Greyhound Compassion ran a fund-raising campaign for an ambulance for Scooby. We needed to €6,000 to buy it and, thanks to our supporters, we reached the target and bought the much needed vehicle….
We’d like to express a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to the Greyhound Compassion supporters who donated towards the Scooby Ambulance and helped with our fund-raising for the vehicle. The ambulance, a decommissioned human ambulance, was a Greyhound Compassion donation to the Scooby shelter and it is now ready for the road. This project is part of Scooby’s Pup Prevention Plan. The idea is that the Scooby team can use the vehicle as an ambulance for emergencies as well as venturing deeper into the rural villages to collect strays and take them to the shelter clinic to be neutered. The ambulance will be manned by a vet and another member of the Scooby team. They will also disseminate publicity material about unscrupulous breeding on their mercy missions, trying to win hearts and minds towards change in long-term animal welfare in Spain. We have to try to prevent the perpetual and indiscriminate breeding of street dogs. Many of the puppies are galgos and galgo mixes, an unnecessary consequence of the numerous abandoned galgos left to roam.
While the ambulance will help no end, there is still a long road to travel and we can’t help but wonder
if we are just touching the tip of the iceberg. Last year Scooby rescued 563 dogs, the vast majority were galgos. As of May this year, Scooby had saved 169 dogs. Other Spanish shelters are also bursting with galgos. We see galgos abandoned in the area surrounding Scooby. Many arrive at the Scooby shelter having been road traffic accident victims. Some are rescued from the pererras (Spanish pounds). We know that whilst the hangings appear to have stopped, galgos are still being killed by other means. Last week Scooby arrived just too late save 14 galgo puppies placed in a dumpster having been drowned first in a plastic bag.
Overbreeding is a problem all over, not just Spain. We hope seeing the ambulance on the road will
provoke people’s interest and mobilise them to contribute to the change in animal welfare, however gradual that may be. We hope to be able to raise awareness so that the proliferation of stray dogs and cruelty cases will be on the agenda of the politicians. Francisco Guarido was elected Mayor of Zamora in June 2015. He represents Izquierda Unida (“United Left”) and he has a big welfare agenda for Zamora, one of the cities where Scooby is rescuing stray animals. Sr. Guarido has: abolished circuses using animals; pledged that there will be no public money for bullfighting; promised to ban the pony carousels; and vowed to put more funding into the collection of stray animals, especially cats. Moreover, Sr. Guarido plans to meet Fermin of the Scooby shelter to discuss improvements to the local perrera.
This is clearly a giant leap and sustained change in the public’s attitude towards animals is the only way forward. We will continue to support Scooby in its work towards bringing about a solution.