Latest News -
the winners of Ginny’s poster competition for June! First
prize goes to Melissa Sanchez for her lovely galgo!
All the entries
were from children who worked with Galgos del Sol. Well done
to everyone that took part; your posters are awesome!
You can see all
the entries here.
- 112carlotagalgos, Malaga
We were recently able to visit Charlotte and Dioni at
112carlottagalgos in Malaga. They had moved premises since
our last visit so we were all excited to see their new finca.
It was larger than their previous finca but Charlotte and
Dioni have worked hard to make it a lovely place for the
galgos to live and be cared for until they are ready for
They have recently added a clinic building to their
premises and having a vet on site certainly eases the burden
on Charlotte as the regular visits to the vets with so many
dogs took up a lot of her day. We were very impressed with
the clinic and were able to meet Rosa, the vet. Charlotte
had asked us for some help with the clinic and this made our
visit very important so that we could see for ourselves what
was needed. Leigh, one of our Trustees, himself a vet, was
able to discuss the clinic and equipment with Rosa and
Charlotte and we are pleased to say that we have funded the
purchase of the following veterinary equipment to aid their
- Oxygen Concentrator
- Anaesthetic Machine
- Operating Lamp
- Anaesthetic circuits and consumables
- Surgical Tray
- Suture materials
- Anaesthetic Monitoring machine
- Surgical equipment
This year we have given funding towards initial
veterinary costs for 24 galgos they have rescued and you can
of the last 12 galgos helped here.
Need Summer Raffle 2019 - Draw
We would like
to thank all involved for once again supporting our summer
raffle which, with tickets and linked donations, brought in
Geraldine, at HQ, week after week, meticulously logged all
the responses, and Martin Chivers kindly drew the winning
- 1st Prize
- £1,000 – Ms Human from Essex
- 2nd Prize
– Short Break Holiday Voucher - Mr Ames from Essex
- 3rd Prize
- £100 - Mr Matthews from Berkshire
There were also
runner up prizes to entries from Surrey, Cornwall, East
Sussex and Isle of Man
A big THANK YOU
from all of us at GIN to all of you who responded so
generously to our raffle, making it a great success.
you offer me a Home? - Love, Brisa x
Need Summer Raffle 2019 - Reminder
DON’T FORGET to send back your raffle stubs before the
draw on the 26th
should be sent to us at Greyhounds
in Need, 5A, 80 High Street, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9HE.
- RECAL, Almendralejo
We have supported RECAL for a number of years now and
some time ago funded some exercise paddocks to be built so
that the dogs could have more room to run around. This has
helped with socialising them and RECAL’s adoption
programme. Mada, who runs RECAL, has also used this area for
some of the school education visits. We have just been able
to fund some new shaded areas/repairs to existing areas just
in time for the summer months where the temperatures can
rise to 40º !
April to May Transportations
galgos from Spain, and greyhounds from Ireland, have
travelled to Italy to start their new lives.
We have again
been able to fund veterinary and transports for the galgos
who were rescued by Arca de Noe in Albacete and ADANA in
Badajoz – you can see their arrival in Italy here.
|Bubble, originally from ADANA in
Badajoz, now living in Italy
The education project is doing very well in Spain and the
numbers of children being reached by several shelters is so
encouraging. The activities on our site can be easily
downloaded and printed off and the children are encouraged
to take part in our drawing competitions. For more
infomation, see Education
News and photos from some of the shelters using the GIN
you Offer us a Home?
give us a home? - Nayma, Carbonero and Brisa
- Peter and Val in Hampshire organise monthly Dog Walks for
sighthounds with voluntary collections in aid of GIN, every
first Sunday in each month, at Upton Country Park, Poole,
meeting at 10.45am and starting the walk at 11am The park
has many different pathways and distances for sighthounds on
leads ideal for new rescues, sociable and enjoyable. https://uptoncountrypark.com/
Street Collections - We have booked two dates for
our popular street collections in Cleveleys, a seaside town
on the Fylde Coast situated between Blackpool and Fleetwood.
We will be fundraising from 10am to 4pm on the main street
in Cleveleys on Saturday 11th May and Saturday 31st
August 2019. Let us hope that the weather will be warm,
dry and sunny for both those dates.
Twyford Donkey Derby - GIN will again have a
stall at the 1st Twyford Scouts Donkey Derby and Summer Fair
at King George V Recreation Ground, Twyford, Berkshire on 2nd
June. There will be dog agility demonstrations, funfair,
lots of attractions including a beer tent, tea tent and BBQ.
For more details please contact us on 01784 483206.
Englefield Green Fair - GIN will again have a
stall at this popular fair which is held on the village
green in Englefield Green on 22nd June. . The Fair
opens at 2pm and there will be many stalls and attractions
for all the family.
to March Transportations
first three months of this year around 87 greyhounds and
galgos have travelled to France, Italy and Slovenia to start
their new lives.
