There are many fears a dog can develop, or maybe even be born with. Fear of loud noises, fear of objects, fear of men, fear of children, fear of crowds.
The Non-Governmental Organization “Animal Rescue Thessaloniki, Greece” received an extrajudicial document recently, in which the owner of the dog they had recently rescued is warning them to return the dog TO HIM (!) within 24 hours, “or there will be consequences”.
In July 2018, in Mani, Greece, the volunteers of the Animal Protection Society “Melios” were called about this dog.
This is Kiara and she was rescued two years ago from a small village near Karditsa, Greece, when she was about five years old.
Emaciated is just a word. So is starving, sick, abandoned, abused, neglected, mutilated, ran over, hanged, drowned, shot. Behind the words however, there are living beings that feel pain, fear, hunger, thirst. Maybe they also feel the injustice, or maybe not.
Desperate, starving, suffering, invisible and alone. Those dogs are so alone. And they are so many. So many that eventually, you end up seeing them as numbers, not as individuals.
Leila was living in a military camp in Greece, among a pack of stray dogs. She was getting sicker and sicker every day, but she never received treatment, until she reached a point where she could barely stand on her own feet.
This video in my way of apologizing to Leila. When she arrived at the shelter, my first thought was “oh, another one”. After seeing so many of these dogs, after watching them recover and become gorgeous again, we can rarely be surprised anymore.
Richard came to the shelter of Save a Greek Stray in July 2017. He was rescued form a military camp, where we lived as a stray, along with dozens of other dogs.
Dogs like Lela are such a common thing here, that unfortunately for most of us, she looks like just another one “of these”. “These” are the uncountable dogs suffering from mange on the streets of Greece, and every time (every day) we see yet another one, we just…ehmm… we just go numb.