We are excited to share success stories and adoption updates!
Beltza, a handsome galgo who had been waiting in his Spanish rescue a very long time, comes to us from FBM and heads straight to his adopters, Suzanne & Ted, in Washington state! Suzanne specifically asked us to find the most disadvantaged galgo. Beltza not only had waited a long time, but bears many scars from his life as a hunter’s tool.
Kona now lives in California with her new podenco brother Linus (Hound Sanctuary’s “Hero” from 2014) and two greyhounds. We are so happy that she has scored such a wonderful home with our already-established adopters Jennifer & John, whom we feel will give Kona a fun life full of love and happiness.
Joy lives in Pacifica, California, with two other Hound Sanctuary galgo adoptees, Spencer and Niebla, and their moms Michelle & Cynthia, and chihuahua siblings.
Maruka is now adopted and will live happily ever after on Vancouver Island with her new parents, Lisa & Jamie. We are very happy for all of them.
Sweet 8 year old girl Maruka, apparently an Irish Wolfhound/Sheepdog mix, had been with her owners since she was 3 months old. She was surrendered to us on June 15 for no fault of her own. She is incredibly sweet, mild-mannered, gentle, and has a beautiful gray-black-with sable coat (unfortunately someone cut it so it has some growing back to do). Maruka is spayed, updated on vaccines, housetrained, knows and follows basic commands, enjoys walks and the outdoors but also enjoys just lazing around inside with her family. She adores pets and tummy rubs. She just needs love and attention so that she can enjoy her golden years. She also needs to lose some weight as she has not been exercised for some time and had been eating table scraps/not-prooper-for-dogs edibles. She is currently about 90 pounds but fairly small/short (maybe 24″ to the shoulder?), so this is way too much weight for her. If you would like the honor of giving Maruka the best golden years possible, please apply. No children, please, as those were the cause of her being unseated. Not yet tested with cats. Her surrenderers advised that she gets along well with all dogs, and most loves smaller female dogs who like to run around and play; however, since being with us she has played well with the two large podenco boys here and has been good with all the dogs she has met here. She wants to play with them and has tried some running around. It looks like there’s a little bear running around in our yard. 🙂
Fawn perhaps sealed her deal when she attempted to sit in a visitor’s lap. About a week later, she was adopted and on her way home with Eric & Tina to Portland, Oregon. Fawn, now Hazel, is sure to have a great life, as Tina and Eric are wonderful people and attentive, dedicated houndie parents. We are super happy for all three of them!
Chihuahua Pony aka Cappone was adopted by his foster mom Lupe and lives in Berkeley, California. He will join his mom on her daily walks at Fort Funston with her dog walking clients. Things could have turned out much differently for Pony–we found him at Orange County Shelter where he had been on the euthanize list. Thanks to the help of many wonderful people, he is safe and very happy in NorCal now.
Johann was with us barely 3 weeks when he found his forever mommy. Sweet, lucky boy! He now lives with Amanda in Seattle, Washington, where he gets lots and lots of time and attention from his new mama. He even gets to go to work with her!
Nucca was saved from a killing station in Almeria, then while in foster awaiting travel, tested positive for leish, which meant she had a long stay ahead of her in Spain while being treated. Nucca has tested negative for several months now and we have been looking forward to finally bringing her to us., but today we received news from her foster mom that she wants to adopt Nucca–she has fallen in love with her, plus she feels that Nucca is very happy there. We respect her opinion and it makes sense to us, after all she’s been through. We think this is the healthiest scenario for Nucca, since she’s been there long enough to establish her self as part of the household, and has healed well there. There is no point in pulling her out of a home she feels is hers. She’s happy, her foster mom is happy — and we are very happy for them. Thank you to Margarita for welcoming her into her home as a permanent member.
Mr. Pringles, aka Pringles, aka Pring Pring, aka Pring, now Primo, our sweet, somewhat shy, devoted, beautiful, loving, hugging, all around beloved boy held out for just the right adopter and found her in Jo Beth and daughter Monica. Pringles now lives in Monte Sereno, California and will enjoy daily walks through the amazing Vasona Park when not luxuriating in his lovely new home or relaxing by the pool–supervised, of course–in his own back yard. Jo Beth is a devoted dog mom and will give Primo a life full of love and everything he needs and deserves.
