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Foster Homes Needed

Scooby (in Spain) is overflowing with dogs. Many who have been waiting over a year to find a home. Although these dogs are well cared for at the shelter, we never want to see a dog live there longer than they need… and one year is too long in our opinion.

In most case, these dogs are overlooked simply because they are older, not as beautiful as their paddock mates or just missed as people view the 100’s of dogs for adoption.

At the moment, we are looking for foster homes in Ontario within an hour driving radius from the Kitchener-Waterloo area. If you are out of this range, please let us know if you are interested and we will stay in contact as we expand our area.

We are focusing on dogs who have been waiting over 12 months at the shelter. See our list below for some of the dogs that we are interested in bringing over. For a complete list of dogs at the shelter, please click here.

As a volunteer foster parent you will provide a temporary home to an animal in need.

Scooby Canada will provide the dog with food, supplies, medications and veterinary care and support.

Our requirements to becoming a foster home to Scooby dogs are:

  • Own your home.
  • Foster homes with their own animals must ensure their pets are spay/neutered, socialized and in good health.
  • Foster homes must fall within the bylaw guidelines stated for their city/county/region when it comes to how many animals they can have in their home.  Ex. 3 dogs per household bylaw. The foster home can have 2 of their own dogs + 1 foster. Or proof that they can have more dogs than the bylaw states.
  • Foster homes should have a separate room or crate (would be provided if required) to isolate a foster animal
  • Foster homes must have time to care for foster animals.
  • Foster homes must have access to reliable transportation.
  • Foster home must abide by the foster agreement signed upon joining the program.
  • All Foster Volunteers will be interviewed in person at their home and references checked before being approved.

If you are interested in become a foster home for Scooby Canada, please email us and we will forward you the foster home application.

Dogs that we are interested in bringing over to Canada for foster.

Negro (potential arrival September 2016)

My name is Negro, and I arrived at Scooby on October 1, 2013. My birthday is February 4, 2012… so I was only a year old. I don’t want to grow up in a shelter.”

Negro is serious, noble, reserved, loyal, sensible. This 2 years old boy makes himself unnoticed and watches you from a distance until he is sure you are a friend. I prefer not to think, not to know what(or who) made him so suspicious. But he is brave and clever and although not an pushy dog he likes and loves people. When you visit them he won´t jump on you or hold you tight but you can be sure he is happy to see you,the happiest in his paddock. He looks at you waggling his tail and when you are “free” he comes slowly and gives you a shy kiss. He feels relaxed near the people he knows. He loves playing with toys.He is well-mannered and knows “Sit!”. He is good with other dogs; being with his friends gives him security. Negro trusts people again so he now needs someone who also trusts him and takes him home.

Name:Negro Age:04/02/2012 Sex:male
Chip:953000010070107 Location:Paddock 8-F Status:Available
With female dogs 3 out of 3
With male dogs 3 out of 3
With cats Not Tested
With small children Not Tested
Socialized 3 out of 3
Traumatized 1 out of 3 (see his profile description for a more thorough assessment of this)
Arrival Date:October 1, 2013



Home for the holidays

Name: Stilton
Date of birth 04/04/2015
Arrival at shelter: 06/14/2015
At only two and a half months of age, Stilton was slated for a life in a shelter. Who could resist this adorable face – complete with puppy breath!? He caught the eye of a Canadian who simply couldn’t resist. With the adoption approved, we waited for him to come of age to leave his motherland. Stilton remained in the paddocks with his puppy friends, allowing him to romp and play like a puppy should.

Stilton, June 2015

In the meantime we worked to find a flight for him to come over to Canada. After a couple of hopeful, but not-meant-to-be options, we finally got him a flight on Dec 12.

It’s always so amazing to watch a transport come together in a matter of days when you have to move quickly on an opportunity. Thank you to Simonetta and Pablo for tracking down a crate at the 11th hour! Thank you Ana for telling Stilton the good news on him being adopted 😉  Thank you SHUG for giving us one of your spots! Thank you to Susan for picking him up and keeping him for a week until he travelled North. Thank you to Marlane, Kathy and Ute for making the journey from Maine to New Brunswick!

Below is a gallery of Stilton’s journey.  He also has a new name, and we think it’s the perfect fit for this Shepherd, Podenco (we think), mix.  Welcome Rufus Stilton!

Celebrating Ella

Today we celebrate Ella who came home to Canada on Dec 12, 2005. The story  below was originally published on the Scooby Medina site in 2004.  It’s the story of a special galga who stole our hearts and started all of this! 

Ella was an underdog at the shelter but her will to live was stronger than any of the alpha dogs. We always said she was sweet as candy and tough as nails.  She lived an amazing life, with leishmania at that, and became an ambassador for the breed here in Canada.

