Abhaile Greyhounds is the first Stadium Based greyhound retirement project in Ireland and is based at Dundalk Stadium in County Louth. Started by track secretary Jenny Ní Breathnach in December 2005, Abhaile Greyhounds was set up to offer a route into retirement for owners and trainers who wished to retire the ex-racers, but didn't know how to do so.
The word Abhaile (Ah-Vahl-Yah) means 'homewards' in the Irish language. Our aim is to send as many of our hard working retired racers 'homewards' as possible. Central to this aim is the need to promote greyhounds as pets and companion animals within Ireland, as unfortunately they are currently seen as 'working dogs' only.
Our kennels are in the nearby Hackballscross area of Dundalk and our greyhounds are expertly cared for by Dennis Farrelly, a greyhound owner of many years experience. Dennis also works with Louth SPCA, and keeps kennels for other breeds, prior to rehoming. Each greyhound in his care receives individual attention until rehomed and are actively socialised to help them make the transition from their old training life to their new role as companions and beloved pets.
All Abhaile greyhounds are microchipped, neutered, vaccinated and wormed, and come with a full career and training history. Thorough homechecking is required for all potential new homes, and feedback and photos of our old friends in their new families is requested.
Jenny is always happy to discuss any aspect of retired greyhound care, or any of her charges currently available for rehoming. Please feel free to contact her, without commitment, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
A proud moment for myself and all at the Greyhound Database who have worked tirelessly towards the site. I sincerely hope this can be an incentive to other tracks to introduce homing facilities.