The Arca de Noe shelter in Albacete have been busy preparing
the galgos for homes. Nina from SASIN in Slovenia travelled
to Albacete to collect Altair, Becker, Chopera, Dama, Dea,
Cortes, Estrella, Luna, Mark, Rocco, Zamorana, Adara,
Coyote, Phoebe, Pintas, Pollux, Risto, Solitaria, Sunshine,
Vicky and Viento.
|Nina's galga Grace
||Nina meeting a galgo at Arca de Noe
||Risto has a new friend in Slovenia
visit our on-line
shop at http://greyhoundsinneed.co.uk/eshop
and you will find plenty of "greyt" gift ideas for
you and your four legged friends.
products have recently been added.
We also have a merchandise
catalogue showing a large selection of our current
Every merchandise purchase generates additional and much
needed funds for our work in rescuing greyhounds and galgos.
Galgo situation in Spain
twenty+ years that GIN has been helping the galgos of Spain
there have been changes. It is very hard to say accurately
how many galgos are abandoned each year, figures quoted vary
from ~50,000 to ~100,000, but what we all know is the
figures are in the thousands not hundreds !
When we first
offered help to shelters in Spain it was to cover veterinary
costs. We discovered that the galgos were not automatically
tested for the Mediterranean diseases endemic in Spain –
Leishmaniasis, Babesiosis, Heartworm and Ehrlichiosis, nor
were they sterilised. This was mostly due to lack of funds
and we worked tirelessly, and still do, to raise funds to
cover these costs as we could not move or home the dogs
without being as sure as we could, that they were healthy
and able to cope with the long transports ahead of them.
abandonment of the galgos continues and often when we are
asked for help and we see photos of horrific injuries and
very traumatised thin dogs, like Roma, it is hard to believe
that they will ever recover and be able to be homed. Often
when they are rescued and have broken limbs or open wounds
they rarely attack their rescuers even though they must be
in a lot of pain. They appear to have a lot of strength and
seem able to survive so much and yet still have it in their
big hearts to trust us humans again.
|| Roma after
Corner - What Makes Greyhounds Unique?- A Vet Perspective
one of a kind. Their sweet-nature, adaptability and
laid-back attitude makes them suitable for all kinds of
families and situations. Not only are they unique dogs in
terms of temperament, they also come with a number of
anatomical and physiological differences.
in Need Summer Raffle 2019
We are again
having a Summer Raffle. The draw will be on 26th July.
If you would like tickets please call us on 01784 483206, or
email - email@example.com
and we will put them in the post.
programme is doing well in Spain and there are many
activities on our site in English and Spanish that can
easily be downloaded. These are proving very popular.
Perhaps your children or grandchildren would like to take
part in our Summer Competition and win one of our new #teamgalgo
off the competition sheet here
Thank you to
everyone who did their shopping via the Easyfundraising site
last year helping to raise funds towards our work for the
greyhounds and galgos
This is a great
way to raise money for charities, schools, sports clubs,
community groups, and other good causes just by shopping
online. You don’t pay anything extra and over 2,700
retailers can be found on the site. www.easyfundraising.org.uk
We would also
like to thank our supporters for kindly continuing to
recycle their old ink cartridges, don't forget to contact us
if you need more envelopes to post these off - free p&p
MORE HELP WITH
FUNDRAISING MEANS MORE DOGS CAN BE SAVED!
Offers of help, specially accomplished fundraising events
would be very welcomed! Street collections, (you need
permission from your local council), coffee mornings, car
boots, dog food collections at your local supermarket, these
all help. If you are able to help and would like one of our
fundraising packs please phone us on 01784 483206 or email
us at firstname.lastname@example.org
delighted to announce the winners of our December poster
In first place
is Noelia Cano Gonzalez with her beautiful pencil drawn
galgo. In second place is Lorena Gonzalez Vicente with her
colourful poster encouraging people to adopt a greyhound,
and in third place is Daniel Ferrer Martinez whose poster
appeals for help to help the galgos.
All the posters
we receive are fantastic, and it is very hard to choose our
winners! If you’d like to take part the February
competition is now open for entries.
You can check out all the entries in the competition
Our last group
of galgos have settled well in the kennels and over recent
weeks their characters have begun to show through. We are
fortunate that Sue, Christine and Catherine, GIN volunteers,
have been regularly walking the galgos, along with the
kennel staff, and have been able to help us give more
accurate information about them. Wilma has been adopted,
Lluvia will be going to her new home this week. Here you can
see them enjoying (?) the snow in the paddock at the
kennels. If you are interested in adopting a galgo please
contact us. More photos and details can be found here