Working closely with Spanish shelters, GRIN raises awareness of the galgo's plight through networking and social media. Our primary goal is to aid shelters through fundraising. Additionally, we assist with adoptions to rehome galgos and podencos in the US. We inspire change in the treatment of these sighthounds by providing information through a variety of media.
What is GRIN?
The Galgo Rescue International Network (GRIN) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization run entirely by volunteers that was founded to establish a relationship between the animal shelters in Spain and animal lovers in the US and around the world. Our love of greyhounds and concern for their plight drew us to their cousins — the galgos and podencos.
What is GRIN Doing to Help the Galgos?
Since its inception in 2006, GRIN has rehomed hundreds of dogs (most of them galgos); provided thousands of leashes, collars, and coats to the shelters; delivered hundreds of pounds of medical supplies to the shelter clinics; and donated tens of thousands of dollars in cash to shelters.
GRIN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity and we conduct various fundraisers with all profits benefiting the galgos and podencos of Spain both through direct donation and through campaigns to educate the public about the grim situation in Spain.
Does GRIN Work with Other Animals or Just Galgos?
GRIN’s original mission was dedicated solely to the galgo. However, it quickly became apparent that our help was needed with other breeds of sighthounds, including the galgo’s close cousins, the podencos.
Aren't There Enough Dogs in the U.S. in Need of Homes?
Pet overpopulation is truly an overwhelming issue that affects animals and people worldwide. All over the world animals are bred indiscriminately. There are not enough homes available for the animals that are products of intentional breeding, much less all the "accidental" breeding. The result of this is the euthanasia of countless thousands of dogs and cats each year. The keys to changing the pet overpopulation crisis are the spaying/neutering of all dogs and cats, and education of the public at large.
At GRIN, we see the pet overpopulation as a problem without borders and we want to make a difference wherever and however we can. By bringing galgos and podencos to the US, we are exposing the atrocities that occur in Spain with these "ambassadogs", and hopefully educating people. Each of the GRIN board members is involved in the rescue and care of animals in the US. Our goal is to raise awareness and promote change in the way animals are treated everywhere.