Galgos - Spanish Greyhounds

Four Galgo "Ambassadogs" Arrived in Tucson on October 3rd. They will be available for adoption soon!

Guelita (Means "grandma")

Female
Born 2010
Brindle and White
At Scooby since 4/7/19
A healthy older girl that was dumped at the municipal shelter - she needs a home quickly.

Guelita In Spain

 

Guelita

Guelita had a hard time on her long trip from Spain to LAX, but she perked up by the time she reached Tucson. She is truly a sweetheart!


Mulata (A term of endearment "babe")

Female
Born 6/23/06
White and Caramel
At Scooby since 4/7/19

Mulata in Spain

 

Mulata

We worried a lot about this older lady, but it seems we did not need to! She could hardly wait to get her travel jacket off when we unloaded her! She is a happy, energetic, and resilient girl! For having such a rough life, she has beautiful soulful eyes and is full of kind and sweet energy.


Shepherd Book (named after a character in the show "Firefly")

Male
Born 2017
Black and White
At Scooby since 4/3/19
Very sweet but fearful - hides all day from humans
Needs an experienced adopter that has dealt with dogs suffering the affects of abuse - would benefit from having another hound in the home. And, yes he has 2 ears!

Shepard Book in Spain

 

Shepard Book

This guy is very frightened of everything and is reluctant to experience anything new. But he did show us that he does warm up eventually, and he accepts calm attention... he also loves chicken! He needs an experienced and patient adopter.


Viento (means "wind" in Spanish)

Male
Born 1/3/15
Fawn
At Scooby since 1/2/19
Super sweet - good temperament

Viento in Spain


Viento

Viento was the first dog unloaded at LAX and the first to discover that we had chicken! He is a very sweet and curious boy!



Sponsor A Galgo

For your minimum $100 sponsorship:

1) You will receive special photos and information about our Galgos and have advanced access to blogs that document their journey.
2) When the Galgos settle in (probably the 3rd or 4th week in October), you will attend a special welcome party for the Galgos at Sol Dog Lodge on Prince Road in Tucson.
3) You will have photo ops with the Galgos.

NOTE: Sponsoring a Hound does not affect your adoption chances should you submit an application for adoption.

Here's what your sponsorship gives to a deserving Galgo:

1) Transport to Tucson from Spain via LAX
2) Harness, martingale, and leash
3) Spay/Neuter Surgery
4) Medical Checkups, Dental Cleaning, Vaccines, and Parasite Treatment
5) Incidental expenses

Our Partner - Scooby Sanctuary:

Scooby LogoEighty per cent of the dogs rescued by Scooby are a result of hunting. Most of them are simply “discarded” by huntsmen and galgueros (Spanish Greyhound breeders) when they are no longer profitable, and are mainly Galgos (Spanish Greyhounds) and podencos (another type of sighthound).

In addition to dogs, Scooby’s Sanctuary is the permanent home to 200 farm animals. Amongst their residents are horses, donkeys, goats, pigs, cows, rabbits, raccoons, hens, geese, ducks, etc. Most come from Guardia Civil seizures, zoo closures, or after been abandoned. These animals are not up for adoption. Scooby works hard to provide them with a healthy environment and hope they will live a long happy life at the Sanctuary.

Map of Scooby in Spain

Our Partner - Daphne Legacy Tour

Daphne Legacy Tour LogoSeveral rescue organizations in Spain depend not only on local adopters but also on international adoptions. Scooby organizes about 20 trips around Europe each year in order to take dogs to their new adoptive homes. In addition, they are reaching out to increase the number of adoptions in the USA.

How do dogs get to the US?

Transports to the US are being done by organizations like Daphne Legacy Tour, a transport organization, bringing Galgos to the USA from Spain to be adopted through Greyhound adoption groups. AGR is working with Daphne Legacy Tour personnel to transport our 4 Galgos to LAX. We will meet them and pick up the dogs after their flight from Spain and bring them to Tucson.Daphne Legacy Tour Volunteers

The material on this page is compiled and condensed from Scooby Sanctuary, Daphne Legacy Tour, SAGE (Save the Galgo Espanol), and Galgos del Sol websites.


What is a Galgo?

Spanish Galgo - Spruce PetsThe Spanish greyhound, or Galgo, can be considered the most persecuted of dog breeds. Galgos are used to hunt rabbits in the Spanish countryside. They spend their lives in damp, tiny, dirty holes or windowless shacks deprived of daylight, exercise, and affection. Many are typically fed only water and stale bread. At the end of the hunting season, countless dogs are disposed of or abandoned.

Sadly, the Galgo's native land still views it as a second-class animal and few Spaniards will own them as pets. They are bred carelessly and used for hunting by galgueros (Galgo handlers). At the end of the hunting season in Spain, the Galgos deemed worthless or too costly to maintain are destroyed in a variety of inhumane ways — including being hanged, dumped into abandoned wells, shot, and even burned to death.

