All posts by ValiaOrfanidou

Purebred, Mix Breeds and Pariahs – When Nature Insists On Doing It Better

Purebred dogs come first in most people’s preferences when choosing a pet. I am not here to argue whether this is right or wrong. Actually I am. It is wrong in so many ways. Not because of what you might think – all the mix breed unwanted dogs living on the streets or piled up in shelters, but because basically, insisting on bringing more and more purebred puppies to the world, when nature disagrees, is borderline abuse. Continue reading Purebred, Mix Breeds and Pariahs – When Nature Insists On Doing It Better

Love – Greek Animal Charity Crowd Funding Campaign

LOVE is one of the oldest charities in Greece, based in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second biggest city. Their shelter was built in May 2000 by volunteers, in an effort to join their forces and help as many companion animals as they could. Continue reading Love – Greek Animal Charity Crowd Funding Campaign

Starved And Sick Pit Bull Rescued Too Late





Spirit’s rescue

Starved, sick -very sick actually, partially blind and abandoned, Spirit was rescued literally at the last minute. He was spotted by a woman near one of Athens’ richest areas, Glyfada, who posted two photos of him on Facebook, begging for help. According to her, the dog’s owner’s kept him tied 24/7, until they left for their summer vacation, and decided to let him loose. Their future plans were to put him to sleep, once they got back, so that “he wouldn’t suffer”. Continue reading Starved And Sick Pit Bull Rescued Too Late

Dog’s Mind – Inside Apollo’s Thoughts

Dog’s minds are simple and easy to read, as long as you know your dog – and I know Apollo. He is my first rescue dog, and a lot more. A friend once called him the cartoon dog, and she was right. There is something adorably funny about him at all times, and since he’s my favorite boy, who even has his one playlist in my Youtube channel, he deserves another post. So, here are some of his special thoughts captured on camera! Continue reading Dog’s Mind – Inside Apollo’s Thoughts

Abandoned Mangy Puppy Finds His Forever Home After One Year

Abandoned in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of a busy highway somewhere in rural Greece, Mel (in Greek we called him Melios) was spotted and rescued by volunteers. When he was first brought in he looked so fragile, that we almost did not know how to treat him. Continue reading Abandoned Mangy Puppy Finds His Forever Home After One Year

Rescuers Discover Something Amazing About This Rescue Dog

Rescuers have seen almost everything in Greece, so nothing can surprise us anymore. There was something off about Oscar since day one, but then again, there was nothing wrong with him either. He was rescued from the streets of Greece by Save a Greek Stray in April 2016. Only one year old, he had to survive among a pack of stray dogs that would constantly bully and terrorize him. He arrived at the shelter very sick – leishmaniasis, mange, ehrichia, you name it. Continue reading Rescuers Discover Something Amazing About This Rescue Dog

Three-Legged Kittens Will Make You Rethink Everything You Knew About Disability

Three-legged? – Poor thing. This is the main response we get from most people when adoption albums of amputated dogs and cats are published and not much else. Don’t get me wrong – there are some amazing people out there who focus on anything but what they see, when choosing which animal to adopt. But they are not a lot. Continue reading Three-Legged Kittens Will Make You Rethink Everything You Knew About Disability

Murdering Greek Strays In Larissa – Nominated European Cultural Capital of 2021

Murdering the strays is one of Greece’s most common traditions, practiced by individuals and sometimes even by official channels. It is a method of population control that has been going on for generations, and no matter how much animal lovers and charities try their best to protect the innocent, it is simply never enough. Being involved in Animal Welfare in Greece is never easy, but dealing with mass murder every day can make you sick. Continue reading Murdering Greek Strays In Larissa – Nominated European Cultural Capital of 2021

Vacation With Your Dog – How To Make It Work

Vacation! Yippi dippy doo! It’s this time of the year, for you. But is it for your dog?  Well, not really. Pet dogs are on vacation 24/7 so they don’t really need a break from anything actually. They do love to know new places, but for a dog that can only mean walking him round a different block or park every day. Their world is their nose and as much as you think they appreciate that picturesque village or that beautiful beach you take them to, they don’t really – at least not the way you think they do. Continue reading Vacation With Your Dog – How To Make It Work