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.

We are particularly proud of this billboard with its succinct and powerful message. It was made possible thanks to the generosity of our American support Richard Fredrickson, Sr. for donating the funds for printing and installation and Belgium photographer Paul Croes for giving us permission to use the photograph of our Valiente. Valiante was one of our most challenging rescues — it took months to catch him despite his having a barely attached, severed front paw. 

To celebrate 16,000 Facebook likes, GDS decided created the 16 Dog a Day initiative. and offer supporters the opportunity to celebrate/memorialize their pets. By donating 16 euros, a dog, cat or bird's name would become part of a permanent wall graphic in the GDS Centre. Additionally, we decided to create a billboard for the 1st and 2nd 800 names. Shown above is the first installation made possible by an anonymous donor.

Location: Murica City, Miguel Indurain. GDS with Ibizan Hounds Rescue (LORCA), A.D.A.M (Ayuda y Defensa de Animales Maltratados, Vicky Peña Loredo in Pilar de Horadada), SOS GALGOS (Barcelona), Hurtta Helppi Ry (Finland), Debbie Hurst Harvey, Jackie Harrison-Knapp, Eileen Locatelli, Clare Roberts, Julie Jones, Mandy Simpson, Natalie Blakeman and Sarah Monk. Featured podenco is GdS’s own Manolo. Photograph: Diane Hughes, Ibizan Hound Rescue

Location: Cc319 auto via in Pozo Aledo. Huge thanks to our star Zoe who is the beautiful chick in the photo with our billboard boy Lucas. Huge thanks to Gareth Doolan who took this wonderful photo and spent the day with our galgos and getting to know them. Also to the people who donated towards the board alongside Galgos del Sol; Brooke Shenson, Monica Whitman, Shirley Latta and Protectora ADAM in Pilar de Horadada.

Location: Murcia, San Javier, designed and funded by DutchGalgoLobby.

In association with protectora ADAM and Grati here is our latest billboard.  They didn't deserve this. STERILIZE YOUR DOGS! With perreras over flowing and abandonment of dogs still apparent we wanted to focus on bringing attention to sterilizing pets! There are so many unwanted dogs here that everyday hundreds are sent out to other countries. We need to start getting to the route of the problem. To keep sending them out will never solve things here on the ground long term. The billboards are in association with other areas of education!  You might recognize those noses… Prias gang! Photo and design by our very own Marylou Hecht!

In association with protectora ADAM and Grati here is our latest billboard. 
They didn't deserve this. STERILIZE YOUR DOGS! With perreras over flowing and abandonment of dogs still apparent we wanted to focus on bringing attention to sterilizing pets! There are so many unwanted dogs here that everyday hundreds are sent out to other countries. We need to start getting to the route of the problem. To keep sending them out will never solve things here on the ground long term. The billboards are in association with other areas of education! 
You might recognize those noses… Prias gang! Photo and design by our very own Marylou Hecht!

This billboard has been bought outright and put up in the town of Pilar de Horadada at the top of the busy highstreet C/Mayor. This town has problems with dog abandonment which is why this location was chosen. Special thanks to Grati and his family for allowing us to use their land for the installation and huge thanks to the Belgian photographer Paul Croes  for giving us permission to use his photo.  Who are the wonderful generous owners of this board? In no particular order of ownership: Grati & family (Pilar de Horadada), Richard Fredrickson Sr (USA), Galgos del Sol (Murcia), A.D.A.M (Ayuda y Defensa de Animales Maltratados), Vicky Peña Loredo (Pilar de Horadada), Bob Shepherd (UK), Ron & Ruth Bowden (Pinar de Campoverde), Tine Rosenjkaer & Grethe Marup (Denmark), Susanne & Ann (Denmark) Galgo-Moedestedet, Stiching Greyhound Rescue (Holland), Sharon Cogner (USA), Joy Sandford (Australia), Celia Castejon (Pilar de Horadada)

Location: IKEA Murcia, Dutch Galgo Lobby, Photography & Design: Dutch Galgo Lobby
UPDATE — STOLEN / ROBADO now in Ronda Sur Murcia.

Location: Dos Mares, San Javier. GDS with sponsorship from Greyhounds Rescue Belgium. Featured galgo is GDS’s very own Lucas. Photograph: Nadine at Greyhounds Rescue Belgium.

Location: Cc319 auto via in Pozo Aledo. It was decided by the volunteers that the president would be featured on the next billboard. So here is Tina with Ella, Javi and Katie on the dual carriage way c3319 spreading the message — Respect the Galgo Espanol.


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.