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!

A Christmas Wish from Germany

It’s a long story, but a good story…

It’s Eva here… some of you might know that I manage the email account for the shelter in Spain.  I have been doing so since 2004 and its something I still do along side of Scooby Canada. I field the emails and forward to the appropriate person.

Scooby gets a lot of emails from people all over Spain and even the world, asking for help to get dogs out of shelters.  I forward those along to the shelter and they evaluate them based on the location of the dog and the number of animals in our care.  In this particular case, it was December 24th and I received an email from Germany, it read…

Dear animal-friends,

In Valladolid there is a young galgo  but the photo is a very little one, and there is no other description. Do you have a possibility to get in touch with this perrera?
I know from your homepage that you sometimes take over galgos from there, and I don’t know, how long a dog can stay there….
Edad: 1 AÑO

With many greetings from Germany and merry Christmas!!! Thank you for your help!
S. Kolakovic

I forwarded the email and Cobie kindly responded explaining that this pound (perrera) kept dogs for 20 days and after that, contacts Scooby to take the dog(s) if possible.  Since he was found on Dec 11, the Galgo would have to wait until Dec 31.  Not the best way to spend the holidays!

However, he was sprung from the pound and on January 9th, he was entered into Scooby database under the name Piny.
On February 20, he was officially reserved for Scooby Canada, to be adopted in Regina, Saskatchewan!

Between April 15 – 18 Piny travelled from Madrid to Chicago to Crystal Lake, Illinois to Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, to Minneapolis, Minnesota to Fargo, North Dakota, to Minot, North Dakota and finally to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada!

This was all possible with the help, support and love from fellow sight hound lovers.  Debbie Wise Smith from Scooby North America, Travis Patenaude from Love, Hope, Believe Galgo Rescue, Kelly Trainor, Brad Kittleson, Kathleen Seal, Michelle Brueggemann  from Minnesota Greyhound Rescue and Greyhounds in Need of Transport Facebook Group. And of course, thank you to Garson and Susan for opening their hearts and home to dear Piny.

Scooby Canada and Piny’s family, thanks you so much for helping this unwanted Galgo, who on Christmas Eve caught the eye of a German animal lover, and finally made his long journey over to Canada. Merry Christmas Piny!

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!



Día del Galgo | World Galgo Day

It’s time… don’t you think?!  A day for the Galgo!

This has been an idea we have had for some time but it’s always been pushed to work on more pressing things, like saving these amazing dogs!
We are so proud that we have finally been able to launch Dia del Galgo | World Galgo Day.  We are working on additional languages and hope to have those ready so you can share, but it’s been a lot of work, so please bear with us.

This day has such a significance for two reasons.  One, it marks the end of hunting season and we know what consequences confront us with this annual tradition.  And two, we want all those in Galgo rescue to unite and be stronger together. Now with the power of social media we have the ability to harness our emotions and put them to work even if we are not standing on the ground in Spain.

We ask that everyone download one or all of our tools that have been provided on the website.

Now and on February 1, we want Facebook and Twitter etc., to be plastered with Dia del Galgo.
Be a voice for the Galgo.

They need us and together we can make a difference for them on February 1 and every day of the year.



Why Spain?

Being in North America and rescuing dogs from Spain, we always get the question, “Why Spain? Aren’t there dogs here that need to rescued?”, and we always answer, “Yes! of course!, but Spain is different.” And we go on to explain the situation.

Here is one story from Eva’s volunteering trip to Scooby years ago that brought her to tears and gives a real life answer to, “Why Spain?”

It was late in the day, the sun had already set.  A man showed up at the shelter with a male Galgo probably about 18 months old.  The man didn’t want him anymore and wanted to know if we could provide him with another.  Of course we said no but he handed over the dog anyway.  The Galgo had a piece of twine around his neck that doubled as a leash and a collar.  He was terrified.  I escorted him to a kennel where he could settle and I told him that he was safe and he never had to be fearful again.

A half hour later, the man returned with his paperwork to sign over the dog, but also returned with his young daughter who was crying for the dog, so the man said “give me my dog back”.  We had no choice but to give him the dog. He had not signed the dog over to us yet.  I had to walk back to the kennel, literally pull this dog out and hand him over to this horrible man… after I promised him that he would never have to fear again.  I broke my promise and it still haunts me to this day.

What happened next broke my heart and stayed with me forever.

The man took the Galgo and put him in the trunk of the car … it was a sedan… and dark trunk of a sedan…and left with his daughter.

I will never, ever in my entire life forget that experience. I have no idea what ever happened to that dog.  Maybe, eventually he ended up at Scooby… this is all I can pray for.  But the reality is, some of these people don’t think like normal compassionate people.  It can be as extreme as hanging them or simply just tossing them in the trunk of the car.

That’s “Why” we rescue dogs from Spain.  And they need us now just as much as they did 10 years ago. Things have changed a lot over the last 10 years in Spain.  Scooby has many Spanish volunteers at the shelter now and way more local adoptions of dogs, but the reality is… Galgos are still used as tools and left for trash after hunting season.  Please share the story of the Galgo and how Scooby is working hard to make a difference for them.


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.