About Rescue Afghan Hounds and Salukis
Making a rescue Afghan Hound or Saluki part of your family
Unfortunately, while Afghan Hounds and Salukis once rarely come into rescue, recently we have had a number of issues with Salukis needing rescue. If you are looking for a Saluki rescue now, there are a few needing homes and you can apply through the form on this website. We will refer inquiries on to other rescues we know have Salukis as well.
A rescue is not an easy option. We define a rescue as a dog that has lost all of his or her support structures and is homeless. A rescue might have been found wandering, have ended up in a shelter/pound or had an owner who is deceased/hospitalised with a terminal illness.
Many needy Afghan Hounds and Salukis have found themselves in rescue because they have had challenging behaviours such as separation anxiety, escaping and house soiling. Their breeders and owners have not been able, or prepared, to continue support until a new home can be found. In the case of Afghan Hounds grooming difficulties can also play a part. Making time for a rescue often means making time to put the effort into patient and careful rehabilitation of challenging problems. If you have cats, young children, or a busy lifestyle, a rescue Afghan Hound or Saluki is probably not a good choice for your home.
Afghan Hounds and Salukis are available for rehoming more often. Breeders sometimes have adults they are looking to place in suitable homes where they can get better one on one attention. These may be retired show dogs, young adults who for whatever reason have not turned out to be suitable for the show ring or sporting field, or dogs who have been returned to the breeder by their owners. These dogs are not rescues. By definition their breeders are still taking responsibility for them and will not release them to a new home unless they have checked it out as being suitable. Until then, the dog always has support from its breeder.
If rescue is where your heart is, and you are looking for a companion now, we can suggest contacts in other Sighthound breeds who may be looking for great rescue homes. Contact us via our contact page.