GDS BILLBOARD CAMPAIGN
GDS established a public service campaign to promote the plight of the galgos and podencos. Tina’s brainstorm was a billboard campaign that could 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.