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If you wish to surrender your Saluki or your Afghan to Soul Companions, please read the following:

If your dog was purchased from a breeder, the first person you should contact to discuss the situation is the breeder of your dog.

Most contracts of sale require you to return your dog to the breeder if you can no longer keep your dog, however, even if there is no contractual obligation, the breeder should always be the first person you contact if you are having difficulties that you think will mean you need to surrender your dog.

The breeder’s name can be found on your dog’s pedigree certificate. If you no longer have a phone number or email address for the breeder, you can phone the state body that issued the pedigree certificate. Links to all the websites of the various state bodies are here:
Many breeders are also judges, if so, you can look the breeder’s name up on the ANKC judge’s listing here to get their contact details:
If you are not able to get in touch with the breeder through any of the above options, email Anita at info@alshirasalukis.com with the information you do have, and she will try to locate contact details for you.

If your dog was purchased from a pet shop, pound, shelter or rescue OR if you have spoken with the breeder and they have declined to assist and/or take your dog back, please work through the information set out below.

Do you need support or advice to fix a problem?

Consider joining online companion discussion groups where you can talk to other Saluki or Afghan owners about living with these beautiful breeds. Sometimes support and a listening ear from those who understand makes all the difference. People in these groups have successfully managed moving house; having babies; living on low incomes; grooming; living with other dogs, cats and stock including chooks; containing escape artists; separation anxiety, barking, destruction and other behavioural problems. They will share their experience and knowledge with you.

Some groups we like include:

Sighthound Companions Australia -
The Princess Layla Fanclub (Salukis) -
The Sighthound Thread -
Saluki Friends mailing list (Salukis) -

Do you still really need to surrender your dog?

If after doing the above you feel you have no option but to surrender your dog AND the breeder of your dog is not available or unwilling to assist, please email Anita at info@alshirasalukis.com


Since 1967, Sighthounds have been my companions. My first Afghan hound was a beautiful boy called Shan. Since then we have shared our lives with Praja, Miss Piggy, Khan, Shanti, Star, and Roxanne and Salukis, Faranth, Belle, Sallyann and Bailey who are now all in Spirit and waiting at the Bridge. Our current companions are Layla and Finbar. Layla (above) is our only Saluki.

 With the exception of our first two, Shan and Praja, they have all come to us through rescue organizations or private rehomings.

 For the love of these hounds who have shared my family and continue to enrich my life, I will do whatever is possible, at that time, to help an Afghan or Saluki in need.

If you know of one, please contact me via email - pam@soulcompanions.com or by phone (03) 5345 4022. Please cc your email to Anita at Info@alshirasalukis.com in case Pam is away.


Paige and Rufus found a wonderful life as adored “kids” with a couple in
outer suburban Melbourne

Malaika is much loved Afghan friend and companion to her family in suburban Melbourne

After a very troubled start to life Zeki is the adored Prince to his wonderful family in Central Victoria. More recently Khalif joined Zeki and the two boys enjoy a life of love and leisure.

Teelah, Amera and Saeedeh all had difficult and sad beginnings While each of them were under a year old they began new and happy lives. Thanks to the open hearts of a caring couple in Western Australia they now enjoy life to the full with other Salukis and Borzois.

Willow became so loved by her foster family in NSWales, she ended up staying!

Shah ended up in a pound at quite a tender age and finally found his perfect family a couple of months later in Melbourne.

Harry is quite a character. He too, was in a pound as a baby and found his way to a family in Central Victoria, with two Saluki “sisters”, Nina and Simone.

Excelsior needed a new home as a Senior. He is a dignified gentleman who enjoys a life of ease and love with his new family in the outer suburbs of Melbourne 

Copyright Pamela Adams (2002)