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Rehoming & Rescue

Desert Irish Wolfhound Association (DIWA) Rehoming & Rescue assists owners who are no longer able to care for their Irish Wolfhound.  

We are a group of volunteers located in areas throughout Arizona that provide a local rescue contact for your Irish Wolfhound.  We also provide an adoption policy that assures your Irish Wolfhound will find a loving, permanent and safe home.

DIWA uses rescue documentation, premise (i.e. home visits), and reference checks to approve adoptive homes. DIWA has a list of

pre-approved and often Irish Wolfhound experienced homes waiting to adopt.

If you are looking for a rescued Irish Wolfhound as a companion, our Rehoming &Rescue Coordinator can be reached to discuss the possibility of a Wolfhound joining you.  Please complete and return the DIWA Adoption Questionnaire.

Adoption fees are $400.00 for Members and $800.00 for Non-Members. The average cost to  prepare an Irish Wolfhound for adoption is $2,500.  The ownership of an Irish Wolfhound is a big responsibility!  If you are considering an Irish Wolfhound, it is your responsibility to find out as much about this breed as possible.  Excellent resources include DIWA, breeders and owners, and the Irish Wolfhound Club of America (IWCA).

Help us protect the breed by keeping re-homing ads off the Internet, Craigslist, and social media.

Although DIWA does not rescue or rehome Irish Wolfhound mixed breeds, if you are interested in adopting an Irish Wolfhound mixed breed fill out our adoption questionnaire and indicate you are interested in a mixed breed.  If our coordinator learns of a mixed breed available for adoption you may receive a phone call.


Drifter, Savanna & Jody

Izzyy & Lynne

Izzy came to live with us on July 4, 2021.  Deb Kirk Elder agreed to go with me to pick her up from Pam in Tempe.  We were told that she was very clingy and very underweight due to her prior living situation.

Izzy is full of life and fun, and  is filling out slowly.  Coat is in better condition with a diet of Fromm dog food.  We go to  a fenced in high school field every day where she and our older wolfhound, Conri, run together, they're the best of pals.  At home she always wants to  play and if Conri won't accommodate her she takes bones from the toy basket, throws them around the room and chases them like a giant puppy.  She truly is enjoying life and I can't imagine life without her even though she can be a bit of a bed hog.

Odin was in a great home in Bisbee with 3 other wolfhounds and 3 other dogs until his owner died in January 2023.  When she passed family and friends tried to keep all of the dogs but it became too much.  Odin has gastrointestinal issues and has to have a special diet.  A wonderful woman in Tucson, whose dream dog is an Irish Wolfhound,  stepped forward to give Odin a forever home.  DIWA Rescue and Rehoming coordinator, with help from members, found a home, had a home visit and had Odin transferred from Bisbee to Tucson.  Odin is doing great in his new home, being spoiled and with his new pack.

Image by Natalia Gusakova

Interested in Adopting?

Fill out our prospective adoptive parent questionnaire below

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