So far I've posted articles about a few of the terrible things that dogs, especially podencos and galgos, suffer during their oft-short lives in Spain. I'll be posting more of these articles soon, but I want to take a moment to discuss what happens once the luckier ones are rescued.
I say luckier because one must not assume that being rescued automatically guarantees a perfect life free from further fear, suffering, or sadness. Most of the podencos taken in by Spanish rescues must wait for extended periods in rescue centers, paid residences - which are something like kennels, housing rescued dogs waiting to be adopted - or foster homes until they are adopted. Often these dogs wait for months or even years. Some podencos are born in their rescue centers and then live three, five, seven, or even more years there, waiting for someone to ask for them.
Podencos tend to languish because in Spain they are seen as little more than trash, not as good pets. This is quite sad since in reality, podencos are wonderful, loving, loyal pets. And although once they arrive here in the states they don't wait years, occasionally they may wait months if they are shy, fearful, or otherwise deemed by applicants imperfect. We think of ourselves as a progressive country when it comes to animals, especially pets, but we have our flaws.