We said goodbye to Ella on August 21, 2013 at the beautiful age of 16 1/2.

*At Scooby she was named Bella, but that was changed to Ella when she was adopted.
All the dogs at Scooby are special. And everyone single one left a paw print on my heart. This is my story of a special Galgo named Bella. I named her Bella, because she is such a beautiful girl with a beautiful spirit.

A few days before I arrived at Scooby, Bella was wounded quite badly in Paddock 1. When I first laid eyes on her she was in one of the kennels by the back room where all the coats and blankets are stored. She was lying on her left side and held this position for over a day. One volunteer expressed to me that he was worried about her and thought that she was going to die from the shock. At that moment, I wasn’t aware of the extent of the wounds, as she was wearing a gown to keep her warm and her wounds clean. Later that night, Maria Jose and I took her into the clinic to clean her wounds and give her meds to prevent infection. To my shock, I saw the wound that everyone was so worried about. It was at her right flank. The hole was so big that I could have made a fist and inserted into the wound. Bella was brave. As I held her body against mine, her beautiful little head rested on my shoulder. I could feel her heart beating a million times a minute. She allowed Maria Jose to cleaned her wounds without a peep. Afterwards, she trotted down the corridor and decided that she no longer wanted to sleep in the kennel, but in a bed in the blanket room. So I made a bed for her and kissed her goodnight.


At Scooby 2004


At Scooby 2004

From that night on, Bella was the first dog that I would go to see in the morning and the last when I was leaving for the day. Every morning, I found pee on the floor and full dish of food and water. I would clean everything up, give her fresh water and change her gown and bedding. I was worried that she wasn’t eating or drinking anything. So I got some canned food and started rubbing it on her gums. She licked it off, although I don’t think she enjoyed it, she only ate about a tablespoon of food. Days past, and Bella was healing but still not eating. We were able to see her ribs now and her tiny waist was becoming even more tiny. Fermín had a look at her on Wednesday and was optimistic of the wounds as they were a good colour and seemed to be healing. Fermín endearingly called her a “very old lady”. Bella was all black with a grey muzzle and very small. We suspect she is about 7 or 8, which of course for a Galgo is “old” as many are only 2 or 3 when they arrive at Scooby.

On Friday morning, Maria Jose wanted to see Bella in the clinic again. Bella did not want to move. I didn’t want to carry her, as her wounds were still too fresh. It took me 15 minutes, but I placed every step that Bella took down the corridor. Finally we made it to the clinic. Maria Jose cleaned her up and gave her the required meds and Bella retuned to her bed. I put a new gown and coat on her – a green coat with Shamrocks… thinking she needed all the luck that she could get. Maria Jose and I decided that it was time to force feed her. Maria Jose had a powder supplement that you mix with water to make a baby-formula-consistency food. I suggested using a large syringe to ensure Bella was eating the food. By the second syringe portion, Bella was licking it, so I decide to give her the bowl. She ate most of it. We were making progress.

Friday was an emotional day for me, as it was my last day at Scooby. There was much to do, as Maria was busy getting the transport to Holland organized. At around 6:30PM, I entered the main door and there was a Galgo prancing in the corridor. I said to myself, “What? Who? Oh My God!”, it was Bella. She was walking all by herself. I grabbed her and gave her the biggest hug ever. In tears, I kissed and hugged her and thanked her for the most wonderful gift anyone, any dog could have ever given me before I left Scooby…Life. I ran to see Maria Jose. She looked worried by the tears in my eyes and I quickly assured her that all was good and that Bella was up and walking on her own. Together, we cried and hugged in the walkway in the quarantine. I returned to see Bella eating chicken from one of the other dog’s bowls. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Earlier that morning, Bella was hesitant to stand and later that day she was walking and helping herself to another dogs dinner. She was on the road to recovery. As we watched this miracle, I said to Maria Jose, “You call me when this little girl is ready to travel, and I will come back to get her!”

I called Maria Jose when I returned to Canada and asked her how my girl was doing. Her response, “She is doing just fine. Running. Playing. And eating.”

This story has probably played out hundreds of times at Scooby. It truly is an amazing place. Dogs that need help or need to be cared for, nursed back to life or just need a safe place on this Earth are given a chance at Scooby. I will stay in touch with Bella and hopefully one day soon she will make her last trip down the long corridor where we started our relationship and over to Canada to join our family. Heal quickly my beautiful girl.

Ella & Fermin

Ella with Fermin at Scooby 2005

Covid-19 Update

December 12, 2020: Due to the current situation, we are not flying to or from Spain to bring dogs to Canada for adoption. We are not accepting applications for adoptions until further notice.

We encourage you to support the Scooby Medina shelter directly, with monetary donations to support them during this difficult time.