All posts by ValiaOrfanidou

Dear Mum – A Happy Dog Behind A Sad Story

I wrote the text one morning, about a month ago. I was just scrolling down my Facebook wall, and the number of dogs in need of a home were so many, that I just felt helpless. When you follow Greek animal welfare pages and rescue groups, you are just overwhelmed. New rescues and adoption albums keep popping up every minute; you don’t know what to share, where to help and how to make things better. Continue reading Dear Mum – A Happy Dog Behind A Sad Story

Emaciated And With Chemical Burns, This Dog Is Now The Happiest Boy

Emaciated, confused and with what appeared to be some weird dermatological problem, Sirocco arrived at the Save a Greek Stray shelter a wreck. After just a couple of months, he became a beautiful, happy boy. Continue reading Emaciated And With Chemical Burns, This Dog Is Now The Happiest Boy

Fostering Peak – Five Dogs In An Apartment

Fostering is a way of life, and once you go down that road, there is no turning back. I didn’t really know what I was doing the first time it happened. I just found a dog outside my house, picked him and brought him home. Of course I did keep that first one – the first one is always difficult to let go. Continue reading Fostering Peak – Five Dogs In An Apartment

Ode To Lesvos And It’s Barrel Dogs – The “Beauty” Through Their Eyes

Ode To Lesvos is a short film by Johnnie Walker Storyline, championing the stories of the people of the Greek island whose positive attitudes and action are helping bring about a better tomorrow. The people of the island have seen thousands of refugees come and go over the past years, and their humanity and positivism towards the refugee crisis is definitely worth an “ode”. Continue reading Ode To Lesvos And It’s Barrel Dogs – The “Beauty” Through Their Eyes

Mangy Stray Dog Turns Into A Happy Family Member

Mangy dogs are to be seen everywhere in Greece – well, not really seen, as they hide in water sewers and abandoned building, waiting to die alone and abandoned. There are too many of them, and the reason why you don’t see them in plain sight, is because after being constantly rejected by disgusted people, who simply don’t want to look at them, the resort to seeking shelter, as far away from people as possible. Continue reading Mangy Stray Dog Turns Into A Happy Family Member

Shar Pei – A Sad And Difficult Rescue

Shar Pei probably derived from British spelling of the Cantonese equivalent, sā pèih), which translates to “sand skin and it is supposed to be one of the ancient dog breeds. As cute and adorable those wrinkles are, the Shar Pei was bred to fend off wild boar and later it was used in dog fighting. Continue reading Shar Pei – A Sad And Difficult Rescue

Stray Cat Knows Exactly Where To Hang Out And Be Served

Stray cats are the best survivors. One of the reasons why they don’t get that much attention from people (and even rescuers) is that they seem to have found the perfect formula, in order to be close to us, and yet independent. They make the most of the city the live in, and I am pretty convinced that actually believe that the city belongs to them. Continue reading Stray Cat Knows Exactly Where To Hang Out And Be Served

Rescued And Recovered From Mange, This Girl Now Needs A Home

Rescued, recovered etc, etc, bla bla bla.. Amazing recovery, bla bla, For adoption…bla bla etc, etc.. Oh…I am sorry. I am really sorry. I have been trying all day to come up with the right words for Eri’s story, but it was not easy. Continue reading Rescued And Recovered From Mange, This Girl Now Needs A Home

24 Hours In A Dog Rescuer’s Life

24 hours, provided that we don’t sleep. If we sleep, we are left with about 16 hours. 16 hours, provided that we don’t have a job. If we have a job, we are left with 8 hours. 8 hours, provided that we don’t have a personal life. If we have a personal life (a husband, kids, a boyfriend, a hobby, our own pets to take care of), we are left with as many hours as we decide to dedicate to rescue. Continue reading 24 Hours In A Dog Rescuer’s Life