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AUTUMN / WINTER NEWSLETTER 2017

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We are dedicated to the welfare and rescue of greyhounds especially those in Spain Information about us: Registered charity in England and Wales No. 1069438 Registered UK Office: 5A, 80 High Street, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9HE, UK Tel: 00 44 (0) 1784 483206 Email: info@greyhoundsinneed.co.uk Website: www.greyhoundsinneed.co.uk http://greyhoundsinneed.co.uk/eshop www.facebook.com/greyhoundsinneed https://twitter.com/galgos_GIN http://www.youtube.com/user/GIN1069438 https://www.instagram.com/greyhoundsinneed.uk Founders: Anne and Arthur Finch Patrons: Jilly Cooper OBE, Dame Judi Dench CH DBE FRSA, Peter Egan, Ricky Gervais Trustees: Terry Dickens, Christine Goodwin, Martin Humphery, Geraldine Jones, Leigh Sobye BVSc MRCVS Treasurer: Eric Goodley FFA General Manager: Carolyn Davenport 01784 483206 Deputy General Manager: Tracey Sanderson 01784 483206 Bournemouth Shop: Lynn Jackson 01202 513000 Homing UK: 01784 483206 Supporter / Homing Group Cheshire and the North West: Carol Cushnie 07872621524, Sue & Phil White 01616 206094 Membership / Merchandise / Sponsorship: 01784 483206 Webmaster: Leigh Dworkin Cover: Our Patron, Peter, with galgos Mary-Anne (front) & Sam, adopted by Geraldine (our Trustee) and her husband Tom. Photo: ©Alan Bostock

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Drawing by Monica Monti INDEX News update Christmas Treats Gift Aid form Trustees’ pages Education Visit to Spain—June 2017 2017 Projects Visit to Romania How you can help GIN Standing Order Mandate Fundraising Merchandise Membership Happy Homings UK and Abroad News from Cheshire and the North West Visit to Italy Tributes Vet’s Corner At Home with a blind lurcher, a greyhound and four galgos! Galgos update Sponsorship 4 6 7 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 21 22 23 24 26 28 29 30 32 33 34

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News update Dear Friends, We have been back in Egham for a year now and it has been another busy year. We hope this newsletter will bring you up to date with our work over the last six months but please don’t forget to visit our website, FB and Twitter pages as we are regularly updating these. We were able to visit three shelters in Spain in June, please see Lynn’s report on pages 12 and 13. Before our visit we had the heatwave here in the UK so thought we would be used to the heat in Spain. However, in Spain they were also having a heatwave and at times during our visit the temperature was over 40°C. We realised during our trip just what the conditions can be like for the volunteers running the shelters, and the dogs. We send many coats to shelters in Spain to keep the dogs warm in the winter months and they are always needed but we could see that help is needed during the summer months too. Some shelters have little paddling pools the dogs can use but as most of you know a large number of galgos are not too keen on water. We have sent a few Cooling coats to some shelters for them to try, these coats are super absorbent and designed to slowly release moisture keeping the dog cool for hours. I would like to say a big THANK YOU to our supporters who kindly donated towards our education programme. This is continuing to do well in Spain. The Arca de Noe shelter have organized many visits to schools, summer camps and visits to their shelter and we have produced a calendar featuring drawings by the children who have been taking part in this project. We have also produced a mug featuring the cartoon galgos featured in our GalGo! Game. Funds raised from the sale of these items will go towards our education programme. These items and many more are included in the enclosed new merchandise catalogue . 4

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We are now able to accept card payments over the phone for merchandise orders—please ring us on 01784 483206 to place an order. You can still order on line at - mfotherPcergalcoeetehuaatnarlstocnoengldoelduoiswsoeoeenkd’itnat http://greyhoundsinneed.co.uk/eshop One way our supporters can help us, especially at this time of year when we are all thinking about buying gifts for Christmas, is to use the website Easyfundraising when buying on-line. This is a great way to raise money for charities, schools, sports clubs, community groups, and other good causes when you shop on-line. You don’t pay anything extra. Over 2,700 retailers can be found on the site including Amazon, ebay, Tesco, M&S and Argos. ebay sales of donated items are doing well and this year to date around £1,000 has been raised thanks to Tracey, Christine and Luna checking and researching items before advertising them for sale and then parcelling them off promptly to buyers. Luna (Christine’s dog) likes to come to the office and help with the ebay work Supporters can sell their items on ebay (if they have an account) and ask for a percentage or all of the money raised to go to GIN. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Tracey and Geraldine and all of our local supporters for their help in the office and our supporters and volunteers around the country for all their hard work during the year which enables us to continue our work for the greyhounds and galgos. I wish you, your families and your dogs a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Carolyn x 5

