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Spring/Summer 2019 Newsletter
The Galgo situation in Spain
Over the twenty+ years that GIN has been helping the galgos of Spain there have been changes. It is very hard to say accurately how many galgos are abandoned each year, figures quoted vary from ~50,000 to ~100,000, but what we all know is the figures are in the thousands not hundreds !
When we first offered help to shelters in Spain it was to cover veterinary costs. We discovered that the galgos were not automatically tested for the Mediterranean diseases endemic in Spain – Leishmaniasis, Babesiosis, Heartworm and Ehrlichiosis, nor were they sterilised. This was mostly due to lack of funds and we worked tirelessly, and still do, to raise funds to cover these costs as we could not move or home the dogs without being as sure as we could, that they were healthy and able to cope with the long transports ahead of them.
The cruel abandonment of the galgos continues and often when we are asked for help and we see photos of horrific injuries and very traumatised thin dogs, like Roma, it is hard to believe that they will ever recover and be able to be homed. Often when they are rescued and have broken limbs or open wounds they rarely attack their rescuers even though they must be in a lot of pain. They appear to have a lot of strength and seem able to survive so much and yet still have it in their big hearts to trust us humans again.
Vet’s Corner - What Makes Greyhounds Unique?- A Vet Perspective
Greyhounds are one of a kind. Their sweet-nature, adaptability and laid-back attitude makes them suitable for all kinds of families and situations. Not only are they unique dogs in terms of temperament, they also come with a number of anatomical and physiological differences.
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Greyhounds in Need Summer Raffle 2019
We are again having a Summer Raffle. The draw will be on 26th July. If you would like tickets please call us on 01784 483206, or email - firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put them in the post.
GalGo! Puzzle Fun
programme is doing well in Spain and there are many
activities on our site in English and Spanish that can
easily be downloaded. These are proving very popular.
Perhaps your children or grandchildren would like to take
part in our Summer Competition and win one of our new #teamgalgo
Please print off the competition sheet here
Thank you to everyone who did their shopping via the Easyfundraising site last year helping to raise funds towards our work for the greyhounds and galgos
This is a great way to raise money for charities, schools, sports clubs, community groups, and other good causes just by shopping online. You don’t pay anything extra and over 2,700 retailers can be found on the site. www.easyfundraising.org.uk
We would also like to thank our supporters for kindly continuing to recycle their old ink cartridges, don't forget to contact us if you need more envelopes to post these off - free p&p
MORE HELP WITH
FUNDRAISING MEANS MORE DOGS CAN BE SAVED!
December’s competition winners!
We’re delighted to announce the winners of our December poster competition.
In first place is Noelia Cano Gonzalez with her beautiful pencil drawn galgo. In second place is Lorena Gonzalez Vicente with her colourful poster encouraging people to adopt a greyhound, and in third place is Daniel Ferrer Martinez whose poster appeals for help to help the galgos.
All the posters
we receive are fantastic, and it is very hard to choose our
winners! If you’d like to take part the February
competition is now open for entries.
Our last group of galgos have settled well in the kennels and over recent weeks their characters have begun to show through. We are fortunate that Sue, Christine and Catherine, GIN volunteers, have been regularly walking the galgos, along with the kennel staff, and have been able to help us give more accurate information about them. Wilma has been adopted, Lluvia will be going to her new home this week. Here you can see them enjoying (?) the snow in the paddock at the kennels. If you are interested in adopting a galgo please contact us. More photos and details can be found here
November to December Transportations
We are very grateful to Sole and her team at Arca de Noe, Eva and her team at ADANA, Elisa, Lily, Chiara and Sabrina of GACI, Italy, Nina of SASIN, Slovenia and Jerome of CREL, France, for managing to squeeze in more transports of greyhounds and galgos before the end of the year.
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