SOS Galgos was founded in Esplugues (Barcelona) in 2000, and has its roots in the Tres Vet clinic, our main veterinary centre. Its founders, Anna Clements and Albert Sordé, met in Barcelona and share a great love for animals and especially greyhounds.
It was after the closure of the Barcelona dog track in 1999 that Anna and her husband Albert decided to fight for the 700 racing greyhounds that were living in deplorable conditions.
They saw that the involvement of foreign associations working in defence of greyhounds was vital in overcoming the passive attitude of and lack of support from the Catalan and Spanish authorities.
We strive to defend the autochthonous Galgos (Spanish greyhounds) that are used indiscriminately by capricious hunters to take part in hare chasing competitions, and are then abandoned, hanged, beheaded or thrown into wells and ditches throughout Spain every year.
We run an adoption programme, but are primarily active in the legislative and educational fields with a view to combating the root problem: the lack of control over breeding and the absence of really effective legislation.
Our work is aimed at making people realise that both greyhounds that have retired from racing and those that are no longer needed for hunting can be ideal domestic pets.