Who we are
Scooby started out in 1987 as a shelter under poor conditions, providing refuge for the stray cat and dog population and the numerous Galgos (Spanish greyhounds) discarded mainly by the local coursing fraternity in the area of Medina del Campo, Valladolid. For years, Scooby is has been and still is lead by its honorary president Fermín Pérez ,who in daily life is a science teacher at the main senior school in Medina del Campo.
Tens of thousands of Galgos are bred annually in Spain in the hope of producing the national coursing champion. Medina del Campo is the focal point for those with a coursing interest in Spain. Many galgueros (breeders and owners of Galgos) live in Medina del Campo and in the surrounding areas. For the galgueros it has been an annual tradition to kill their Galgos by hanging them en masse in the local pine forests at the end of the coursing season (January/February).
After Fermín made the world aware of the situation, the association has grown out through the years. What began in an old ruin with bed frames as fencing, and an old warehouse, both without electricity, heat or water, has moved into a new refuge facility, with the help of international supporters dedicated to Scooby and its important work. Over the past years the galgueros have started to bring their unwanted Galgos to the Scooby shelter that on average Scooby houses about 450 dogs, mainly Galgos. Scooby rehomes a limited number of Galgos and some of the mixed breed dogs via small partner organizations in Europe.
Work is always in progress; however, the new facility became a centre everyone is extremely proud of. Over time the Scooby shelter has expanded in terms of size, (volunteer) workers from several nationalities and a steady stream of voluntary helpers, domestic and veterinary from abroad. In turn, Scooby has gradually been able to start tackling another problem, that of factory farming and environment. The overall objective of this project is to construct an education centre at its property. On a very small scale, Scooby has taken in ducks, geese, battery hens, sheep, goats, pigs, ponies, and more.
Scooby is a privately-owned refuge, the largest safe haven in Spain for all sorts of animals, which means that without the help of supporters from Spain and everywhere around the world, it would not be able to exist.