Elfie was a rescue we did in partnership with a rescuer in Malaga, Spain. After pulling her from the pound and placing her in foster to prepare for travel, we were advised by her vet that she was much older than her paperwork stated, and that therefore it might not be safe for her to travel here. After much discussion and soul-searching, we decided to look for an adopter in or close to Spain for Elfie. As we were looking, an unexpected event ensued in Spain that made this suddenly an urgent situation. We and Elfie were very lucky that a wonderful woman in Spain came forward to adopt Elfie; she gave her a wonderful, loving forever home. Thank you so much, Marjo. xx (As it turned out, Elfie’s health had declined while in foster in Spain, much to our shock, so it was a very good thing she did not fly to us and that Marjo kindly adopted her instead.)
Young podenco Wonder was found on the streets of Spain. With the help of our friends and partners there, we rescued him, prepared him for adoption, and had him placed in safe foster, but before we could barely blink an eye, let alone plan his trip to us, a couple in Spain fell in love with him. After being assured that the prospective adopters were carefully screened and found trustworthy, we agreed to let him remain there and be adopted. Happy life, Wonder. You always have a place here if things don’t work out!
Eight month old Boo (previously called Nobu), a beautiful brown and white Podenca Canaria puppy from the Canary Islands, hit the adoption jackpot here in California. Adopted by our already established and trusted adopters Leon & Sue, Boo joins a well loved and very happy family of hounds that includes our previously rescued Marina and Chai as well. With several fenced acres on which to frolic and several playmates with whom to play the days away, along with her stay at home humans to provide home-made food, plenty of love, and laps for naps as needed, Boo will has everything she ever needs and more. (Turns out she also enjoys being Marina’s sentinel.)
Diego, now Buddy, had a couple of very old leg injuries that made some folks hesitant, but the podenco sweetness always prevails and wins over any true animal lover. Buddy was adopted by his foster family in Pacifica, California, where he will live out his happy, much-loved life with Michael, Andrea, a sweet greyhound, and cats.
Wire-haired podenca Harmony, now Hazel, was already adopted long before she arrived in San Francisco. Hazel will live happily ever after with Linda, Debra, and new big brother and playmate Doux in Eureka, California.
Jockey, whom we rescued from a craigslist ad, is a darling 5 pound Chihuahua. He lives with his forever family Christy, Nate, and big sister Luna in San Francisco, California. He’s so happy to have a playmate his own size and a family of his own, and we are very happy for him. Sweetest.boy.ever.
Well, we said early on that Dahlia was reserved, and that was true . . . . and her adoption fees paid . . . .
Okay yes, we adopted her ourselves! We are sooooo lucky and so in love with this sweet wire-haired podenca. She’s a dream.
Pirulo fell in love with his foster family and they with him, so after Pirulo politely passed on a couple of early applications, eventually there was a mutual adoption agreement. 🙂 Pirulo, now Louie, lives happily ever after with his forever family Taunya, Jon, and Gwynn in South Portland, Maine, where he enjoys lap-dogging and hole-huddling, among other things.
Maya was adopted before she even arrived! It was off the airplane and into her forever mom’s arms. Maya lives with Cara & Garrison in San Jose, California, where she is treated like the royalty she was meant to be.
Podenco Cloudy, now Feargal McCloud, lives happily ever after with Sean and Taylor in Santa Cruz, California. They were fosters first, but they and their 6 year old Ibizan hound Phineas quickly fell in love with Cloudy, and he with them. As anyone who followed Cloudy and his story knows, you cannot possibly look into his eyes and not fall in love. But knowing him in person made it all the more impossible.
Greyhound puppy Zebby, now Sweetie, was adopted by our friend Tanya in San Diego. Tanya was one of the people who helped rescue her and get her to us, so Zebby’s trip from foster to forever home was a familiar one. Zebby went from a once outdoor pup luckily surrendered to us to an indoor princess luxuriating on the couch and sleeping in the human bed. Way to go, girl!
Adorable galgo Spencer was adopted by Cynthia & Michelle in San Francisco, California. Before finding his forever home here, he had been reserved to an adoptive family in Spain, but that family was in a serious car accident and could not take him. So we brought him here and it all worked out for him! He is now the central figure of the family’s Chigalgo squad.
