It's been a never-ending struggle for all the rescue associations in Spain, coping with thousands of galgos and podencos, as well as the thousands of other abandoned and maltreated dogs of Spain. And now, before last season's detritus has been coped with, the bloody hunters are already abandoning this year's rejects. Loose on the roads of Andalucia, Murcia....how can the bastards deny what we all know - the majority of them don't give a bloody damn about the dogs they don't want to keep.
Be strong, Spanish volunteers, we are all with you as much as we can be.
Do you remember this photo? An abandoned galga, surviving life with puppies beneath a Cordoba motorway. She and two puppies were rescued; the bitch has been adopted, but Taz and Wolf, her babies, are still looking for forever homes. The problem of xbred dogs of any race is that not so many people want to adopt one. So realistically, they can suffer more than pedigrees who might eventually get adopted.
Charl del Rio of 112carlotgalgos discusses the problem, and re-introduces Gandalf, Henrietta, Taz and Wolf. Contact her if you can offer one of them forever in your home.
The Hunting season in Spain is about to begin - for 'hunting' read also 'coursing'. The poor rejected galgos and podencos from the 2010 season are still arriving in perreras across Spain for killing, or being abandoned and injured in road accidents.
The Hunting Federations deny there is any cruelty connected with their members' treatment of their galgos. They claim that all the scaremongering is because of 'animal rights' people lying. They continue to stick their heads up their a...s and ignore the fact that photos and videos abound on the Internet to prove a lie to their claims.
Briken is a big galgo who's been in Scooby Refuge virtually all of his 3 years of life. He's shortly off to his forever home in Germany; you'll love this video of him with his friends - his forever family have cats.
Lovely video to watch about saving an injured galga. Well done, Galgos del Sol.
The association have just taken in this 4 month old podenca puppy - this is what she brought on her back. Contact Galgos del Sol if you can offer her - or any of their other podencos/galgos, a forever home.
Those of you who have read my book will have been introduced to Lucho, an amazing survivor of the Spanish holocaust, adopted by Chris in the US from Scooby Medina. He developed leptospirosis and Chris kindly wrote a case history about her experiences with Lucho and beating the disease.
Earlier this year, Lucho developed Leishmania. Even though he tested negative before leaving Spain, the disease can lie dormant and poor Lucho succumbed. Chris shares her experience here.
In partnership with Urgence-animaux, le Bulletin Des Lévriers has launched a new worldwide petition to ask for the ban of hunting with Spanish Greyhounds (Galgos) in Spain. In 2009, we sent the 20.000 signatures which we had we collected thanks to Care2 to the Spanish Minister of the Environment. Let's mobilize again to show the Spanish government that people around the World do not give-up on abused Sighthounds in Spain and that ill-treatments, very real, of Galgos and Podencos in Spain has to stop. Please sign the new petition available here
It's not the clearest of petition websites, as the top half of the page is blank. So you need to