Thank you to Europet who brought Polar to France. Ian and Sheila are really lovely caring people and their air conditioned transport is superb. Polar set off on Wednesday morning on his long journey from Pepis Refuge, Pedrera, across Spain.Here he is on a coffee break in Seville!
We met up with Europet at midday 7th June - I couldn't believe how small he was! Such an adorable puppy. The Europet transport was full of rescue dogs from Portugal travelling to Germany to forever homes - Frankfurt and Berlin were their final destinations. We chatted about the terrible situation at Rogil for over 40 hunting dogs.
Polar is a small white galgo puppy, born in February 2013, who was abandoned outside Pepis Refuge, Pedrera, Seville, in early April. He has a deformed back leg which, xray results show, is due to being broken when very young and then left to heal itself. Unless he has ongoing operations on his leg, it will not grow as he grows, which might lead to amputation. I decided to adopt him, as my French vet is marvellous at putting injured/deformed legs back together. The operations will be expensive and I am hoping people will help me with the cost of these, by coming up with some fundraising ideas.
Polar has had his bath today, apparently water went everywhere! On Thursday he leaves Pepis and his friends and begins his journey to France, arriving Friday afternoon.
Is there anyone out there who can HELP out at Pepis Dog Refuge. Jane is very ill leaving mainly Alan to do the all work. Even an hour of your time would be greatly appreciated. Amongst the daily chores 4 dogs have to be got ready to go to their forever homes on Thursday!! PLEASE spare an hour of your time!! Thankyou. Contact details
Susan Dawson does wonderful work raising funds for small greyhound and galgo rescue associations. There's still time to get your photo to her for her 2014 calendar raising funds for Pepis Refuge. She's also appealing for people to sponsor food for the galgos and podencos at Pepis Refuge - Jane and Alan have a large number of dogs to feed and rely solely on donations. You can see the dogs and details of sponsorship on this link
We have decided to adopt Polar. My French vet is marvellous at putting dogs back together; she did a superb job on my little Podenca Andaluz Bebe, who arrived from Seville with a bad back leg injury. Jane and Alan at Pepis have dozens of dogs to care for. This winter has been particularly hard for them with mudslides through the kennels on two occasions, loss of Internet for many weeks, and Alan ill. Add to this the number of dogs and puppies still being dumped at their gates - even though the sign says in Spanish 'no dogs, we are full', and the last thing they need is a puppy in convalescence.
All animal rescue associations in Spain do an amazing job, some of them are lucky enough to have hundreds of supporters to raise funds for their work. Which sadly often pushes out the small associations who lurch from month to month trying to pay feed and vet bills. You'll know from previous posts on Galgo News that Charl and 112carlotagalgos has worked tirelessly for many years - longer than many larger associations - to raise awareness of the plight of the galgos and podencos. You can read more about the dogs here.
She now has some seriously ill galgos in her care, and the vet bills are mounting up as we speak.
Just look at these two little friends, comforting each other at Pepis refuge, Seville. Jane tells their stories.
'This is Polar, he is 4 months old. He was left at the refuge three weeks ago and has a deformed back leg. He saw the bone specialist and we were told that his leg was broken when he was a tiny baby and as he has grown the leg has become twisted above and below his knee. He will need to have several operations to correct the deformity. We were told that if the leg is not tended too soon, as he grows the leg will not. Who will want to home him as he is....