9th April 2014 - Spain today, a place where animals are tortured and abused.
This is Badol. He is a podenco puppy who appeared on the street of a small village in Andalucía. The vet thinks he was used for sparring with pittbulls as he has bites on him, and then was burnt. Escaped or dumped, no one knows, but he wandered the streets in this condition for a few days before he was rescued. Nuria Martín Barcos has the shelter La Guarida in Córdoba. She always does a great job. She is an exceptional person. She has more than 200 dogs. Badol, the puppy, is now at the hospital, under the care of the protective Puente Genil.
Just had confirmation that they are all reserved but money needed to buy them out of the perrera. Here's the paypal address - add the name of the dog, either Kaleshi (with the 6 pups) 475 euros needed for them all - or Huma, about 250 euros.
The reality of life for podencos - these two Mamas and their babies are in Almeria 'high kill' perrera - that means they will be some of the first to be killed as the pound is full! Huma has two boy pups, both old enough to eat on their own, and Kaleshi has 3 female and 3 male puppies, all still suckling - will she be fed enough to produce milk for them - just for them to be killed shortly?!
In perreras, podencos are killed in their dozens every week - those lucky enough to be rescued from abandonment on the streets languish for months, sometimes years, in refuges waiting to be adopted, especially on the Canary Islands.
This 4 week old Podenco pup has been found today (8/4/2014) in La Santa, Gran Canaria. Luckily for him, Joanne came to his rescue and contacted us for help. He is at the vets with suspected poisoning or gastroentiritis - he is very, very poorly. He is on a drip, receiving antibiotics and they are desperately trying to keep his temperature up with heat pads, blankets and hot water bottles. Please keep your fingers crossed for little Pudin'. If anybody can help with just a little for his vets bills we would be very grateful.
How low can people stoop?! SARA Protectora on Lanzarote have dozens of dogs and cats, including lots of podencos all waiting for forever homes on mainland Europe. This link details the number of dogs and cats they have helped. As they say, bear in mind this is just one association, there are others on the Island including several perreras. Here's one of their podencos, Muneca. And Amor, now 4 years old and been at the shelter since he was a puppy. Is he destined to spend the rest of his life there, never knowing family life and what it is like to live in a home?
A gorgeous photo for a gorgeous Podenco puppy. He's LUCIO, a male podenco, 8 months old and weight 7 Kg. Very affectionate, cheerful, funny, confident. He's a beautiful cinnamon colour, with reddish-brown eyes. Surely fate has prepared a fabulous family for him. Is neutered, tested and vaccinated, with chip and passport. He's in Seville (Spain), but he can travel. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi folks, just to say that I am away without Internet until 8th April - having a mother/daughter weekend...but I have scheduled a couple of posts for you to read in the meantime. sorry if your comments don't appear - I have to moderate them and won't be able to do so till my return. Thanks as always for caring about the podencos - they need all the help they can get.
Please sponsor Lucy, she is a long way off her target! She is walking for 2 days to raise funds for Pepis Dog Refuge to pay for food, vaccinations, Scalibor collars, wormers, tick treatment...some of the podencos have been there for 2 & 3 years....they all need forever homes too, they are beautiful dogs.