International Projects - Top 3 from 2016
Arca de Noe,
Spring/Summer newsletter we reported that the Arca de Noe
shelter in Albacete needed to carry out work to change the
layout of their veterinary clinic in order to comply with
new laws coming into force in June 2016. Together with the
structural work needed at the clinic additional veterinary
equipment would have to be purchased.
We have worked
with Arca de Noe for many years. They help large numbers of
dogs, and some cats, every year, including the galgos.
It is less
stressful for the rescued dogs to undergo necessary
veterinary work at the shelter rather than have to travel
back and forth to the clinic in the town. We fund the
veterinary costs for their galgos who are homed in France,
Italy, Germany, Slovenia and Switzerland, and were pleased
to be able to offer funding for this project.
Leigh, our vet
Trustee, was able to source some of the veterinary
When we last
met Sole and her team we discussed the need to improve the
paddock areas for the galgos. During the winter these areas
flood and the water does not drain away very quickly so it
is not good for the dogs and limits the areas they can be
allowed in. Also the covered areas were in need of repair
and we have been able to fund the building of 6 new “houses”
in the paddocks. Four houses have been completed and two
will be finished before the winter.
When we visited
Mada earlier this year we discussed the need to provide more
shading in the exercise paddocks. The original idea of
planting trees wasn’t too successful as the dogs had their
own ideas about that ! We were able to offer funding to
RECAL to provide shaded areas in each paddock together with
funding for some additional fencing in the paddocks and some
repair work that was needed to ensure security for the dogs.
Mada helps many
dogs each year but also manages to continue promoting the
education programme in her area. She arranges visits to the
local schools as well as organising visits to the shelter
where the children can meet the dogs. We also help with some
of the transport costs for these visits.
supported Tina of Galgos del Sol almost from the beginning
of her work for the galgos by giving funding towards
veterinary costs for some of the galgos she has rescued. Our
last visit was in 2011 and Tina and her team have achieved
so much in the last five years.
again last October and were able to see the land where the
new Galgos del Sol centre would be built. This is a huge
project and will take time to complete but we were able to
see that work had started on the first kennel block.
Tina showed us
the plans for the project and discussions followed. We could
all appreciate that once the work is complete life will
become easier for Tina and her team. Having all the dogs in
one place, and having a centre where people can visit and
help care for the dogs until they are homed would make a big
The urgent work
was to get the kennel blocks built and move the galgos from
the rented fincas to the new centre. We have now been able
to give funding to sponsor 15 kennels in the second kennel
block. Work has started already and should be completed very
Tina and her team have also been busy promoting education in their area by visiting local schools and taking a galgo or two along to meet the children.