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Other People’s Problem – A Ghost Dog

Casper was abandoned in our volunteer’s gate on May 13, 2017. Tied with a brand new leash, matching his brand new collar, he was just left there, with a hasty note that gave us all the unnecessary information, but not really saying anything at all.




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Neglected Elderly Maltese Transforms In His Foster Home

Neglected is an understatement. “Snoopy”, as his family used to call him was abandoned at the dawn of his life, after being neglected for months. He was found tied one afternoon at a volunteer’s front gate, along with a note.




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Neglected Senior Maltese Found Abandoned With A Note…

Neglected is an understatement probably. Meet “Snoopy”, who was found this afternoon tied outside a volunteer’s front gate in Athens, Greece, along with a brand new collar and a ridiculous note.




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Blind Rescued Akita Loses His Family For The Second Time

Blind, skinny and abandoned on the streets (!)… He was found on May 2015 in southern suburb of Athens, Greece. Can you imagine being blind and having to figure out how to find food and shelter? How to survive on the streets, when all you see is darkness?




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Severely Neglected Elderly Poodle Fighting For His Life

Severely neglected, old (very old, according to our vet), sick, full of skin ulcers and lacerations, with matted dirty hair, blind, deaf and abandoned nearly moribund, this (what appears to be a) Poodle was rescued yesterday by SPAZ in one of the richest suburbs of Athens, Greece – Glyfada. Continue reading Severely Neglected Elderly Poodle Fighting For His Life

Chained Dog Dies From His Injuries Days After He Is Rescued





Chained dogs in Greece are like the stars in the sky, just too many. There are no official statistics, but judging from experience, one out of two “pet” dogs in Greece spends its entire life chained, and dies without ever being exercised, socialized, or even petted. One of those dogs was Lefteris, which is Greek for “free.” At least that’s what SPAZ, the charity that rescued him called him. Continue reading Chained Dog Dies From His Injuries Days After He Is Rescued

Starved And Sick Pit Bull Rescued Too Late





Spirit’s rescue

Starved, sick -very sick actually, partially blind and abandoned, Spirit was rescued literally at the last minute. He was spotted by a woman near one of Athens’ richest areas, Glyfada, who posted two photos of him on Facebook, begging for help. According to her, the dog’s owner’s kept him tied 24/7, until they left for their summer vacation, and decided to let him loose. Their future plans were to put him to sleep, once they got back, so that “he wouldn’t suffer”. Continue reading Starved And Sick Pit Bull Rescued Too Late

Neglected Dog Abandoned On A Mountain Finds Her Dream Home

It was after midnight back in July 2014. I was volunteering in Ilioupolis animal Welfare Union  back then, and that night we were chatting with some fellow volunteers when one of them posted about a German Shepherd just abandoned up on the mountain. According to the guard working the night shift in the municipality’s garage, a car appeared out of nowhere, dropped off a neglected dog and just left. The guard called a volunteer and she notified the rest of us. Continue reading Neglected Dog Abandoned On A Mountain Finds Her Dream Home

Abandoned Matted Dog Hides Something Even Worse

Abandoned matted and left to survive on the streets on his own, Combo had even something even worse done to him. He was spotted by a woman, Sophia, wandering alone in a suburb of Athens, Greece in terrible condition. How this tiny baby wasn’t rescued sooner isn’t even worth discussing. Sophia contacted Save a Greek Stray, and the next day Combo was taken to the shelter.

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Combo on the the day he was spotted by Sophia, living and surviving on his own on the streets

He looked so confused. He just kept watching his rescuers take care of him, and in his huge eyes you could see nothing but awe and fear. I’ve never met a dog so cooperative and submissive as him. He never made a sound, never reacted to anything that was being done to him. He just stood there while he received a haircut and a bath, as if he was stuffed toy, as if he has never been treated gently before.

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At the shelter’s informary, before the haircut and the bath.

Apart from the matted hair and all the dirt he was carrying in his tiny, suffering body, the dozens of tick draining him, the wounds and his terrible skin condition, what we discovered while shaving his neck was far worse. Two stitches on the back of his neck, right where the microchip once used to be. Nobody can actually tell when it was removed, and for what reason – whether it was done by the previous owners, before abandoning him to survive on his own, or by the people who stole him and had to remove the microchip so that he wouldn’t be traced. But one thing is for certain, it was done by someone who knew how to do it.

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The black silk stitches on his neck – what was left from the removed microchip

When you are involved in animal welfare in Greece, there’s nothing that can ever amaze you. Neglect, abuse, abandonment, emaciation, dogs found shot in the head, hang in trees or drowned deliberately in the sea, plastic bags with newborn kittens of puppies recovered from garbage bins… you name it. But Combo’s story was a first -at least for me.

I just felt stupid. We try our best to educate people about their pet’s wellbeing, and micro chipping is one of the main campaigns of all animal welfare organizations. But what’s the point? What’s the point when anyone can just take a knife, dig up through the animal’s neck and remove it? Should we even mention what happened to Combo, or will we be giving some sick people the idea of doing it too?

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It took a few weeks for Combo to trust and realize that there’s nothing to be afraid of. He spent about a month just laying there in his kennel, looking. Looking at us take care of him every day. He would just eat and go back to sleep. He was so submissive and calm that we started wondering how he would turn out to be once he gained back his confidence.

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A month after his rescue, he wouldn’t leave the hug

And against all odds, Combo turned out to be the ultimate sweetheart. Once you open his kennel door, he will jump right into your arms and stay there forever. He never leaves a hug, and unless you put him down yourself, he will just stay there forever. He’s already started taking small walks around the shelter, and is so human centered that he will follow you around, wherever you go, as he was trained to do so. He’s the sweetest boy I’ve ever met and I just can’t have enough of him.

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Combo has yet to recover, until he’s ready for his forever home. He’s responding to treatment very well, gaining weight and confidence and has left behind all that hurt in the past. His beautiful reddish will grow back, and we’ll make sure that he gets to spend the rest of his life as he deserves.

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If you are interested in Combo’s progrees, you can follow the Save a Greek Stray facebook page. His photo album is being weekly updated.