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Christmas Treats for the Galgos ! Our Christmas Treats appeal for the Galgos has been very popular over the years and our parcels to the shelters are always welcomed— especially by the dogs ! If you can support this appeal again this year we would be grateful. Please complete the form below and send with your donation of £3 or more to Tracey in Egham. Your Name ………………………………………………………………………………...…………………… Your address…………………………………………………………………………...……………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. .………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Amount enclosed £_______ Please tick this box if you would like a receipt (Please make cheques payable to Greyhounds in Need) and send to : Tracey Sanderson, Greyhounds in Need, 5A, 80 High Street, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9HE, UK You can also donate to this appeal by text - BERB33£(amount) to 70070 6

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Greyhounds in Need — Gift Aid declaration for past, present & future donations Please treat as Gift Aid donations all qualifying gifts of money made— today in the past 4 years in the future Please tick all boxes you wish to apply. I confirm I have paid or will pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) that I donate to will reclaim on my gifts for that tax year. I understand that other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify. I understand GIN will reclaim 28p of tax on every £1 that I gave up to 5 April 2008 and will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give on or after 6 April 2008. Donor’s details Title ………...First name or initial(s) …………..Surname ……………………………………………….. Full home address ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…... …………………………………..Postcode …………………………………...Date ……………………………………… Signature ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………... Please notify GIN if you: . Want to cancel this declaration . Change your name or home address . No longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains. If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you, you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self Assessment tax return or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code. 7

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Trustees’ pages As you will see from the many reports in this issue of our Newsletter, your charity has, as usual, been frantically busy. I continue to be astonished at the amount of work our small dedicated staff and our volunteers get through. I must start by telling you about a major change in the governance of your charity. For some time now, it has been made clear that we should follow the example of so many other forward-looking charities by becoming an incorporated body. The opportunity of achieving this status without the complications of becoming a company was provided by legislation passed in 2015 which set up a new status called a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). The trustees decided to go down this path because it offers the advantages enjoyed by a limited company, without the need to change the way the trustees run the charity, while remaining responsible solely to the Charities Commission. The major advantages are twofold. Firstly the trustees are no longer personally liable for the charities liabilities (just like company directors) and, secondly, the CIO is a legal entity able to enter into contracts, leases and the like. These, at present, have to be in the names of trustees who change over time. Perhaps most importantly, it has become clear that prospective trustees are increasingly unwilling to be appointed to unincorporated charities. We have now been granted the status of a CIO. Supporters will see little or no change. We will keep you posted. The latest international greyhound crisis has arisen in Macau. For a good many years there has been poorly regulated racing at a major venue in this city, which was formerly a Portuguese colony and is now part of China. The track is about to close, for which we must be thankful, but this will leave up to 600 greyhounds homeless. Valiant efforts are being made by a local animal welfare group, who hope to be able to bring these dogs to Portugal. Of course, we can do nothing to help from here, but we have offered our assistance if and when these abandoned dogs can be brought to Europe. Is there no end to the cruelty meted out to greyhounds? 8

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In this connection, please read my account on page 16 of a visit to Romania, which is for dogs a hell on earth. We will do what little we can to help greyhounds and crosses. For more cheerful reading, please turn to page 28 for news of a lovely visit to our friends at GACI in Italy. It really lifts the heart to see 200 or so greyhounds and galgos with their adoring owners, knowing that so many of them have been rescued through the generosity of our supporters. We continue to believe that the only hope for the future lies in education and are stepping up our efforts and spreading our work into new areas in Spain. In closing I must offer, renewed thanks to our devoted staff and volunteers and to our supporters, without whom we could do nothing to help galgos and greyhounds. Martin ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Our Patron, Jilly Cooper, with her greyhound Bluebell (left) and galga Purdy—who lives with Judy and Mark in Warwickshire 9

