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For further questions about Rescue,
please contact IWAMS Rescue Coordinator:

Tamara Dunn
Cell phone: 919-523-2583
or email:

Click on the PDF icon above
to print out the
Irish Wolfhound Rescue of the Mid South
Adoption Application.
Please print it out, fill it in,
and mail it to the address
on the application.

IWAMS actively provides rescue and placement for Irish Wolfhounds in: Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina,
Florida and Georgia

 If you would like to adopt an Irish Wolfhound, please contact our
Rescue Coordinator before filling out an application
(.pdf file link at left.) *

Donations to our Rescue Fund are greatly appreciated. 
We often take in neglected cases, some of them severe, and are committed to giving each hound the health care they need. The medical expenses are often significant, and we would not be able to provide the level of care we do without our generous donors.    

Log in to your PayPal account and
send your donation to:

Under the "Send Money" option, send as a gift to avoid a fee being
taken out of your donation.

Thank you for your generosity!

Please send it to our Treasurer at:
Diana Vreeken
4451 Adams Swamp Road
Suffolk VA  23434


If you are no longer able to care for your Irish Wolfhound,
please contact our Rescue Coordinator (see left) to discuss all 
we can do to help you and your hound. 

We have excellent pre-approved homes that are Veterinarian and reference checked, premise checked, and often Irish Wolfhound experienced, that are waiting to give your hound a loving, safe, and responsible home.
In addition, the owner of an Irish Wolfhound that comes through IWAMS rescue is eligible for a grant from the Irish Wolfhound Foundation  ( if they experience a
major veterinary expense with your Irish Wolfhound that creates a financial burden.

Our priority and commitment is to the safety, comfort, and well-being of
your beloved hound and we place yours with as much care, love, and
due diligence as our own.


If you want to adopt an Irish Wolfhound: 

If you are new to the breed, we recommend:


* Visiting with one of our local owners and meeting an Irish Wolfhound in person to get an idea of their size.

* Attending an IWAMS meeting, gathering, or meet-the-breed event. 


* Attending an AKC dog show and visiting with Irish Wolfhound Breeders and Exhibitors. You can find local events here:

  Info Dog Dog Shows by State

* Joining IWAMS. 


* Participating in online Irish Wolfhound Forums and reading the experiences of other owners. We recommend the following moderated    forums on Facebook.
  "Irish Wolfhound Association of the Mid South"
  "Irish Wolfhound Fellowship"
  "The Irish Wolfhound Community" (based out of the U.K.)
  "Irish Wolfhound Club of America"

* For more information about Irish Wolfhound Rescue nationally, please
   click on the: 
Irish Wolfhound Club of America's rescue page and the
National Rescue Directory



Irish Wolfhounds are sighthounds. They instinctually hunt by sight and speed. They specialize in pursuing prey, keeping it in sight, and overpowering it with great speed and agility. They detect motion quickly and have keen vision. They were bred in ancient times to help control the wolf population in Ireland, and to capture fast, agile prey. They act instinctively, and without thought. Irish Wolfhounds at a full gallop have been clocked at over 25 miles an hour, when in pursuit of prey they can be out of their owner's sight or sound, very quickly. 

Rescued Irish Wolfhounds often come with very little history. And for all the reasons listed above we are not able to adopt to a home without an adequate yard and appropriate fencing. The yard must have enough open space for a hound to stretch out and gallop. The fencing must be a physical, well constructed fence of at least 4.5 feet. Many types of fencing meet the needs of an Irish Wolfhound, and we are happy to discuss them with you. 

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