RSPCA’s marathon task to rehome great greyhounds and lovely lurchers

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

The RSPCA is one of the largest rehomers in the country and is hoping to highlight the plight of some of 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.

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. Bobby and Wendy.jpeg

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.

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?

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.

To see these and other animals in the RSPCA’s care that are available for rehoming go to

If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message)



Notes to editors:

?     We’d love for people to come along and join our cheering stations along the London Marathon route, between 9am and 12pm we have a cheering station at the Cutty Sark, from 11am until 1pm at Tower Bridge and from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Embankment opposite the London Eye.

?     Last year our runners managed to raise nearly £20,000 which was brilliant, this year we are hoping to raise £40,000.

?     The average number of days from when a dog is ready to be rehomed until actual adoption is now 42 days, a 2 day increase on this time last year. Corresponding figure for cats is 31 days and rabbits 67 days.

?    In February 2014,  173 dogs were found new homes bringing the total for 2014 to 368 at RSPCA national centres (please note, these figures for not include branch rehoming figures).