ProtecturaThe lucky ones are rescued by a handful of shelters in Spain, operated by dedicated individuals. Almost all of the resources to help the dogs come from outside of Spain, namely the US, UK, Belgium, Denmark, France, Holland, and Germany.

There are a handful of Spanish shelters dedicated to saving the Galgos as well as other unwanted animals of Spain. Although more and more galgueros are willing to give their unwanted dogs to the shelters, the abuse and torture of Galgos continues. Organizations have become dedicated to the welfare of the Spanish Galgo and sighthounds worldwide, and assist the Spanish shelters with adoption, veterinary care, and fundraising.

Why Galgos?

There are many Galgos but few homes. According to data collected from Spanish shelters and kennels, it is estimated that every year about 60,000 Galgos are slaughtered in Spain by their owners or abandoned to their fate. This is the result of the breeding of dogs, without any administrative control, carried out by the 190,000 federated Galgos that are in our country.

Scooby and other organization are constantly struggling to change the situation, but many of the abused Galgos still do not have homes.

Why are there so many dogs?

Galgos At ScoobyThe over-breeding of these animals in the hope of getting a “winner” amongst countless litters makes the work shelters in Spain never-ending. They depend on international adoptions, not only local adopters, that can continue with the work rescuing more animals. Scooby organizes about 20 trips around Europe per year in order to take dogs to their new adoptive homes. In addition, they are reaching out to increase the number of adoptions from the USA. Scooby rescues around 600 Galgos a year, some handed over by their “owners” but most are found wandering the streets after being abandoned. Many of the dogs are injured or arrive with wounds after being hit by cars, and so require medical attention and sometimes surgery. Despite the physical and emotional scars, most can be re-homed after a lot of care and effort. However, the most traumatized cases normally stay on in Scooby’s Sanctuary.

History of the Galgo

Many theories exist as to the lineage of the Spanish Galgo. Galgos are sighthounds, possibly decending from Irish greyhounds and sloughis or deerhounds. The Galgo is an ancient breed, named for the Gauls, a Celtic tribe that lived in the Iberian Peninsula the sixth century BC. It is thought that the Celts, who appreciated fine hunting dogs, acquired sighthounds from the Phoenician merchants who traded goods on the Spanish coasts. The Moors, who conquered Spain in the eighth century, may have bred African sighthounds with Spanish Galgos. Most of the Galgos used for hunting today are mixed with Irish racing greyhounds or other breeds to produce a fast coursing dog.

Originally brought to Spain by noblepersons, the Galgo was held in high esteem. After decades of theft and indiscriminate breeding by the lower classes, the Galgo lost its favor and was — and still is — viewed as a "trash dog," owned only by the lower classes. The Galgo was bred for hunting and coursing and is an elegant sighthound. The unscrupulous breeding brought with it beautiful variations in color, coat and size. The coats range from short hair (like that of a greyhound), to varying degrees of long and wirehair coats, as seen in the Scottish deerhound and other sighthounds. The Galgo is a sighthound similar to the racing greyhound, although they are generally smaller. The purebred Galgo Español is 44-70 pounds and stands 23-29 inches at the shoulder.

Like all sighthounds, the Galgo is fast and agile. They tend to be very playful and have more energy than their racing counterparts. Although some have a high prey drive, many live peacefully with cats. Galgos generally do best living with others dogs as they are used to living in close quarters with others of their breed. They are capable of jumping fences and must always be leashed when outside an enclosed area. Due to lack of socializing and positive experiences with people when young, Galgos can be leery of people at first. However, they bond strongly with their adoptive families and the emergence of their comical personalities is a wonderful experience!

What Happens to the Galgos?

GDS - HighwaySadly, the life of the Galgo is far from glorious. Galgos who have outlived their usefulness are often hung from trees, shot and dumped into garbage heaps, or thrown alive into deep abandoned wells. The fortunate ones are the dogs that the hunters, or galgueros, take to one of the country's few sanctuaries.

Fortunately for the Galgos and other animals of Spain, these shelters take in the unwanted, abused, used-up animals and provide them with shelter, food, and the hope of a forever home. These refuges are few and far between and they rely entirely upon donations — typically from persons and organizations outside of Spain.

Aren't there enough dogs in the US in need of homes?

Pet overpopulation is truly an overwhelming issue that affects animals and people worldwide.  All over the world animals are bred indiscriminately. There are not enough homes available for the animals that are products of intentional breeding, much less all the "accidental" breeding. The result of this is the euthanasia of countless thousands of dogs and cats each year. The keys to changing the pet overpopulation crisis are the spaying/neutering of all dogs and cats and education of the public at large.

AGR sees the pet overpopulation as a "Problem Without Borders", and we want to make a difference wherever and however we can. By bringing Galgos and podencos to the US, we are exposing the atrocities that occur in Spain with these "Ambassadogs" and hopefully educating people. Each of our board members are involved in the rescue and care of animals in the US. Our goal is to raise awareness and promote change in the way animals are treated everywhere.