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About us


  • To improve animal welfare and bring about an end to animal cruelty, neglect, overbreeding and abandonment through rescue, rehabilitation, veterinary treatment.
  • To change attitudes towards animal welfare positively through education and publicity.
  • To arrive at a situation in which animals are seen as sentient beings and companions.



“Transforming animals’ lives and changing attitudes”.

  • Continue to rescue neglected animals but eventually close the doors because need for rescue is eradicated
  • Engagement with local council and government
  • Bring about consistent law enforcement
  • Improve shelter facilities to become an efficient (including energy efficient) and model shelter in Spain
  • Have a long-term funding plan and steady income
  • Continuously improve the staff animal care skills
  • Have an education and outreach programme
  • Institute animal therapy / assistance within the community
  • Combine with coalition of animal protection organisations in Spain



  • Zero tolerance of animal abuse in society. Confront and challenge issues which put animals at risk
  • Be the voice for the animals in Spain
  • High ethics and integrity
  • High standards of shelter management and animal care within the shelter






The Sanctuary at Scooby is the permanent home to 200 farm animals, all victims of the livestock and entertainment industry or other types of abuse. Amongst our residents we have horses, donkeys, goats, pigs, cows, rabbits, raccoons, hens, geese, ducks, etc. Most come from Guardia Civil seizures, zoo closures or after been abandoned.
These animals are not up for adoption and we strive to provide them with a nice environment and hope they will live a long happy life at the Sanctuary.
You can help them through Adopción Virtual or join our group of volunteers, reach us at



Scooby, shelter and sanctuary, has been providing a home to mistreated and abandoned animals for more than 30 years. It was created thanks to the initiative of a group of women who wanted to do something about the amount of abandoned dogs in the area of Medina del Campo (Valladolid). In the nineties, Scooby brings to light the atrocities inflicted on Spanish galgos and its work is internationalized by Scooby´s current chairman, Fermín Pérez.

At present, international funding and adoptions from countries such as Holland, France, Italy and Germany are crucial for our NGO. In 2015, for the first time since Scooby´s inception, the number of adoptions of dogs and cats surpassed that of collections with a total of 1138 adoptions.

Despite of this, the abandonment numbers do not decrease and are giving us in 2017 alarming figures. Every day an average of 4 to 5 abandoned animals arrive at our shelters. The end of the hunting season in February along with the birth of unwanted litters, especially in spring, mark two critical points of abandonment.

Nowadays we are the largest shelter in Spain and its premises home more than 600 dogs and cats, plus 200 farm animals in our Sanctuary. Horses, donkeys, goats, sheeps, pigs, geese, ducks, etc... All of them with a past of abuse live today free in our meadows.

Discover how you can collaborate and how to adopt (Internal link to ADOPTION) one of our animals.

Scooby is mainly financed through donations, membership fees and merchandising sales. In addition, it carries out the pickup service of abandoned animals in Palencia, Zamora, in the province of Salamanca and Medina del Campo.

What began in an old ruin with bed frames as fencing, and an old run down warehouse, both without electricity, heat or water, has moved into a new refuge facility. In 2001 the land, right across the old warehouse, with a size of 90,000 square meters (22 scres), was purchased with the help of a great many people in various countries. We had something "in common", we succeeded in acting like the United Nations in order to save the Galgos, which proves that any problems you encounter both as human beings and as animals are international ones. Something that would not have been possible without the wonderful "tool" called Internet.

As mentioned before, we purchased the land, started building on it and are still busy building on it. We have several different free-range paddocks, each with covered sections or wooden houses for during the night and to protect against the elements of nature. Through the years we were able expend further, depending on new available funds, and we were able to create a proper office, surgery room and warehouses for storage of food, laundry (blankets, towels, coats, etc.) and medical supplies. Moreover, there are 8 large and 5 small quarantine kennels accommodating the new entries and those dogs requiring special treatment.

