Our favourite oldies

Gorda and Laguna arrived to Medina in spring. They came from another shelter and needed an operation because they had tumors. They recovered well and remain here because they found a place among the oldies and in the heart of every volunteer and people working in Scooby.

Gorda is always near the door so everybody coming in or out must stop and say hello to her. Laguna greets you with a ball in her mouth asking you to spend some minutes playing with her. When the ball is missing anything can become a toy for her (a branch, a rope…)
The best way of making them happy is taking both for a walk. Gorda comes running, with small happy jumps and Laguna follows her, the fastest she can with her aching legs. They are used to the leash but they can be free because they come as soon as you call them. Gorda looks for a “swimming pool” and loves rolling in the water. And meanwhile Laguna goes everywhere and smells everything.

All the oldies are now a bit more active and playful because these two pretty girls have filled the garden with life, enthusiasm and happiness.


Three Special Galgos from Jaen, Spain arrive 11/19

In June 2011, I visited a shelter in Jaen, Spain called Abyda, Jaen.  They are small shelter that operates, like most shelters in Spain, with no money... only that of donations.  They have about 80 dogs and also adopt them throughout Europe.  

I met some amazing dogs... sadly many of them had been there for a long time.  So when the opportunity came for Scooby to be able to accept a few more dogs, I asked Fermin if we could take some galgos from Abyda to help them and also help the dogs get adopted. He said yes ... and they are arriving on November 19, 2011.

Fandy is a very special boy to me. I have been thinking about him since June and trying to figure out a way to get him adopted.  As you can see he has such a sweet face and he is super with other dogs - males and females - big or small.
He is about 8 or 9 years old and arrived from Villena, Alicante. A volunteer from Abyda, brought him to the shelter.  The gypsies were going to abandon him because he was so sick and they weren't going to pay for the vet to care for him.  He arrived at Abyda full of parasites - internal and external, and ticks.  He was ill with a fever for many days but thankfully he made a full recovery and you can see he is looking amazing.  Fandy is a big boy - standing at 60cm.

Here are some photos of FANDY
Fandy - on the left. At the Abyda shelter in June 2011
Fandy at Abyda in June 2011. Such a calm sweet boy.

"Please adopt me."

"I'm such a good boy!"

Ruth told me that Fandy, was very excited and wagging his tail when he was being prepared... perhaps he knows that the next chapter of his life will start soon...

"I'm ready for a home. Please don't make me wait to long."

Please let us know if you are interested in reserving or adopting Fandy.  It would be amazing if Fandy could be in a home for the holidays.  It's great that we are able to help him come to Scooby, but of course going from one shelter to another is not that great.  Please, let's help Fandy.

And now here are the two females arriving from the perrera in Jaen.

They arrived a few weeks ago to the pound and they are not sterilized, so they were at great risk to be stolen and used for breeding. Unfortunately, Abyda is full at the moment, so thankfully together with Abyda, we were able to take these girls to Scooby where they will be safe and sterilized.
Here is video taken on November 12, 2011 at the perrera.

at the perrera in Jaen


They don't have names yet, so perhaps you could send us some suggestions.

And of course if you wish to adopt them, please let us know.




Updated medical list


* Medethor
* Revertor
* Propofol
* Isoflurano
*  Ketamin

* Benzatard injectable
* Bencilpenicilline procaina
* Benzilpenicilline benzarina
* Convenia (Ceforecin Sodium)

Pain killers

* Previcox 227 mg
* Previcox   57 mg
* Metacam injectables

Anti Pararasites

* Tablets
* Pipets
* Scalibor collars
* Preventix collars
* Pipets cats PROFENDER 20 ml or more

Cremes - lotions - drops

* Calendula
* Vitamine A eye drops
* Colirio (metilcelulosa)


* Blue
* Yellow

Intravenous needles

* Pink 20 G1 1/4
* Blue 22 G1
* Yellow 24 G 3/4


* Oftalmoscopio
* Thin version Hartmann (brand name), pliers preferably 16 cm (14-15 cm will be welcome also)

Sterile materials

*surgical knives
* Stitching material, absorbing 20 0 1 with needle
* Sterillium
* Operating gloves
* Operating covers
* Sterile bandages standard measure
* Syringes 1 ml
* Adhesive traction, all measures and colours


* surgical light (also a dentist''  one is welcome)
* industrial rolls of paper for multifunctional use
* ventilators, fans, all sizes
* heaters, mobile radiators
* chipreaders
* medical stapling machine
*staples for the stapling machine
* PARVO-kits
* Elizabethan Collars (plastic collars you put on after surgery)– sizes 25 and 30 most needed. 
35/40/45 etc. also welcome!!!



She´s not present anymore, Gorda. Her last years she stayed in and outside our office in Scooby. The tri-colored cat from Fermín, approx. 19 years old. Biggest hobby:  consume.
Gorda (Spanish for ´bulky´) could nap on your lap so very touchy during working on the pc. Or nap on Fermín´s (warm) laptop. She could be very much in the way on our desks and if she was in the mood to get your attention, she just walked over your keyboard. A smart lady who kept on bleating if she was convinced that it was time for her (extra) meal. She could keep on turning and whirling until she found the perfect way to sleep on your lap. Now and then she turned on her back showing her delicious irresistible woolen belly. Gorda´s presence took care for cosiness and warmth and now all of a sudden we have to miss her, and we do.
Farewell sweet smart wonderful woolen girl, take care. Thanks!


