'Back in April 2019 when a message came through asking for help with Carley & PJ the photo they sent struck a chord with me to see a Podenca taking a young galgo pup under her wing. Abandoned in the countryside entwined together I am sure it was Carley's body warmth that had kept PJ alive, He was so thin he could not maintain his body temperature. When he arrived we needed to put two jackets on him to keep him warm.
What seemed a straight forward rescue soon changed, I never expected to have two seriously sick dogs. PJ had been born with a condition where his bile duct had not developed and the damage to his liver was beyond repair. Surgery was discussed with specialists but they didn't think he would survive the Anesthesia, his liver was so compromised . So I took the decision to let him enjoy the time he had and when the day came he would close his eyes for the last time in my arm,s not on an operating table.
2019 Summary - What a year 2019 was for Hope for Podencos and the extremes of weather that we experienced. Summer saw high heats and a lot of hard work to keep the dogs cool and hydrated. Heavy autumn rains luckily didn't hit us as hard as other parts of Spain; but we helped some dogs that were affected in these areas.
Winter is always a difficult time at the centre. Many people associate Spain with sunshine but it is in fact freezing cold. Luckily our supporters did an amazing job in raising funds to get the dogs kitted out in cozy jumpers.
Renovation work took off at the centre, allowing us to help more dogs than ever before. We saw new kennels blocks built and old kennels and runs pulled down and new runs put up in their place. As a result, we saw an amazing 120 podencos rescued; compared to the 91 we were able to help in 2018.
This is Penelope, a Portuguese Podengo with Dogs of Portugal, looking for a forever home. Click on this link for more information about her, more pictures, video. Contact DOP if you can offer a forever home.
Josephine is a little cat which Bev Farmer took in as a kitten. She is companion to 17 year old Tilly and stands her ground with some of the other podencos at feeding time. Wonderful photos from Bev Farmer.
Podenca Peaches is a Spanishdeathrowdogz dog, rescued from the kill list in a perrera
'It's me! Peaches, why does nobody love me enough to share their home with me? I'm a lovely sweet girl who has had a horrible past, when the ladies found me I had a huge hernia, I was in a lot of pain, but now I'm fine, I just need that elusive home. I'm a sweet, friendly girl, in fact I quite like men, very unusual here in Spain. I've been waiting for such a long time for my furever home, I wonder if it's ever going to come. Please share so lots of people see me, it only takes one person to fall in love with me and my life could be changed in an instant. I will come with an adoption contract, passport, spayed and vaccinated. What's not to love?'
Contact Lynn Judge if you have room in your home and heart for her.