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 of the galgos we rescue are tested for Leishmaniasis, Babesiosis, Heartworm and Ehrlichiosis which are diseases that occur in Mediterranean countries but are not commonly known or endemic in the UK. The tests we undertake are to ascertain whether an individual galgo is currently infected with this disease but diagnosis can be challenging and latent infections can be difficult to diagnose. More details of these diseases can be found on our website.


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 homing pack 
· 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 – pdf and online version here
· 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:

We are currently making arrangements for our next group of galgos for adoption in the UK, more news to follow soon.


Blackberry – a male galgo, approx. 2 years old.  He came from the pererra in Madrid.  He was a bit scared when rescued but has gained confidence at GDS and is now quite loving and friendly. ADOPTED


Cameron – a male galgo, approx. 5 years old.  He was taken from a perrera where he had been dropped off by his galguero.   He is extremely loving to people but doesn’t interact much with other dogs.  He is sharing a kennel but would be great as an only dog in a home. ADOPTED


Feliz – a female galga, approx. 8 years old.  She is extremely sociable, great with other dogs and very calm, never complaining.  Her original name, as in her passport, was Depression – GDS changed that straight away!  She had been taken to a killing station by her owner. ADOPTED

Lechuga – a female galga, approx. 4 years old. She is fine-boned, small galga with a sweet-tempered personality. Saved from a perrera.  She arrived very scared but now loves to be with other dogs, go on walks and have a chin tickle. ADOPTED

Mawi – a female galga, approx. 5 years old.  She came from an overcrowded rescue.   She is shy but we’re confident that she will come around given time and patience. ADOPTED

Mayte – a female galga, approx. 3 years old.  She took some time to be caught.  She is a little shy but better when she gets to know you.  She walks well on a lead but is on high alert.  She loves to be with other dogs.  Would need an experienced owner. ADOPTED


Orlando – a male galgo, approx. 2 years old.  He was dumped at a perrera by his hunter and GDS were able to take him.  He is a charming boy with lovely markings who couldn’t be sweeter. ADOPTED


Pandereta – a female galga, approx. 7 years old.  She was rescued near Murcia and wasn’t scared as she was caught by hand. She walks well on a lead, a confident girl and would probably be nice for a first time galgo owner. ADOPTED


Sponge Bob – a male galgo, approx. 5 years old.  He was rescued from the streets.   He is sweet with humans and dogs alike. ADOPTED

Tufty – a male galgo, approx. 2 years old.  He is very handsome and playful and gets along with males and females.  He is a cheeky boy who loves to run and play with other dogs.  He can be very shy so needs an experienced home with confident dogs. He has a raised patch of fur on the back of his neck – hence his name. ADOPTED