Mila is a miracle, one of the miracles of Scooby.
When she came to the shelter she was very small and already with her health
compromised, probably because she was removed too early from the mother.
After a couple of  days, her conditions had worsened, so much we started  to think that she would not survive.
Every night we said her goodbye sure we would not find her alive the following
day, and every morning she surprised us with her huge questioning eyes.
Mila's story is a story of small steps.

At the beginning she was not able to walk, all the time attached to a drip,
with almost no motor skills, not eating, not drinking. She dragged herself out of
the kennel to do her business, then she was unable to return, remained patient and just waited for someone to come and help her.
One day she looked at us with those huge eyes, tender and sad together, and
drank by herself! It 'was a moment of great excitement!
The next step was to eat on her own, starting with a tasty pate and then she told
us that she preferred the kibble.!, then stand up for a few seconds
without our help, and then finally the little timid steps.
It took a few months. Months of ups and downs, medicines, therapies
and hope.

Now Mila runs, although still a little uncertain, and plays with the other
puppies, as if nothing has happened. She's much quieter than her rowdy friends
and still has this unmistakable look in her eyes..
Mila will go to Holland and we wish her al the best for her future!


Special appreciation.

On Sunday, July 28th, Medina del Campo Scooby reopened its doors to the public.
Two hours before the visit began it was raining cats and dogs. We even thought about suspending the event since it was not going to be possible to have a look at the animals with so much thunder and lighting.
That same afternoon, Daniel and Juan, two volunteers from Madrid (very kind and in love with the
animals) were leaving and they were also there waiting for Daniel’s parents to pick them up. We all spent a great time in such an unpleasant weather. Daniel, in the days he volunteered in the shelter, had fallen in love with a greyhound named Suri. And when his parents arrived to the facilities and met Suri they fell in love with Suri too and so is that that she is now a new member of their family. They were an incredible family that showed their love and caring for animals. Thank you for that!
As all of this was happening, the storm was coming to an end and, although it was cold outside, we got several families and friends. To all of them, thank you, because it would have been much easier to just stay at home.
First, Suri’s adoption and then our visitors, it was an unforgettable day! That gives so much support to Scooby and all who are part of it, support to keep working hard to look for homes for our animals. That is all this is about and specially these Opened Days at the center. Our work is always for them and their well-being.





This damn disease is very hard to understand for a European vet since it originates in Spain, and what can I tell you about it; first of all it is not a death sentence, at least I don’t know of a case that a dog has died due to disease. What I do know  is that there were dogs that died because the treatment of this disease was wrong, that some vets in Europe started to use Glucantime in an incredibly high dosis on these dogs. They should be more honest and ask if they don’t know what they are doing, anything better than to kill a dog by treating him wrong.
Because it sometimes happens that you  have an adopted dog that was tested negative and all of a sudden he appears positive, the answer is easy, nothing is perfect , but a testresult less than 80 is always negative, anywhere in the world except it seems for some vet in France, greedy of money, the methods of determining whether or not the disease is there are precise but never at 100%.  Some tests, like PCT are very expensive and give out wrong positives, others like IFI  (indirect fluoresence immune) may give out  wrong positives and wrong negatives, the Elisa Method and the agglutination in turn give out more wrong negatives, but in all cases we are talking about an effectiveness of about 95/98%. Anybody who knows something about science knows that in science 100% does not exist.
We test about 1200/1600 animals a year and therefore it would mean that about 50 dogs have come up with a wrong testresult, and that is only based on statistics, not because we are doing it wrong. And not only that, it could be that the dog has been contaminated recently, even after having done the test, and if you are the adoptant of one of our dogs and you have any problema with any so called tropical disease, please let us know and send the information to educa@scoobymedina.com and we will forward it to one of our experts at the University of Madrid or Zaragoza, like Pablo or Guadalupe Miro, they will be delighted to be of help to these animals. The test that the University of Zaragoza does for us is a agglutination test that will either tell you it is positive or negative, but if it is positive we don’t know the percentage. We don’t really need to know it either because if it is positive, we will not let this dog be adopted, except the dog has been especially chosen by somebody because they are capable of dealing with it, nor could we test the dog every two months because of the money it will cost and thinking about the small amount we are getting nowadays for an adoption, with everything included; castration, deparasiting, vaccination , bloodtests, microchip, paperwork and passport for the transport, with all this you can imagine there will not be much left, at least not for us.
Coming back to Leishmania, we have had a case of a dog which was positive for 8 years after being with his new lady boss, a case of a teckel that went to England with a Real Lady who I will never forget, I will never forget her cleaning the tiles of the refuge when we were building it.
I hope this has helped you, any way I will try to talk to Pablo so he can write a more scientific article. Kisses,  hugs and licks from all our animals! Fermin

Tequila Galga - SCOOBY TV



Have a Safe Trip

At Scooby we do all we possibly can to find our animals a good forever home. This includes giving them all the care they need, maintaining our website in 5 languages, describing our animals on our website and on Facebook, numerous phone calls, home checking and much, much more.
All this with one purpose, which is to be fully prepared for that one special day – adoption in Spain, or a trip abroad to one of the home countries of our partner organisations. Many of our dogs travel abroad and the day of the transport is a very special day for all of us.
Those of us in Medina prepare the trip – a last veterinary check-up, getting all required papers ready for traveling, putting the transport crates together, etc, etc, until finally the hour has arrived and our lucky travelers enter their transport boxes to take the ride to their new families. The longer the dogs were with us, the happier we are and even though we know they are going to their new lives, saying goodbye isn’t always easy. And yessss every now and then a couple of tears are shed. But more than anything we are happy – happy to see them being happy in their new homes soon, happy to receive photos from dogs whose eyes have gotten their sparkle back, happy to receive emails from happy owners.
On the other end of the transport route, the volunteers of the organisations and the adoptants are already waiting for their new family members. To them it’s every bit as exciting as to us and the morning of the arrival of the transport van is really moving and for the drivers as well as the others surely the most beautiful moment. As if the dogs know they are about to begin a new life, they jump out of the transporter with joy, play around with their traveling companions and then set off to greet their new families.
To share a bit of that happiness with you all, we would like to show you some pictures of our migrants‘ transport now J