We are really excited to pass along that later this month we'll be preparing to welcome some new Galgos (and Galgas-the female of the breed, though we'll refer to both sexes as Galgos hereafter). Again we'll be partnering with the Daphne Legacy Tour, the organization we partnered with last year to welcome 24 Spanish pups to the United States and welcome 11 of those dogs into American Greyhound's adoption program.
Daphne Legacy Tour-DLT, will have several volunteers traveling to Spain, will spend several days at the shelters helping with the 100's of dogs in their care, then will each escort several dogs, on successive days on their flight to Chicago. As of today, DLT is slated to deliver 30+ dogs (American Greyhound will be receiving 12, about another dozen will head to Colorado, some to the San Francisco area, all arriving at Chicago's O'Hare Airport, and, new this year, a group of Galgos will land in New York).
American Greyhound will be at O'Hare to welcome the immigrants on three successive days. We'll get our dogs into our foster homes each day as well as provide temporary foster homes until they are ready to make the trip to Colorado, in the American Greyhound hauler.
This is really exciting news and we'd like to ask for your help in pulling this all together.
First, like always, we will be in need of some additional foster homes, both to foster the American Greyhound 12 and to provide temporary shelter to those dogs who will be heading west (about a day or so after the final group of dogs lands at O'Hare, so it'll be 5 days max). Now, we want to make a couple things clear, while Galgos are sighthounds and near relatives of our racing greyhounds, they aren't racing greyhounds. And, as such require a little different care and precautions. Unlike our lazy, couch potato dogs, some of these pups will be somewhat more active. And, unlike retired racers, who don't even consider jumping short fences, some Galgos have no issue jumping a 6 or 8 foot fence, so no matter the height of your fence leash walking will be required.
Next, we'll be making trips to O'Hare to welcome these pups on three successive days and will need some help with the haul. The hauls are slated to take place on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, during the middle of the day and we'd like to have at least 3 or 4 people help out each day. If this sounds like something that would work with your schedule or you have questions regarding this effort, please contact Jeff Coggins at
On the subject of hauling, we would also like a few folks who may be interested in making the haul to Colorado to deliver the Galgos slated for the Colorado group. This will in all likelihood be a 3+ day trip. The folks in Denver have offered accommodations so our drivers will have an opportunity to get some rest (rest that isn't in the back seat of a moving, bouncing van) before heading back home. We'll need at least 4 people comfortable with driving a van and pulling a trailer, so we can rotate drivers and keep people relatively well rested. Again, if you think you may be interested or if you have questions, please contact Jeff at
While the DLT volunteers are in Spain, 3 of them, Christina Azharian
Taylor, Dray Taylor, and Mysti Martin, will be participating in a local 10k race to raise awareness of the plight of the Galgos in Spain. To many of the locals, Galgos are nothing more than a nuisance and are held in very low regard, like we may view a housefly or ant infestation (or maybe more appropriately for our audience, a flea and tick infestation). To bring awareness to the cruelty and neglect these dogs suffer, these three runners will be wearing ribbons pinned to their running shirts. Runners will wear one pin with the name of one rescued dog for every $5 donated. Please sponsor a runner and help us help the Galgos! The donor who gives the highest donation will receive a very special long sleeve Scooby T-shirt.
To purchase a ribbon and sponsor a Galgo, go HERE.
Please add a note that the donation is for Scooby
I know, I just threw a whole bunch of information at you and your head is probably spinning (and don't feel bad, I still have trouble wrapping my head around all this). But, here's some more information that will help explain a little more what the Daphne Legacy Tour is all about:
Watch this Facebook page each day as the Galgos of 2019 are introduced (the ones coming to us will be identified with a green block in the upper left hand corner with the letters "IN")
Check out this video which will give you a little more insight into DLT's 2019 efforts
|WRC and the Daphne Legacy Tour
We are very happy to be a small part of this amazing effort. For years, this breed of sighthound has quite likely been the most abused breed of dog in the world, but also the breed whose needs were the most underserved. Well, thanks to the Daphne Legacy Tour, that's beginning to change in this country.
Last year's efforts welcomed two dozen Galgos to the US, the largest single transport of Galgos into the US. This year, with the organization making transports in the spring (later this month) and again in the fall, the expectation is that they will more than double the numbers of Galgos finding sanctuary on American soil (and a new home). We are very excited to see what the future holds for our association with DLT and hope you are too.