There are more than a million stray dogs in Greece. Most of them are young dogs, abandoned as puppies, that barely last a year on the streets.
Tina was a special one. Special for me and for everyone who met her, and i am grateful for every single moment I spent by her side.
This video is a tribute to some of the animals that were rescued by SCARS and of course the volunteers – without them nothing can be achieved.
Stray cats surviving on the city streets are more or less like convicts on death row – eventually something will put them down. I might be a car, a storm drain, a poisoned dinner some old lady placed next to the garbage bin.
Powder was special, and so was Iron, his friend. Both those cats meant so much to all the volunteers, and their impact is still affecting us today and always will.
Giant dogs suffer more discrimination that any other. “They need space”, “my house is not big enough”, “they need too much exercise”, “they feel oppressed in an apartment” are some of the erroneous beliefs and stereotypes that follow them, preventing many amazing giants from enjoying the life they deserve.
Abandoned litters of kittens are such a common thing in Greece, that every time we come across one, our usual reaction is “oh, no, not again”. Within only a month, SCARS has rescued more than 25 kittens, all abandoned in the same way.
Every time I try to describe Tina and what she means to me, the words seem small and insignificant and I just mumble something like “she is amazing”. I wish I could talk with feelings, I wish I could draw my emotions or have a poet describe her for me, but I can’t.
Rescue is not always about happy endings and awe-inspiring before-after posts. Sometimes rescue is about being there for an animal’s final days, holding its paw as he crosses the rainbow bridge.
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