With the London Marathon fast approaching we are encouraging the public to race to our rehoming centres to adopt these gorgeous greyhounds and lurchers.

We are one of the largest rehomers in the country and are hoping to highlight the plight of some of the dog world’s fastest runners.

These athletic dogs are at the top of their game, just like the marathon runners who will be pounding the streets of London on Sunday.

Sally Jones, deputy manager at RSPCA Leybourne Animal Centre said:

“Gradually we have noticed more and more lurchers coming in.


“All these dogs need is a short run, then they are happy on the sofa so they can easily fit in with family life.”

Lurcher owner Calie Rydings said:

“There is a misconception that fast, athletic dogs like this will be hard to handle. Nothing could be further from the truth – they are amazingly loyal and affectionate family dogs, who do love exercise but certainly know how to relax too!


Most greyhounds and lurchers are notoriously lazy and prefer a warm bed or comfy sofa. However – like a marathon runner – when they set their mind to it, they can have the grace and endurance of a professional athlete.”

Some of the dogs in our care

Just like her namesake Mo, this lurcher called Farah is an energetic runner. She is calm with other dogs and walks well. Three-year-old Farah, who is in our Tameside and Glossop branch, would make a lovely family dog.Farah the lurcher © RSPCA

These gorgeous pair of greyhounds are in our Leybourne centre, Bobby and Wendy have a special relationship and would love to be rehomed together. Wendy is a bit of a food thief and Bobby loves his squeaky toy.

Greyhounds Bobby and Wendy © RSPCA

Five-year-old Lulu was found as a stray and never claimed; she is currently in our Millbrook centre. She can be shy at first but will come out of her shell in a loving home. Have you got what it takes to help her go the distance?

Lulu the lurcher © RSPCA

Our four-year-old lurcher Indie came from a farm with three other dogs. She was in poor condition when she arrived but after staying at our Brent Knoll centre she is now ready for a fresh start with a family.

Indie the lurcher © RSPCA

To see these and other animals in our care that are available for rehoming visit our pet search page.

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