Regular readers will know that 5 months ago my OH and I adopted 2 podencos from Spain, both 8 years old, one of which is blind.
This is an association in the US working to help these older podencos to forever homes and the good life they deserve.
The Senior Sighthound Sanctuary provides a safe haven for senior & special needs sighthounds, either at the sanctuary or through a network of forever foster and adoptive families. We also provide education on the special needs of senior sighthounds. The Sanctuary was formed out of a true love and passion for senior sighthounds. These amazing & endearing dogs take a huge piece of our heart & we would move heaven & earth for them. It's not easy work to take in a senior hound but the love far outweighs any sadness when they pass, for their time with us is far more important than ours is with them.
The founder writes.
'Recently eight senior podenco girls were pulled from a shelter in Spain, all over the age of 8. It was discovered, once they were out of the shelter, that two of them are pregnant. All of these girls have led hard lives at the hands of hunters, usually being bred over & over again with no vet care whatsoever. These dogs have been reserved for the Sanctuary & I've made the commitment to bring them here to the US to be adopted out, where they can forget the miserable lives they previously led.
It's my hope that most, if not all, of the dogs that I've posted (on the facebook page) as "Waiting in Spain (or Portugal)" can come to the US by early June since the temps will be too hot after that until again in the autumn. IF you've ever considered fostering or adopting a senior, NOW is the time. We'll need foster families for every one of these old dogs or even better, adopters, before they get here! So if you have any questions about fostering or adopting, please contact me! We'll have a couple of fundraisers coming up soon to help us pay for their expenses so look for those soon!'