Amazing, tough, dedicated and inspiring, these eight women just…deserve to be here. Today it’s Women’s Day, so this post is about these eight women that I know, admire and respect. Some of them have gone viral through my videos, and some haven’t. Animal Welfare in Greece is a heavy load, mainly falling on women’s shoulders. So, here they are:
This is the woman who “recruited” me and I can’t describe how grateful I will always be. She was the first one to see the power of my videos and my fostering abilities. Elizabeth is one of those people who are good at everything they do. She writes the best posts and adoption ads, she takes about a hundred photos of animals a day, she is an organizer, a recruiter and a spokesperson for responsible rescue, foster and adoption. She is a perfectionist (and that’s her biggest virtue and flaw). She is an excellent foster mum – you might remember her from her amazing work on Petri and Joy. We have gone through three different charities and some major fallouts together, and somehow managed to stay united – if she leaves me, I will die. 😛
The Amazing Golden Girls
What can I say about them? The two sisters, Katie and Mariana are in their 70s. They live in a two floor building, each one in her own home, an they have fostered more that 1000 animals in the past years. Their everyday life includes feeding, medicating, cleaning after and caring for the thirty cats and three dogs the foster. They are as good at fostering as they are at letting go -although there are always some happy tears, every time one of their own leaved for their forever home. Do they have any intention to stop any time soon? No!Do they feel tired and fed up? Nope! Watch them describe their life here (they do it better than I ever could).
This is the woman who won’t hesitate to take any dog home, and is consistent and patient enough to keep them until they are adopted. From mangy Mel , who smelled horrifically before he recovered from mange and Jade who tortured her with her separation anxiety issues, to Bella who suffered from diarrhea for months and Shadow – a wild, aggressive and very sick dog , Zaira’s home is open to every animal in need. She has fostered many dogs and cats in the past years, she is persistent rescuer and always there for the ones in need, never complaining, never giving up, never losing hope. She has seen her beautiful home destroyed, her couch peed and pooped and her life turned around, and somehow, every time it all goes back to normal and an adoptable animal leaves for its forever home, after all the mess and the discomfort.
I met Linda when I visited her home to make a video on Oliver, and since then I am addicted to her. Linda has turned her home into a shelter for the most unwanted – and when I say the most unwanted, I mean the ones a vet would suggest that we put them down. With a soft spot for handicapped dogs and an amazing capacity to care for them without ever complaining, she manages to find them the best homes and then is off to her next rescue. Watch her with Spok and Nicky, the two handicapped dogs she fostered when I met her.
The Amazing SPAZ Duo
Oh..I don’t know what to say really. Fofi and Μaria are leader’s of one of the oldest and most respectable Greek charities, SPAZ. Ι have known them for a year now, and we have been together in epic rescues, like the Shepherd and Shadow, bazaars, adoption events. They are always there, always available and willing to transmit their huge 30-year experience to the younger ones. But most of all, they listen. Their huge experience has not made them go stiff and pretentious. “I know better” will never come out of their mouths. They are as open to new things as they are experienced and solid, eager to have their rescue dogs adopted only to the best homes, and to make SPAZ stronger every day.
Fay is the kind of woman who will see this post, blush and go “Oh, no! So embarrassing”. She is as dedicated, active and persistent as she is shy. With the help of he husband (sorry Dionysis, it’s Women’s Day) she feeds and cares for more than 30 stray cats in her neighborhood. In fact, their rescue dog Meli accompanies them every day, and the cats are so used to her, that if Fay just passes by without the dog, the cats don;t even approach to be fed. If you don;t believe me, watch for yourselves here. Fay is also a rescuer, a foster mum, and very active in a huge TNR mission that has been one of the main goals of SCARS, the charity she is a member of.
…. There was meant to be an epilogue of some sort, but I’ve already said it all, so… 🙂