Our Mission is to provide help and support for Irish Wolfhounds and their owners



mobility, fostering, supervision

  A ssistance?

care concerns, dogs & the law

 practical, financial, emotional

Loan of mobility aids - including      harnesses, lifting straps, ramps

Do you have concerns about a     wolfhound's level of care? 

Physical help with lifting and
turning incapacitated hounds

Fostering - short or long term by experienced wolfhound owners in a home environment where possible

Supervision - dog-sitting injured or ill wolfhounds, when owner not available

Do you have concerns about how
the law affects your wolfhound?

You can learn more about dogs &
the law by clicking here

Financial help where extreme hardship
is likely to compromise hound health & welfare

Emotional support and advice from other owners who have experienced similar problems


PAWS is run by a network of dedicated Irish Wolfhound owners and enthusiasts. If you have a problem that you need help to solve - talk to the PAWS - and we will do our best to offer a practical solution.

Many of the “Helping PAWShave previous experience with animal rescue and welfare work. Although Irish Wolfhounds have always been well served by the Breed Clubs, the IW Rescue Trust and the IW Health Group, it has become increasingly clear that there is a something of a gap in these services.

Some problems just didn't fit neatly into any of the "boxes". So the idea of setting up a complementary service to run alongside the other existing groups - specifically to help wolfhounds in need - was born.

Our Inspirations

Over the years, members of the PAWS team have encountered many circumstances where a practical help network would have been a useful asset; for example - helping with the day to day care of a temporarily incapacitated hound - or one in need of observation 24/7 - regardless of an owner's other commitments; helping owners who may find themselves in temporary physical difficulty, yet still needing to care for their hounds; or simply being at the end of a phone to offer advice and reassurance, should the hound's breeder be unable to do so.

In 2014, a complex welfare case involving an animal hoarder, prompted our founder to revisit the possibility of setting up a nationwide network of volunteers, with a view to providing help where there were no existing avenues to explore. 

However - one particular hound became the eventual catalyst for PAWS to be launched as a nationwide help network

Pollyanna - A beautiful, strong, healthy 4yr old Irish Wolfhound, Polly was struck down with an FCE due to an unknown trauma, in early 2016. Her owner sought the very best treatment for her and Polly received many months of supportive care at a vet hospital, including physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. Irish Wolfhound owners worldwide were willing this lovely hound to recover and wanted to support her distraught owner, who was physically not able to manage Polly on her own. Appeals were made, auctions planned and donations poured in, but sadly, it was decided that Polly's spine was too badly damaged for her to ever walk again.

In tribute to Polly and the depth of feeling her situation engendered, we assembled a team of volunteers throughout the UK, willing to provide help in a wide variety of ways. We also set up a fund specifically to help Wolfhounds with similar spinal conditions.

This fund was originally known as "Pollyanna's Practical Aid for Wolfhounds" - or "Polly's PAWS

Pollyanna - image created by Gary Bee

Pollyanna - image created by Gary Bee