The Galgos from Spain for homing in the UK

Galgos (breed name galgo español) are Spanish bred greyhounds used widely by hunters in the rural areas of Spain, for coursing the hare with betting but the season is only 4 months after which time they are abandoned or brutally killed. Many have not been handled kindly, some have suffered victimisation in overcrowded shelters in Spain, making them wary of other dogs, and some need gentle socialisation and a lot of reassurance that they are never going to be hungry or hurt again. They were rescued in the first place by volunteers who themselves suffer the hostility of their own countrymen for showing such concern and care.

All the galgos we bring to the UK are sterilised, micro chipped and have been tested and found clear of Mediterranean diseases before they come to the UK.

Adoption Process

If you are interested in offering a home to a galgo please :-

· Contact us on 01784 483206 to ask for a homing pack or view the pack on line

· Complete and send the questionnaire in the pack to us at Greyhounds in Need, 5A, 80 High Street, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9HE, or email it to our homing officer

The questionnaire is also available separately – please view the homing questionnaire

· We will then get in touch to chat more with you and arrange a home visit and try to match the right dog to the right home.

Please note that we aim to keep our website as up to date as possible regarding dogs reserved/adopted but this can change quickly so please ring us or email for the latest position. Thank you.

Galgos for Adoption:


Tizona, a black female galga. She is approx. 5½ years old. She was handed in to the RECAL shelter by her hunter owner. She is shy with people but gets on well with other dogs. ADOPTED
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Aliseda is around 10 years old and was found roaming the streets in Almendralejo. She has some scars from her hunting days but is very friendly. She is as keen as any of the galgos to go for her walks and she is good on a lead. She often puts her head on you and loves her head rubbed. She is kennelled with Orion at the moment and they get on well even though he is a lively boy. We feel she would be alright as an only dog or homed with another dog or dogs. She just needs to find her forever home now with a nice bed…….or sofa! ADOPTED
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Orion is just over a year old. He is black with some white on his chest. He is a lovely looking dog and loves everyone. He doesn’t seem to have any fears. He is young and playful, he will jump up when he gets excited and to get some more fuss. He is good with people and other dogs, he walks quite well on a lead. He came from the streets and was taken in by RECAL in Almendralejo. He really needs a home where someone has time to spend with him and once his recall training is done and it is safe to let him off lead he will be able to run off some of his energy. He could be homed with another dog but it would need to be a confident dog who could cope with a young dog.
Apolo is a male galgo, approx. 5½ years old. He was found in the streets of Almendralejo. He is nice with people and good with other dogs. ADOPTED
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Dama, a lovely female galga, approx. 4 years old. She is a little shy with people and will need time to learn to trust again. She is good with other dogs. She was handed in to the shelter in Almendralejo. ADOPTED
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Pantera is a lovely black female, approximately six years old. She is a little shy with people at first and although she walks well on a lead she is wary of new surroundings. She had a damaged tail in Spain and had to have a small piece removed but it has healed well. She gets on well with other dogs and would probably do better in a home with another more confident dog to help her overcome her shyness. She was handed in to the shelter by her hunter owner.
Sofia - Pictures by and (c) Liz Coleman


Watch a Video of the new Galgos


Please check out Life with a Galgo.

See At home with a blind lurcher, a greyhound and four galgos!

Also, read about how last September's galgos have been homed.

See here for details of how our galgos from last April have been getting on in their new homes: