What is SHUG?

The Sighthound Underground (SHUG) is a multi-breed rescue formed to rescue, rehabilitate, transport, and support Sighthounds around the world. Sighthounds are ancient and specialized dogs that respond to prey they see (as opposed to smell) and which they can chase down with their incredible speed. Greyhounds are perhaps the most well known of the Sighthound breeds, which also include the huge Irish Wolfhound and the tiny Italian Greyhound.

Many breeds have dedicated rescue groups, including those dedicated to re-homing ex-racing Greyhounds, and many of the volunteers with SHUG are also active in such groups. But SHUG has a broader mission – dedicated to filling in gaps in the canine safety net and providing a safe place for Sighthounds of all types being abandoned or are already in overcrowded and underfunded shelters. SHUG also steps in to move dogs from where they have been abandoned – and where they face obstacles to adoption due to a lack of community awareness or support – and bringing them to foster homes and then to forever homes in other communities. This relocation, fostering and rehoming is especially important for the Spanish Greyhounds known as Galgos, which are often terribly abused in their native country and need help being relocated to loving homes in the U.S.

So who is SHUG helping? Registered racing Greyhounds, non-registered Greyhounds, Italian Greyhounds, Galgos, Borzoi, Saluki and Afghan hounds, as well as “lurchers” and other sighthound mixes usually bred for sport hunting in rural communities.

Where is SHUG helping? SHUG adopts to homes throughout the US and Canada. Our ultimate goal is to build a network linking with other rescues around the country and around the world to move dogs into safe foster and forever homes.

How can you get involved?