We are committed to raising awareness through a variety of venues. It's not enough to rescue and rehome the galgos and podencos, we have to continuously get the word out. Our VIDEOS, BILLBOARD CAMPAIGN and SCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAM are three of our approaches that reach different audiences in different ways.
Additionally, to help with our constant and burgeoning day to day expenses, we run two charity shops. The newest one is also the headquarters for the GDS Education and Rescue Centre. We feel strongly about inviting our local community to learn about the importance of our work and hopefully, they will be interested enough to get involved.
At GDS, we use humour to express ourselves. The work we do can be so heartbreaking and is so relentless that we found a great outlet in humour and our videos are the best example.
We also recognize that it is important to show the raw side of animal rescue and we create videos that show our reality and the situations that we face on a daily basis. Below is a selection of our recent videos. To see more of our videos, please visit our Galgos del Sol Animal Rescue YouTube channel.
GDS BILLBOARD CAMPAIGN
GDS established a public service campaign to promote the plight of the galgos and podencos. Tina’s brainstorm are billboards that can not fail to be noticed. The first placement was stolen — twice — within days of its installation. Clearly, people are taking notice.
GDS EDUCATION PROGRAM
Since the beginning, it has been the goal of GDS to establish an education program in the local schools. Providing knowledge is key to break the cycle of breeding, misuse and abandonment in a community where the tradition has carried on for generations. The children that we present to are between the ages of 9 and 12 and many of their fathers are galgueros. Tina has always said that once someone meets a galgo, they will fall in love and it is true of children. They have only known galgos as hunting tools and street scavengers, never as family members. Upon meeting the GDS canine crew, they are completely enchanted with the gentleness and affection of the galgos. In addition to bringing three of our galgos to meet the children, informational posters are used and cord bracelets that say "respect animals" are handed out.
Tina, along with volunteers Raúl Sáez, Zoe Moran and Samantha Sacido Siekmann, take turns leading the discussions and introducing the galgos. The children are always an enthusiastic audience with many questions ranging from — why are galgos so scared, are we sad when they leave, is it hard to catch them? Katie, our three-legged girl often comes with us and she inspires many questions about her condition and how it happened. None of the children have seen galgo puppies, only full grown ones. It is very evident after each visit, how instrumental the next generation of Spaniards is to changing attitudes towards the treatment of galgos. Once the GDS Education and Rescue Centre is built, we have plans in the works to create an after school and weekend program for children to come and volunteer. Involving the local community is a massive step towards helping the galgos regain their position as Spanish treasures.