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Keep Your Dog Indoors – This Is Why

I’m just too tired – we all are – of having to explain over and over again, to people who come up with all sorts of ridiculous reasons, why they should keep their dogs indoors, that I simply can’t waste any more time and energy having the same conversation. And keep in mind that in Greece, a lot of people in the cities live in apartments and keep their dogs in the balcony 24/7. Continue reading Keep Your Dog Indoors – This Is Why

Rescue Boxer Saves Mother Cat and Her Kittens

I don’t know where to begin. I met with the “family” for a couple of hours. Elizabeth would take the photos, I’d make the video and basically we would help the kittens find a home – I had even come up with a title for the video already: “Rescue Boxer …bla bla..” But there’s so much more to it than just another “aww” cuteness overload story that I’m not even sure I can give you a clear image of what all that actually means. These six represent so much, basically almost everything we rescuers in Greece fight for, and will keep fighting, until we are no longer needed. Continue reading Rescue Boxer Saves Mother Cat and Her Kittens

Before After – Ten Rescue Dogs That Came Back To Life

The before after pictures speak for themselves, so there’s not much left to say. All ten dogs were rescued in Greece. Some have been adopted and some are still looking for a forever home. They managed to come back to life against all odds. Each and every one of them deserved the best. For more info on each dog’s story follow the links in the description below the photos. Continue reading Before After – Ten Rescue Dogs That Came Back To Life

Dogs On Beaches – Should They Be Allowed?

I know there are places in the world where dogs are not allowed on beaches, like Spain, for example. I am lucky enough to live in a country, where according to the law, dogs on beaches are allowed, as long as they are on a lead etc etc. Signs prohibiting them from stepping foot there are simply illegal, and you are free to ignore them, laugh about them or even take a selfie of you and your four legged friend in front of them and post it publicly to social media so that you and fellow dog lovers laugh about it. Continue reading Dogs On Beaches – Should They Be Allowed?

Blind Cats: Can They Have A Normal Life?

Can blind cats have a normal life? Yes! The answer is most definitely yes. The brain rewires itself to boost the remaining senses, and especially if they are born blind, they can even trick you into believing that they might not actually suffer 100% sight loss. Blind cats suffer a lot of discrimination and having one adopted is never an easy task, but once you get to meet one blind kitten, you’ll soon realize that it can be as playful, funny and happy as any other healthy feline friend. In fact the way they manage to overcome their problem makes most blind kittens appear smarter than the rest. Continue reading Blind Cats: Can They Have A Normal Life?

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.

Lazy Rescue Dog Simply Won’t Get Up. Never

Lazy rescue dog is just a title. A well deserved title when it comes to Mrs T. The video also depicts 100% what you’ll get if you adopt Mrs T But still it’s not enough. The last couple of posts were a bit sad, and since I’m a positive person and there’s even a category in the blog named: “Funniest rescue Pets”, I really need to share with you my experience with this particular dog. Continue reading Lazy Rescue Dog Simply Won’t Get Up. Never

Killer Rottweilers On Death Row Up For Adoption

Killer Rottweilers are up for adoption by the public shelter that took them in about a month ago, after two of them attacked and killed a five year old boy. The incident happened on May 1, Easter day in Greece. The boy and his family were visiting a friend’s house, the boy was left unattended for a while, and a few minutes later he was beaten to death by two out of the eight dogs that lived in the property. The owner was arrested, all eight dogs were removed from him, were placed in a public shelter and were given less than a month to be adopted until they are put down. The deadline is in two days, May 25. Continue reading Killer Rottweilers On Death Row Up For Adoption

Dog Adoption And Common Misundersandings

Dog adoption. It sounds nice, but for most of us it’s a headache. Choosing the right family is one big challenge and we face it every day. Many people didn’t really like this video. I’m guessing they were offended, so I think I should make some things clear. First of all, we almost never talk to people this way – at least I don’t. Do we have these thoughts? Yes we do. But if things are going to change some day, we are the ones who need to help the public see things in a different perspective, so we try our best to be polite. Continue reading Dog Adoption And Common Misundersandings