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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Our new group of 12 galgos will be arriving soon. We give below some brief information on them below.
This group are coming from Galgos del Sol in Murcia.
Calcetines was very scared when he arrived at GDS but has gained more confidence now and loves to be with people! He is approx. 2½ years old.
Grant is a super sweet and confident boy who was handed in by his galguero. Lucky for Grant that he wasn’t abandoned to the streets. He is approx. 5½ years old.
Le Bon is one of four hounds that came to GDS from a perrera in Baza where the police denounced the previous owner for cruelty. He’s a really sweet young boy that walks very gently on a lead and is a gentleman around other dogs. He is approx. 1½ years old.
Ady was given away as unwanted. Not only was he unwanted, the owner couldn’t be bothered to have Ady’s broken leg treated. The bone has healed on its own quite well, he’s young. Ady walks quite nicely when out with tail wagging when other dogs approach. He is approx. 2½ years old.
Pebbles was rescued from the streets. GDS suspected she had been hit by a car as she couldn’t walk very well and cried when they lifted her. The vets found an old break in her leg which could have caused the pain as well as a belly full of stones, believe it or not! Now fit as a fiddle, Pebbles is feeling fabulous. She’s recovered really well and just loves being with people. She is approx. 4½ years old.
Kamal and Sanghi are two young brothers who were dumped on a mountain road. These poor scared souls stayed in the same location walking up and down the road waiting for someone to return to get them. The first couple of days the boys were very growly but didn’t take long for them to turn into love bugs. They are such strikingly handsome dogs. Wouldn’t it be lovely if they could be homed together? They are approx. 2½ years old.
Gala – what a character she is! This little beauty loves to cuddle and play. Certainly some manners to be learnt as she is a bit boisterous but totally adorable and all with the loveliest of intentions. She is a puppy really at just over a year old. Gala is approx. 1½ years old.
Libby survived being hit by a car but was left with horrendous injuries. Now on the mend, her skin graft took and her dislocated elbow was operated on and coming along nicely. Libby is super friendly. She is approx. 6½ years old.
Ginebra was heartbroken to be given up by her previous owner. As she looks back, we will help her to only look forward. What a beauty with that gorgeous long nose. She is approx. 1½ years old.
Gorgeous Snowy was caught in a trap by GDS. Her left eye looked to have been bitten by another dog and GDS treated this. She was caught during Christmas week. She is approx. 4½ years old.
A street rescue, Nahekari was found with burns/injuries on her paws that made it difficult for her to walk. She was rescued in January 2022 and has recovered well at GDS. She is approx. 5½ years old.