I've taken this post from the fb page of Action for Animal Welfare Spain, which Viv has written. I am sure like me you admire everyone living in Spain with the problem of abandoned, injured, starving, maltreated animals surrounding them. How can they turn their backs on such an animal just because they have the legal limit for the number of dogs they can keep.
'This post is not to cause offence, it's for discussion.
Primary rescue, Secondary rescue, Third line rescue, what’s best, what will make a difference? Perhaps a better title is, 'less is more', improving rescue, what do we need to do?
The recent case in France of an English ex pat keeping rescue dogs and having some of them removed has produced a lot of controversy and differing opinions amongst rescuers.
A typical but sad story about dogs in Spain. Two galgas, abandoned in a small hamlet in Spain, near Cordoba. Retired British couple are feeding them, tick treatment etc, but can't adopt. The shelters are full and they are concerned about the galgas coming into season and getting covered by roaming dogs and producing unwanted puppies. They can't afford 150 euros each dog for spaying.
So I found this article about Canine Contraception which I have forwarded on to them in the hope that they can stop the bitches coming into season until a shelter/association can take them.
Here is another article on the subject of vaccines and how often our dogs etc should have them. My horse hasn't had a vaccination for several years - he is retired - my dogs don't go anywhere to meet other dogs as we have our own meadows to talk in. At least for them, rabies vaccination is now only every 3 years. But they are still pumped up with the rest of the drugs! As one is 15, one 13 and one 9, surely they are well protected without still needing an annual vaccine?
Very tragic news for podencos, as many of them are adopted there, particularly through Bev Farmer of Podenco Friends.
The Norwegian Defra, Mattilsynet, just released a statement re import of dogs, what they call “street dogs", defines as dogs from shelters/rescues, dogs without owners, dogs with unknown background.
1. These dogs will no longer be legal to commercially import.
2. As a private person, you must be able to document that the dog have been owned by you, and lived with you, for minimum 6 months before entering Norway.
Bascially, this means it is no longer possible to adopt/import a rescue dog from over seas effective from the 1st July 2018
Does anyone know of a forum where Podenco adoptants can exchange ideas/experience/help etc, for someone not on facebook? I have received an email from someone who has adopted a young Portuguese Podengo who has been very abused and would like to share with others who have similar experience.
Who knows what goes through the mind of a dog when either another family pet, or a family member, dies? My animals (including my horse when his mate died) get depressed, sleep a lot, go off their food. Here's an interesting article about a funeral home which lets a dog say farewell to it's deceased owner.