Every year in Spain, tens of thousands of galgos are used, abused and discarded as hunting waste. At SOS Galgos, through our rescue, recovery and adoption efforts, we have given a new life to over 3,000 galgos in over two decades since the charity was founded, rehoming an average of a hundred galgos a year.
We have a wonderful site for our new Rescue and Education Centre.
SOS Galgos has always fought to improve social awareness of the abuse galgos suffer and the need to treat animals with care, love and responsibility. Now, we can spread our message even further from our new centre. The new centre will be the temporary home of all our galgos whilst we find them forever homes with families.
But it will also be an education centre, where schools can visit to learn about galgos and take part in activities with them. This will help change societal attitudes towards galgos so that in future, they are treated with the love they deserve.
This is a really exciting time for SOS Galgos and it has never been more important to us that we have as much support as possible, so we can make our dream for a wonderful centre long into the future come true.
We know that whilst it is really important to help individual galgos find loving families, it is also essential to change societal attitudes towards animal welfare and, specifically, hunting and hare coursing. With this in mind, we will use our new centre as a school for schools, where children can learn about caring for dogs. We believe that the only way to stop cruelty to galgos is to educate the next generation.
WE ARE PLANNING A VARIED CURRICULUM OF ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES, WITH ONE GOAL IN MIND: PROMOTING THE WELFARE OF GALGOS.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES WE WILL ORGANISE:
– Introduction to the Defense of Galgos:
Students will learn about the work of SOS Galgos, about the mistreatment of galgos and hare coursing, so they know the ways in which we can change their situation.
– Communication and Empathy:
Students will analyze how dogs communicate. Students will develop the social skill of empathy by learning how to identify nonverbal cues of dogs and how to appreciate a dog’s perspective.
– Help me Find a Home:
Students learn that not all dogs have homes, but that rescue organisations take care of homeless dogs and work hard to find their forever homes.
– Dog Investigators:
Through discussion and participation in a role-play that involves investigating a neglect case of a dog, students will understand the importance of providing for their needs.
– Galgo Meet and Greets:
Students will learn how affectionate galgos are and what wonderful pets they make, to dispel rumours that galgos are unsuitable for homes. This will also help our galgos waiting for adoption to get used to socialising with children.
– Advocates for Dogs:
Using role-play and engaging in pair and group discussions, students will learn that dogs need specific things in order to be happy and healthy.
– Happy Dog Environments:
Students will create dioramas of indoor or outdoor scenes with dogs and provide all the necessary items that need to be included for them to be safe and happy.
– A Happy Home for Every Dog:
Students will learn about dog overpopulation and homelessness as well as puppy farms and the conditions in which dogs are raised. Students will use a wide variety of resources to learn about these topics, including video, a math worksheet and discussing an individual dog’s story from homelessness to adoption.
– Helping Homeless Animals:
Students read stories about dogs who have lost their homes and consider what could have been done differently to prevent them from becoming homeless.
– What is the Cost of Care?:
By assessing the cost of the care of dogs as pets, students will recognize that part of the responsibility of dog ownership is having the means to provide for their needs.
– Galgo Osteopathy:
Animal osteopathy involves studying bone and muscle rehabilitation. This improves wellness and reduces pain. It’s like a massage for dogs! We will give all our galgos
this treatment at the new centre, as animal osteopathy students will visit to gain experience.
– Reading Programs:
Students read to the dogs, to help improve their confidence and ability. A dog is a reassuring companion who doesn’t judge, which helps children feel comfortable reading. In fact, researchers at Loyola University Chicago found that children who read to dogs developed fluency at a rate 48% faster.
– How Much is that Doggie in the Window?:
Students will consider the differences between buying dogs sold for profit and adopting dogs from adoption centers by comparing descriptions of dogs up for adoption to advertisements of dogs for sale.
– My Story: How Did I get Here?:
Students will examine some of the many ways dogs end up homeless and in animal shelters. Students will translate this new knowledge into creating a first-person point of view piece, which they will scaffold prior to completing.
– Environmental Education:
Students will learn the importance of wildlife conservation and work to fight climate change and plastic pollution.
– Other classes to complement the school curriculum:
For example, children can study the anatomy of galgos for biology, calculate the cost of owning a dog for maths, draw a galgo for art or write a story about the rescue of a galgo for literacy or in a foreign language.
Our workshops will cost 6€ per child for two hours.
If you would like to know more or organise a visit,
whether personal or for educational purposes,
Av. Barcelona, 102-104
Santa Coloma de Cervelló (Barcelona)
933 72 77 50
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