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Education We are pleased to report that the education website is working well and has been used in Summer camps in parts of Spain recently. When we visited Spain earlier this year we were able to sit in on one of the classes at the Arca de Noe shelter and were very impressed at the interest shown by the children. Having three galgos taking part certainly helped and the children were very keen to ask questions and after the class they were taken around the shelter to see the dogs. We would like to thank supporters for donating to our education project. We realise this is an on-going project and we will continue supporting the individuals and shelters in Spain who are promoting education in their areas. We hope in the near future to set up a schools partnership scheme with schools here in the UK. In our enclosed merchandise catalogue you will see that we have produced a 2018 calendar featuring some of the drawings made by the children taking part in this project. We have also produced a mug featuring our cartoon galgos. Proceeds from sales of these items will go towards the education project. You can download the GalGo! Game for free here - 10

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Report on the III Congress of Animal Law of Extremadura, 26th-27th May in Badajoz We were able to offer funding towards this Congress, organised by ADANA and received the following report from Eva…. “In general, we are very happy with the outcome of the Congress because it has been the big opportunity to finally open the doors with Badajoz City Council. We’ve been trying for years to get them to see that our projects are the result of works and collaborations which are doing very well in other cities and the simple fact that they welcomed us was a miracle.This congress and the two previous ones have convinced them that these are serious and necessary proceedings from the outset to protect and defend animals and that ADANA is a serious organisation. Agustin Mansilla Zambrano has organised all the congresses together with the School of Lawyers of Badajoz. Agustin is a member of ADANA and a collegiate lawyer. He has represented ADANA in all trials attended with magnificent results. We’ve had many problems with this congress to agree a definite date. Although initially the School of Lawyers seemed happy with all the proposals we made, every time we proposed a date it was not convenient for them and this made it very difficult to organise the speakers and, of course, to spread the word so that as many interested people as possible could attend. I’m not going to go into detail because it has been really extremely disagreeable and many times we felt like throwing in the towel but we have to say that one of the reasons the congress was finally held was thanks to the insistence and help from GIN. Despite this, there were 36 registrations. People came from Asturias, Madrid, Andalucía and different areas of Extremadura and we counted on the Mayor who opened the congress and this would have been unthinkable a few years ago. All the speakers were exceptional and they literally had to throw us out of the meeting room because it was so interesting and we didn’t want it to end. The attendees participated like never before and many stayed for the dinner in order to continue talking, exchanging experiences, opinions and contact numbers for the future. It’s clear that to organise a congress like that every year is very complicated. The speakers’ diaries are already almost full for the year but we want to have a meeting to discuss just this topic when we return from holidays. There are many things we have to improve but we all agree that this has been the best congress out of the three. Eva, ADANA” 11

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Visit to Spain – June 2017 It was a privilege to travel with Martin, Leigh and Carolyn to meet the dedicated people running rescue and rehoming shelters for galgos in southern Spain, and see some of the vital work that the charity supports and funds. Our first stop was at Arca de Noé in Albacete where our wonderful host Sole and her team of staff and volunteers showed us the improvements that GIN supporters have made possible. We saw the updated veterinary clinic, where dogs can be treated more easily on site, and neutering operations carried out with less stress to the animals. New insulated galgo kennel blocks help keep the dogs cool in the blistering summer heat, while underfloor heating will keep them cosy during the winter months. There are also now solid pathways between the runs. Shelter workers previously had to cope with walkways made of old wooden pallets that were sinking into the mud. Improved security measures mean the height of the wall around the centre has been raised significantly. Previously, galgos were simply being dumped over the wall of the shelter. The centre rehomes more than 100 galgos a year in Italy, while others travel to France, Germany and Slovenia. A new air-conditioned van funded by GIN supporters keeps dogs more comfortable during transport runs. We also met a group of around 45 school students from a nearby village who were taking part in the centre's education programme, which aims to raise awareness of the plight of the galgos in Spain. With enthusiastic help from three of the centre's gorgeous galgos, the students had a chance to see how these dogs could be loving friends and companions, rather than chattels to be discarded at the end of the hunting season. GIN has funded a new education and exercise area at the shelter so groups of children like these from nearby schools can visit on a regular basis. The charity has also developed a new education website with downloadable guides and activities for use in classes. 12

