8/30/2011

Help for Scooby from Slovenia - Please have a look at the auction!

At this occasion we'd like to update you on our newest funds raising activity - following your
cry for help regarding unfinished construction works at Scooby Medina.

As you know, we have invited all our supporters to make or donate
items, that will be offered for money to the general public.

We are proud to announce that on Monday, August 29, we are starting a facebook
auction and we have quite some beautiful, totally positive arts & crafts
items to offer. Auction will last for 14 days; it is widely promoted
within our network and even abroad.

We will also offer some items of
our past promo activities, for small donation.

The items for auction
you can find here:
https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.157038371045888.40119.141593622590363

At this stage we can not really talk about actual amounts, but we
are very enthusiastic about the auction and we believe it can be a
success. We hope to be able to transfer the money raised by the end of
September. By all means we will periodically update you on the current
status of the auction and money coming in.

So please, hang in there,
don't give up, we will do our best to help somehow. Keep your fingers
crossed!

And hug some 100 gaglo's for us ;))))))))))))))))

Thinking
of you, praying for some serious money to drop out of the blue ;)


Larisa & Vesna & SSW Team

P.S. In September, in cooperation with our
supporter, we are also organizing special meditation workshop. Raised
money (from fee's) is agreed to be donated to Scooby Medina. More
detailed information will follow.

8/29/2011

PROJECT 3000

SCOOBY MUST SURVIVE!

PROJECT  3000

Please help us to save Scooby and all its animals!!!


As you might have read, the regional contract for Scooby to take in stray or abandoned dogs from the pounds will not be renewed, which means we have lost 3000 € per month, however the influx of dogs coming to our shelter still remains very high. The loss of these funds makes it very difficult to maintain the level of care and operation at Scooby.

This is why we need your help!

If all of you can donate at least 5 € a month during a whole year, we can save Scooby together and continue all the work we have been doing for the past 25 years. It would be a shame if all our expierence of saving dogs and other animals will be lost due to a financial crisis. What will happen to dogs that will be abandoned when there is no Scooby anymore? All shelters in Spain are dealing with the same situation, they have more dogs than they can handle, so most of these dogs will die an unplesant death since no one is able to take over.


We cannot let that happen!

Project 3000 means finding 600 people who are willing to donate at least 5 € a month.

It’s only like 2 cups of coffee or a magazine less per month, but it means life or death for our animals and Scooby of course. With the 5 € you save by just sacrificing one thing a month, you are surely able to support Scooby. We really hope that among the thousands of adopters and supporters we have had throughout the years, we can find 600 kind souls who will not let us down.

Or maybe you are even able to do without 10 € a month which means, we only need to find 300 people who are willing to support us and skip their cakes they take with their coffee, too.

Or what about 60 persons who are capable of contributing 50 € a month to curb the deficit we’ve got?
Fermin said “ I’ll be the first one, since for health reasons I’ve quitted smoking and part of the money I save by not smoking will be spent on the club of 60.

If you as a company are willing to support us in this important matter, the club of 60 would be the ideal option.

We also need to tell that although it’s important that we receive donations, it is very important that you see this on a long term scale, so we need a commitment - even governments are in crisis and it is us who want to help the animals who have to face this.

Some of you might even be able to find some family members who want to join us or maybe you can find people at the company where you work or at your school or university. Please do also share the idea on the social networks.

We cannot continue without your commitment! If we do nothing now, we will have to close our doors at the end of the year. We think that none of you wants this to happen.

Want to join us?
We really hope that after reading this you will want to make a commitment to Scooby and of course we will also give you something in return. For your monthly donation of 5 € minimum or a yearly donation of 60 €, you will receive a newsletter, and we will also organize special online events and giveaways you can participate in as member! How does that sound?
How to sign up?
You sign up by sending us an e-mail with following information:
  • your name
  • the name that’s on your bank account,
  • your country
  • information about whether you´d prefer to pay on a monthly or annually base and the amount
  • your e-mail address to recieve our newsletters and special deals.
  • for US supporters please add your paypal e-mailaddress for you invoice.

In any case, be sure to designate that your payment is a donation to Scooby Project 3000!