There is a fully equipped kitchen, two bathrooms with showers, one for ladies and one for gentlemen, donated caravans to offer the visiting volunteers a free accommodation, a bathroom for the dogs and a recovery room for dogs after medical treatment. And above all the luxury of being able to use electricity and water! All together, there are enough facilities to take care of the 450 dogs on average that live in our shelter, and to be able to offer them a place to live. A decent place compared to a home situation after adoption, a perfect place compared to how they would end up without our shelter and your help.

Vets from all over the world have been here on a voluntary basis to carry out the castrations for it would be impossible for us to pay the cost for all operations in the local animal clinics. And since we have our own clinic on site, we invite the vets reading our pages and willing to help to come here. They can do castrations and carry out all the veterinary treatments necessary at the time.

Since 2006 we have been constructing an education centre at our property, with the aim to offer a small-scale lecture programme and supporting learning materials to schools, the local community, authorities and visitors to our shelter. Ducks, geese, battery hens, sheep, goats, pigs, ponies, two raccoons and many donkeys live here together in freedom, peace and harmony. Our aim is to teach the people about animal welfare and environmental issues. Further expansion of the rescue centre is not possible at this moment, for we have no capacity to take care of the dogs that we already have. Further, we are gradually refurbishing the existing buildings because with the hundreds of dogs present, they are able to destroy nearly everything!

As a result of this, again we wish to invite all those able to help, especially electricians, masons, fitters or plumbers. Or the ones who simply have skillful hands and wish to lend us a hand for we always have more than enough work. So anybody willing to spend some time at Scooby, and not afraid of some hard work, you are always very welcome. However, please bear in mind that we have a great number of animals and even if the animal shelter is in a very good condition it may not be what you are used to in other countries, although few of the animal shelters in other countries probably accommodate that many animals. Anyway, you will always find people here who are willing to work, lend a hand and who will support you in everything you may need.

On average the Scooby rescue centre accommodates about 450 dogs, mainly Galgos, and 50 cats approx. It is rare that we ever have less than 300 Galgos, and in order to cope with all the expenses we need your financial support – this is evident. However, our most urgent and important task is to find the animals a new home. We succeed in finding new homes for the animals gradually and with the assistance of the organizations we cooperate with in Europe and the USA, but in order to save more, the number of adoptions will have to grow, and there are a great number of dogs on the waiting list for adoption.

We do not wish for Scooby to turn into a camp of Galgos that will never have the opportunity to move to a new home, and this is why the number of animals entering must not exceed the number of animals being adopted, otherwise we could never handle the work in the years to follow.

For this reason, we must appeal to your generosity and support in our effort to find new homes for a growing number of animals. If you have already adopted a Galgo, please tell your neighbours and friends of these great animals for they really are wonderful friends for life. And all you who are in a position to reach into your wallets please bear in mind that there are hundreds of Galgos and other breeds and mix breed dogs in the Medina area that are in urgent need of your support.



In order to fight against abandonment and animal abuse, we believe that working on several educational lines that promote empathy is crucial.

Periodically our educational team organises open days and visits to schools and nursing homes. Our educational lines are based on three pillars:

  • Encourage Responsible Tenure. To inform about the importance of sterilization, identification and to carry veterinary control of pets.
  • Veganism. To show the suffering of animals that are victims of industrial livestock and how the consumption of meat is one of the main causes of global warming. We consider veganism as the most respectful and healthy option.
  • Environment. To insist about vital environmental issues such as pollution, energy and water waste and what we can do to fight them.


We will wait for you 



Eighty per cent of the dogs rescued by Scooby are a result of hunting. Most of them are simply “discarded” by huntsmen and galgueros (Spanish greyhound breeders) when they are no longer profitable, and are mainly galgos and podencos.

The over-breeding of these animals in the hope of getting a “winner” amongst countless litters makes our work never-ending. It is thanks to international adoptions that we can continue with our work rescuing more animals. We organise about 20 trips around Europe per year in order to take our dogs to their new adoptive homes. In addition, we are seeing an increase in the number of adoptions from the USA. Scooby rescues around 600 galgos a year, some handed over by their “owners” but most are found wandering the streets, abandoned. Many of these are hurt or arrive with physical wounds after being hit by cars, and so require medical attention and sometimes surgery, which is all very costly. Not to mention the emotional scars a lot of them are left with. Most can be re-homed after a lot of care and effort, but the most traumatized cases normally stay on with us.

