Galgos del Sol rescues take all forms — We are prepared to run out of the house at any time to jump fences, search through orange groves in 100º weather, tiptoe around private property, shimmy into impossibly tight spaces, plunge into tunnels, and dodge traffic.
Our car is always prepared with leashes, treats, and a chip scanner. We are perpetually on call. Sometimes a galgo is ready to be saved and a few kind words do the trick.
Other times, terrified of humans and ravaged with hunger, these dogs will stay just out of reach for months.
We study their routines, leave food and water, and slowly build their confidence until they can be approached. One galgo, Chase, eventually allowed one of our volunteers to sit near him, but as soon as she raised her arms to slip a lead over his head, he’d bolt. After sitting with him for hours one day, she began singing softly. He fell asleep deeply enough for the lead to finally be attached.
We have been bitten and covered with poop, vomit, pee, worms, fleas and ticks on more occasions than can recounted. One galgo was so frantic once we got him into the car that he chewed through the lead restraining him and leapt on the dashboard throwing himself against the front window to escape.
When we rescue a dog, regardless of time, day or night, we alert our vet that we are on our way for a dog to be evaluated and treated. No matter how many dogs we rescue, it is always a rush and never predictable.
Their ultimate gratitude makes all the sleepless nights crawling on hands and knees through fields with a torch hoping to catch a glint of an eye, more than worthwhile.
–-Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Avenue, 624-9954
–-Clues Unlimited Mystery Book Store, 3146 E. Fort. Lowell Road (SE corner Country Club), 326-8533 (closed Sun/Mon)
–-A K Jensen Apparel, (St. Philips Plaza), 4340 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 72, 529-2775
–-Sissy’s Pet Salon, 7350 N La Cholla Blvd (by Albertsons), 229-9898 (limited selection)