For Germany, Switzerland, Austria and countries not listed below, send a mail in German, English or Spanish to sabine@scoobymedina.com and pay to the following account
Scooby
Volksbank Mönchengladbach
Kto-Nr. 140 704 2014
BLZ: 310 605 17
IBAN: DE52310605171407042014
BIC: GENODED1MRB


For Spain send your mail to educacioncanina@scoobymedina.com and pay to the following account :

Scooby
Bankinter
Valladolid
Nr. 0103853927
IBAN: ES2901283467710103853927
BIC: BKBKESMM


For Holland, Belgium and France send an email in Dutch or English to saskia@scoobymedina.com and pay to one of the following accounts:

Scooby
Oosterhout
Nr. 11.52.46.274
IBAN: NL52RABO0115246274
BIC: RABONL2U

Scooby
Baarle Hertog
Nr: 733-0462538-72
IBAN: BE38733046253872
BIC: KREDBEBB


For the USA you will send your sign up form to saskia@scoobymedina.com  and we will send you a monthly paypal invoice to pay to.

For Canada, you will send your sign up form to saskia@scoobymedina.com and you can pay to the following account:

Bank of Montreal account number 
Scooby # 3061-8627-953
Or Make cheques payable to:
Scooby
c/o Eva Andrews
460 King Edward Street
Paris, Ontario
N3L 3E3

For the U.K. You will send your sign up form to info@greyhoundcompassion.com and you can pay to the following account, it’s the best way to set up at standing order and pay to

Greyhound Compassion's bank account number: 65262362 / sort code: 08 92 99

For cheques:

Greyhound Compassion
PO Box 959
St. Albans
Hertfordshire
AL1 9HP

Please mark your payment as “Scooby 3000” So Greyhound Compassion can seperate the money from others.

THANK YOU!!!
The Scooby Team and all its animals



8/28/2011

2 days, 3 dogs.

The 17th of August around noon this wonderful sweet red brown boy who we named Max was found at Scooby. Tied to the big door at the entrance of Scooby. A bucket of water was left for him and that was it. He is not even a  year old.



The 18th of August this skinny girl, who we named, Esmée came in from Salamanca. A wound near to her backside filled with maggets. Timid, skinny, no light in her eyes. After treatment and a good meal and water she is relaxing in her basket at Scooby.
Her age is probably 4 years.






The 18th of August in the night the police from Medina gave a call to Fermín. They had a puppy, who we named Bobby, 3 months old, a skin problem which appeared to be treated easily. He is adorable, sweet and correctable. A dream.





Please spread the word about these three beautiful animals and all the others at Scooby so we can get them adopted as soon as possible.
As you can see neglect and abandonment is alive and well in Medina!  So sad for these animals, but thankfully they are safe now at Scooby. 

Please let us know if you can help.

8/19/2011

Check out the Scooby Auction

Thank you to Heather Payne who started the auction and all of the people on our FB page who have been supporting us and bidding on the amazing items up for auction.  Your support is SUPER!!!!

Check out the auction items here:
https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/160603590681581/

8/18/2011

Volunteering at Scooby, July 2011


It was for me the 7th time at Scooby but like always you never know what comes across this time and what kind of work is waiting for you. After saying ‘hola’to everyone my week started with clearing up the portocabine.

My work in the Netherlands is veterinary surgeon assistant and if you arrive then in Scooby it’s a shock of ones life in what kind of circumstances the veterinary surgeon in Scooby has to work! Because of chronic time lacks the steady employees do not have enough time for this I gladly put my hands in the cleaning hand shoes!

Then the medicine explanation was given to me, which dogs, where they sit, which medicines, for which diseases etc. etc. With the medicine round you nevertheless are 2 times per day quite busy!


Walking at Scooby you see work everywhere, therefore every now and then you do all kinds of work. Shovel dogshit, look after wounds, check water buckets in the paddocks, cleaning storehouses etc.

Juan (manager) asked me to do an enormous tough job, wich was very necessary to tackle, namely ‘spring-cleaning’ and re-arranging the storehouse across the portacabine. I thought where do I start, HELP! During the job, I more and more saw result coming forward, and that keeps you continuing. I have been busy with this almost the complete week (in the meantime of course other activities were passing over), but what a difference! It gives you nevertheless a deliciously satisfied feeling to that! Therefore, kind people, please keep everything neat.!!!


Friday there went again a transport to the Netherlands, therefore we had to pick up some dogs at the residencia of Cobie in Valladolid, and I had the privilege to go along! Very nice to see this of course, but also there a lof of doggies waiting for a house. Cobie go for it!!! Hundred kisses for you!! Very beautiful to see departing the transport, a bus full of happy dogs going to their golden baskets, that makes me happy.