Ibis, now Oafy, was adopted by Juliet and Ian, who had also adopted Denco, now Charlie, the year before. After a somewhat challenging start wherein Charlie did NOT like Oafy at all, they fell in love and now Charlie and Oafy are best buddies and simply can not be separated–as if Juliet would ever allow that. Oafy’s and Charlie’s story is a testament to how far your adopted hounds can come with a little time and great training.
Rayna, now Pumpkin, is a small Podenca Andaluz adopted by and living happily with Liz, Elliot, and their two daughters in Capitola, California.
Puppy Skylar, another Podenca Ibicenca, and her forever daddy Scott hit it big with this adoption. Scott received a beautiful, cuddly pup that will love him for years to come, and Skylar scored a super-loving home on Vashon Island (Washington state), where she enjoys plenty of exercise and gets to go to work with dad.
Everything turned out so well for Chai in Fortuna that a few weeks later we placed beautiful Marina, a Podenca Ibicenca, with Leon & Susan as well. Keep reading our “Adopted” stories to learn what happened next in the Fortuna household. Luck abounds.
Chai, a smooth Saluki, was adopted by Susan & Leon in Fortuna, CA. He, and we, were excited to discover the wonderful acreage he gets to enjoy, as well as his loving adopters. Chai had been surrendered to us for reasons related to seizures, but he is doing very well now thanks to the determination of his new parents and their vet.
Ciclon, now Beezer, then just a Podenco Ibicenco puppy, was adopted before he even arrived. Lori and Doug of Milan, Michigan drove all the way to JFK airport to pick him up and begin their exciting new life together. 😉 (With a podenco puppy, you are pretty much guaranteed a lot of excitement!)
Terra, now Penny, is a Podenco Canario with a huge fan base. Fawned over with great interest during her time as a foster at our old California location, she drew the adoration of Hound Sanctuary followers all over the world. The international fan club of our beautiful, beloved Terra was at once envious and overjoyed to learn that Terra has been adopted. Many had inquired but only this very special couple Natalie & Lester turned out to be just the right family for her. It was love at first sight, and Terra/Penny undoubtedly will be the talk and treasure of western Canada.
Denco, now Charlie, was fostered right off the plane by Juliet & Ian and soon became their first adopted Podenco. (Yes, I did say “first” . . . as in there’s also a second!) They all live happily together in Livermore, California.
Upon arrival in California, Copo was fostered in San Francisco then very quickly scooped up for adoption by Christina in Mountain View, California. His hobbies include sleeping in laundry baskets (though he has now appropriated a plush rocking chair as his dog bed), wrestling blankets, and being the house running buddy.
Hero, now Linus, a Podenco Ibicenco, was adopted by and lives with Jennifer, John, and greyhound siblings in a wonderful home in Clovis, California. Jennifer calls him her Little Cinnamon Bun.
Sweet, beautiful Niebla lives in Pacifica, California, where she was adopted by her foster family Michelle, Cynthia, Spencer the Galgo Espanol, and several chihuahuas. Niebla will have a wonderful life in Pacifica, helping her moms dog sit during the weekdays and enjoying Fort Funston walks on the evenings / weekends.
Ori, a super sweet Podenco Canario, was adopted in San Francisco by Scarlett Cermak.
Iris is a rather timid, sweet, and lovely podenca that now joins our own little family. Welcome home, Iris.
2013 (founding year) to February (present) 2017 Lifesaving Percentage: 100%
(100% lifesaving means that all dogs taken into HS survive: 0% euthanasia in care; 0% death in care; 0% lost in care.)
Yearly Statistics / Live Release Rate / Save Rate:
2017: YTD Total intake = 0 canines / YTD total adopted = 1 adult canine / YTD Total in sanctuary or foster homes awaiting adoption = 8
2016: Total intake = 19 adult canines / Total adopted = 10 adult canines / Total in sanctuary or foster homes awaiting adoption = 9
2015: Total intake = 14 adult canines / Total adopted = 14 adult canines
2014: Total intake = 11 adult canines / Total adopted = 11 adult canines
Source of Intakes: Transfer from other rescues & shelters: 38 Strays: 2 Owner surrender: 4
(Please note: No cat data is provided because we are currently a dog only rescue.)