Greyhounds in Need is an English registered charity founded in 1998. The charity has grown considerably since then and our concern, as always, continues to be the plight of greyhounds everywhere, and especially the Spanish bred greyhounds, the galgos.
Since starting this work we have rescued and found homes for several thousand dogs with the help of many Spanish volunteers who carry out primary rescue work, and the homing groups and individuals in Europe, who, in sympathy with our work, are promoting adoption in their own countries.
Thanks to our generous supporters we are able to fund important and necessary veterinary care at many shelters in Spain. We also fund some boarding and transport costs to ensure that the dogs we are able to help receive the best care and attention we and those we work with can give them.
As well as helping with veterinary costs we are able to offer funding for special projects-new kennelling blocks, heating, security, lighting at the shelters to support the wonderful work they do for many abandoned dogs in Spain.
GIN is the leading greyhound rescue charity working in Spain and has unique knowledge of conditions there, and has permanent need of donations to enable the rescue work to be continued and expanded.
Whilst we concentrate most of our endeavours to working in Spain for the galgos we are pleased that we can also offer some funding for transport costs enabling some English and Irish greyhounds to be homed.
For many years now, as well as the rescue and rehoming work, which we appreciate is at best first aid; we have tried to tackle the galgo problem at source. We have produced an education programme. Our hopes are that this will support the teaching of English in Spanish schools, educate the children about the plight of the galgos and change the perception people have of these dogs.
The aim is to develop empathy for dogs and help make a difference to the many that are in need of loving homes.
Hopefully this will encourage more Spanish people to adopt a galgo as a family pet. So many are often abandoned or killed after their usefulness as a hunting dog is over.
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I am Tina Solera, the founder and president of Galgos del Sol. In 2007, my family and I moved from the UK to Murcia, Spain. I spent my time raising our two toddlers, training for triathlons and acclimating to a new culture. One day, however, I came face to face with a stray galgo looking for help.
It’s hard to explain the connection that I felt but when he looked at me with his soulful eyes and stretched out that needle nose, I knew my life had changed forever. Galgos del Sol is now responsible for over 150 galgos, podencos and mixes of those breeds. We are a licensed charity in Spain as well as the UK, and a 501(C)(3) in the US.
The Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre formerly the Animal Rescue Group, Wokingham, was founded over 50 years ago. For a large part of that time animals rescued by the Charity were kept at the home of Mrs Brimblecombe, who was awarded the MBE in 2001 for services to Animal Rescue.
Whilst the staff and supporters of the Charity have done a magnificent job over the years, helping thousands of unwanted, stray and neglected animals, the operational aspect of the rescue has been continually expanding throughout this time, and it became clear that it could no longer function in the cramped and difficult conditions of Mrs. Brimblecombe’s back garden!
It is almost impossible to raise the funds necessary to keep the Rescue even ticking over, but some incredibly generous legacies enabled the charity to seek a permanent, independent site for a properly equipped Rescue Centre where our animals could receive the best of care, and in May 2003 we relocated to Hurst, where our animals are accommodated in specially adapted and purpose-built accommodation on a 14 acre site.
WHAT WE DO
From the moment we welcomed our first stray dog in 1860 we have been placing our animals at the centre of everything we do. More than three million animals later, we’re still working hard to achieve our vision that every dog and cat should live in a home where they are treated with love, care and respect.