International Projects - Top 3 from 2017
APA Santa Clara—this was our first visit to APA
Santa Clara. Margaret who runs this shelter had written to
us earlier this year to ask if we could offer any help. Our
visit coincided with the urgent need for this shelter to
move from their current premises to new land being offered
by the council.
We were able to visit the current shelter and the new piece of land and were able to discuss the necessary work. Margaret had sent us plans for this project. Margaret and her team help all breeds of dogs, and some cats, in their area. After discussions with our Trustees, on our return, we have offered funding for the building of two kennel blocks for the galgos they rescue. Work has started on this project and hopefully they will be moving in before the end of the year.
Galgos del Sol—Our next stop was to visit Tina
and the new centre and what a difference from our last
visit. Last time we saw a large piece of land with the first
kennel block under construction. Tina and her team have
worked so hard to get this centre off the ground and it was
amazing that so much has been achieved. We saw lots of happy
dogs, volunteers working hard playing and caring for the
dogs. The sensory walk, the play areas and still lots of
space for more to be added. We were glad that the new
office, with air conditioning, had just been completed so we
could shelter in there from the heat!
Tina is as keen as us to promote education in her area
and uses the GIN materials in her education work. We
discussed our new website with her and were able to look at
the plans she has for a new education building on the site.
We have now offered funding for this building and work has
started. Tina also mentioned running free bi-lingual five
week courses for local children, using the material, to help
them understand more about the galgos in their area. She
hopes that parents will be keen to enrol their children.
Spring/Summer newsletter we reported that the Arca de Noe
shelter in Albacete needed to carry out work to change the
layout of their veterinary clinic in order to comply with
new laws coming into force in June 2016. Together with the
structural work needed at the clinic additional veterinary
equipment would have to be purchased.
We have worked
with Arca de Noe for many years. They help large numbers of
dogs, and some cats, every year, including the galgos.
It is less
stressful for the rescued dogs to undergo necessary
veterinary work at the shelter rather than have to travel
back and forth to the clinic in the town. We fund the
veterinary costs for their galgos who are homed in France,
Italy, Germany, Slovenia and Switzerland, and were pleased
to be able to offer funding for this project.
Leigh, our vet
Trustee, was able to source some of the veterinary
When we last
met Sole and her team we discussed the need to improve the
paddock areas for the galgos. During the winter these areas
flood and the water does not drain away very quickly so it
is not good for the dogs and limits the areas they can be
allowed in. Also the covered areas were in need of repair
and we have been able to fund the building of 6 new “houses”
in the paddocks. Four houses have been completed and two
will be finished before the winter.
When we visited
Mada earlier this year we discussed the need to provide more
shading in the exercise paddocks. The original idea of
planting trees wasn’t too successful as the dogs had their
own ideas about that ! We were able to offer funding to
RECAL to provide shaded areas in each paddock together with
funding for some additional fencing in the paddocks and some
repair work that was needed to ensure security for the dogs.
Mada helps many
dogs each year but also manages to continue promoting the
education programme in her area. She arranges visits to the
local schools as well as organising visits to the shelter
where the children can meet the dogs. We also help with some
of the transport costs for these visits.
supported Tina of Galgos del Sol almost from the beginning
of her work for the galgos by giving funding towards
veterinary costs for some of the galgos she has rescued. Our
last visit was in 2011 and Tina and her team have achieved
so much in the last five years.
again last October and were able to see the land where the
new Galgos del Sol centre would be built. This is a huge
project and will take time to complete but we were able to
see that work had started on the first kennel block.
Tina showed us
the plans for the project and discussions followed. We could
all appreciate that once the work is complete life will
become easier for Tina and her team. Having all the dogs in
one place, and having a centre where people can visit and
help care for the dogs until they are homed would make a big
The urgent work
was to get the kennel blocks built and move the galgos from
the rented fincas to the new centre. We have now been able
to give funding to sponsor 15 kennels in the second kennel
block. Work has started already and should be completed very
Tina and her team have also been busy promoting education in their area by visiting local schools and taking a galgo or two along to meet the children.