Black galgos and greyhounds are always overlooked when offered for adoption. Why? With the right care and food, they are stunning...their black coats shine and dazzle much more than a light coloured hound. Here are 10 reasons to adopt a black hound!
Here is a weblink to the European Greyhound Network. It is based in Italy, although some of the dogs are in Germany. If you are thinking of adopting a galgo or podenco, please think carefully and talk to other adoptants about the process. Be sure the dogs are Pet Passported and proper homechecks are carried out. Also that there is good backup support should there be problems. Many galgos especially have been kept in horrendous conditions and can take many months to adjust to life in a home. My own Carmela came with serious mental problems and it took me over 2 years before she fully gained our trust in every aspect of her life with us. However, it was worth it as she has developed into the most delightful affectionate playful character.
Meet Negro - he's very similar to my first greyhound, a stray with bony joints from where she had laid on hard concrete - same for Negro. His life hasn't been easy. Many would have shot him. Instead they dumped him.
As a young man, he was exceptional and that would give him an "opportunity" that would weigh him like a slab.
Who knows what it was.. an injury, a disease, the years just...
So his chance to live was to be a stud. Slave Creator, like him.
Like their females.
9 years locked in, doomed not to run, not enjoy the free air, be alone, to survive.
Now he's free and his chains are new. He's black. He's old. He's male. This is all against him. Who will want to adopt him.
A look that is empty of emotion but full of desires.
Is there a hope for this tired heart please?
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Greyhound Rescue Holland does tremendous work supporting Spanish shelters by rehoming rescued galgos in Holland and Belgium. They've just added 13 galgos from Galgos del Sur to their website, all looking for forever homes Here's a message from GRH to everyone who supports them.
THOUSAND THANKS TO OUR DONATORS
Greyhounds Rescue Holland plans to put the fate of the galgoes through the politics (including, together with Animals Today and Dutch Galgo Lobby), like last year's protest march to the Spanish embassy and this year a visit to the European Parliament.
In addition, we support a number of Spanish shelters that save dogs (getting out of the street, floating from dodging stations, taking away from hunters), taking care of, providing the most necessary medical care, weighting and for adoption.
For the adoptions we are mediating and know a lot of dogs who have found a new home. Great how many people like to give these special dogs a nice home.
Occasionally Dogs of Portugal get an abandonded galgo, and here is a little beauty. Meet Lissi, you can read all about her on this link, see a video of her. She's ready for a forever home, contact Dogs of Portugal if you can offer her a place in your home and your heart.
Galgos 112 recently took on this new galgo family.
'We asked for help to host the galgo puppies found in Jaén, now we tell you their story.
We got a request for help for a group of galgos who were abandoned almost a month in a village, were walking through the streets in the heatwave of more than 40º, no food or water, just what some neighbors gave them out of pity.
When volunteer Sara arrived in town, 3 Adult Galgos and four pups were found, the situation was bad, two of the pups were half dead and did not react, the other two were active but also in bad condition. They were easily caught two of the adults and the four Cubs, and without waiting any more they put them in the car and went to the veterinary clinic where they were treated with water, antidiarrheal and deworming for intestinal worms and Coccidia. They were also full of fleas. Even better, they began to eat.
A couple of years ago Pepi's Refuge was hit by the parvo virus, resulting in a huge vet bill. This year they were hit by distemper. With so many dogs in the refuge and donations dropping considerably, there was not the money to vaccinate against the disease. 3 galgos died, Jane Brian is still giving medication to several others. This week she was rushed into hospital with severe pains. She is now back at the refuge, on medication but still giving medication to the dogs - the dogs always come first with Jane and Alan.
Things have never been so dire at the refuge. On one hand we have fewer dogs than we have in a long time, on the other there's no money to feed them, let alone get them prepared for transport. Donations have never been so slow and despite Alan and Jane using their pensions week in and week out, the pot is empty. The distemper that rampaged through the refuge has amounted to a huge vet bill that we simply cannot pay. And whilst it is unpaid we cannot take any other dogs to get them prepared to travel to foster and forever homes.
2 Spanish galgos at each end of the age spectrum...one just starting out on life and the other needing a comfy loving home and hearth to end his days. Both are with Fundacion Benjamin Mehnert in Seville. Contact them direct if you can help.
A home for Conguita
She was not yet two months old when she was found together with her mum abandoned on a field. We do not know what happened to her siblings but it is certain that Conguita is a survivor.
Now her mum is adopted and Conguita is left alone. She needs urgently a family now, a shelter is not the best place for a puppy to grow up. The small girl is most affectionate and longing for a home.