And then my departure came terrifying nearby ..... Time for farewell. And blimey what troubles does it take me, with water in my eyes I now sit in the train. Because all those nice continuing people, who feel from day 1 as a second family, all that kind dog eyes who touch you to your soul! I certainly know that this makes you always return.

KIND SCOOBYPEOPLE continue all the good work!!! Hats off for all of you!!

See you all soon,

Merel

8/13/2011

Critical Situation at Scooby

Dear Friends,
The situation at Scooby is absolutely desperate. Our shelter is completely full with 500 dogs and our adoptions have decreased significantly due to the economic crisis. We urgently need to rehome our animals.

In the past we have been able to rescue dogs from the surrounding region and even as far down as the south of Spain, but we are not able to do this anymore. Our contract with the region is expiring on Aug 31. This contract enabled us to rescue all dogs from the surrounding pounds and bring them to Scooby. These dogs were in addition to those who would be brought to our doors and rescued from the Medina del Campo area. We were paid 3000 Euros per month for this - however, this was not nearly enough to care for the animals that we were bringing in from outside our region. Sadly this contract will not be renewed with the region, which means these dogs will no longer have the safety of Scooby. With our shelter at maximum capacity, it's not feasible financially nor is it responsible on our part to take on more animals - we must ensure that our current animals are fed, vetted and cared for. At the moment, we have enough money in to run the shelter for 5 months. It has now become a situation of life and death for all the animals, including Scooby as we know it.
For those of you who can take our dogs and cats - please let us know. We are ready to make transports as soon as the dogs are chosen and prepared. For those of you who can't foster or adopt, please consider a donation.

Thank you,
The Scooby Team




8/11/2011

Miracles happen...

...was the title I already had in mind for an update about Ronaldo.

On July 31st I had an adoption request for Ronaldo in my in-box. The people found him on a German platform where we are promoting Scooby dogs. But his description hadn´t been updated yet, there he still had four legs. So I replied to the people, telling them that unfortunately one of his forelegs needed to be amputated and we cannot exclude that the cancer has already metastasized.



But these wonderful people, she a vet, her husband a neurologist, decided to take him though, knowing that he would cause expenses and also would need special care. All they wanted was giving him a loving home for once in his lifetime. You can´t imagine how happy I was about that turn of fate. So I straight send a reservation for the next transport to the shelter.


Yesterday I wrote in an e-mail that, once he has arrived, I will write an update about Ronaldo finally being in a home and already have the headline in my mind: Miracles happen

They do for sure, but not for our dear Ronaldo anymore. Today, on August 5th, fate again gave a raw deal to him after he recovered amazingly well from his amputation after some initial difficulties. He suffered a gastric dilatation-volvulus and has been put to sleep because all efforts to save his life failed. Two of Ronaldo´s best friends, old, loyal, wise, came to say farewell to Ronaldo. They felt he would leave soon and they honoured him by showing their pure love to him.


Now he is dead, our social, affectionate, modest, calm gentleman, without ever getting to know how it feels to live in a real home being someone special to somebody and not just a dog among others in a shelter. No opportunity to experience how it feels to sleep in the dog bed Sandra and Sebastian already bought for him.


And why? Why has he been at the shelter for years and years without any requests for adoption? Because he was already about 5 when he arrived? Because he was a big dog? Or because he was no challenge, was just too nice, too affectionate,… too boring ? I have no clue but what I do know is that we have more old dogs at the shelter, and I wonder who will be the next one to share his sad fate. There seems to be no “market” for the older dogs. Nowadays everything has to be young, beautiful, healthy…perfect. A perfect dog for perfect owners. Are you perfect? Well, I´m not, thank God, how boring would that be.

Pondering regards,

Christiane

This wonderful image has been sent to me with the Dutch translation by Tina ter Wiel.

