Seamus, a 130 pound IWx, was a surrender from the central California coast. Rehomed in Scotts Valley, California.
Rest in Peace, BiBi. We love you. Visit The BiBi Project to read his story and why we’ve created our latest public service program in his honor.
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 guardians, 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 guardians Jennifer & John, whom we feel will give Kona a fun life full of love and happiness.
Joy, a rather tiny galga, lives in Pacifica, California, with two other Sighthound Sanctuary galgos, Spencer and Niebla.
Sweet, beautiful Niebla lives in Pacifica, California.
Sweet, gorgeous, gregarious, can-do-no-wrong-and-loves-everyone Tamu gets to stay right here in Oregon. A very special boy, especially to Rain, we hope to see lots of him through all his years. Love you, mu-mu. <3
Maruka is now homed and will live happily ever after in Canada 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 cues, 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-proper-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, that visitor was back, and Fawn was on her way home to Portland, Oregon. Fawn, now Hazel, is sure to have a great life with dedicated hound parents. We are very happy for all three of them.
Johann was with us barely 3 weeks when he found his forever guardian. Sweet, lucky boy! He now lives in Seattle, Washington. Don’t be a stranger, Johann. 🙂
We saved Nucca from a ‘killing station’ in Almeria, then while in foster awaiting travel, she 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 does not want her to leave, 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. After some discussion with the foster mom and the original rescue contact in Spain, we agreed that this is the healthiest scenario for Nucca, since she’s been there long enough to establish herself 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. The foster mom will do her adoption paperwork through the Almeria group since Nucca’s documents are still in Spain.
Update: Nucca was reported lost shortly thereafter. She may have been being offered for adoption as “Betty” before her reported loss. If anyone has information, please contact us. She was fostered, living, and supposed to have been adopted through Almeria perrera, in the Cadiz region.
Pringles our sweet, somewhat shy, devoted, beautiful, loving, hugging, all around beloved boy held out for just the right guardian and found her in Jo Beth and daughter Monica. Pringles, now Primo, 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 make the long journey here. After much discussion and soul-searching, we decided to look for a home 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 for 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 make a long trip.)
Young podenco Wonder was found on the streets of Spain. With the help of contacts there, we rescued him, prepared him for homing, and had him placed in a safe Spanish foster rescue, 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 guardians were carefully screened and found trustworthy, we agreed to let him remain there and be homed. Happy life, Wonder. You always have a place here if things don’t work out!
(To those who might ask: No, we did not push for our expenses be returned, and they were not).
Eight month old Boo (previously called Nobu), a beautiful brown and white Podenca Canaria puppy from the Canary Islands, hit the home jackpot here in California. Boo joins already established and trusted guardians Leon & Sue and family of well-loved and very happy hounds including our previously rescued Marina and Chai. 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 sealed a permanent deal with 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 spoken-for 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 fees paid . . . .
Okay yes, she is now a permanent member of our own family! We are sooooo in love with this sweet wire-haired podenca. She rules (literally).
Pirulo fell in love with his foster family and they with him, so after Pirulo politely declined a couple of early applications, eventually there was a mutual placement 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 is a smaller podenca, 30 pounds, and shy but very sweet. We agreed to pull her from a rescue shelter in Spain along with two other dogs. After promoting her on our social media, an interested party soon queried. Conversations were had, cat tests were done, double checks, more queries, then application and screening, homecheck, a lot of work as usual, but Maya had a home waiting for her in San Jose, California when she arrived in the USA.
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 homed with Tanya in San Diego. (Moved later to Sacramento area.) Zebby has, thank goodness, moved from a once outdoor pup surrendered to us, to an indoor princess luxuriating on the couch and sleeping in the human bed.
Adorable galgo Spencer was homed in San Francisco, California. Before finding his forever home here, he had been reserved for a family in Spain, but that family was in a serious car accident and could not take him. BaasGalgo asked us to bring him here for homing, and that seemed to work out for him. Spencer became the central figure of the family’s Chigalgo squad. They moved shortly thereafter, to Pacifica, California.
Ibis, now Oafy, was homed with Juliet and Ian, who had also fostered and then permanently committed to 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 two spatting hounds can come with a little time and kind training.
