G Rescue Center Italia - Lupavaro - About us

 About the IG Rescue Center Italia

Il mondo cambia con il tuo esempio, non con la tua opinione!


We are Luigi Panico and Valeria Rocco, many know us simply as “Lupavaro”  because of our website. 

The site Lupavaro wants to be a square for people like us who love the Italian Greyhound or simply for those who are intrigued and would like to approach this wonderful breed. Our site leads us to have contact with many people around the world who already have a PLI, others who would like to have one, and someone who can no longer keep their PLI. We are also in continuous contact with rescue groups and animals over that with many breeders of northern Europe often reported instances of PLI in need

Why the need for a Rescue Center?

It sometimes happens that a PLI return to the breeder who needs to find a new home for the little one, it can happen to see IGs, who begin an odyssey so passed from hand to hand because they are not protected by anyone; also happened that an IG is finished in a bad place at a so-called puppy Mill......... 
Fortunately we managed to "free" the dog in question and rely him in the loving hands of a new family. For some time we operate in the most absolute discretion to protect dogs, ex-owners and breeders who prefer not to make publicly available the custody of their dog.  So this is our concept of Rescue: PLI in need to accommodate to people we trust. We naturally give all our love to the dog in question that will live as all our dogs in our home and in the case of dogs particularly distressed by major trauma we first begin a course of psychological and then give him to a new family. We already have a list of trustworthy people that we have personally checked one by one and we also have a list of people who did not issue a PLI, not so much because of a bad impression given to us but simply because there are also people who has deserved better than another breed..... 
Often there is no need to keep the dog in question in our home ma simply we make a "bridge" between the owner and the people of our adoption list, in the case of not so urgent requests this is a solution too.

IMPORTANT: Even if you do it in good faith, please do not share my adoption ads in the "wild way." It makes it difficult to cancel the announcement not written by me and I get mails that ask for dogs adopted 5 years ago!  If you want to help these dogs find a house you can post a link that leads directly to this our (http://www.lupavaro.com/adozioni) so that once adopted the dog in question I can edit the page without having dozens ad spread in Italy, of which I have no control (and are never deleted once adopted the dog with phone calls that come to me after years that a dog is already in the new family)

Buying the accessories in our Shop you help us to take care of the rescue we are fostering in our home. Thank you! 

All the adult Rescue dogs will be entrusted spayed/neutered and we will do controls during all the life of the dog.

Very young Puppies has to be spayed/neutered by the new owner when they are old enough. 

The choice to have a rescue is not a way to have a purebreed dog for free but a sign of a heart full of love for a not so lucky a often not so easy dog.

We will not answer to people which requests us puppies or adults without spaying/neutering.

If you are interested please download  our questionary here and send it back to us.


We evaluate (almost) exclusively people who have already experience with these breeds. We do not take account of requests from people that are only looking for dogs of a particular sex, age or color. Adopting a Rescue must be an act of true love so it does not matter if the dog is old, young, healthy, sick, gray, black or iabella! If you are interested in adopting a Rescue, send us an email and we will send you our  questionnaire.

How to  get in touch with us?

We prefer that the first contact is by Phone: Valeria calls to +39 0825/969044 or  +39 349/5118482

After this first contact please send us an email to ask for the  questionnaire to fill out with ALL data (name, surname, address and telephone number), we will  not  care about not signed questionnaires with fancy names or nicknames.

All adult Rescues will be given in adoption exclusively neutered / spayed and after checking pre-and post-adoption as well as filling in the form of adoption and microchip header to the new owner. Requests for puppies and / or adult not neutered / spayed will not be taken in consideration.  

An adoption  is not a way to have a purebred dog for free, maybe better if puppy and not neutered, but an act of generosity toward a dog less fortunate and often not easy to manage and therefore it requires experience with the breed and it would be preferable to have already  an IG or CCD  in the family. Almost all of the Rescue dogs  have never lived in a house and therefore they are not housetrained  and have not been socialized. This makes them often very insecure and fearful creatures. Many of them suffer from separation anxiety and you should not leave them alone. I repeat that adopt a Rescue requires a big commitment.

 Important! Adopting a Rescue is not a "smart" way to have a purebred dog for  free: we ask for a nominal fee for the adoption! Below we explain why we ask for a nominal fee to adopt a Rescue:

As all the countries of Northern Europe  that  already have  solved the problem of stray dogs also our Rescue Center asks for a nominal fee for the adoption because we  do not receive any government grant or private contributes (in fact, we never ask for donations in money!) This fee serves to emphasize that the animal housed in the Rescue Center has a value not only emotional but that it has also "material value " We want to make it clear to potential adopters that a Rescue is not a "worthless" gift  and as such could be disposed of quickly and "without having suffered economic damage." The nominal fee also known as "protection fee" and helps to prevent "light-hearted" adoptions  and it protects the dog from new dropouts. It also helps us to check the economic situation of the new owner:  persons that does not have or does not want to spend money to pay the fee for adopting a dog will not have  and will not want  to spend money even for veterinary visits, food, etc. etc. if any interventions dog should need it in the future. The fee is used by us  to pay the expensives of deworming, vaccinations, cost of spayments/ neutering,  recovery in veterinary clinic, food, medicines,  and even our  travel costs  ( we travel by car  in all Italy to rescue dogs) And this money is only a drop in the sea of expenses that SERIOUSLY Rescue Centers have every day. It also helps to maintain throughout their life dogs who can not find a home, because too old or too sick  These dogs spend their  life in our home. The nominal fee or "protection fee " bears his name precisely because it allows us to protect our Rescues: hardly a person spends money for a dog and  then sell it to pet stores for 50 Euro even worse in vivisection laboratories. Unfortunately for many people what they do not pay has no value!

