Today is World Galgo Day. Galgos or Spanish Greyhounds are gentle sighthounds who are used by ‘galgueros’ (hunters) in Spain during the hunting season which ends on 1st February. The number of galgos who are well cared for by their galgueros remains small. The majority of galgos are poorly treated during the hunting season and will be abandoned or killed as soon as the season is over.
A number of concerned and kind-hearted souls have begun to bring light into this shadow. They have created shelters where abandoned galgos can be cared for and rehomed into loving homes. They put pressure on governments to protect the galgos and have them recognised as sentient beings. When people come together in love and kindness miracles can happen. We pray that all galgos will be able to enjoy the kind of blessings that have come our way.
deserve a soft landing
in loving homes
© Xenia Tran
Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, setting: iA, 1/500 s.
The campaign by Pet Levrieri resulted in the successful ban of greyhound and galgo racing in Argentina and they are now working towards similar bans in Chile and Uruguay. You can read their inspirational story when you follow the link.
Galgos del Sol is a galgo rescue organisation based in Spain that currently rehomes galgos in the UK, USA, Belgium, The Netherlands, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Greyhounds in Need (GIN) is a UK-based charity that supports galgo charities in Spain with veterinary care, blankets and coats for the dogs, renovation of shelter spaces, transport and education programmes. They rehome greyhounds and galgos in the UK and the rest of Europe.
Please note that if you Google ‘galgos’ or ‘world galgo day’ you may find some of the images you see very distressing.
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