112 Carlota Galgos is a small asociation based in Malaga but dedicate to the Spanish Galgo, thus all over Spain. The Spanish galgo (greyhound) is used in the so called “sport” of hunting hares from September to January -Febuary. The sleek, loyal creature glides across the ground in order to catch its prey, in sport there are usually 2 player in agreeance, did anyone ask the hare if it wants to play? The galgo running as fast as it can in order to make its galguero proud. Sadly, despite the effort the Spanish galgo finds itself the most punished breed of dog there is in Spain. Over 50.000 galgos are left abandoned each year and the numbers are soaring. These are figures of rescues, the rest we dont know. While kept by galgueros, few are kept well. They are fed on stale bread, mouldy and live in their own dirt. Skinny hungry bodies, no beds but just cold concrete to lie on. The hunger reigns, the cold chills and the body aches, but still they try their upmost. The inevitable just isnt an option.
If regarded as a tool and no longer wanted they are just left to their own devices, abandonment for others like ourselves to take on the broken bodies we find on the roads, or atrocities seen. “Well its a galgo, they can hunt for their food” a phrase said by some who see a galgo abandoned!! Not a thought for rescuing it.
The main way a galguero will rid a galgo, is by either dumping a truck load at the local municipal perrera, or hanging his galgo. This has a name.. its called “playing the piano” for the way in which the galgo is hung. Reaching death, takes hours and hours of suffering. Many an atrocity happens, burnt, tendons pulled out, dragged behind a vehicle for not having run fast enough.. the list goes on.
We at 112 carlota galgos offer a small ray of hope to the galgos or hunting dogs which enter like the podenco. We are based on donations alone, of which we are tremendously greatful of. We wouldnt exist otherwise. We aim to purchase land and make an educational centre to teach the children about welfare and intorduce them to the galgos as pets. Its only when seen as a visual, will people accept they can be pets. Not dirty forlorn scavengers in the streets, galgos = vermin in many a small town.
We work hard, and try as hard as we can to make change for the galgos. Find loving homes, heal their bodies, their wounds and souls and introduce them to a new beginning.
If you would like to help us, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org or if you are interested in offering a galgo a home, please let us know.
They need you, we need you.
In galgo affection.
Founder 112 carlota galgos http://112carlotagalgos.blogspot.com