Adopting a dog from Spain comes with some risks of which you should be aware.
Nearly all Spanish shelters test for Babesia, Ehrlichia, Leishmania and heartworm disease. Babesia and Erlichia are tick-borne diseases, Leishmania is a disease transmitted by the sand fly, and heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes. Even though dogs are screened for these diseases in Spain, we encourage adopters to fully disclose the origin of their adopted animals to their veterinarians, particularly if the dog shows any sign of illness. As with American racing greyhounds, the environments in which these dogs are kept may contain ticks, and it is not practical nor feasible for the shelters to test for all possible tick-borne diseases. All dogs are treated for external parasites prior to leaving Spain; however, LHB GALGO ADOPTION strongly recommends that adopters inspect their pets very closely for any signs of external parasites.
We feel that more needs to be added to this explanation so you, the adopter, are fully aware of these diseases and their possible implications to your pet’s health. We are providing additional information for you to read and become more informed, particularly with regard to Leishmania. Please follow this link to read INFORMATION FOR YOUR VET. Although dogs are tested and deemed negative before coming to the United States, there is a small possibility that a dog that has tested negative can still have the disease in a dormant state, and it may take up to 7 years for a positive test result to show up. We recommend that you retest your dog annually, or if you see any signs of illness, as early detection is important.
Due to the nature of the infectious diseases these dogs may carry, LHB GALGO ADOPTION discourages adopters from allowing their dog to be used as a blood donor. If your adopted dog carries any of these diseases (even if they have tested negative), there is the potential for transmission to the blood recipient. As with all health matters regarding your adopted dog, only you and your veterinarian can ultimately determine the best course of action. All potential adopters are required to sign the waiver below and return to LHB GALGO ADOPTION with the application via email or mail. If you want to reconsider your adoption due to this information, please let us know immediately.
We request the following information so we can assist you in the selection of a new dog. This form and a consultation with a LHB Galgo Adoption representative are designed to help you find the dog most compatible with your lifestyle.
Please fill out and submit our online application below. Completion of this application does not guarantee adoption of a LHB dog.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT and WAIVER
I have received and read all information provided by LHB GALGO ADOPTION concerning the most common risks of adopting a dog from Spain and understand that LHB GALGO ADOPTION is not responsible for any future health issues of the dog I am adopting. I hereby release LHB GALGO ADOPTION from all liability regarding the health of the dog adopted through LHB GALGO ADOPTION.