News from Galgos France of the 23 rescued hounds brought from Spain back to France in September for homing.
'Friday morning, Anny, Guy and Joseph left with our truck taking donations to Hogar de Paz and Cuencanimal shelters.
Discover our 23 adoptees . Among them, Tyrion who tried, every trip, to get into the truck without success, difficult as he does not settle in a cage like his lucky friends. We must always keep hope that our Tyrion finally has an adoption ticket. Bolero will come to a foster family. We are looking for, of course, adopters for this beautiful galgo, positive leishmaniasis and abandoned by his galguero in a pitiful state. Alba, found with three broken legs, rescued, repaired.
Nice life to all these dogs with a difficult past and a HUGE THANK YOU to all of our supporters, fosterers and adopters, without whom, nothing would be possible!
From Ann Marie Payne of Ann's Canine Care in Malaga.
'Today marks the end of a chapter, and a new life for Solé. The last of the 4 galgos that arrived on the same day, unwanted by their hunter/breeder. I don't want to think of their life with him because Solé came to me so broken. Sometimes they are so traumatised leaving the only place they've ever known, even if these places are just awful in our eyes, other times it could be something that's happened in their past, or not happened as in the case of not being socialised with other people.
But whatever the case Solé is a survivor, and has overcome many things to be where she is today. Over the last few weeks I've pondered whether to keep her with me and bring her on more, or put her up for adoption with somebody experienced with traumatised dogs. Well fate stepped in and she has been offered a wonderful foster placement with a lady in Germany who has rescued galgos of her own, and is also so experienced dealing with dogs that have issues. I cannot let this opportunity pass her by, and have to let her go no matter how much it hurts.
When God had made the earth and sky, the flowers and trees,
He then made all the animals and all the birds and bees.
And when His work was finished not one was quite the same
He said, I`ll walk this earth of mine and give each one a name.
And so He travelled land and sea and everywhere He went,
A little creature followed Him, until his strength was spent.
When all were named upon the earth and in the sky and sea,
The little creature said, Dear Lord, there`s not one left for me.
The Father smiled and softly said, I`ve left you to the end.
I`ve turned my own name back to front and
called you DOG, my friend.
(I like the sentiment in the poem but personally in this world where so many little children and animals suffer - I don't believe there is a God looking after them. More like their Guardian Angels in the form of volunteers and adopters.!)
'What to say about the abandonment of galgos... if we already said it all. 21 galgos (al between a month and a half and 3 years old) collected in just 26 days and all of them in the provinces of Salamanca, Zamora, Palencia and Valladolid.
These four guys have been picked up a few days ago in a village of Zamora, and unfortunately, they won't be the last.
In order to continue helping them we need your support and collaboration.
I know it's an old film but much of what is on the video hasn't changed...just a few more shelters and enclosures gone up for the animals...but the team stays the same, the animals keep coming in...and Scooby needs the support.
Video 2 - Christelle visits with her father - this is 2016 - sadly nothing has changed, the galgueros still overbreed their hounds and abandon in the same numbers.
Video 3 - From Scooby in Spain to forever in Finland
'This is to show you that although I live in a hunting area, hunting with galgos and podencos, and the abuse they suffer is not condoned by all people in the town. This photo is of a group of ladies that put on a catwalk show to highlight some of the abandoned dogs found in Campillos, and other dogs needing homes. I am 3rd from the left with Mattei, and Suerte is in the centre. Both have gone on to find loving and forever homes.
So please when you see graphic photos of abused dogs in Spain please take into account that many, many individual Spanish people, charities and groups are trying to help the situation, and they go unnoticed.