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As I indicated
in the last Newsletter, I and my wife accompanied Alison
Standbridge, the founder of PAWS2RESCUE on a short visit to
Romania in late May.
The purpose was
to see something of welfare conditions in Romania and of the
hugely difficult rescue and rehoming efforts of Alison and
It is difficult
to describe the appalling suffering of the thousands of
stray dogs in Romania. I thought I had some acquaintance
with such scenes from our work in Spain. I can only say that
what I saw in Romania will haunt me for the rest of my life.
We would like
to thank all involved for once again supporting our summer
raffle which, with tickets and linked donations, brought in
There were also
runner up prizes to entries from Surrey, East Sussex,
Shropshire and Essex.
A big THANK YOU from all of us at GIN to all of you who responded so generously to our raffle, making it a great success.
In general, we
are very happy with the outcome of the Congress because it
has been the big opportunity to finally open the doors with
Badajoz City Council.
trying for years to get them to see that our projects are
the result of works and collaborations which are doing very
well in other cities and the simple fact that they welcomed
us was a miracle.
and the two previous ones have convinced them that these are
serious and necessary proceedings from the outset to protect
and defend animals and that ADANA is a serious organisation.
Mansilla Zambrano has organised all the congresses together
with the School of Lawyers of Badajoz.
It was a privilege to travel with Martin, Leigh and Carolyn to meet the dedicated people running rescue and rehoming shelters for galgos in southern Spain, and see some of the vital work that the charity supports and funds.
Our first stop was at Arca de Noé in Albacete where our wonderful host Sole and her team of staff and volunteers showed us the improvements that GIN supporters have made possible.
We saw the updated veterinary clinic, where dogs can be treated more easily on site, and neutering operations carried out with less stress to the animals.
New insulated galgo kennel blocks help keep the dogs cool in the blistering summer heat, while underfloor heating will keep them cosy during the winter months.
We continue to
support Charlotte at 112carlottagalgos and have been able to pay the veterinary
costs for more galgos she has been able to help. Cupid and Mama Saphire are
reserved but the other galgos will need to spend time with Charlotte before they
can be homed.