Sergeant Shane & Julia

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I’m going to let Sgt. Shane tell you about Julia. But first you should know that Sgt. Shane is not asking us to make the trip to Egypt to rescue her. He is insisting that he do it himself – he doesn’t want to put anyone in danger on his behalf.You should also know this: Sgt. Shane serves in the National Guard and was deployed to Egypt in 2012. He came home to Lexington, NC in 2013. And he’s been trying to adopt Julia ever since then — only to be stopped each time by the military bureaucracy. Not once, not ever has he given up hope of reuniting with her. Now, after two long years, he finally has the chance to save her. And you have the chance to help make it happen. We are coordinating the travel and rescue logistics for Sgt. Shane. It’s a complicated and expensive endeavor. What he still needs is the only thing he doesn’t have – the money to make it all happen.Sgt. Shane’s story is one of devotion, of determination, of perseverance. It’s the story of one soldier’s promise to the dog he loves with all his heart. And I hope and pray that we can give the Sgt. and Julia the happy ending they deserve.I am asking you to please take a moment and read Sgt. Shane’s heartfelt words: “My name is SGT Shane, I am currently serving with the US Army National Guard in North Carolina. I am contacting you today in the hopes of receiving your assistance in bringing home the dog that was attached to my unit as a “visual deterrent” while I served in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula as part of the Multinational Force and Observers. The dog’s name is Julia and I was her first handler in 2012 and I developed a bond with her that I have never had with any other animal. She ate, slept, played, trained, and comforted us every day. She never once left my side. I attempted to adopt her multiple times while there with her, but my efforts were blocked by my chain of command each time. I recently was informed that there was a possibility that I may now be able to adopt her as the need for her there has somewhat changed. I am able and willing to do whatever it may take to get Julia back. She was the absolute best dog I have ever had the privilege of serving/working with, and I made her a promise on my last day in country that if there was ever a way for me to get her back that I would do it, and that I would not allow her to live out the rest of her days in the desert if there was anything that I could do about it. Please let me know what it is that I need to do, or what I can do in order to keep my promise.”I’ve read Sgt. Shane’s words many times – and I am moved by them each and every time. I imagine you are, too. And I believe that you will give what you can today so that the Sergeant can do what he needs to do, what he has waited two years to do, what he promised Julia he would do – go to Egypt and bring her home with him.Please help us fund his trip. Donate right now to help Sgt. Shane save Julia.

The Noble, Gentle Greyhounds of Spain in the Wrong Hands

Lori Kalef
SPCA International

In the south of Spain, there is a form of hunting hares where the hunters use Spanish Greyhounds, or Galgos in Spanish, as weapons to find their prey. This form of hunting is forbidden in each of the European Union countries through their domestic animal protection laws, but unfortunately Spain still lacks these regulations.

Roy is one of the lucky ones. With your signature on the international petition (http://bit.ly/1egDtIr), we can make a difference and change the lives of many more greyhounds than only Roy and a handful of others.Roy3

Tens of thousands of Spanish Greyhounds have the misfortune to be born into the wrong hands of these hunters each year. These noble animals are used strictly as tools during the hunting season, which begins in the early fall and ends in February. They are then discarded in the most barbaric manner, which many hunters believe will bring prosperity for the following season’s hunt. The dogs are often beaten, burned, buried alive, doused with acid, thrown into wells, or tortured in other ways. Some die slowly by a method the hunters refer to as ‘the pianist’ method—tying the neck of the dog to a tree and allowing the back feet to barely touch the ground. The dogs move and jump for days struggling to stay alive, their front paws swaying back and forth resembling the playing of a piano. It is estimated that 60,000 Spanish Greyhounds are killed each year.

During the training season, Spanish Greyhounds are forced to run for hours and miles in the hot sun, their leashes tied to moving trucks. They are kept with the most minimal amount of shelter, food, and hygiene to survive. Many hunters believe starving their hunting dogs keeps them hungry for the hunt and more effective.

Behind every Greyhound’s life in Spain, there is a story of cruelty. When Roy was found on a roadside, he was barely alive. His lifeless body, covered in scars and lacerations.Roy had given up, his eyes remained closed, his body limp as his rescuers examined him. His rescuers brought him to SPCA International’s partner shelter in Spain, SOS Galgos, where he received emergency life-saving treatment and care.

Roy’s history is not uncommon, and he was fortunate to be found when he was. Thanks to organizations like SOS Galgos, a non-profit organization fighting to defend the rights of Spanish Greyhounds like Roy, and SPCA International, the plight of the Greyhounds of Spain will one day improve.

SPCA International– http://www.spcai.org/ — and SOS Galgos — http://sosgalgos.com/?lang=en –are working to improve animal welfare legislation and promote education and awareness sensitizing people to the warm and gentle nature of the Spanish Greyhound. This past March marked a memorable time in history for the Spanish Greyhounds. SPCA International and SOS Galgos, along with other animal protection organizations in Europe, met with the Spanish Congress of Deputies in Madrid to lobby on behalf of all the voiceless Greyhounds. Two hours were dedicated to the welfare of the hunting dogs in Spain in hopes of one day passing laws forbidding this torture.

Please help support the fight to eradicate this appalling tradition by signing SPCA International’s petition.  http://spcai.org/help-us-stop-the-horrific-torture-of-greyhounds-galgos-in-spain.html  Together we can create change! Roy2

You Can Save This Iraqi Kitten…Really

SPCA International
Picture 22Mike believed he would never see Lani again. When this ex-Marine left Iraq… he had to leave behind the little kitten he raised after finding her crying, alone in a gutter. Mike’s heart broke last June when he said goodbye to Lani. He thought she’d never survive Iraq without him. He was her protector. She was his best friend.But Lani DID survive. Mike’s buddy at the U.S. consulate recently emailed him and told him he’d seen Lani hanging around. This is the miracle Mike thought would never happen. And I can tell you that right now he’s hoping, praying that you will help him save the cat he loves from that miserable place and bring her home to him in the U.S.Yes, Lani is alive. We must rescue her and 17 other dogs and cats BEFORE June 1st. That’s when the airlines start their heat embargo in the Middle East. And we still haven’t raised enough money to get there, get every dog and cat, and get back home. If we’re not able to fund our mission, they face death. Maybe they won’t die today or next week. But believe me, it will happen. If not from the blistering heat, then from starvation or from torture at the hands of the locals. It doesn’t have to end that way. You can make sure they live by giving today.This is the moment that Mike– an ex-Marine who has bravely served and sacrificed, has been waiting for. I’m asking you to do what he wasn’t able to do last June – save his adorable kitten, Lani. Please give right now so that we can go to Iraq BEFORE the deadline of June 1st.   To DONATE $5 OR WHATEVER YOU CAN:  {click one line down if link is not visible} https://www.2dialog.com/spcai/main.php/micro_sites/showpage/id/44/package_id/1436/page_number/1With hope,

JD Winston
Executive Director
SPCA International

P.S. Mike will never see Lani again if we don’t go rescue her from Iraq before the June 1st heat embargo. Will you please give now – whether it’s $100, $50, or even $5 to save this little cat from certain death in Iraq? Thank you so, so much.