.
Visit the kennels
Come to the kennels to meet the dogs. We are open 7 days a week, appointments only necessary on Saturday & Sunday.
Remember to bring your pre-adoption questionnaire so that we can recommend the right dogs for you.
Please do not bring any current family dogs on your first visit, all dog introductions will be done after a homecheck is completed.
Have a homecheck
We require all potential adopters to pass a homecheck before adopting a dog. All adopters must have a secure garden area with minimum 6ft boundaries before homing a dog.
Reserve a dog
Visit the kennels once more, spend some time getting to know a few dogs and find your new family member! We ask that everyone who will be living with the new dog comes to meet him/her before the dog is able to go home. Bring along any other dogs from your household so they can meet their new fur-brother or sister!
Take your new dog home!
Set up an appointment to adopt your newest family member and start your lives together! Collars, leads, muzzles and coats can all be purchased from the kennels during adoption, however if you have your own please bring them along. Make sure you also bring an ID tag to attach to your dogs collar.
If you need any advice or help after adoption please feel free to get in touch, we will always happily give as much support and guidance as you need!
We ask for a minimum donation of £175 per dog. This is a minimum donation, there is no upper limit.
The adoption donation goes towards the cost of neutering, vaccinating, microchipping, worming, fleaing and looking after the dog whilst in our care.
Please read our adoption information and rehoming FAQ for full details about homing requirements.
Homing with cats or small animals
Despite the fact that racing dogs have been trained to chase a lure, many greyhounds and lurchers do well in homes with small pets. We never call any of our dogs 'small animal safe or friendly', as this implies that the dog will behave perfectly around small animals in all situations and at all times. If we believe a dog has potential to be homed with small animals we refer to them as 'cat workable'. We do not state on the website which dogs are cat workable as we will recommend dogs based on your circumstances and level of experience.
Please be aware that we usually have a waiting list of families looking for a cat workable dog, and do not always have cat workable dogs available.
If you have small animals and would like to home one of our hounds please call the kennels for more information before visiting.
Support and advice
When you adopt a dog from Celia Cross you become part of the ever growing Sun Valley Family! We offer full support to all who adopt from us, so if you have any questions or need some help please feel free to get in contact and we will happily give you our advice and guidance.
You can also join the 'Homed and Happy Hounds of Sun Valley' Facebook group. In this community you can meet other people who have adopted dogs from us, ask for recommendations or advice, and upload photos, videos and stories about how your dog is settling into their new home! It is a great place to get support from fellow hound owners.