Meet Katie and Marianna, our oldest, most experienced and most dedicated volunteers. They have fostered more than 1000 dogs and cats, over the past 15 years, and do not intend to stop any time soon!
Who are they?
I have known the two sisters for a few years now, and I used to take them for granted. We all rely on them, depend on them and trust that they will always be there. After the video was made, I can’t stop thinking: “how could I not think of it before?”. They deserve to be recognized for what they do, because they are doing an amazing job, and it all comes from pure love and nothing else.
They deserve to be recognized for what they do
Katie (the oldest), lives on the ground floor, and Marianna (the youngest) lives in the apartment on top. The two houses share a common garden and the two sisters share a common passion: animals.
The fostering started about 15 years ago
What they do
The fostering started about 15 years ago. I didn’t know them back then, but I know that more than 1000 dogs (mainly puppies) have been fostered there. In 2009, they started fostering cats, and today they have become experts in treating, socializing and preparing our feral friends for their forever homes.
today they have become experts in treating, socializing and preparing our feral friends for their forever homes
There are eight rooms in total (four in one house and four in the other), where rescue cats stay until a forever home is found. In the staircase that joins the two apartments is the “infirmary”, as Katie calls it, where the sick of hurt kittens are kept in crates until they recover.
What makes them awesome
Basically, Katie and Marianna are the mothers and grandmothers we all wish we had. Many of us grew up in home where animals were not allowed and many of us spent our childhood begging our parents for a pet dog or cat, which never came. While I was interviewing them, I asked a couple off time if they could adopt me, and couldn’t stop wondering where would I be today, had I been raised by one of them
I couldn’t stop wondering where would I be today, had I been raised by one of them
In a country where animal welfare is still not a term we are familiar with, these two are doing their best to help the right way – and they are in their 70s! How humiliating is that for all the young people out there, who have no idea what is really going on in the streets of Greece, and brag about their recently bought purebred puppy?
They might be old, but they are younger than most of us
Katie and Marianna might be old, but they are younger than most of us. They have a reason to get up in the morning; they have found their purpose in life and they are to be envied actually. I know of very few people at that age, who have a life so full, so beautiful and so complete. And this is all I have to say about them – they explain everything better themselves anyway.
Katie and Marianna are members of SCARS, and 99% of the animals they foster today have been rescued by the organization. You can help them by donating via PayPal (firstname.lastname@example.org), and you can also follow the charity’s Facebook page here.