Here are some examples of people seeking animals for free and what they  will make with  these animals:

- They will try to sell the animal or privately resell the animal to pet stores or laboratories. In the meantime, the animal is segregated into tiny cages.

- They will use the kitten received as a gift for the "training" of their hunting dogs, guard dogs or by making dog  fighting.

- They are going to abuse about male or female dogs sexually  

- They are going  to abuse of  black dogs and cats for satanic rituals.

- They will mate not spayed females every six months keeping them in cages where they will never see the light of day. When they are too old they will be killed. You will find their puppies in pet shops.

-  They will  not give veterinary care to adopted animals (the vet costs!)

- Rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, fish other small animals are adopted only because of the cage. The adopted animal  is "trashed"

That all seems so remote and amazing, right? Unfortunately it is not: in our twenty-year experience of animal welfare we got to see that, unfortunately, this is true and we will always try to do everything in our power to give always and only the maximum protection for our Rescues!

We thank again all the people and volunteers willing to do pre-and post controls: they  are close to us in this mission

 It sometimes happens that a dog returns to the breeder  that  needs to find a new home for the baby, it happens that even older IGs  begin an odyssey and passed from hand to hand as not covered by anyone; it happenes that a dog is finished in a bad place at a so-called puppymills. 




The Rainbow Bridge 

Version for Rescuers or better "Why personally i am not afraid to die" 


Unlike most days at the Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray. All the recent arrivals at the Bridge did not know what to think, as they had never seen such a day. But the animals who had been waiting longer for their beloved people to accompany them across the Bridge knew what was happening and they began to gather at the pathway leading to the Bridge.

Soon an elderly dog came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. He approached slowly and, though he showed no sign of injury or illness, he was in great emotional pain. Unlike the animals gathered along the pathway, he had not been restored to youth and vigor upon arriving at the Bridge. He felt out of place and wanted only to cross over and find happiness. But, as he approached the Bridge, his way was barred by an angel, who apologized and explained that the tired and broken-spirited old dog could not cross over. Only those animals accompanied by their people were allowed to cross the Bridge.

Having nobody and with nowhere else to turn, the dog trudged into the field in front of the Bridge. There he found others like himself: elderly or infirm, sad and discouraged. Unlike the other animals waiting to cross the Bridge, these animals were not running or playing. They simply were lying in the grass, staring forlornly at the pathway across the Rainbow Bridge. The old dog took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting, yet not knowing for what he was waiting.

One of the newer dogs at the Bridge asked a cat who had been there longer to explain what was happening. 
The cat replied: "Those poor animals were abandoned, turned away or left at rescue places, but never found a home on earth. They all passed on with only the love of a rescuer to comfort them. Because they had no people to love them, they have nobody to escort them across the Rainbow Bridge." 
The dog asked the cat: "So what will happen to those animals?"

Before the cat could answer, the clouds began to part and the cold turned to bright sunshine. 
The cat replied: "Watch, and you will see." 
In the distance was a single person and, as he approached the Bridge, the old, infirm and sad animals in the field were bathed in a golden light. They were at once made young and healthy, and stood to see what their fate would be. The animals who had previously gathered at the pathway bowed their heads as the person approached. 
At each bowed head, the person offered a scratch or hug.

One by one, the now youthful and healthy animals from the field fell into line behind the person. Together, they walked across the Rainbow Bridge, to a future of happiness and unquestioned love. 
The dog asked the cat: "What just happened?" 
The cat responded: "That was a rescuer. The animals gathered along the pathway bowing in respect were those who had found their forever homes because of rescuers. They will cross over when their people arrive at the Bridge. The arrival here of a rescuer is a great and solemn event, and as a tribute they are permitted to perform one final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort all those poor animals they couldn't place on earth across the Rainbow Bridge.

"The dog thought for a moment, then said: "I like rescuers." The cat smiled and replied: "So does heaven, my friend. So does heaven."

Again thanking all the people there are and there will be close to this mission we wish you all a goog IG time.



- Is not dirty
- Does not bark
- Does not get old
- Does not get sick
- Does not lose hair
- Remains outside in all seasons
- Makes no holes in your garden
- No gnawing your sofa or shoes
- Does not occupy the couch
- If you did not want him any longer, you can throw him away......

Are you sure that this is not the friend you are looking for???!!

A dog is the opposite of a garden gnome !!!!!!

Thanks to my dear Emma Maria Franchini who had the idea of this useful poster!