Sick and emaciated, Serios was wandering alone where all those dogs wander, somewhere in rural Greece, next to the highway, among people passing by, cars driving by and life going on unbothered by “just another dog’s” struggle to make it through another day.
Serios was spotted by a woman also driving by, it’s just that she didn’t turn a blind eye. She stopped, she took him off the street and has been doing everything she can to help that boy that she rescue, named and loved to find the forever home he deserves. Melina, his rescuer is Greek, but lives abroad, and this can make a rescue harder than you imagine.
Trying to monitor and organize a dog’s treatment, his visits to the vet, his promotion for adoption and to ensure that he will be safe in a foster home, when you are thousands of miles away is not easy.
Serios was rescued in July 2016. He suffered from anaplasmosis, ehrichia, babesia and leishmaniasis – a combination that can easily kill any dog, but Serios proved stronger than anyone expected. He was treated, he recovered and today he is a beautiful, healthy dog, looking for a chance, just one chance.
Finding a home for a dog like him is never easy. Dogs that have been so sick make potential adopters hesitate. Maybe it’s because of the fear of also “adopting” the diseases that he had been carrying for so long, maybe it’s because of the “eww” reflex at the sight of what he used to look like.
In this particular case, maybe it’s simply because he is an adult, black mix breed dog – like my Billy, who had gotten millions of shares, likes and “God bless yous” and only one adoption request.
Another thing that happens with dogs like him, is that once they are cured and happy, the likes and the shares start decreasing, going off to boost someone else’s post that looks more gruesome, more urgent, more shareable. And dogs like Serios are forgotten, just like Oliver was, who came back from the dead, only to remain unwanted for three whole years.
Serios is in paid foster home, but as the likes and shares become less and less every month, so does the money, so does everyone’s urge to help, to be there, to do something. So here I am, trying to help Serios the only way I can, through this post; trying to bring back the attention to that sweet boy who got so lucky and at the same time so unlucky.
Serios is about 6 years old, of medium height, medium weight, and “medium” appearance. I promised his rescuer that I will do what I can, and this is what I do best. So please, share his story, and give him a chance. If you wish to adopt him or contribute in any way economically, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or his rescuer in Switzerland at: email@example.com. You can visit his photo album here.