A UK Spanish Greyhound, Podenco and other Sighthound Rescue
Dog Adoption Criteria and Process
We are a UK re-homing organisation and do not re-home our dogs abroad.
We require all garden fencing to be 6 foot, including gates. There must be no gaps or areas where a dog could escape from (for example furniture next to fencing).
We do not accept electric fencing or sheep wire fencing.
All our dogs must wear a safety kit – either our own which are available to purchase (very reasonably at £35) or one which we approve of. This must include an escape proof harness (again approved by us), house collar with ID tag and GPS Tracker (which must be used for at least 3 months after adoption).
To find out why we use harnesses, click here
It is compulsory for all our dogs to wear a GPS tracker (used for at least 3 months after adoption). These can be bought from us or we also offer them on loan.
We do not re-home our dogs to families who use their dogs for hunting.
We are able to re-home our dogs in the UK, including Wales, the Isle of Wight and Scotland. We do ask you to be willing to travel to meet the dog you are interested in, prior to dog adoption, in their foster homes (currently in Essex, Sheffield, Midlands, Wales, Hertfordshire, West and East Sussex, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Surrey, London, Kent, Bristol, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Scotland). We ask that you are willing to take your existing dogs with you for the meet.
To adopt one of our dogs, the following steps are:
- Read the above criteria and if agreeable, submit an adoption application.
- Please allow a couple of days for us to process your application.
- If you have not heard back within 3 days and there is nothing in your email spam folder, please contact us.
- If successful, we will conduct a homecheck – a volunteer will visit you at your home at a mutually convenient time and check the security of your garden and go through some questions. We will need a form of ID for verification purposes.
- We will advise you of the outcome as soon as possible. Please allow at least a day for this.
- If successful, we will advise of suitable dogs, and you will contact the foster carer to discuss the dog/s of your interest. If both parties are happy to proceed, you will be able to arrange a meeting. Depending on the needs of the dog, your own perhaps, and foster carer availability, there is opportunity to meet more than once.
- Upon adoption we require adoption fee (non refundable), and signed adoption contract. If the dog is not neutered for any reason, there will also be a neutering agreement which requires signature from your vet and yourself.
- We do not reserve dogs until a successful homecheck is completed, a meet has taken place and contract signed with adoption fee made. An alternative collection date can then be arranged if need be (but for no longer than 3 weeks after meet).
Dog Adoption Fees
We are a Not-For-Profit Charity; we are all volunteers (mostly in full time work), meaning none of us receive any wage from Project Galgo. The money we raise via fundraising or adoption fees simply goes towards providing care for those in foster and towards helping more dogs.
The minimum fee asked for an adult Galgo is £550 and £575 for a Galgo pup. In addition to this, you are required to either purchase a GPS Tracker for £80 (including a year’s subscription), or have one on loan for 3 months for £50 (refundable upon return of Tracker in working order). You will also be required to purchase an escape proof harness (our recommended brands), or you can purchase their bespoke safety kit from us for £35 (which includes escape proof harness, house collar, lead and tracker pouch).
This covers a fraction of the costs involved.
The full breakdown of the total costs are as follows:
Donation to Spanish Shelter to go towards medical treatment, including neutering/castration, vaccinations: £200
Transportation from Malaga to UK with DEFRA Approved vehicle and company: £320
TRACES paperwork admin: £68.57, Customs £35 per trip plus £20 per dog
Microchip Registering: £19.99
Safety kit £35, Tractive GPS Tracker £44.99, Year’s subscription £86.99
What about Mediterranean diseases / vaccinations?
After the dog adoption is complete, we are able to provide you with copies of their health certifications. All our dogs are tested via PCR and 4dx tests whilst in shelter in Spain. Should they test positive for any disease, they receive treatment. They will then be re-tested by the shelter.
Should any dog test positive for Leishmaniasis, they will receive the necessary treatment in Spain and once fit for travel, be maintained on a weight appropriate dose of Allopurinol. Any dog who tests positive for Leishmaniasis in Spain who is re-homed via Project Galgo will require evaluation tests every 6 months after their last one in Spain, until they have three clear results at which point they can be evaluated annually. Please see section About Leishmaniasis and Other Endemic Conditions.
We advise all new adopters to also have a 4dx test (Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, Filaria, Lyme) carried out 6 months after their last one in Spain. After this point, if both results are negative, then the tests must be done annually. If any test is positive, your veterinary surgery will be able to provide treatment which is very effective. After any positive test, your veterinary surgery must test for that particular disease by way of PCR 6 months later.
Our Bahrain Salukis are also tested for any endemic diseases and receive full treatment as necessary. They require annual 4dx testing. If any test is positive, your veterinary surgery will be able to provide treatment which is very effective. After any positive test, your veterinary surgery must test for that particular disease by way of PCR 6 months later.
All our dogs receive vaccinations prior to travel to the UK.
All our dogs, unless for any medical reason or a puppy, are neutered.
A vital aspect of dog adoption is safety.
Unfortunately, in 2020, a Galgo escaped from her foster mum’s car before she had even made it over the threshold and bolted. This was hands down one of the most worrying times of my life. She had been in a shelter for a couple of years and had finally got to the stage of recovery where she was ready for the next step.
Her name was Willow. She was out in the Forest of Dean, an area completely alien to her, a day after she had arrived from Spain after a long and confusing journey. She had not built up the remotest relationship with the foster mum and was now lost. She spent weeks on the run, though thankfully there were many sightings and she stayed mostly local to the area she had escaped from. Every day she was running along busy roads and being in the frame of mind she was and nervous, nobody could get near her and the more people out searching and trying to capture her drove her away.
She was finally captured but I vowed I would do everything possible to prevent this from happening again.
Soon after this, via a different organisation two further Galgos escaped, one, ‘Cooper,’ was killed very soon after after being hit by a car, and the other, ‘Gepetto,’ was on the run for days – they were so close to catching him, but he was also killed by a car. Gepetto had not been in his new home more than 12 hours.
I decided that all dogs of Project Galgo would have GPS Trackers.
Their safety is everything to us and the shelter who rescued them.
The safety kit consists of adjustable escape proof harnesses from Mis Canijos, house collar (which have Project Galgo ID tags), lead and a tracker pouch for the Tractive GPS tracker to fit neatly in and clip onto the house collar.
We strongly prohibit the use of flexi/extender leads and are against any aversive equipment or training methods (including Haltis).
What happens after my dog adoption?
We like to maintain contact with all our adopters – part of the joy in what we do is to see them blossoming and thriving in their forever homes. We also like to pass updates onto the shelters we work with.
Following adoption, we offer a free behavioural support package via two of our Trustees, Samantha Walker-Arends and Pennie Clayton (also our Patron). Both Samantha and Pennie are P.D.T.E affiliated and qualified Dog Behaviourists so you can be very sure you and your dog are in safe and very experienced hands.
We are also now working with Sophia Chalk, at Behaviour Matters
In the very sad event you are unable to continue to care for your adopted dog, we ask you to contact us to make arrangements for the dog to come back into foster care with us.
It is essential for all Spanish dogs to have annual PCR and 4dx tests and for Bahrain dogs, annual 4dx tests.