Four months into 2017 Scooby has collected 636 dogs in Castilla y León

The number of dogs that have arrived at the shelter between January and April has practically doubled in comparison to the same period last year. If this continues, by the end of 2017 Scooby would be home to more than 800 dogs, a number Scooby would not be able to care for due to a lack of resources.
Between January and April 2017, Scooby have collected 636 dogs and 104 cats: 233 in Medina del Campo, 149 in Zamora, 102 in Palencia, 117 in Salamanca, 33 in Valladolid and 2 in Cuellar. That's nearly double the amount of  dogs collected the previous year,  fact that has made us raise the alarm.
Even though the number of adoptions has also increased (488 adoption between Jan-April) at present we have 150 more dogs than we had in January living at Scooby. If abandonment continues at this rate, by the end of 2017 our shelters will be homing around 800 dogs for which we do not have the facilities, space or resources.
Awareness and control by the administration: the only solution.
The solution to this situation lies on raising  awareness around the need of neutering pets to avoid unwanted litters and on strict control measures with regards to pet ownership. But in order to do so, we demand the help of the administration.
The abandonment of dogs is a big issue in Castilla  y León, and despite the never-ending hard work shelters put in, this will not end until that part of the population who breeds uncontrollably and abandons becomes aware of the damage they are causing.
Volunteering and help.
In order to tackle and face such high numbers of abandonment, here at Scooby we are asking you for help, either by becoming a volunteer or by making a  regular or one-off donation. We are also appealing for all those considering getting a dog to adopt rather than buy.


Open letter to the animal protection organisations in Castilla y Leon

Dear friends, it seems like the joint operation is gaining strength, or at least it is what is being said. Lately we have seen things like a farmer in Valladolid who one by one wins competitions of picking up stray animals in various provinces in Castilla y Leon. On the other hand it is you that do all the work to get these animals adopted, because this person does not even have a webpage to assist in finding these animals a home. A lot of times you ask us to take care of these collections, but we really cannot do all these by ourselves. We are convinced that together we are stronger and therefore we suggest we join forces and set up federations, on provincial or regional level so that between all of us we can get rid of people who only take advantage of the animals.   Regardless of personal quarrels, we are convinced we should all work together. If you agree, send us a private message and we will start working something out. Regards to all.


Shearing day at Scooby

Our 45 sheep are now ready to face the heat. After a  hard day's work, we all  feel exhausted, both us and the sheep, who get really nervous during the process. But all has gone well and they are now clean and cool, ready to face the summer. As you know, temperatures here can reach over 40º C
All of them have been rescued from the cattle industry or have been seized after reports of neglect. They now live at Scooby permanently , away from exploitation, and will do so till their lives come to an end.
Will you help us carry on working for them?

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the sad story of Zeus

ZEUS is a 5 year old Bull Terrier, who despite of his young age has a tragic story to tell ... He was a victim of a fire caused by the son of his owner. He saved his life but her owner died.
When Zeus came to us he was affected by smoke inhalation, he coughed a lot and he took several days to recover. However his psychological aftermath does not disappear so fast. He is disoriented, spends the day crying behind the door and is afraid to be alone. It's hard to see him like this and not being able to explain him that we are going to take care of him and we will do everything possible to find him a new home. He is a very kind, affectionate and calm dog.
Would you like to adopt ZEUS? Contact us at: scoobyzamoradopta@hotmail.com


My open letter to cat feeders by Fermín Pérez, Chairman of Scooby.

Let me start by saying I have a lot of admiration and respect for all those people who help and look after animals - it couldn't be any other way. But I also need to point out that stray cats have become a global problem. I don't know of a single place, city or district in which colonies of stray cats have not multiplied exponentially, causing serious problems amongst neighbours, the main reason being the multiplication of cats due to the fact that they are being fed indiscriminately. Food of all kinds is being left out just anywhere and in places were children could access it and without thinking it could attract rats and other animal oportunists. All this has caused a conflict between neighbours and “food providers”. The latter sometimes do not listen to reason and cause a problem that did not exist before because they don't tackle the welfare of the colony as a whole (vaccinations, treatments for worms and fleas, neutering to prevent further breeding...).

The consequences of the administration not stepping in and helping the affected neighbours means that they are taking matters into their own hands, and doing illegal and dangerous things such as putting poison down for these animals. There is no question about the fact that something needs to be done, and we at animal shelters are tired of constantly receiving calls, messages and emails asking us the same thing: “could you come and collect the cats?” It's always the same story. They started by feeding one cat, then another came along who was pregnant and when the situation becomes unsustainable and they find themselves with 50 cats then they call us and when we say no, the answer is always the following: “What are you animal shelters there for then?” 

This is a very serious problem that will never be solved unless the administration provides funding to deal with the issue. The solution is not to move the colonies but to control them by neutering the animals, offering them health checks and giving feeders accreditation ID cards.
So, I'd like to tell neighbours to be careful with the measures they take, as they can be dangerous, and to the cat lovers to carry on using their heart but to also use their head. FJP.