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.

Getting Involved

Help us make a difference

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



  Tura Age: 13.2.17 – 3 years old Sex: Female Size: Medium Color: Black House Trained: No Personality: Tura can be confident but she can also be quiet and shy  Tura is a medium very pretty, black young lady who is very special and she three years old.   Tura has a...



  Robbie Age: 23.6 16 (3 and a half years old)   Sex: Male Size: Small for a male greyhound Color: Blue House Trained: No Personality: Robbie  is quite a confident dog  but he can also be quite calm and gentle and  loves his ‘laid back’ moments and loves to sunbathe...



  Rosie Age: April 2017 Sex: Female Size: Small to Medium Color: Black House Trained: No Personality: Very confident and happy, a joy to be with. Rosie (Mrs Happy) is a pretty, cute, happy, lively  girl and she has a lovely temperament she is a very happy go lucky...



  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...



  DukeAge: Nov 2014 (5 years old) Sex: Male Size: Large Color: Blue House Trained: yes Personality: He can be quite energetic but also has his quiet times.    He can be lazy at times and likes to lie in the sun. and snuggle up to his girlfriend in his kennel  Duke is...



  NameAge: Dec 16  (3 years old)   Sex: Male Size: Medium to Large Color: Black House Trained: Yes Personality: Caeser is a quiet calm gentle dog but he is also quite excitable when it comes to walkies or feeding time. He  loves his ‘laid back’ moments and loves to...