I first came across Vera Thorenaar when I started my Galgo News blog in 2007 and travelled to Spain regularly thereafter. As with many other rescue associations, the Protectora has grown over the years. Here's the story, together with a link to galgos hoping for forever homes.
'The History of Galgos en Familia is tightly linked to its founder Vera Thorenaar, who started her journey and immersion into the difficult situation of the galgo since 2008, and came into contact with a Dutch association that dealt with adoptions for abandoned galgos.
Dedicated to the translations, to getting her work known in Spain and being a link between said associaction and other associactions dedicated to the protection of galgos in our country, she started to write her personal blog to explain the difficulties experienced by this breed, to broadcast cases of abandonment and to retell her own experience as a foster carer of galgos waiting for adoption.
Galgos 112 have worked for many years rescuing and rehoming abandoned and injured galgos and some podencos in the Barcelona area. Here are the stories of 4 hounds recently rescued.
'This is ARIN, he lay down at the door of Ainara and Ander because he couldn't take it anymore. When the family dog began to cry and bark at the door, they went out to see what was happening, and there he was, without strength, unable to take another step.
Fortunately he went to the best hands. They took him in his arms, took him inside and gave him food and drink. He was taken to the vet and he contacted us.
He only weighed 17kg, is about 2 years old and has a scar on his neck where the microchip used to be, in addition to a lot of wounds in his malnourished body. Ainara and Ander have decided to be his foster home until they find a family. His happy face says it all. Now Arin knows that nothing bad will happen to him, and that he will no longer have to roam the mountain looking for something to eat.
We rescued VALENTÍN on 14 February ... we couldn't have chosen a more suitable name for him. He is a young, friendly, and beautiful galgo inside and out, despite all the huge scars that run along his body.
The mass abandonment of the hunting dogs of Spain is never ending. Thank goodness for the rescue and rehoming associations. Protectora Scooby Palencia has taken this young galga off the streets to safety.
'And now we introduce you to Pegasus, galguito rescued in Palencia. He spent several days crossing roads and we were unable to cath him. But the other day he sought shelter under a truck and our colleague Alba could catch him. He's still a little scared, but he's a very good galgo.
Thanks to the family who kept him safe until we arrived.'
'He's only 9 months old and he's so scared of people. He won't let a collar near him and bites when you try to touch him.
With that behavior anyone would think that Prince was born and lived on the street, but no, he has been brought in by his owner who has got rid of the most surly because he has 20 more galgos! Poor Prince! What he has had to live in his short life.
Need a foster home that has experience with this kind of dogs and help you trust people.
We don't want Prince to spend every year of his life at the shelter.
'So many people want to adopt Princessa, the galga that probably was shot through her head and that is good because this girl needs the best family there is after her ordeal and live the rest of her life in luxury as she deserves.
But there are so many dogs who deserve this, and one of them is Panteon. He was not shot in his head but fell, when abandoned and looking desperate on a graveyard for something to eat, in a new dug grave from 2 meters deep from which it was impossible for him to get out! Luckily somebody found him and warned Scooby so we could take him out and bring him to safety and this timid boy is now, over half a year later, still not adopted...He needs a bit time to know you but than he is the sweetest and most thankful boy you can imagine. He so needs his own, loving family which he can trust to be happy and also live the life he deserves...!'
Contact Scooby direct if you can offer him the loving forever home he deserves.
In addition to being a great fighter, she is a very good galguita and she behaves very well when we treat her wounds
She already wants to run and play with other dogs, but it is still a little early to let her do it freely.
Little by little she is recovering and although she has lost an eye that does not prevent her from living a normal life and being happy ☺️.
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