8/07/2011

Black, white, beige, brown, who cares about colours

We know, donations we ask for, again and again and again and we know that we´re always asking and that it is always a lot we need. Money to be able to feed our precious creatures properly, also for the block houses we planned to realize for such a long time. Money directly spend for the welfare and care of Scooby´s animals. This begging for money generally is done by our dear boss Fermín and we all know that he doesn´t like to, neither do we, but as Scooby has no other choice, he simply has to. Well, for once we, the workers, will take over this begging because we´re in need of a ´materialistic cause´ to be able to do our job, namely a car. Since a couple of months we have only ONE CAR in use for everything. ONE CAR for picking up bread bakeries safe for us, picking up or bring volunteers from and to the station, for going to Salamanca for rescue dog(s) several times a week (hours and hours the car is not available then), for use of the volunteers to buy groceries, bring dry food to the perimetro dogs, go for promotion with dogs (again the car is gone then 1 or 2 whole days!), load materials in order to fix broken fences, waterpipes, wooden houses etc. on the Scooby field, bring food to our shelter in Laguna because they´ve no car available, also take the dogs and cats for castration from Laguna to Medina and later bring them back again. We experience that it is a hell of a job to plan and realize our tasks with only ONE CAR available. So we don´t succeed every day to accomplish all the work we need to do with help of this one and only car.

As Fermín already mentioned in his update “Latest changes at Scooby” we, the workers, also were looking forward to this important donation so we were able to solve the 1 car problem. Unfortunately this donation at the end won´t come up and therefore our food problem, block house program as well as the 1 car problem cannot be solved.

Next to the above mentioned, we think we have another problem as well. We have the impression that there is a big misunderstanding concerning the donations Scooby receives. Indeed we are the biggest shelter in Spain and for that, we have to try to keep up this in all possible ways. People might expect us to ´just manage´ because we exist for so many years. Well, this is an utopia; in contrary: we try our utmost to divide the money available as lucrative as possible and always have to figure out how the best to manage financially. This makes us very inventive and that is not bad of course. But if we in future want to keep on helping out little shelters like we already did several times, this implies that we are in desperate need of a lot more money to feed more dogs and take care of their health. Also we need more workers then in order to clean these extra paddocks and feed all these extra dogs. If the amount on Scooby´s bankaccount is not sufficient we simply have an important problem in taking good care of our first priority: the animals. We find it very frustrating if we´re not able to offer the care and need we want to give them. What we are able to offer is the experience we built up over 23 years but unfortunately dogs cannot eat from experience and cars don´t drive on experience and houses need to be built with blocks.

Hopefully after reading this explanation it will be clear why Fermín and for once we, the workers, need to beg for money always. If you are willing to help us out, please don´t hesitate and do so. We´re grateful for all donations and will keep on being inventive as always. It would mean less frustration knowing we are able to keep on doing a good job in taking care of our animals not just for the moment but also in future.

Of course we want to thank all those animal friends who have been supporting us for so long already and are familiar with the ´luxury´ problem Scooby has got into; biggest Spanish shelter, existing for 23 years, international fame, so Scooby doesn´t need financial support. Not true!!!

Thank you so much for your interest and help and if we are able to buy a second hand black, white, beige, brown or even pink car because of your financial support, we´ll let you know,

Of course there is also this possibility of offering your own second hand car if you are thinking of buying another one. Or may be grandmother/father don´t drive their car anymore so the car is not in use and is waiting for a new owner? Lots of reasons why a car is not needed anymore. Colour is not important , what we dó need is a car that is in good technical shape so we don´t have to make expenses right away. And we need the possibility to load dogs, materials, bread etc. with this car. So please keep ears and eyes open and maybe you can make us very happy with a useful second hand car!

Warm regards from Ahmed, Dani, Juan, Oscar, Said, Sandra

8/03/2011

Looking for a home::Long time Scooby dogs - part 2

Allan, Xin, Minie (now adopted), Puntos and a few other waterdogs. Please let us know if there are any that interest you.
Also here is some info on dear ALLAN - as you can see in the video, this volunteer who was at Scooby for a few weeks was able to touch him and he was very happy!

"Allan has been in Scooby for more than two years. He is scared of people, he doesn´t trust in them(I guess poor Allan has very good reasons for this). When he sees you are petting the other dogs he comes close, but with fear and ready to go away quickly. Now he has improved a lot,even some volunteers can pet him. I think he has been given so few cuddles that he enjoys a lot the cuddles we give him.Allan needs someone with patience,someone who give him time to feel secure. Once you have his confidence Allan is a wonderful dog."  His youth has been stolen by living at the shelter for so long... he needs to leave as soon as possible.

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Looking for a home::Long time Scooby dogs

Here is a video of some long time Scooby dogs.  Please have a look and let us know if any of them catch your eye.  They really deserve to leave the shelter as soon as possible.
Ali, Finn, Maria, Noe (is now adopted), Pancho, Sarafina, Tilo


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