Retired Greyhound Trust East Midlands
Crossing Cottage Greyhound Sanctuary

A Greyhound

We are the Retired Greyhound Trust East Midlands a local charity that has been established to ensure the long-term welfare of greyhounds after retirement from racing. Every year between eight and nine thousand greyhounds, aged from 2 to 6 years, retire from racing and, thanks to the efforts of the RGT, many of them are found new homes with families.

Corona Virus


‘In view of the Prime Minister’s advice to UK citizens on 23rd March, 2020, not to travel and stay at home we will not be re-homing any of the greyhounds in our care at this time’.  ‘We are still happy to have telephone conversations about re homing in the future’.  ‘We are constantly reviewing our strategy and obviously we will keep you posted should there be any new developments.’   ‘We would like to thank everyone for being so understanding and patient in these troubled times and for all the donations we have received to help our greyhounds who remain in the kennels’  ‘We hope that things will be resolved very soon and please, ‘stay safe and look after each other’

Because all our lives have changed spare a thought for your greyhound because their lives have changed too, with limited walks and  both adults and children at home and not at school or work.  Please make sure your greyhound has a safe, quiet place to go.  Greyhounds, no matter how quiet they are, can get irratable and fed up and their way of showing that is to growl and be grumpy.

Make sure everone stays safe (including the greyhound) in a calm, happy home’.

‘John and I and the Team would like to thank everyone for their wionderful messages of support and kind thoughts.. These messages have made us feel quite emotional to know that you are thinking of us here at the kennels.  Our wishes are that you all keep well and safe in these uncertain times and we look forward to seeing you soon when hopefully we will see better times ahead ‘

‘Thank you all so much for your donations which are keeping us going and keeping our greyhounds happy and healthy and cared for’

Thank you so much for all you are doing to help us James and Tara

Takr care with love

John and Judith

Getting Involved

Help us make a difference


We have a variety of ways you can help us raise even more money to look after these special dogs. You can also make a direct donation to us via PayPal. To find out all the ways you can help, visit our fundraising page.

Adopting a greyhound

Greyhounds make wonderful family pets. They are intelligent, lovable, fun-loving, gentle creatures and make loyal companions for people of all ages. Many people think that greyhounds need lots of exercise. But the truth is they are sprinters rather than long distance runners. Two 20-minute walks every day is enough to satisfy them, although they are also happy to go on longer walks.


Not everyone can give one our dogs a home, but we still need your help.
We have a range of sponsorship opportunities that can really help us to help more retired greyhounds.
Looking after greyhounds while they are with us is an expensive business and sponsorship makes it possible to help even more greyhounds.

Sponsorship is also the perfect gift for the animal lover close to you. You can give sponsorship in someone’s name for as little as £2.50 per month

Visit Our shop

Help us to look after our greyhounds and keep finding them new homes by buying something from our shop

Visit Us

Opening Times

Sat, Sun 10.00am til 12.00pm

Anyone wishing to visit the kennels out of these times should contact us to make an appointment. 

Come along and get information about greyhounds, chat to current greyhound owners, meet the greyhounds and take one for a walk.

If you would rather visit during the week you could visit the same times Tuesday to Friday or if you wish to come later please call for an appointment 01636 822032

What We do

Finding homes

Our job is to find the right homes for our charges. The dogs we have available can be seen on this site. Come along and get information about greyhounds, chat to current greyhound owners, meet the greyhounds and take one for a walk.


We know not everyone can adopt a greyhound, but you can still help us look after these lovely dogs, by taking part in fundraising activities. If you have an idea to raise money you can get in touch with us.

Greyhound Care

We have a complete guide on how to care for your greyhound, from when you take them home all the way through to house training, feeding, and what to do as they get older.

Adoption Process

We want to make sure you get the right dog, and the dogs get the right owner. We’ll walk you through the entire process of adopting a greyhound, including introductions and home checks.

What Drives Us

Our Mission

Our job is to find the right homes for our charges. The dogs we have available can be seen on this site and there is also lots of information about greyhounds and how to look after them. Have a look and then give us a call – or better still come to to the kennels and meet the dogs.

You can follow Crossing Cottage Greyhound Sacntuary on Facebook to find out the latest news from the kennels. 

Get Involved

If you’d like to get involved with Crossing Cottage Greyhound Sanctuary, we are always looking for people to help. From helping to care for our residents, or helping to organise events, or to help with fundraising.

Upcoming Events

Christmas Fayre and Open Day

November 17th

Thoresby Park at Thoresby Hall

23rd & 24th November

Newark Market

24th November, 14th and 15th December

Annual Boxing Day Walk at Crossing Cottage Kennels

26th December


Featured Dogs



  Connor Age: 29.9.20 – nearly 4 and half years old Sex: Male Size: Small/Medium Color: Black House Trained: No Personality: Connor does have his timid times but once he knows you he is quite confident.   Connor is a medium to large, very cute, loving, black greyhound...



  Flo Age: September 2015 – 4 and a half years old Sex: Female Size: Small Color: Fawn House Trained: No Personality: Flo is very confident and loves life.   Flo is a small to medium, happy, very pretty, fawn young lady who is very special and is 4 and half years...



  Johnny Age: 9 years old Sex: Male Size: Medium to large Color: White and black House Trained: Yes Personality: Johnny is quite confident  Johnny is a lovely boy and although he is a mature boy, he is very happy, cuddly and quite energetic and loves his walks. ...



  Gordon Age: 20.04.17 – 3 years old Sex: Male Size: Medium Color: Black House Trained: No but greyhounds are usually very good and receive lots of training here. Personality: Gordon is quite confident but he can have his quiet moments.   Gordon is a medium size,...

Biddy & Moo Moo

Biddy & Moo Moo

  Biddy & Moo Moo Age: Biddy 6 years old in March this year – Moo Moo 4 years old Sex: Both Female Size: Both small Color: Biddy is Blue and Moo Moo is Black House Trained: Yes Personality: Biddy is quite confident; Moo Moo is quite timid and shy and needs lots...



  Ozzie Age: Aug 16 – nearly 4 years old Sex: Male Size: Medium to Large Color: Black  House Trained: No Personality: Ozzie does have his timid times but once he knows you he is quite confident.  He loves lying outside in the sunshine.  He gets quite excited when he...