Amanda and Travis Patenaude are the proud owners of Leena, a Galgos de Sol. Because of their beloved doggie rescued from Spain by a woman that was not even involved in canine rescue, but could not stand by while Leena’s owner strung her up from a tree to die a horrific death.
This pathetic story is not just Leena’s but belongs to most Galgos in Spain. These dogs are related to the American Greyhound but are used as hunting dogs in that country. Once they have served their purpose or not, as some men see it, they are cruelly disposed of – either by hanging, being shot or by being thrown into abandoned wells while they are still alive.
Dogs are treated as property in other areas of the world. Once they have outlived their usefulness, they are not brought in for a good cuddle, they are killed. People in the United States think differently about their canines; the dogs are often instantly considered to be a member of the family. Not in Spain though!
That is why the Patenaudes have developed the Love, Hope, and Believe Galgo Rescue right here in the Chicagoland area. Their goal is to bring awareness of the plight of the Galgos in Spain. They also want to help support the rescues in Spain with donations of martingale collars, coats and blankets. It is also very important to them to raise donations to support education and billboard campaigns in Spain, to teach children about animal abuse.
Less than a month ago, on July 15th, the rescue’s first ever Galgos arrived from Spain. Two beautiful boys:
· Bizcocho is a six-year-old male fawn Galgos. His body displays the scars of his past life, but they could not injure his spirit. He is full of love and is ready to share all of his love with everyone he meets!
· Amador is a four-year-old dark brindle male Galgos. He is much more reserved but once he is comfortable around a person, he is very affectionate and loves to cuddle.
Both boys were rescued from a kill station by Fundación Benjamín Mehnert in Seville Spain. The pair was waiting patiently for the chance at a forever home.
Also available are:
· Pipo, a year-and-a-half-old male born on the streets of Spain. His elbow had been broken and he was malnourished as a puppy. Since then, his elbow has been surgically repaired. He is a very happy, playful guy and is even safe to have around cats.
· Dorita, also a year-and-a-half-old, but female was abandoned on the streets. Although her beginning life was not so positive, she did not give up. She is a very loving, smart girl. She already has learned to sit and give paw.
Both of these Galgos were rescued by Baas Galgo in Madrid, Spain.
The Patenaudes, in conjunction with their Love, Hope and Believe Galgo Rescue are discovering more and more ways that they can help these poor, defenseless canines get out of a murderous situation. Over 50,000 Galgos are killed each and every year. Their life expectancy is only two-to-four years when it is ordinarily 12 to 14 years. There are some shelters in Spain, but they are overrun and never have enough space available for all of the Galgos needing respite.
That is why Love, Hope and Believe came about. Stay tuned as they accomplish what many would not even attempt! If you are interested in learning more about adopting a Galgo please contact us at Info@LHBGalgoRescue.org. If you cannot adopt please consider sponsoring a Galgo which will help pay for their transport to the US, medical care and other expenses.