Dear Scooby Supporters
I thought I’d let you know how we are doing as we are part way through the first quarter of 2018, the period when our biggest number of galgos enter the shelter.
Normally at Scooby we try to push for change and bring pressure to bear on our regional politicians to make animal welfare improvements. We participated in those fantastic anti-hunting with galgo demos that took place earlier in February in 31 cities in Spain. This is a major step forward. However, I make no apology on this occasion for appealing for funds to help us with the annual crisis - the relentless galgo influx. We have not lost sight of our ultimate aim to improve animal welfare in Spain but right now we have to contend with food and vet bills for the massive number of galgos entering our shelter.
If you can help, please donate http://scoobymedina.org/en/donate.html . You may want to join “our Scooby monthly club” by making a regular donation to help us pay our bills. We’d be very grateful for a regular commitment from you to contribute to our ongoing expenses.
This year has not been too different from any other year in terms of numbers. The unwanted galgos are streaming in. It is relentless. We quickly fill up the kennels and enclosures with galgos and then find we have no space for more but they keep flowing in. If the galgueros don’t surrender them, the villagers from the surrounding area report sightings of loose galgos and we go to collect them. The Scooby team working at the shelter often spot stray galgos near to where they live or en route to the shelter and we try to catch them. This is easier said than done because the poor galgos are sometimes so nervous and fleet of foot, it’s impossible to get close to them at the first sighting. This means we have to go back to the area repeatedly and keep our eyes peeled. Sometimes we get to them only after they have been hit by a car on the street. We do not overlook any abandoned galgo.
The bigger challenge is when we get calls from further afield, which happens from time to time, begging us to rescue the galgos in the locality. On a Saturday in January I had to drive 350 miles to collect 40 galgos because the villagers there were worried the galgueros would abandon them to the salt mines in the area.
This year the galgos have been coming in at the rate of about 35 per week. We are full to the rafters. This, of course, means we need funds for food, petrol, veterinary care and crates so that we can more flexibly accommodate the galgos during the periods of peak intake and when they are in the recovery room after sterilisation.
We also heard about that terrible discovery of a galgo grave in Tarancon, Castilla La Mancha. This kind of find for the Spanish shelters is always depressing because although we rescue as many as we can, we are always confronted with those we failed to reach and were murdered. The only saving grace is that this atrocity had tv coverage bringing shame on the perpetrators. Closer to home, we managed to rescue the pregnant galga who got herself down from a noose. A Scooby staff member found her collapsed in the street and although we couldn’t save the puppies, we did manage to save her and she is making a good recovery
I hope that as the weeks progress our partner organisations in Europe and the USA will help us to home some of this year’s rescues and our regular volunteer vets will help us to sterilise the galgos, and provide basic medical care. I look forward to and am grateful for their visits. However, in the meantime, we are desperately in need of funds to bridge the gap between rescue and homing.
If you can help, please donate http://scoobymedina.org/en/donate.html Alternatively and if you are in Spain, you can go to our Amazon “wish list” https://www.amazon.es/gp/registry/wishlist/ref=nav_youraccount_wl?ie=UTF8&requiresSignIn=1 and buy some practical items for Scooby, including dog food.
You may want to join “our Scooby monthly club” by making a regular donation to help us pay our bills (please just mark your payment “our scooby monthly”). We’d be very grateful for a regular commitment from you to contribute to our ongoing expenses. This will give us some relief and security.
With many thanks