Irresponsible owners getting rid of unwanted pets in the most disturbing ways is one of the biggest problems for animal welfare volunteers in Greece.
Puppies don’t belong in shelters, they belong in homes. They deserve to grow up in homes, they deserve to have their forever family watch them grow up, and enjoy the amazing (and difficult) thing that is puppyhood.
Mother dogs are probably the most vulnerable of all our misfortunate Greek little heroes.
In the village of Dilofo, in Larissa, Greece, two young sisters found a litter of six abandoned puppies in their school and decided to bring them home and care for them.
All over Greece there are thousands of puppies being abandoned every single day. Litters that come from not spayed “pet dogs”, usually in rural areas, where the usual way of population control getting rid of the puppies.
So, while I was walking my dog this morning, I heard this desperate meow, coming form somewhere near a garbage bin. And every rescuer in Greece knows what this means.
Stray dogs in Greece have seen it all – and with them, so have we. Every time a new case of animal cruelty becomes public, we are all like “ok, this is a first”, and then another case appears, and another and another, until you are more like “oh, again?”.
Kitten rescue is Greece has many faces, but the saddest of them all is the ones thrown in the garbage bins alive to die. Usually, they are wrapped in plastic bags to suffocate, and thrown away with the trash alive.
Abandoned in the middle of nowhere, with dozens of ticks sucking the life out of them, malnourished and desperate, those puppies are two of the luckiest ones.
It was about a month ago, on October 2017. I was in the main foster place of SCARS, where Katie and Mariana foster about 30 cats in different rooms of their house, making a video on one of our rescues.