in the beginning there was darkness but now there is more light... but we still have a long way to go
I applaud Beryl’s new venture here in France to create an English language website with continuing news of the galgo situation in Spain. Awareness of the plight of the galgos of Spain and their rescue, has come a very long way in the last 10 years, thanks to all of you.
Here’s how it began…It was the plight of the imported Irish greyhounds which in 1991 drove me to go to Spain to investigate and try to improve their conditions at the tracks in Mallorca, Valencia and Barcelona.
I had to spread the word abroad urgently as, due to the UK’s animal import laws, I desperately needed some sympathisers in mainland Europe to take in the discarded greys for adoption…a cumbersome task before the days of the internet.
I’d heard rumours of the plight of Spain’s own greyhound, the galgos in the rural areas of internal Spain, but seeking out the evidence in those days was like entering a dark underworld.
Spanish refuges were not taking them in as they were not regarded as companion animals and city dwellers knew nothing of them.
Many in Spain still to this day proclaim ignorance. In 1995, I was shown an amateur film of the hangings of galgos near Granada but it wasn’t until I met and worked with Fermin Perez 1997-2000 who had his own photographic evidence and who had started to take in galgos into his then makeshift refuge, that I was able to expose to the outside world the abuses that galgos were suffering, and launch the movement to transport them out of Spain to safety.
I could only start of course then with the handful of sympathisers I’d already found for the greyhounds, in Switzerland, Germany and Belgium,
So that’s how it all began! The whole saga of exposing what happens to the galgos of Spain has been a journey from darkness into light with the greyhounds heralding salvation for the galgos and even these days, other breeds as well…
Now I would think there are approaching 100 groups and individuals in 16 different countries involved in saving galgos and I would estimate that between all of us, some 15,000 galgos and greys have been rescued and exported for adoption over the last 10 years.
Some groups have splintered off from others. it happens naturally as individuals develop in numbers, strength and direction and none of us has escaped the woundings. Take courage, don’t look back and keep looking forward to the task in hand.
There is no way now that the plight of the galgos of Spain can be hidden. Still the Spanish Administracion deny knowledge, but even they must be feeling that their protestations are sounding rather hollow. We all need to carry on poking at them till it hurts.
Here’s hoping that Galgo News might be a medium to encourage all the associations to join together in some co-ordinated ventures.
May God bless you all for your love and dedication!
Founder of Greyhounds in Need
Hello Anne, how lovely to see that you are still active in your role of saviour to the Galgos. We lost touch a few years back but I hope you remember me as a helper who tried to get someting done about Pat Osbourne here on the Costa Blanca.Unfortunately we were not able to close her down but I believe the numbers have been reduced and the conditions improved? Keep up the vital work and take care. Love and best wishes, Penelope Alderson.
Posted by: penelope alderson | 28 November 2009 at 07:32 AM
Hello Beryl, long time no talk. Feel free to add me on Facebook if that interests you.
Posted by: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=519635068 | 06 December 2009 at 12:19 AM
Kudos to you for the work you are doing. It is great to know there are caring people who love and protect these Galgos.
One of the articles I read was about 4 Galgos in a killing station in Valladolid. Has something been done for them? We are a Greyhound rescue and Canada and we are willing to help in any way we can. This situation breaks my heart, and hopefully something will be done.
Thanks so much,
Posted by: Michaela Lamoureux | 12 April 2010 at 01:35 AM
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Contact the people in the post direct, use
Spanishdict.com for a translator, and they will be able to tell you how you can
help. It is a case of getting the dogs out and into foster homes or a
shelter, so that they can receive veterinary treatment as soon as
Thank you for caring.
Helping to make
A person who has never known a dogs love has
missed a wonderful part of life. Bob Barker
The dog has no ambition, no self-interest, no
desire for vengeance, no fear other than that of displeasing.
Count of Buffon
Posted by: Beryl Brennan | 12 April 2010 at 07:46 AM
good to see Anne Finch, started my 1st contact with G.I.N via her,we do still support,ie xmas cards-key rings,notelets, even a bag for my 'pick up the poo plastic bags to go into,saves filling pockets with plastic bags!!!!" coats made for my 1st 2 english rescue g-hounds,(now sadly gone,but had a wonderful life) + several more for our spanish rescues,now home + safe in the uk with a waterproof mac for my little 'madam' a sm. podinco, + 1 podinco x, can't send donations,now oaps, but do what we can for G.I.N in other ways, a wonderful dedicated lady, + of course, ALL who help with the rescue of these beautiful gentle dogs, so sadly abused by heartless ignorant bastards(sorry, but could think of even worse to call them!!! How do they sleep at night..........
Posted by: barbara richards | 21 January 2012 at 07:24 PM
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Thank you for your story, what lucky dogs to have
found you. As you say, how do the perpetrators of animal cruelty, whatever
the animal, sleep at night. A friend in Andalucia and I have saved a
horse, wed like to save her filly and the colt in the next stable - one male
bastard hits it across the face because he says it is ugly - how we would like
to save them - but a gypsy owns them, so he wants his money and then the owner
of the yard wants his money - so we end up paying double the price for each
beastie - which we cant afford to do. Once was enough. The
frustrating thing is that where I live in France, I have 15 hectares of grazing
meadows - perfect for young horses - and a hug building which could concert into
many kennels for rescued dogs. But I need to win the EuroMillions ticket,
like someone in the UK has done this weekend! At least we know that each
life we save is important to that life.
Posted by: Beryl Brennan | 22 January 2012 at 11:12 AM
Avec vous de tout mon cœur....
Posted by: Pietrangeli Pia | 19 March 2013 at 07:45 PM
Merci pour tout ce qui a été fait et tout ce qui reste à faire.
Ne jamais abandonner ...............
Posted by: Arwen | 19 March 2013 at 08:17 PM
Thank you so much Anne for your work regarding our beloved galgos. Your efforts inspire me to--if you'll pardon the expression--get off my ass and do something for these noble, precious, feeling beings. My husband and I adopted a wonderful galgo 2 months ago and I can't tell how happy all of us are, including Chester (he'd almost died before the 3 of us met for life.) And, everyday, i ask myself--how could anyone do what they obviously did to our Ches?
Christina M. Norton
Posted by: Christina M. Norton | 05 May 2013 at 02:59 PM
I note this was posted in 2009, but maybe you will still receive this.
So sad that Pat Osbourne was not closed down, what is wrong with Seprona????? Pat seemed to start off ok, but somewhere along the line she ..lost it..big time, does she still have galgos now?
georgie & gang
Posted by: Georgina Burns | 28 February 2014 at 07:21 PM
Georgina, from memory I think Pat was the lady who died suddenly. Some associations took some of the dogs and I believe another association took over running the shelter.
Posted by: Beryl Brennan | 01 March 2014 at 08:07 AM