Adoptable 7 y.o. Kahlessi displays the elegance of this captivating breed.
What can someone inspired by their story do to help the dogs of Spain?
Our first answer is to help spread awareness for the plight of the Galgos in Spain. The more people know, the more people protesting and shining the light on the issue, the pressure on Spain to correct the issue will increase. Many people that adopt a Galgo, suddenly become a member of a community of Galgo/Greyhound lovers! (All dogs pictured in this article are currently available for adoption.)
If you can't adopt, there are always ways you can help! We and other Galgo rescues are always looking for foster homes. Social media sharing certainly helps spread the word. (Here is LHB's Facebook page.)
We collect donated items for the Galgos of LHBGA and for the Galgos in Spain (coats, martingale collars, leashes, first aid supplies, flea and tick preventative, heartworm preventative, as well as monetary donations). Galgo rescues can always use help to cover transport costs and medical care for the dogs. As with all rescues, if you have special skills such as sewing, graphic design, writing, marketing, accounting, these are great ways to help out.
Whatever your skills and whatever your passion, whether it is the Galgo or some other story that touches your heart, there is always a way to participate. Each of us has the power to be a force for positive change in the world. You simply have to decide to begin.
Thank you, Amanda, for this insight into the plight of these magnificent dogs and for the work LHB Galgo Rescue does on their behalf!
And a special thanks to my fellow animal welfare blogger at Rubicon Days, who helped to bring the Galgos' story to light and allowed myself, the Patenaudes and members of our local training community to connect the dots here in Illinois, helping us strengthen our mutual efforts for their cause.