SOS Podenco Rescue was formed in September 2013 and came about purely by chance. Independantly from each other, Maria Casares and Ulrika Schofield spotted a young, rough coated Podenco named Ray on Facebook who was awaiting death in the killing station in Valencia. They both set about finding a rescuer for him but found themselves stonewalled at every turn. He had only days to live and they had to act quickly. As luck would have it, a Facebook friend who knew both of them, picked up their separate pleas for help, contacted both Maria and Ulrika individually and suggested they team up and rescue Ray themselves. They joined forces, raised funds, found a safe residency for him and bought him free — SOS Podenco Rescue was born!
They do not have their own kennels or property in Spain but use a privately run kennel establishment in Zaragoza, where their dogs are superbly well cared for, thanks to our friend Pilar Sanchez Gomez and her team of ADALA Zaragoza.
SOS Podenco Rescue is entirely reliant on donations for everything they do. Not a single cent is wasted or spent on anything other than the dogs! SOS Podenco Rescue is run entirely by volunteers who all give their time generously without expecting anything in return — apart from seeing one of their dogs leaving for a happier and brighter future in his new forever home!
Maria Casares and Ulrika Schofield, Founders, Zaragoza