Gulf Coast Galgos, Inc.
Dia del Galgo

February 1st is World Galgo Day – a day to raise awareness for Galgos and their brutal existence.  The Galgo is a Spanish hunting dog built to run long distances over rugged terrain. These regal-looking hounds are mainly used for hunting or chasing hares by sight rather than scent. During the annual hunting season that runs from October through January, many Galgos live in cramped dark sheds when they are not hunting, spending their days confined and neglected. They are often chained to the walls and given sparse amounts of old, often moldy bread.

After hunting season, the Galgos that perform poorly are disposed of in the most horrific ways imaginable... hung from trees, thrown into wells, starved, beaten to death or abandoned. Thousands of Galgos are killed every year.

Why February 1st?

"Even though galgos need our help all year long, world Galgo day was started so that we can
unite and speak with one voice about the plight of these beautiful dogs. February 1 was chosen
because it marks the end of hunting season when many galgos meet a fate worse than the life
of cruelty that they have already endured."

How Can You Help?

 - Donate at our Gulf Coast Galgos website
 - Purchase one of our t-shirts here
 - Visit our Parent Organization 112 Carlotta Galgos to donate

Crates and Galgos

Written By Charlotte del Rio 06/08/2016
Using Transportines/Crates as beds

Many a galgo has been rescued from a severely dark place and time in their life. Many many are rescued from dark small hovels, sometimes underground and in some cases with pallets on the top. Some have been rescued from trunks of cars where they've been kept inside while parked in an underground parking garage. When a galgo is rescued, 9 times out of 10 they are petrified.

Galgos typically do not have much experience with people or other pets.

At 112 Carlota Galgos Sanctuary, the galgos live in their bays. Each galgo has its own bed, and its own blankets. Each galgo learns its name and the command ‘come’, and each one learns to go to its correct bay and come on command.

We believe that part of rehabilitating a galgo is that they must learn to feel safe within themselves, find security within themselves, that this is a big part of them becoming comfortable with who they are. A dog first and then a pet. 112 Carlota Galgos does not recommend using anything other than open beds for the galgos in our care and when they go to a home because if they were then in a crate it would erase all the work that has been done to make these souls feel safe within themselves

Crating a galgo is harmful to the dog because he will fail to accept the house as a safe place, and instead resorts to hiding in the crate. If the dog considers the crate his safe place, taking him out of the crate will create stress.

Placing dogs into crates can also trigger negative memories. Many a galgo can turn a crate over in panic, and if the family members are at work a galgo thrashing around in a crate can cause harm and unnecessary stress.

When a dog's family has gone, that dog should have the freedom to walk around the space it has been left, play, sit, eat, drink. If it is crated it has minimum space and no choice. 

The only time a Galgo should be crated is for health reasons, a condition where the patient must remain stationary and in complete rest. Or a fracture. Or medical reason.

Once the galgos have learned freedom at the finca (Spanish for an estate - refers to a piece of rural or agricultural land, typically with a cottage, farmhouse or estate buildings present, and often adjacent to a woodland or plantation) it is hoped that the adopting family will continue this and to practice the use of their name and the ‘come’ command, because these familiar phrases will allow them to settle in rather quickly.

Most galgos will welcome a comfy bed, in an open environment with the family. Such amazing pets deserve to be there, a part of the family and most issues can be worked through with patience and timing if there are any.
This is a stance of our own feelings towards bed care for the galgos going home, to allow them the freedom to be even closer to their new parents as possible.

Once you've felt that nose against you, that head on your lap, that nudge, its simply magic.

Your new family member is home.

In Galgo Affection,
            - Charlotte del Rio