Southern Lurcher Rescue receives no government funding and relies solely on donations from the public and the good will of its volunteers. There are no kennel facilities and all the dogs live with volunteer foster carers until a suitable home can be found for them.
As its name suggests, Southern Lurcher Rescue is based in the south of the UK, although it extends fairly far north when needed. Its volunteers are dedicated to rehoming lurchers, most of which have been given up from home environments. And ‘dedication’ is the operative word – the volunteers I met are lurcher-mad. They make gifts, cards and accessories to raise funds for the charity, donate their design skills for its publicity materials, and they wear their heart on their sleeve – sometimes in the form of lurcher-themed tattoos.
This is without doubt one of the friendliest, most inclusive rehoming charities I’ve come across. Whether you’re a lurcher owner, you think you might like to give one a home, or you’re just interested in learning more, they’ll make you feel welcome and answer all your questions.
Learn about lurchers
- Lurchers have been around for over 400 years. They were originally bred for hunting, but their friendly, gentle and intelligent nature has made them increasingly popular as a family pet.
- Anything goes with a lurcher - they're hardy dogs that can be smooth-haired, broken-coated or rough-coated. They come in any colour and a wide range of sizes from whippet to deerhound.
- It’s no wonder that lurchers attract such devotion – I don’t think I’ve ever seen one that isn’t stunningly beautiful, and like many running breeds, they’re gentle souls who like to cuddle up on a cosy bed (or your settee) after a burst of energy.