I don’t know if I already discussed this with you or if I have just been turning this issue over in my mind so that it feels like I already did, but it is probably because this is a recurring item because of the need.
You might ask: what need? Scooby is a large organisation and apparently with money available to them.
And I will tell you that that is not the case, Scooby is big in generosity, simply because we don’t know how to say no. Well that is not completely true, there are times that we just can’t deal with it and there is nothing else to do but close our eyes, sometimes I have to tell my collegues we just cannot take more dogs because that would put the rest of the dogs and the economic viability of the refuge in jeopardy. Yes, our shelter is big and at this moment, like I have been telling you before, we are trying to make it better, improve the fences, set up more quarantine cages, of course improve the housing so they keep them warmer in winter and cooler in summer, but still this is not enough.
With the number of dogs we have already taken up, the increased cost of food is enormous, we are talking about almost 6000 euro a month for food only, fortunately for us we can pay this, at least, at the moment, because if this continues we cannot go on like this much longer. Therefore we need food, lots and lots of food! We also give them bread to save a little on cost, so for our readers around here: we need bread so if you know of any bakery or bread factory that could donate, that would be just perfect.
For all our European friends: if you could collect food for us, please do so, we come up to your countries at least once a month (or even three times like this month), so we can come and collect food from where ever you store it, if it fits our schedule of course. If it is very far away we cannot come maybe but we will look at ways to come and collect it anyway.
And this is only concerning food, if then we add the costs of our workers, the vet, the money we spend in medicine, electricity, fuel, insurance and other things, the final number is absolutely astronomic, so that when the end of the month comes near I don’t know if I have enough to pay for everything, and it is a bit frustrating to have to think about costs continually and how to reduce them. I think of having one worker less, but then when we take our dogs on a trip that lasts at least 4 days, there is only one left for the whole shelter, so that would mean that practically nothing can be cleaned, and there is only time to feed them, so that makes the volunteers indispensable, to help us out with the cleaning and the distribution of food, and simply most daily chores.
Oh well.. like always I start to tell you something and then at the end I start talking about other things , but what I was trying to tell you is that we need to have our dogs out for adoption, because we need to decrease their quantity here in the shelter, but later on when we have space again we can then collect more galgos from the south of Spain, because like Isabel tells me, we are their only hope. So, really, if you know of any organisation that for example takes care of podencos, please tell us. Mabel, who works for the foundation Benjamin Menert and is absolutely decicated to them, tells me that every time they go and pick up galgos, in the same region and kennels there are also podencos being used for the hunt and who are a lot harder to place for adoption, so if you know of any organisation that could take care of these podencos or other mixed breeds, tell us so we can get in touch with them.
That’s all for now because since I am on leave, the people having to do the translations for the website are loaded with work.