Welcome to Suffolk, also known as Greyhound Homer Suffolk. We are a small but active homing scheme on the Essex and Suffolk border. Our kennels are at Capel St Mary, half way between Ipswich and Colchester. The volunteer team all have a passion for greyhounds and willingly give their time to fundraising activities and promoting greyhounds as pets.
Our greyhounds have either retired from racing or didn’t make the grade. Our ethos is that for each and every greyhound in our care the right home exists and, although it may take weeks or months, we continue to care for these wonderful dogs until that special, caring home can be found for them.
Following a successful home visit each greyhound will have been vaccinated, neutered, had their teeth cleaned and a general health check. We provide a collar and lead or harness, a coat and a muzzle. Each new owner is given a contact number so that any queries or concerns can be dealt with efficiently. We take our homing responsibilities very seriously and will also make contact with the new owners to offer support and ensure their new pet is settling well.
A significant part of our work is to raise the profile of greyhounds as pets; we do this by attending shows, arranging walks and holding social events. Our dedicated external website shows which dogs are available and also provides information and a friendly forum where you can read about owners’ experiences of living with this most companionable breed. Many people who have never considered a greyhound as a pet are won over when meeting these gentle and loving dogs. They truly are their own best ambassadors.
Suffolk has been an independent branch of the Trust covering the whole of Suffolk, North Essex and surrounding areas since January 2010. In our first year, we homed 77 greyhounds and now the number is in excess of five hundred. Greyhound Homer relies solely on the good will of our volunteers and we cannot thank them enough for all that they do.
Our dogs are expertly cared for at Dillymore Kennels by John and Debbie Mullins, where they recieve everything they need to keep them happy and healthy while they wait for their forever home.