The Celia Cross Greyhound Trust rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes around 200 abandoned dogs each year, many of which are sick or ill treated greyhounds and lurchers at our Sun Valley kennels based in Guildford, Surrey.
A registered charity since 1993, we are small, independent and rely entirely on the fundraising activities of our supporters. We are not affiliated with, nor receive any funding from the racing industry, therefore your support really makes a difference!
Celia Cross Greyhound Trust became a registered Charity in 1993, following a move to Sun Valley Farm, which is our home today. Sun Valley is based in outer Guildford on approximately 12 acres of stunning Surrey Hills countryside. Surrounded by woodland and rolling hillsides it really is heaven for our rescue hounds. The kennels boast a fully enclosed 6 acre field where the dogs are exercised multiple times a day, as well as luxury kennels with under bed heating, soft fluffy duvets and access to their own outside run!
Dogs are assessed on arrival and their lives put back together. Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers help many a traumatised hound adjust to a new and loving environment. We aim to heal not only physical wounds- some from the track and others that indicate prolonged abuse- but the emotional wounds that are not always immediately obvious.
Each dog who comes through our gates is allowed to settle in at their own pace, and if they wish, will be kennelled with another dog so they can socialise, snuggle up and play just as dogs should. We work hard to make sure our dogs are happy, spoiled rotten and we strive to create a homely family feel in our kennels for our residents until they are ready to be placed into the right home.
Sun Valley Kennels are now in the safe hands of Jane Thompson. Jane has dedicated her life to dogs, working with them for over 30 years. She is supported by a board of fellow trustees, fabulous Kennel staff and an extensive team of valued volunteers. To meet some of our team CLICK HERE
” I feel blessed that I have the chance to spend everyday living and working with these wonderful dogs, carrying on the legacy that meant so much to Celia and touched the hearts of so many others. For me, it is a lifestyle I wouldn’t change for the world. Seeing the dogs leave with their tails wagging, off to live in their new forever homes after such an awful start is what it’s all about. Rehabilitation at the kennels is only the start for these fabulous dogs.
Many people think that rescue centres are sad and depressing places, but it is always important to remember that these centres play an important part in today’s society. It is very sad that there are so many dogs looking for new homes; however, people should never lose sight that without rescues such as ours these dogs would stand no real chance of a home. Thinking of a rescue centre in this light can transform the experience of visiting, if you think of a rescue centre as a positive place, you are more likely to visit and hopefully offer your support.
We encourage people to book an appointment and visit us here at Sun Valley, meet the staff and interact with our dogs.
I hope to see you soon.” – Jane Thompson