All posts by ValiaOrfanidou

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

French Bulldog And Her Weird Best Friends

There’s definitely something about my French Bulldog, Laura. I am not sure what it is exactly, but there is something about her that makes her special – at least when compared to other dogs. I adopted her at the age of two and a half and she’s been by my side for five years now – and when I say by my side, I literally mean by my side. She’s always there, sleeping beside me, sitting next to me, being there on every vacation and holiday, for better or worse. Continue reading French Bulldog And Her Weird Best Friends

Blind Rescue Kittens Find Their Dream Homes

Blind rescue kittens are like mangy starving dogs in Greece – you can never rescue too many, you can never rescue them all. Respiratory and eye infections are so common in stray cats, that every time we rescue a healthy seeing kitten we almost can’t believe it. Virgil, Blinkin and Destiny were rescued in late May 2016 by SCARS and were fostered together by a volunteer. All three with severe eye infections that had cost them their vision – but not much else. Continue reading Blind Rescue Kittens Find Their Dream Homes

Rescue Cat With Severe Injuries Becomes A Spoilt Prince

Frog’s story is as devastating and as sad as can be. Just another rescue cat found wandering around an urban area in southern Greece, dragging his hind leg, with a broken spine and severely malnourished. Who knows how long it would take him to simply give up on life. Continue reading Rescue Cat With Severe Injuries Becomes A Spoilt Prince

Stray Puppy Recovered From Mange Still Has A Long Way To Go





Some rescue stories get their happy end once the dogs are healed and recovered, and some others have a long way to go before they reach a happy end. Before – after can be awe-inspiring and amazing, but sometimes, behind the incredible photos and the “I can’t believe it’s the same dog photos” there’s a lot more than just the rescue dog’s appearance that needed time and effort improve. Continue reading Stray Puppy Recovered From Mange Still Has A Long Way To Go

Kitten Abandoned On The Street – Someone Do Something

“Someone do something” – I thought it would be more than obvious from the title that it is an awareness video. I had the script ready for quite some time and we were just looking for the right kitten and the right opportunity to come along – it had to be a calm kitten that we could place in a box somewhere and be sure that he would not run off or do anything to hurt itself. Continue reading Kitten Abandoned On The Street – Someone Do Something

Just A Dog And What It Can Just Do

I admit I made the video when angry, but I always like to think positive, and after publishing it and watching it again and again, I felt like I needed to be clear about what “just a dog” has done for me so far. Because it’s not just about the big things, but also about the little things. I never met a guide dog or a water rescuer, I never fostered a dog that can sense my blood sugar levels or lead a search party for a missing person. I have only adopted, fostered and met simple pet dogs, and they can do a lot. So here’s what “just a dog” has done for me: Continue reading Just A Dog And What It Can Just Do

Youtube Vloggers – How Can Dog Adoption Go Mainstream?

Before I begin, I should probably say that it all sounded a lot better in my head – I was one of those students who kept failing every single composition test anyway – but I’ll give it a try. Just this morning, I was answering some recent comments in my latest rescue video in Youtube  and happened to notice that one of the suggested videos on the side was titled “Things to know before getting a puppy”, or something like that. It was a vlog and I realized that I know the girl – millions of people do. She is one of the youngest and most successful bloggers ever and her Youtube channel has more than ten million subscribers. For this article I’m gonna call her ” Abby”. Continue reading Youtube Vloggers – How Can Dog Adoption Go Mainstream?

Abandoned Dogs And Lame Excuses – Why Is It So Easy To Do It Here?

I am not here to talk about numbers – I don’t know the numbers anyway. I know that the number of abandoned dogs in Greece is ridiculously high – just one more reason to be ashamed of a country we were taught to be proud of. Another thing that a lot of people don’t know is that in Greece there are no shelters where you can just walk into and leave the dog you don’t want anymore. Continue reading Abandoned Dogs And Lame Excuses – Why Is It So Easy To Do It Here?