Why didn’t you keep him? He loved you … I get this question almost every time I post a video about a rescue or foster dog (ah! especially a foster dog) that was adopted. Today, I even woke up to find a comment in Christie’s video saying “she trusted you and you let her down!” WTF???
Continue reading Why I Did Not Keep The Dog That “Loved Me”
I was very angry when Christie was returned – if you have seen the video about her being returned, you know what I mean. And I felt 100% responsible for everything.
Continue reading The Dog That Was Returned
Sad, lonely and fearful, Arnie was spotted by E., a SCARS volunteer in a gas station on the highway, about 65 kilometers from Athens, Greece. A calm, silent giant, looking at you with those huge, green eyes, but not approaching, thin, neglected and with a dermatological disease that made him scratch unstoppably. Continue reading Sad, Lonely Stray Dog Is The Happiest Boy After His Adoption
Travelling across Europe to take a rescue dog to its forever home was a first for me, and actually, it had never crossed my mind that I would have to do it, until a home was found for Christie in Austria. Since the first moment Margaret emailed me, after seeing her Youtube video, I kept thinking that – if everything worked out – Christie would need help adjusting. Margaret realized that, and I can never thank her enough for organizing everything and paying for our trip. Continue reading Travelling 2000 Kilometers To Take A Special Dog Home
Tiniest off all the shelter’s rescue puppies, ridiculously cute and adorable, all five of them boys – tiny, little, proud boys. They were found abandoned on a mountain near Athens, Greece, when they were barely one month old, along with their mum. Continue reading Tiniest Rescue Puppies Grow Up To Become The Cutest Little Hounds
Puppy rescue is not what I am best at. I Have been lucky enough not to come across any abandoned litter of puppies ever, so Bono was my first and only one. I was volunteering in ZEIL back then, and a friend told me about a puppy that suddenly appeared out of nowhere near the area. It was in May, 2015. Continue reading Puppy Rescued 2 Years Ago Still Waiting At The Shelter
Unwanted, rejected, and desperate for attention and human company – this is what Blue was when I first saw her roaming alone on that beach in August 2016. She spent a summer chasing people, cars, and others dogs, following everyone, trying to fit in, wanting to belong. Continue reading Unwanted Greek Stray Becomes A Therapy Dog After Her Adoption
Rejected – constantly and repeatedly rejected, this is what Kallie was for about three years. A typical Greek hound, abandoned when sick with leishmaniasis on the streets, she was rescued by ZEIL back in 2014. Continue reading Rejected By Everyone, This Dog Finally Found Someone Who Loved Her For Who She Is
There is little to none we can do about dogs being returned. Basically, for me it’s about getting back the dog as soon as possible, because the last thing we want is to have them stay where they are not wanted. Continue reading Rescuer’s Reply To The Family Who Returned Adopted Dog
Dog adoption can go from perfect to very bad. The worst thing is not having the dog just returned, but also changed. Unfortunately some dogs come back to us unrecognizable, and since the temporary owners will never be frank about what really happened, we only have the dog’s behavior to guide us through what went wrong.
So, this is my Christie, returned after spending two months in what appeared to be her forever home. She was brought back with the excuse that she “became aggressive”, and that not much else.
Continue reading Dog Returned After A 2-Month Adoption “Tells” What Went Wrong