Unfortunately, it is a different story for podencos, mixed-raced, elderly and sick dogs. They are the “invisible or forgotten dogs”, who can spend years in the shelter and even end up dying here. Would you like to meet them and maybe give them a chance to find their forever home?



Currently we have shelters in Medina del Campo (Valladolid), Valladolid, Zamora and Palencia:


Scooby Medina del Campo.

Dirección: Carretera de Olmedo km.2

Teléfono: 983 481 065




Scooby Residencia Valladolid.

Dirección: C/Panera 2 Parva de la Ría, Valladolid



Scooby Zamora.

Dirección: Polígono Industrial Los Llanos

Teléfono: 678198376




Scooby Palencia.

Dirección: Depósito de Ramirez km 2 Carretera de Autilla s/n



Scooby Medina - Shelter Tour 2008


Scooby Zamora - Shelter Tour


New evidence reveals the horror of hangings in Spain

A new investigation by WSPA has exposed the way in which thousands of Spanish greyhounds (known as galgos), are hanged following the end of the hare coursing season at the start of each year.

The results of the investigation, carried out in the Castilla y Leon and Castilla la Mancha regions of Spain in March this year with the assistance of the Spanish organisation Scooby (Sociedad Protectora de Animales Scooby), revealed widespread evidence that the age-old tradition of hanging dogs in Spain continues to this day. WSPA estimates that tens of thousands of galgos are being bred and killed annually in rural areas.

WSPA discovered dead dogs with nooses around their necks dumped in shallow graves or lying under trees where they had been hung and, on a rubbish tip outside the village of Rueda near Tordesillas, investigators witnessed the gruesome sight of a dead galgo hanging from a willow tree. The skeletal remains of galgos were commonplace as well as evidence of hung dogs being set on fire, with melted nooses hanging above fresh bones and ash on the ground below.

WSPA also learnt how dogs that have raced poorly are typically hung low in a slow death known as 'the piano player' due to the frantic scrabbling of their legs in a vain attempt to touch the ground. Those who have raced well are hung high, resulting in a quicker death. Unwanted galgos may also be stoned, tied up and left to starve, staked in a pond and left to drown or thrown into wells and set on fire.

Alistair Findlay, a WSPA investigator, said, " It is scandalous that Spain, a country currently holding presidency of the European Union, is allowing man's best friend to be so cruelly and callously abused in this manner. This is a graphic example of why a national animal welfare law is so desperately needed in Spain."

At present, it is not illegal to kill a dog by hanging in Andalucia and Extremadura, where there are no animal protection laws. In Castilla y Leon, a law threatening a fine of 15,000 Euros (£39,540, $21,000USD) to anyone hanging a dog has yet to be enforced.

But there is hope. A few dogs do get spared of this cruel death and are taken to Scooby's shelter, set up in 2000. Fermin Perez is in charge and he and his team endeavour to nurse the dogs back to health, neuter them and put the dogs into a re-homing scheme; "We need more support and awareness that this is still going on and we need to stop this now." said Fermin Perez.

WSPA has written to the Spanish authorities, calling on this EU member state to finally adopt a national animal welfare law that would outlaw such cruelty.

SCOOBY is encouraging letters of protest to the President of Spain..

Sr. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
President of Spain:
Presidente del Gobierno
Palacio de la Moncloa
28071 Madrid

Fax: 0034 913 900 217
Formulario escribir al Presidente

Minister of Agriculture:
Ministra de Agricultura
Excma Sa. Elena Espinosa Mangana
Paseo Infanta Isabel, 1
28014 Madrid

Fax: 91.4675854

About Us

Scooby, shelter and sanctuary, has been providing a home to mistreated and abandoned animals for more than 30 years. It was created thanks to the initiative of a group of women who wanted to do something about the amount of abandoned dogs in the area of Medina del Campo (Valladolid). In the nineties, Scooby brings to light the atrocities inflicted on Spanish galgos and its work is internationalized...


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