More than 50 galgos have been rescued, including two litters of puppies, living in a garbage dump in Ontigola, Madrid province, covered in wounds, scabies and terrified. Thanks to a neighbour who denounced the situation, 6 rescue associations have taken the dogs. It took all afternoon to catch them and transport them to safety. They all need vet care, medication, blood analyses, castrations. Then they have to be rehabilitated in preparation for adoption.
Associations involved ALBA. SOS GALGOS. ACURN. NOAH'S ARK. SPAPS. RIVAANIMAL
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Update on galga Kiara, the victim of an axe attack. Charl says, 'Kiara's health is good. She's improving daily and swimming helps so much. Her rehab is good and physio doing well.
The damage left cannot be sewn or fixed. There's some nerve damage done from her wound. But she can lead a normal life. She will need care and attention and still needs a few more weeks to gain more strength and encourage more movement in her tail. To move to one side isn't possible as such.. this doesn't impede her. We thought the tail was dead and would hinder. So in terms of recovery it's ten fold. That we aim for a little more.. we will keep trying. Raw pain must have run thrpugh every ounce of her being, I still cringe at the thought of what she was suffering when I saw her. For now we continue to ease her from strength to strength. '
Pepis Dog Refuge now have over 80 dogs including many galgos in their Galgo Centre. It costs 30 euros/day to feed all these dogs; add on to that the cost of wormers, Scalibor collars, flea & tick treatment. Their vet bill is currently over 3,000 euros. They desperately need money to pay all this.
So Mike is going to run the Bristol Half Marathon on 21st September to raise funds for Pepis. Please sponsor him, no matter how little, every penny counts. You can read the story of Bear, the nearly blind puppy he adopted from Pepis in March this year, and sponsor Mike here.
Susan Dawson has put together yet another stunning calendar to raise desperately needed funds to feed the 80 dogs in Pepis Refuge. Here's the link to purchase copies at The Blue Greyhound Shop on ebay. My gorgeous galgo pup Polar is Pin Up for July this year - last year he was the cover photo. Please buy and share. And take a look at the fabulous dogs in the refuge, all desperately needing forever homes.
Regular readers will remember the appeals to help pay the considerable vet fees to help galgo Tico, rescued badly injured and left for dead at the side of a Seville road. Sandra has, with the amazing work by the vet team, nurtured this boy back to health. You may remember it was thought he would be incontinent for life. Sadly I can't share with you the latest video of Tico running off lead, no nappy, and moving well on 4 legs. It's posted on facebook, I've asked Sandra if she can put it on Youtube so I can share it with all of you who helped towards Tico's vet fees. I have to say I am filled with incredible joy to see this galgo looking and moving as well as he is.
I've said before that one of the reasons progress in Spain in helping the galgos is slow is because animal rescue organisations argue amongst themselves. And it's not just in Spain. For some people,it's an ego trip to say 'I'm the president of the association'. So what, you're a person just like the rest of us. I've met a few of them over the years.
Fermin of Scooby has also met them. Here's his latest piece on the Scooby English News Blog.
Don't forget that Scooby has hundreds of dogs and other animals - they all need feeding and most are ready for forever homes. Please help Scooby.