It’s history and ours…
Many of you don’t know her, Gisela is the founder of Foundation Benjamin Mehnert.
Benjamín was the name of one of her rescue dogs. He touched her heart and in his honor she named the foundation after him.
No, Benjamin wasn’t a galgo, he was a Doberman mix that died at the age of 17.
Gisela’s relationship with galgos started a bit later when she was a volunteer in a shelter outside of Madrid where she had the chance to go on a galgo rescue. Gisela adopted the galgo that she named Bianca, and that is when her fascination for galgos began and her realisation about the reality of galgos in our country. She decided to try and do her part to change this and what a change she has made.
With help from her mother, they bought the property that is today where the shelter is located and home to more than 600 animals, the majority being galgos that have suffered abuse and abandonment.
PROMOTING ANIMAL AWARENESS
Knowing that it is estimated that 150,000 dogs are abandoned annually in Spain at the end of hunting season and that 60% of those dogs are galgos, FBM’s principal objective is to make this reality known. Through education and social media, advertising and publication, promote a better understanding of the needs of animals and the objective to better their lives; the focus being the reality of abuse and abandonment in our country.