'Panda basically lived 8yrs of her life in this plastic box. How can this even be legal? She’s a scared girl 9yrs old who’s just the sweetest thing. Now is the time to send cat prayers because if she’s good with cats she will be heading to the beautiful countryside of Finland. So in the comments send your ‘be good to the kitties’ prayers.'
Diansa and Fontanela arrived at our Rescue center on October 1, 2020 and were given away by their owner. When the sisters were picked up from a local vet in Mazarrón Fonda was shaking all over. She was so scared and every time her sister Dia disappeared from sight she desperately searched for her. It soon became clear to us that these sisters were inseparable and that a future without each other was unthinkable, not even possible.
The search could start looking for a perfect match, which was not easy since the sisters were not so young. Days/weeks/months went by but we didn't gave up. These sisters would have a new future together at all costs. Dia & Fonda saw many friends leave, but finally 10 months after their arrival at Galgosrescuealmeria, both sisters could leave their past behind and pack their bags with the nice memory of their stay at GRA. It was an emotional farewell because these girls were so special.
I often say galgos and podencos should come with a health warning - one is never enough, they are such wonderful loving and rewarding dogs. We regularly had 4 or 5 at our farm in France, a couple of which were failed fosters! Here's a lovely story about a canine family adopted through Greyhounds In Need.
Our Virtual Adoption Programme is a good way of supporting some of the needy animals in the Scooby shelter. You can choose for yourself or as a gift for family and friends for 10€ per month or 115€ per year. We will send the virtual adopter a certificate, a photo of the chosen animal and updates twice per year. There are lots of animals to choose from,
Granny - an oldie;
Donja - has only one ear
Zuki - had gangrene before arriving at the
shelter and lost both of her back paws;
Paris - the gentle giant and an old faithful
Alba the albino horse is there with Plus y
Ultra, the goats, alongside Cayenne y
Pepper, the donkeys. All overseen by
Blackie the head of the cats in our cattery!
You may recall from our autumn bulletin we appealed for financial help towards kennel repairs. We have not been able to do the work because we failed to raise the funds. In addition there is a lack of available, skilled bricklayers in our area. It is pretty much impossible to find labour to do the job and within a reasonable estimate (€5k).
Our appeal remains and if you are able to donate towards it, we’d be very grateful. We’d love to complete the renovations in the spring when it is less rainy. We desperately need to repair brickwork, smooth the floor area to make cleaning easier
And now a rehoming story - not a galgo but an example of the work Scooby does.
I've written this article on my Podenco Post blog but I want to share it with you because the situation with our podenco could just as easily be written about a galgo.
Bo (Bocelli) is a blind podenco we recently adopted from life on a chain in Lorca, Spain. Having both had dogs for all our seven decades of life, we have never had a blind dog. So it is a new experience for us. He has now been with us for a couple of months and is settling in very well. He can now find his way out of the kitchen into the garden to the toilet, and back again. Luckily we have a ramp at our back door rather than steps, which is much easier for him. He hasn't so far ventured into the rest of the bungalow but no doubt he will do it one day, in his own time.
He shares his home with Rosely, a sighted podenca, and very often shares his bed with her. She wears a bell on her collar so he always knows where she is. He is at the stage of wanting to play with her in the garden, but after 6 years shut in a shed breeding babies, Rosely doesn't know how to play. Her main interest is her stuffed toys, baby substitutes I suspect.