This is Louis found wandering alone in the northern region of Lanzarote. He is about 1 to 2 years old, really friendly but very thin.. But rather than him go to the perrera, they have agreed for him to go directly to Laura Johnson of the Kennel Klub so he will get all the care he needs straight away. Aas always we have to wait 21 days in the event his owner comes forward, but once that expires we can make plans for him to come over to us in Murcia and he will be available for adoption.
You may remember at the end of July I appealed for someone to help with a Podenco Mum and her 5 pups, born in a cave. The man caring for them had to leave, there was no room in any of the shelters, but luckily a local volunteer came forward. Mom and one pup are being adopted by their rescuer, but the other 4 pups are in the SOS Animals shelter in Coin and they desperately need the funds to prepare the Pet Passports so these gorgeous pups can be adopted.
Regular readers may remember a few years back I was contacted by London photographer Martin Usborn, who wished to visit Spain to photo the galgos, and wanted the details of a couple of refuges to contact. The result was a stunning coffee table book. Here are links to 2 interesting articles which have appeared in National Geographic magazine, the first one being an interview with Martin.
In March 2013 I published this 'Letter to Senor Galguero'. Sadly all it expresses still applies today. The Hunting Federations have not improved matters - no controlled breeding of galgos, no mass abandonment, still keeping them in dark underground locked bunkers....what has changed is that there are now millions of Spanish people who are thoroughly ashamed of the bad press the hunters bring to their lovely country and protest vociferously every year throughout major cities in Spain.
Fermin Perez Martin of Scooby Medina presented a Spanish translation to the Federation of Galgueros when he was in dialogue with them to try and improve the situation. Needless to say, the galgueros refuse to acknowledge they cause a problem!
We must keep supporting those fighting the cruelty perpetrated on galgos by the galgueros in any way we can.
Please feel free to share the 'Letter'but ensure that I am credited as its author.
Many of you ask what happens to petitions you sign. Here is one.
Greyhound Compassion vient de publier une mise à jour sur la pétition «King of Spain should stop Copa S. M. El Rey for annual galgo coursing championship, Spain »
Closing galgo petition to King Felipe VI
Thank you all for your support. We've reached 3,751 signatures and are now submitting the petition and comments to King Felipe VI of Spain copy to Prime Minister Rajoy before the next coursing season starts and thousands of galgos suffer.
This is the story of how someone who had never heard of podencos is now the proud adoptant of 2! Jude tells the story.
We adopted Lucas, our Podenco Maneto, in 2012 through Podenco SOS. We’d made the decision to get a dog a while before and wanted to adopt a rescue dog rather than buy from a breeder or a pet shop. We’d been in a lot of contact with the RSPCA and the Dogs Trust but they weren’t able to rehome any of the dogs in their care with us and we ended up on a waiting list.
My wife, Seiko, found out about podencos and the wonderful rescue organisations online. I’d never heard of podencos before! We enquired with Podenco SOS about a few of the dogs that they’d put on their facebook page but they’d all just been found homes. They suggested we visit Lucas, a Podenco Maneto, who was with a foster family in Surrey, a short drive from our home in Brighton.