Dog rescue – at least in Greece, where the authorities are never fast enough and the neighbors keep their mouths shut – has one golden rule: FIRST you rescue and THEN you post about it.
Of course, a post in all capital letters, screaming SOS in the headline about a stray/neglected/abused dog who is in desperate need for help NOW makes the post go viral, the page gather likes and shares or your profile be swamped in friend requests by wannabe rescuers and animal lovers.
FIRST you rescue and THEN you post about it
And while that first eye witness posts about it acting all concerned and begging for “someone to do something” – because all he could do was post a f#@$^ photo and while other random people’s keyboard is on fire by PUBLICLY offering online advise, expressing concern an disgust and whatever, the abuser suddenly sees his rooftop/balcony/garden appearing everywhere on Facebook.
the abuser suddenly sees his rooftop/balcony/garden appearing everywhere on Facebook
And while we keep commenting and sharing and making the post go as viral as it gets, the abuser makes the animal “disappear”, cleans up after himself and the case is forgotten. This is what viral posts do for dogs – unless the animal is safe and sound, posting about it puts its life in more danger than it was before.
unless the animal is safe and sound, posting about it puts its life in more danger than it was before.
This is exactly what happened to this poor soul. Photos of him on the roof, emaciated and abandoned among his feces went viral before the police was notified, before a charity could take action, before we stopped for a minute and think: “What the hell am I posting this for? Is the owner not online? Are none of his friends ever online? Does he live in the outer space?”
It took ONE DAY for the dog to disappear and for the roof to be cleaned and tidied. Take a good look at him, because this is the last you will ever see of him. The neglect did not take place somewhere in a forgotten village in rural Greece. It happened in downtown Athens – and when I say downtown, I mean as downtown as it can possibly get.
It took ONE DAY for the dog to disappear and for the roof to be cleaned and tidied
Some advice: if you see a case of neglect or abuse, take you precious “wannabe” viral photos, call the police FIRST, make sure that the animal is placed somewhere safe and THEN post them online for the world to see. At least in a country like Greece, where there is absolutely no investigation whatsoever, no follow up, no nothing, and where the authorities have to be begged and threatened and ridiculed before they decide to do their job, exposing an abuse before ensuring the dog’s well being puts the animal at risk
– the risk of disappearing forever.
And we lived happily ever after.