My internship at Scooby

End of august, a knot in my stomach from nerves, tension and excitement. My training (animal-keeping) requires me to fulfil an internship abroad and after searching the internet, I ended up with Scooby. Six weeks by myself to a country I don’t know, a language I don’t speak. Never before have I been on a trip alone, so a true leap of faith.

After a good trip I was picked up by Sandra at the train station in Medina del Campo, and after a short ride in the car I asked her how far it was. She answered: we’re here!  My first reaction was disbelief and a sort of shock, Scooby looks different than it does on the website and is no way comparable to Dutch shelters.  When I got to work the next day, still a little skeptical, this feeling I had changed immediately. Although the conditions are not conceivable in the Netherlands, I have experienced a passion here that I have never seen before. All employees are working day and night to take care of the dogs in the best possible way. After just one day I just didn’t care anymore that it lacked a few of the Dutch facilities, but I was just too happy to be able to be part of the Scooby team.

I have learned so much during the six weeks I have spent at the shelter. For example I learned about the handling, medication and care of dogs. And now I know a few Spanish words and I had a chance to brush up on my English. However, most importantly, I have been able to develop myself on a personal level. The Spanish have taught me to stress less, I met a lot of people and my biggest achievement: I have been in a strange country by myself, and it has been the best time ever!

During my stay at the shelter I have had a lot of new experiences. Even cleaning out the paddocks was something I could enjoy daily, thanks to the sweet galgos. The first time you enter the paddock they’re spying on you from a distance, but the next time they’re waiting for you, wagging their tails! They are very sweet dogs with the softest characters.

I have even been able to experience what it is to take care of newborn puppies for five days. Taking care of five puppies, with 2 people, bottle-feeding them every 3 hours is more strenuous than I thought!
Saturday is also a good day to explore the nightlife of Medina del Campo, but then again the Sunday mornings are very disappointing!

Early October the day came for my departure and it was harder than expected to say goodbye. I said goodbye to all the dogs, people and new friends I had made. Still there was no reason to be sad because I had already decided to come back during the summer holidays.
Now, back in the cold Netherlands, I really do still long for Scooby. The passion of the volunteers and the generosity and friendliness of the employees is something that can be set as an example for people here in the Netherlands.  This is not a sneaky way to lure as much volunteers as possible to Scooby, but a sincere story of how I have experienced Scooby.

People, if you are still having second thoughts, stay away! If you are smart you will listen to my warning, because once you are there the risk of never wanting to leave is too big!




Marilyn came to Scooby as a puppy with her litter mates.
They all found a home quite quickly because they were stunning beautiful.
All, except Marilyn. She has a skin disease, so she is not “perfect”. But she is perfect from the heart and character and we found out that with the medication DACORTIN her skin recovers very well.
She has been taken out from her paddock for the time of the treatment and in the movie you can see how happy she was to see her paddock mates again. You can also see how pretty and what a social girl she is. If you would give her a chance for a home, we would charge only half of the adoption fee
because our vet recommends to take a skin sample and let it check by a professional dermatologist in order to find the most appropriate medicine for Marilyn.

Watch and enjoy!


Pancho 3

PANCHO 3 is one of our oldies.He was abandoned in a road and tied to a traffic sign. He was  run over by a car and lost one of his eyes.But this doesn´t stop him from having a normal life.He is a quiet dog when he is with people or inside the house.But active and happy as soon as he sees you with the leash.If you let him free he never goes very far and once in a while he turns around to be sure you are still there(fear to be abandoned again?).He likes being with other dogs but he can´t live with cats.Pancho is a really nice dog,easy-going and loyal,just waiting for a second chance…


If Scooby wouldn’t exist , we would have to invent it!

In these difficult times and economic crisis, the first thing I have to do (because it is good manners and I feel that way), is say thanks for all those people who are helping us since a long time, and all those who have joined us recently;  please continue doing so since without your help all this would not be possible and that is really true. Believe me that the crisis made sure that certain amounts of public money have diminished a lot, and so all of us that care for animals have to make up for that and bring in the necessary funds.

But like I said, if Scooby didn’t exist, we would have to invent it! I will give you some numbers that are very important to me, and it concerns the number of adoptions. If the estimates are correct for the number of trips this month and the coming month, the result will be that in the last 18 months we have placed about 800 dogs, and including  the next weeks we will come close to about 1000 dogs! And all this thanks to the organisations that support  us and take up dogs from Scooby . One thing is sure and that this is a combined effort of a lot of people, but the final result is simply marvellous: 1000 lives saved, 1000 households happy with their new pets. Just think about it for a minute and feel proud to be part of this big family.
Thanks for everything, Fermin


A new car for Scooby!

Maryvonne, adoptant from Levriers sans Frontieres in France, took a rapid decision when she changed her car: her old one (well, that’s only a matter of speech since on the pictures it looks like new to us!) was for Scooby! That is her way of helping the galgos and abused animals in Spain.
This generous  gesture allows us to make small daily trips easily,saving on fuel and therefore helping us do our job.
The whole group at  Scooby thanks Maryvonne from the bottom of their hearts.