In my heart I knew he’d gone,
but I waited to see if he would come.
The food he had - was just given as bait,
fixed with poison, so to seal his fate.
I carried on with my pups in tow,
Is there nowhere safe where we can go?
We pass some others so cruelly chained
we shiver with fear as we see the maimed.
is that noise coming from that place ....
Another soul being thrown to the waste?
What was his crime? ..it makes no sense
there are many there....it’s hot – the stench !!!
I’ve fallen...the kick was hard,
my pups have scattered and hide in the yard
The pain is mixing with the sandfly bite
no more can I take, I’m losing the fight.
cruel world....my life is done, t
he rest will go, by the noose or the gun.
The shelters are full and volunteers few
they try to help us - there’s so much to do.
WE ARE SO LUCKY - JUST LOOK WHERE WE ARE...
PUPS AND I WELL, THANKS TO HANDS FROM AFAR
We now have a life full of love, food .... and peace w
e were saved by YOUR pennies and
'THE STRAYS OF GREECE'
How do you get rid of your rubbish? Dump it outside for the dustman? Take
it to the tip?
In Greece that's how many people get rid of their unwanted animals.
We actually have photos of puppies left on a rubbish tip, and of dumped
kittens - one in a dustbin, and another in a flower pot.
a rubbish tip & thrown in
Very few cats and dogs have responsible owners in Greece, and most have
a very short and miserable existence. And although there are animal welfare
laws, they are seldom, if ever, enforced, and therefore there are thousands
of stray, sick, and injured animals with no access to things we take for
granted in Britain:
- Food and Water
- Routine Vaccination
- Preventative treatments against diseases spread by parasites
Kittens are often found discarded in the dustbin with
the kitchen waste – just like these
us prevent this cruelty
spay costs £75
A cat spay
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During the tourist season many survive thanks to the tourists, who feel
sad at their plight, and feed them scraps. Most tavernas have throngs of
stray cats and dogs begging for their existence, but when the tourists
leave there is no food supply, and so they die of starvation and disease.
Those that do survive they frequently poisoned - just a normal way of life
to so many Greeks, even though this is illegal practice.
There is no sterilization programme, which would improve the situation greatly, but there is no interest in the welfare of animals, either from the authorities, nor from the Greek public.
This results in a constant flow of kittens and puppies to replace the dying
adult population, and so the sad cycle starts again, year in, year out.
The lack of vaccinations means that parvovirus and cat flu are very common,
and parasite born diseases such as Leishmanisis and Ehrlrichia are prevalent
- all being potentially lethal illnesses, especially in sick and starving
Animals suffering with any of these conditions will rarely be offered any veterinary care, as few people bother to help them. The results are truly
shocking.(Note. This link shows a picture that may cause distress.)
Even dogs which have owners are not treated as family pets, as in most
of Europe. There are thousands of dogs kept on short chains with no access
to shelter. The lucky ones have food and water but otherwise their existence
It is difficult for us in Britain to understand why people would own a
dog, just to leave it chained up, and how living animals can be treated
with such indifference or cruelty.
Thankfully, there are some animal welfare groups trying to alleviate the
The situation has been described as 'trying to empty an ocean with a teaspoon' , but we believe that every animal spared such suffering worth the effort.
Hopefully, in time, the Greek attitude towards animal welfare will improve,
but in the meantime, we shall continue with our efforts.
YOU can help us in any number of ways, both big and small. Use the links above
to see how.
We are proud to say that no
representative of our charity receives any remuneration
whatsoever for their work. Everyone works as a volunteer and our
overheads are kept to a minimum. This ensures that all donations
are used for the purpose for which they are intended, to benefit