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February 1st – Day of the Galgo

Today is February 1st, known as “Dia del Galgo”  or “Day of the Galgo” in Spain, marking the end of the hunting season in Spain.  Galgos are a breed of sighthound often used for hunting in Spain. They are frequently kept in appalling conditions and subjected to cruelty, abuse and abandonment. Similar to Greyhounds in many ways, Galgos also have their own very particular characteristics. Lively and even playful at times, they are gentle and affectionate companions who bond closely with their humans. Many of these amazingly beautiful, sensitive dogs live short miserable lives after which they are just disposed of, like irrelevant rubbish instead of the wonderful creatures they are. Today, because the hunting season is ending, thousands of galgos will be abandoned, killed or, at best, surrendered because they are no longer “needed’ for hunting.

Please spare a thought for these dogs today and if you have the opportunity, consider taking one into your home or donating to a charity like us that helps others to do so.  Take a look at some of the galgos for whom we have found wonderful homes!

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