How You Can Help

Not everyone can give one our dogs a home, but we still need your help.

When you sponsor a kennel, you are not just helping to provide for the upkeep of a greyhound in that one kennel, but the sanctuary as a whole.  Your donation helps with food, vet fees and comfy bedding for all the hounds in the sanctuary.  It can cost up to £1300 a year to care for a greyhound whilst it waits to be re-homed, (this does not include any vet fees that may become necessary) and if it proves difficult to find the right home then it can cost more. The greyhound will then become a long term resident and the policy of the Sanctuary is never to euthanize a healthy greyhound.

These long term stay dogs are then sponsored to help with their specific needs. When you sponsor one of these hounds, your donation helps to provide for the additional care and attention that these dogs require

Crossing Cottage Greyhound Sanctuary is recognised as one of the best Greyhound Kennels in the country and is run by John and Judith Morton, who have been involved with the re-homing ex racing greyhounds for over 20 years.  They work seven days a week with the help of valued volunteers to look after up to 40 greyhounds waiting for new homes.

A typical day starts with feeding at 6.30am, volunteers arrive and all the dogs are toileted and fed all dogs are walked.  Before the next feed time,  all kennels need to be cleaned and if any dogs have vet visits then a thorough disinfecting of the kennel is required to avoid any cross infection.   After the dogs are fed they are all toileted.   The remaining time is spent checking that kennels are clean, grooming, walking, washing bowls and preparing food for the next morning, not to mention the most important thing – giving the dogs lots of love and cuddles.  At approx 5.15pm beds are made, water bowls filled, a last opportunity to toilet and then tucked up in bed for hopefully 8pm.

The importance of being a sponsor is that you are helping to raise valuable funds to continue the work of the Sanctuary which encompasses so much important work. But that is not all! John takes dogs to the vets, Judith runs the office administration and they both see lots of people who call at the kennels hoping to find that special dog. Both John and Judith have a wonderful gift for matching the right dog to a new owner’s situation. Then there is all the fund raising and shows to attend to raise the profile of the charity.

Thankfully many dogs pass through the sanctuary every year, and so the hounds in each kennel change on a regular basis, that is why as a sponsor it is all the kennels that you help support. The good news is that around 100 greyhounds were homed in 2018.

As a sponsor you are very welcome to visit the kennels and take your greyhound for a walk and spend some time with them.  (To do this just contact the kennels to arrange a visit).


Sponsorship opportunities

Sponsor a dog

Why not sponsor a retired greyhound?

For this you get photos, a certificate, and information to update you on your dog throughout the year. If your sponsored dog is homed details of a replacement greyhound are sent to you.

Sponsoring one of our long term residents costs just £30.00 per year or just £2.50 per month

Sponsor a kennel

By sponsoring a kennel you can help us look after more retired greyhounds while we find them a new home. Each kennel carries the name of the sponsor, and you’ll receive updates on the work we do throughout the year.

Sponsoring Kennel costs just £60.00 per year.

Sponsoring a show

We hold a number of dog shows throughout the year. You can sponsor a class at these shows for just £20.00. Sponsors will get their name or dedication on the rosettes for their chosen class, their name will appear in the programme of the show and sponsors will be able to present the rosettes to the chosen winners.

A gift with a difference

If you’re looking for a unique gift for a birthday or for Christmas, why not sponsor a dog or a kennel in your loved one’s name. We’ll send all the updates throughout the year to your chosen person, and their name will appear in our list of generous sponsors.

What our sponsors say

Hi, we are sponsoring greyhounds at the moment at Cross Cottage Greyhound sanctuary. Our first dogs were Flo and Fonzie. Flo has been adopted which is really good news. We are getting reports from Jane that Flo is doing really well. We are now sponsoring Lena and Fonzie. We have a menagerie of pets at home so cannot have greyhounds ourselves. It is lovely to know we are supporting these wonderful graceful dogs until they are adopted. If you work and are unable to adopt for what ever reason. It might be nice to sponsor a dog or dogs knowing you are helping to support them until they find a forever home. We have supported a greyhound’s charity for many years, but this is the first time we have actually sponsored individual dogs. We have photos of the dogs and regular feed back. We have visited our dogs and taken them a walk. We don’t live near the kennels or I would be there every day grooming and exercising the dogs. Judith is really nice. The kennels are lovely. We will be going to see our new dog soon. Please consider sponsoring or adopting a greyhound they make wonderful pets and the back up you will receive is there if you should need it.


Pat and Roger proud sponsors of greyhounds.

We would love to have a greyhound or two but because we have rabbits and a cat wandering around the house along with free range chickens and rabbits outside in the garden we cannot safely accommodate a dog. However sponsoring a greyhound means that we can feel we have a dog, just letting the kind people at Crossing Cottage look after it for us until the dog finds its forever home. Every year there is a dog show organised by the kennels which is great fun and we try and attend to enter our sponsored dog in some of the classes. They usually return to the kennels with a rosette or two and these are displayed with pride.

Interested in Sponsorship?

If you’d like to find out more about our sponsorship opportunities contact Judith Alderson or Tara Holland at judith@rgtmidlands.co.uk or call 01636 822032. Alternatively complete the form below and we’ll contact you. Please ensure you leave your contact number.

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Our Sponsors

We’d like to thank everyone who sponsors either a dog or a kennel. Your kind donations ensure that all our dogs are happy and healthy while we find them a new family.

Dog Sponsors

Thank you to everyone for sponsoring one of our long term residents.

Wini Spencer
M Bullard
M Partridge
P Betts
K Ham
M Grace
Isla de Silva
J Butterworth
W Orchard
D Guest
G Don
M Marchant
C Sharratt
J Hudson Smith
B Robertson
P Wood
Mrs Bennett
N McCarthy
Valerie Harris
Chloe & Abbie
Susan Head
Ben & William
Laura & Adam
Jean Cameran
Jose Haupt
Phillip & Linda
L Harrison
Rosie & Jonty
Shirley Bennett
Carole Bannister
Sandra & Ian Ward
Lizzie Wood
119 Derby Beaver Scouts
Pat & Wilfred Fisher
Ruth and Anthony Bonsell
Annie, Elena and Michael Cast
Shelley Wood 

Kennel Sponsors

Thank you to everyone who sponsors one of our kennels.

David & Karen
Graham Don
Gerry & Mo
C & D Ash
D Read
S & K Dymond
T Bostock
Eric & Inge Wileman
Jon Stabler
N Mannings & S Merkin
S & E Brown
S Brown
Sally Smith
Handsome & Lulu
N & M Ashby
Tony & LouLou
S Barnett
A McGuirk
Val & Fuzz
Earl Shilton Vets
Mr & Mrs Craid
SM Longdon
Janice Knight
K Richardson & Tony Richardson
Janet Hudson-Smith
Helen and Dan Marshal
Pat & Roger Fisher
Topher and Verena Batchelor
Shiu Li and Web Mountague