Virginia, West Virginia,
North Carolina, and South Carolina
* Providing Rescue currently in Georgia and Florida
Welcome! The Irish Wolfhound Association of the Mid South (IWAMS) was initially organized in 1992 by a group of long time Irish Wolfhound owners and breeders. It was eventually incorporated as a not-for-profit 501(c)7 in 2009. The objectives of our organization are:
Encourages and sponsors education in the health and welfare of the Irish Wolfhound,
Promotes responsible, quality breeding in unison with the standards of the Irish Wolfhound Club of America (IWCA) and the American Kennel Club (AKC), and
Provides rescue and placement for Irish Wolfhounds in our region of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and currently also in our neighboring states of Florida and Georgia.
As responsible owners, we continually educate ourselves and the public about the breed. Our largest public educational outreaches are regional annual St. Patrick's Day Parades, Celtic heritage festivals and sporting events, and the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day. We provide opportunities to meet and greet the hounds and ask questions. For owners, we have a key speaker at our Annual Meeting and club gatherings during the year. Please see our Events page for more information.
We support the Irish Wolfhound Foundation (IWF) and the Irish Wolfhound Club of America (IWCA) in health initiatives, studies and testing, the IWCA's Code of Ethical Conduct in all actions concerned with breeding, selling, exhibiting, owning and protecting the breed, the IWCA's Standard of Behavior for Breeders, and the fund-raising efforts of both. Learning about the breed's health issues is a life-long pursuit. Currently, IWAMS offers two heart screening days annually - one with NC State College of Veterinary Medicine in North Carolina, and the other with Dr. Bill Tyrell in Virginia.
"Welfare" is the well-being of the Irish Wolfhound. The Five Freedoms of animal welfare are:
Freedom from thirst and hunger
Freedom from discomfort
Freedom from pain, injury, and disease
Freedom to express most normal behavior
Freedom from fear and distress
In addition, Dr. John Webster
defines welfare by advocating three positive conditions: Living a natural life, being fit and healthy, and being happy. We are committed to these freedoms and conditions for the breed.
Circumstances change in life and because of their size, the Irish Wolfhound requires
special consideration when it comes to housing, transportation, health, geriatric needs for an aging hound, and finances. As "Guardians of the Breed" IWAMS Rescue confidentially assists owners who may no longer be able to care for their Irish Wolfhound(s) as well as those who want to adopt a rescue. Please see our rescue page for more information on how we may help.