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 fill it in, sign it, and either mail it, or email it, to the addresses provided on the application.

"Irish Wolfhound Rescue of the Mid South" is the 501(c)3 charitable component of the Irish Wolfhound Assoc. of the Mid South formed to help fund our breed education and rescue activities. 

We actively provide rescue and placement for Irish Wolfhounds in: Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina,
and currently in our neighboring states of 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
Donations to our Rescue Fund are greatly appreciated. 
We have taken in four severe neglect cases in three years
and while we are able to give them the health care they need, the expense

is significant.  Especially if they require heart medications. 
We like to be prepared for the future!

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 reference checked, personal reference checked, premise checked, and often are Irish Wolfhound experienced, waiting to provide 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  ( 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.

and/or are new to the breed, we recommend:


  • Visiting an Irish Wolfhound to get an idea of their size in person,

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

  • Attending a dog show with Irish Wolfhound Conformation events.

      Click here: American Kennel Club),  

  • Joining IWAMS,

  • Reading other owner's experiences on various Irish Wolfhound internet, Yahoo, or Facebook forums.  Suggested moderated Facebook forums to look for and join:

  "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 in the family of Sighthounds or Gazehounds.  They instinctually hunt by sight and speed, instead of by scent and endurance as other dogs do.  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 such as deer, and rabbits. They act instinctively before their brain even kicks in and will run a mile or more out of an owner's sight or sound in a minute.  For this reason, we are not able to adopt to a home without an appropriately fenced in area, or with invisible fencing.  There are many acceptable kinds of fencing and we are happy to discuss them with you.

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