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Volunteers at Arca de Noé told us how just 10 years ago, it was practically unheard of to see someone walking along the local streets with a pet galgo. Now, it was becoming a more common sight - a testament to the work of the staff and volunteers at both this and other rescue shelters. We next travelled to Tobarra to meet Camille, who with her mother Margaret, runs the APA Santa Clara dog shelter. This centre takes in strays and abandoned dogs, including many galgos, and finds homes for them in the nearby area and beyond. One of the first things we saw was a litter of around nine galgo puppies, who had been rescued after being abandoned in a cave. The dedication and hard work of the shelter volunteers was clear, but Camille showed us some of the problems they faced on their current site - makeshift runs and shelters cobbled together from old pallets and beds, erratic water supply, and rat and mouse problems. Added to that, the current owner of the land they were using was planning to sell up in the near future. GIN is hoping to help the mother and daughter team with some funding towards the building of a new shelter on land nearby, with purpose-built runs and dedicated galgo blocks. Our final visit was to Galgos del Sol near Murcia, where Tina and her team run an impressive shelter that has been supported by GIN for some years now. Many improvements had been made since GIN last visited the site, which can now house more than 100 galgos, as well as podencos and other breeds. We saw the two new kennel blocks, newly built office, new exercise area and the on-site accommodation for volunteers, some of whom had travelled from as far away as the USA to help out at the centre. It was both inspiring to see the wonderful work done by the staff and volunteers at the shelters in Spain, and heartbreaking to see how cruelly treated some of the dogs had been before being rescued. But, most of all, it brought home how much they all still need our support. Lynn Jackson, GIN Bournemouth Shop Manager 13

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2017 Projects Arca de Noe—it was good to be able to visit this shelter again and see the improvements that have been made since our last visit. The new kennel blocks have made such a difference and in the heat were nice cool places for the dogs to shelter in—and us at times ! We continue to fund the veterinary costs for the galgos Sole and her team are able to rescue. Last year around 170 were rescued, cared for, Turquesa and Sugar getting ready to greet the children at Arca de Noe transported and adopted in France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia. Two new projects were discussed when we visited—one was replacing the interior fencing. The current fencing was installed over 10 years ago and is important as it keeps the dogs securely separated in their paddocks. This now needs replacing and we have offered some funding towards this. Another project we are funding is a new roof on the quarantine kennel block. Dogs are kept in this block when they first arrive so they can be checked, treated if necessary, before mixing with the dogs already at the kennels. Work will be starting soon. Whilst we were in Albacete we were able to visit a small exhibition in the town of paintings done by Balbino Cerro, who used to run the Arca de Noe shelter. Balbino asked us to choose a painting for our new office and we chose the painting (left) of a Cave house in Chinchilla, near Albacete. It now has pride of place on our office wall! 14

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APA Santa Clara—this was our first visit to APA Santa Clara and our visit coincided with the urgent need for this shelter to move from their current premises to new land being offered by the council. We were able to visit the current shelter and the new piece of land and were able to discuss the necessary work. Margaret had sent us plans for this project when she wrote to ask for help earlier in the year. Margaret and her team help all breeds of dogs, and some cats, in their area. After discussions with our Trustees, on our return, we have offered funding for the building of two kennel blocks for the galgos they rescue. Work has started on this project and hopefully they will be moving in before the end of the year. Galgos del Sol—Our next stop was to visit Tina and the new centre and what a difference from our last visit. Last time we saw a large piece of land with the first kennel block under construction. Tina and her team have worked so hard to get this centre off the ground and it was amazing that so much has been achieved. We saw lots of happy dogs, volunteers working hard playing and caring for the dogs. The sensory walk, the play areas and still lots of space for more to be added. We were glad that the new office, with air conditioning, had just been completed so we could shelter in there from the heat! Tina is as keen as us to promote education in her area and uses the GIN materials in her education work. We discussed our new website with her and were able to look at the plans she has for a new education building on the site. We have now offered funding for this building and work has started. Tina also mentioned running free bi-lingual five week courses for local children, using the material, to help them understand more about the galgos in their area. She hopes that parents will be keen to enrol their children. 15

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