Rayna, now Pumpkin, is a small Podenca Andaluz 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 placement. 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 California that we placed beautiful Marina, a Podenca Ibicenca, with Leon & Susan as well. Keep reading this page to learn what happened next in the this household. Luck abounds.
Chai, a smooth Saluki, is safely homed in California. He was excited to discover the wonderful acreage he gets to enjoy, not to mention his loving forever guardians. Chai had been surrendered to us for reasons related to seizures; since before he was surrendered there had been mention of possible euthanasia over fear of brain tumor, we are very glad to report he is doing very well and is seizure free!–thanks to the commitment of his new parents and their vet.
Ciclon, now Beezer, a Podenco Ibicenco puppy, lives with Lori and Doug in Milan, Michigan. They are very lucky on two counts: Not only to get a puppy, but to get a podenco at all since we don’t normally place dogs in their area — and things had to be just so, including a lucky for them travel volunteer. Above all else, we need to know that the dogs will always be well and happy, so many more concerns were explored and conversations were had before agreeing to this placement. All said and done, Lori promised us that she would never us down.
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 Sightound Sanctuary followers all over the world. The international fan club of our beloved Terra was at once envious and overjoyed to learn that found her forever home. Many had inquired but only this special couple 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 Podenco family member. (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 given a permanent home by Christina in Mountain View. Though he has now appropriated a plush rocking chair as his dog bed, his hobbies include sleeping in laundry baskets and wrestling blankets.
Hero, now Linus, a Podenco Ibicenco, lives with Jennifer, John, and greyhound siblings in a wonderful home in Clovis, California. Jennifer calls him her Little Cinnamon Bun.
Ori, a super sweet Podenco Canario, was met in Spain by one of the sanctuary caretakers, with whom Ori bonded almost instantly. They spent a few days getting to know one another and there was rumor they might run off together. 😉 But alas, they had to come back to boring old USA. They flew into SFO, where the other sanctuary caretaker waited to make sure all was well and get in some nuzzle time with Sir Cuddly. Origo lives in San Francisco, California. His human is very lucky to have this uber special boy!
Iris is a rather timid, sweet, and lovely podenca that now joins our own little family. Welcome home, Iris.
Chihuahua Pony lives in the Berkeley area of California. Things could have turned out much differently for Pony–he had been on the euthanize list in an Orange County shelter, where we had no “pull rights,” being in Northern California, so though we tried for weeks to save him, we got nowhere. Thanks to the help of friends in Southern California who finally pulled him for us, he’s safe and enjoying life.
Rescued from Spanish shelters at the request of a rescue partner in Spain in 2014-2015. Shiloh was placed by the rescue partner in the EU.
The rescue partner eventually decided that it would be better for Candle to not have to fly overseas and she instead wanted to keep Candle with her in Spain. (To those who have asked: No, we did not push for our expenses to be returned, and they were not).
2013 (founding year) to YTD 2018 Lifesaving Percentage: 100%
(100% lifesaving means that all dogs taken into SSAS survive: 0% euthanasia in care; 0% death in care; 0% lost in care.)
Yearly Statistics / Live Release Rate / Save Rate:
2018: YTD Total intake: = 0 / YTD total homed = 3 adult canine / YTD total awaiting homing = 2 (number does not include medical rehab case / fearful case not appropriate / ready for adoption to layperson homes)
*Note: Our intakes include many special needs dogs, which require longer stays with us for ABA and/or on doctor ordered bed rest, and then tend to require special forever homes; these dogs therefore do not as easily or as quickly find suitable homes and are welcome to remain with us until they do.
2017: Total intake = 2 adult canines / Total homed* = 5 adult canines / Total awaiting placement = 5
2016: Total intake = 16 adult canines / Total homed = 9 adult canines / Total awaiting placement = 7
2015: Total intake = 14 adult canines / Total homed = 14 adult canines
2014: Total intake = 11 adult canines / Total homed = 11 adult canines
Source of Intakes: Transfer from other rescues & shelters: 39 Strays: 2 Owner surrender: 6
(Please note: No cat data is provided because we are currently a dog only rescue.)