The suffering of the Galgos
It was only a few months ago that we became aware of what Galgo dogs
have to endure, thanks to a leaflet from the charity Greyhounds
without Borders, that was displayed at our local vets.
What a cruel tragedy!
The Spanish Galgo is a breed of dogs, recognised by the FCI , that belongs
to the Greyhound family. Galgo dogs are mainly used in the south of Spain
for hare-hunting and dog racing. As soon as they are no longer useful
to their owners (the Gualgueros), they are destroyed
by the thousands. Before dying, they are tortured in a horribly cruel
way and then thrown away like trash.
All this has been happening year after year in our so-called
civilised Europe, and is tolerated by the Spanish government and by most
people living in Spain.
May Mother Nature make the inhumane Galgueros undergo the
same suffering as the one they inflict on their dogs.
We have decided that no Spaniard who is unable to prove his commitment
in favour of the Galgos be given a Shangani puppy.
There is hope at least for a few hundreds Galgos that have survived.
The Fundacion Benjamin Mehnert has created a large animal
refuge for the Galgos that have managed to escape this martyrdom. We visited
In this animal refuge, some five hundred Galgos are lucky enough to learn
that suffering is not the only way to live on this earth, and that there
are also human beings who respect animals, help and love them. In this
large refuge, the Galgos are first given veterinary care. If necessary,
they are operated on and allowed to recover in order to be able to start
their new life with civilised and honest human beings. Then, if the state
of their health allows, they are given to people willing to help in different
countries. Thus, nearly every month, a delivery of Galgos arrives in France.
There, the Galgos are taken care of by their new adoptive family. Those
that havent been sent to a permanent home are first transferred
to a foster home until they are given a permanent place to live.
Christine has become the permanent foster mother of two dogs.
Once one of her foster dogs is given a permanent home, she
takes in another one.
Christine with 'foster dog' « Gregorio »
Christine with 'foster dog « Jara »
A Galgo is a smart, sensitive and sociable dog that likes to live with
other dogs. It is ideal as a second dog with a Ridgeback.
If, after much reflection, you feel ready to offer a new and
dignified second life in a protected environment to a Galgo, please let
We would be delighted to help you undertake the necessary steps.
If our initiative will help only one Galgo to enjoy a new life, then
it was worth doing it.
"Even in the worst moments of my life
I have dreamed to be free.
Now my dreams have become true.
I can run free ! Thank you so much."