Archive for December, 2014

Operation Palencia

Back in January, we posted the news that Scooby had taken over another local pound in Palencia.

This pound and the dogs are in desperate need of care and upgrade.

We put out a plea for help  *Operation Palencia* and since then have received some amazing help from our friends in the USA.  GRIN (Galgo Rescue International) has offered to match donations up to $1,000 for Operation Palencia!  We originally were aiming to send $1000.  If we meet our goal, we would be able to send over $2,000 to help the dogs at the Palencia pound.

Below is the original post.  Please share and participate if you can.

Over the last several years, Scooby has taken over operations from several state run dog pounds.  This is not an easy task, as many of them are a good distance from the main shelter and in addition to managing each location, Scooby is also responsible for strays and on call for rescues.

The latest is for a pound in Palencia, approximately an hours drive from Medina del Campo.

Fermin Perez, the President of Scooby, has officially signed the contract that legally allows Scooby to manage the pound and also be responsible for the collection of strays in that region, as of January 1st, 2015.

As you can see from the photos, it’s a very sterile and cold environment. One Scooby team member described it as “depressing” after visiting the location.  This is due in part to the large amount of work that is needed, and more so that there are too many dogs and the pound is already overcrowded.

Homes are urgently needed, so if you are in a position to foster or adopt, please let us know.  The dogs are a mix of breeds as it’s the local pound, and they will be on the Scooby website soon.

Scooby can do it, but we can’t do it alone. 

Please share, spread the word and donate if you can.  

Scooby Canada has launched Operation Palencia and the goal is to raise $1,000 CND by March 1, 2015 to be able to send to Scooby to help with the upgrade, maintenance costs and feeding and caring for the animals. GRIN has offered to match donations up to $1,000 – which means we could potentially send $2,000!

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Reflection Translates to Action

As 2014 draws to a close, we reflect on highs and lows of the year past. While reading through the Scooby Medina Blog, it’s certainly comes with smiles and tears.

There were so many rescues, so many new faces arriving through the gates of Scooby. Not just those of galgos, but many mix breeds, both small and big, young and old.  Many new cats, ferrets and farm animals were saved by the shelter.

There was new life and new angels.  We wept for those who were caught and those who escaped.  We celebrated adoptions all over the world and as transports left the gates, we waited to see photos of the precious dogs to arrive in their new homes.

Scooby supporters stepped up to challenge when urgent pleas were made.   We  truly believe, “It’s not what you give, but that’s it’s in you to give” and that is why Scooby was able to save so many souls this year.

Although Scooby Canada is half a world a way, we are able to help in a very big way.  With your support, we can grow our community and help Scooby Medina even more this year.

Below is a snapshot of some of the Scooby rescues and adoptions from 2014.  From all over the world, we did this together!

In 2015, let’s continue to make a difference for the animals in Spain! Stay tuned for projects that we are working on!

In the mean time, visit our website to learn more on how you can help. And remember, sometimes it’s just a simple “share” to open one more persons eyes.



Welcome Roco!

The first Galgo adopted through Scooby Canada arrived on Canadian soil on Dec 13, 2014 and it happened with the help of so many amazing people!

His story is typical for that of a galgo.  Found as a stray puppy in Spain, Roco was taken in by a family for a few months, but was then brought to the Scooby shelter.

Roco is not even a year old but he has already flown on a plane, been to Madrid, Miami, California and finally now lives in West Vancouver. As some might know first hand, no matter how well a transport is planned, there are bound to be bumps along the road.  Roco was set to fly from Madrid to New York, spend time in a foster home for a week and then hitch a ride on Cathay Pacific on Dec 9 with a family friend.  Everything was set.. or was it …  The flight patrons, Margie and Mora were informed at check-in that the flight was over booked and they would have to connect in Miami and continue to San Fran.

Roco’s new family really rolled with everything and patiently waited until we got word on his arrival and destination.  Fortunately, he was able to spend time with the great group in California, Greyhound Friends for Life and was taken care of perfectly until we found someone to drive him north to Canada.  Thank you Elisabeth for being able to make the drive with Roco so he could join his family before the holidays.

A huge thanks to the following people and groups who helped make Roco’s journey a safe one: The Scooby Team in Spain, Scooby North America, Greyhound Friends for Life and Barbara Judson, Margie Easter and Mora Gozani, Elisabeth Matt and of course Roco’s new family, Rebecca and Peter and Saluki, Lucca.  We know that he will be loved and by the looks of it, he loves his new life already.

This just in from his his family:

He loves playing in the backyard and he loves all the toys. He is a great little guy. We really lucked out. He is also as smart as a whip and is learning to sit for treats.
We love him to bits.
PS. He owns the couch. If you try to move him he goes limp. Too funny.



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

Hello from Scooby Canada

We are very excited to announce the launch of Scooby Canada.  It was 10 years ago,  almost to the day, that I (Eva) went on my first trip to Scooby.  Things were so different then… There was one staff member, minimal volunteers, and a lot of dogs.  There was no database for the dogs, no online voice outside of the website and a lot of dogs. There weren’t auctions or fundraisers, just people who knew about Scooby wanting to help in any way they could.

The shelter didn’t have Scooby Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, UK, Italy, USA, Canada.  People around the world didn’t know what a Galgo was, they didn’t know what was happening to these dogs.

Over the past 10 years Scooby is known around the world and the awareness of the Galgo has spread like wild fire.  The shelter has always been the biggest in Spain and continues to operate at 300+ dogs on average, on any given day.

We are very proud to represent Scooby in Canada.  Our philosophy is simple… a dog in need, is a dog in need.  It doesn’t matter where, what or when.  We will work with the shelter in Spain to raise the awareness of the plight of the Galgo and also promote and support adoption efforts for all the breeds at Scooby.

Please have a look around the site to get a better idea of what Scooby Canada does and how you can help the dogs at the Scooby shelter.  We hope that together we can make a difference for the animals that need it!



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.