3/19/2017

MIKI and his blanket



If Miki was telling this story he would have told you that he came, saw and concurred his blanket! But.. although Miki really wanted it to be his blanket, Silvio disagreed. Miki pulled and pulled, trying to take it with him, but Silvio came, sat and lay down on the blanket. Not to move again. Poor Miki, all he could now do is share..
Miki will celebrate his one year anniversary in Scooby soon. He would love nothing more than to have a loving family of his own by then, with his own basket and of course his very own blanket!
Miki is four years old, happy, playful and a little shy with new people. Could you help us find a nice home for this stunning big boy? Thank you so much!

Here a video of Miki and ‘his’ blanket:










3/17/2017

WHO ARE ‘POTENTIALLY’ THE DANGEROUS ONES?



In recent days the police have dismantled a criminal organization that earned a living to dog fights in Tenerife. Most were stolen animals, that were trained and fed with smaller dogs. A veterinarian that was in the know could have provided them with substances to increase their fierceness and strength. Some of them have been sacrificed for their level of aggressiveness.
Also in Alicante a man has died after been attacked by 5 dogs. The police were aware of previous assaults of these animals which lacked of documentation. They have been sacrificed.
We believe that some humans are those who should be qualified as Potentially Dangerous. These dogs that appear in the photos are STORM, PIN, PON, BERNABETH and OLMILLO, and they live together with many dogs of other breeds in perfect harmony in Scooby. The only difference with the others is that in addition to the abandonment, they suffer from the stigma of being considered dangerous, when the real danger are the humans who educate and mistreat them to become murderers. They are victims of CRIMINALS and POTENTIALLY IRRESPONSIBLE humans.
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3/12/2017

One person can change history.



Often I tell my students that changing the world is in our hands and that all change requires but one step. That step was taken years ago when we first photographed galgos hanging from trees, lifeless. That alone changed the lives of galgos in Spain and I dare say also in other countries. The next step was taken when we reported the case of the galgos that had been thrown into a well - with this, we achieved the first ever conviction in relation to the Spanish galgos' cause.
And it has happened again. This time, it was our friend Lucrecia, who, with the joint collaboration of “El Hocico” (Spanish for “The Snout”) and “Scooby” appealed against the clauses included in the allocation of contracts for animal collection as the criteria for them were mainly financial, and requested for that criteria to primarily take into consideration the welfare of the animals. We won. This victory means this will apply to the whole of Spain, and from now on, the criteria on all allocation contracts for the collection of animlas will need to compulsorily and primarily consider the welfare of the animals instead of financial factors. In the past, the cheapest offers used to always come from pest-control companies for which the wellbeing of the poor stray animals was not their main concern.
In years to come, we will realise the importance of this small act and how one person CAN change history.
Kisses full of joy, Fermín.

3/07/2017

Django

Django is a very scared and nervous Galgo, who has spent more than one year in the shelter. In the paddocks it was almost impossible to touch him as he would always run away in fear.
Suddenly he lost a lot of weight, and tests confirmed he is both Leishmania and Filaria positive.
Django has spent a lot of time undergoing treatment in the infirmary, where he felt safe and calmer in a quiet place. Django now wags his tail for the first time ever since he arrived, when he is taken outside for a walk and when he gets his special meals. He learned to trust the people caring for him and we see that Django has the will to be more trusting and to be happy again.
Django still has a long way to go before he can feel safe and enjoy life without such fears of people, his health is improving and he has now completed treatment for filaria, the leishmania treatment is ongoing.
We wish to find a very special and experienced family for Django, in a calm and quiet home environment where Django can continue his recovery from illness and where he can feel safe and happy and start to live life as he deserves.

 Here a video of Django: https://youtu.be/prHbONDIMgs


3/05/2017

HOW MANY MORE TRIPS DO WE NEED TO MAKE? INTERNATIONAL ADOPTIONS .


Recent data shows that Castilla and Leon, where all 4 of Scooby’s refuges are located, is the  most violent community against dogs in Spain. This is the land of hunting and violence in the name of “tradition”, the land of the saying: “the collar is worth more than the galgo”.

Since the last 20 years we keep on showing the world what a lot of people around here do to get rid of the dogs they no longer need for winning, to show off or to make money. And we have been showing their shame, not only where they are located and where their practices are common, we show it to the world and that stings.

This year we have found a home for 1294 dogs and 80% of these adoptions have taken place abroad. If it weren’t for other countries, we and a lot of other refuges would not be able to take in any animals.  The galgos and podencos that are abandoned would still be hanged in their pine tree areas, thrown in wells and in the best of cases left roaming around rural areas trying to find food in garbage bins.

Therefore, about 20 times a year we get moving to make another trip into Europe. We make sure the paperwork of the truck is in order, the sanitation certificate and the authorization of the drivers. We vaccinate, sterilize and check the animals. When they are ready to travel we go to the board of Castilla and Leon with their identification papers and the health passports for each one of them, information on their adoptants, their destination and who will be responsible for them during transportation. All this information will be recorded in the official TRACES system and we then get their European passports so they can travel. About 48 hours before the transport, a veterinary inspector of the regional government confirms if everything is in order.

And then, with all the documentation at hand, and almost always a Friday afternoon, the dogs are loaded into the van. Our drivers, two volunteers who dedicate their weekend to the trip, take turns at the wheel to arrive as soon as possible in Holland, 16 hours of driving, to France, 11 hours, Italy 19 hours, or to the end of the world if need be.

When we arrive at the destination, the adopting families are usually there already, waiting impatiently to get to know their dogs. One by one we take them out of the van: happiness, cuddles, hugs and even tears. And then, the same or the next day, the local authorities check all the documentation, each microchip and each passport.

And then comes the moment to return with the van, empty of dogs but many times full with gifts of food and blankets for the refuge. The satisfaction of knowing that a new life has started for them, that they are going to be cared for, loved and respected, accompanies us home until again we meet the day to day reality when we get to the refuge.  How many more trips do we need to make?  When Spain will change their way of treating animals?

Scooby Protectora y Santuario








3/02/2017

GREAT NEWS THAT CAN CHANGE THE DESTINY OF THOUSANDS OF ANIMALS!!

 
 The Superior Court of Justice of Castilla y León declares that in order to officially opt for the service of collection of animals, it must be taken into account the WELL-BEING of the animals in the tender’s terms & conditions and not only FINANCIAL aspects.

Thus the highest court in the Region gives reason to the Association ‘El Hocico’ in its appeal filed two years ago against the terms of the tender convened by the ‘Diputación de Salamanca’ for the collection service of abandoned dogs. In these, only the lowest price and the shortest collection time were taking into account. However, these T&C’s didn´t take into account about zero sacrifice, the conditions of the facilities, the appropriate allocation of the animals, not even the chip being placed before they were adopted. The only aspects considered were time and cost efficiency forgetting that DOGS ARE LIVING BEINGS.

Scooby also filed a similar appeal, and we wait for a resolution in the same direction
We hope that after this sentence the administrations begin to have a greater sensitivity towards animal welfare in this type of services because we are talking about saving lives!