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A NIGHTMARE IN GREECE!
"They cut open the shelter fence and tossed in a bunch of puppies at night, by morning they were all dead from exposure"
"Someone busted open our gate, 4 dogs got out, we found them beaten to death the next day"
"The garbage collectors throw out poison for the dogs, then once they are dead they just toss into the compactors"
"Last night someone threw a bunch of rat poison into one of our runs, all 20 dogs died". Welcome to Greece.
These quotes come from some very brave women who run 2 of the hardest working shelters in Greece, Trikala & Levadia. My amazing friend Vivian ofEmerald City Pet Rescue (ECPR) recently brought this to my attention & as a result we (Pet Pardons & ECPR) have come together & are flying 3 of their dogs from Greece to the United States where they will for the first time have families of their own who love them, they are Dumbo (now Zeus), Rex and Jump (now Apollo).
These 2 shelters get ZERO assistance from the Greek Government, ZERO assistance from the locals in their town, and they are run by people with ZERO means, but they do it anyway, because they care that much.
What’s worse the Mayor’s of these towns won’t issue permits to make these shelters ‘legal’ so they are constantly under attack from the ‘authorities’. They are bullied, threatened and attacked, just for trying to save the dogs lives.
Conditions at their shelters are rough, and the condition of the animals they take in is worse, they are all abused, malnourished, terrified, sick and traumatized, the fact that any of them survive is a testament to the amazing work that these shelters do.
These brave people need to know they are not alone, they need to know that people care and most of all their dogs need our support.
In their own words “We can’t keep up with the amount of animals being Abandoned, or strays that we need to care for! We need the Help! We are getting no help from our Govt for Dog & Cat Food, Vetting, Medications, or Sterilizations! We are in a Crises SItuation in Greece! We don’t have the money to pay for all the surgeries, medical care, and food without more help! Please!”
Well we are going to help them as much as we can, will you join us?
Right now the chipin is at $1000, if it gets to $2000 tonight before midnight Pacific Time then i will add $1000 from my own pocket.
Please give anything you can at:
Posted by Pet Pardons on Facebook.
If you’re getting a new pet…
Thinking about adopting? KEEP THIS IN MIND: No matter what type of animal you’re going to get the very last thing on your mind should be appearance and age is right near that range as well. I say this because the first thing you should NOT say to someone when going to get a pet is “I only want a baby” or anything along those lines. It being a baby and adorable shouldn’t matter. What should matter is the personality. I make everyone fill out a quick questionnaire before I make my recommendations. When I tell people adoptions are based on personality, not appearance (and I also state “because kittens do grow up into cats”), few continue replying. It’s a shame and it makes me feel horrible for whatever pet they do get. Sure, they may be a fantastic home, but statistics show that people who will only get a puppy or kitten are far more likely to abandon their pet. They want something cute and adorable that they can go “aww” to every time they or someone else walks into the room and sees it, but animals grow up and quick! Before you know it they’re full sized and adults. I would much rather turn someone down for adoption than accept them and let them take an animal who I know won’t be happy with them. More so with cats than dogs, their personalities are like us humans and they are their own - meaning you can’t mold them into what you want. To some extent you have slight say in what they grow up to be like, but when it comes down to their true personality, that’s just whatever it turns out to be. When you get an animal it should be at least 8 months so that you can know for the most part what the animal is like. What their bad habits are, their positive traits, their main characteristic, how cuddly or playful or territorial they are. Even how loyal they are! Also, a kitten or puppy isn’t going to want to lay in your lap and be pet or cuddled at night. This, again, is more so with kittens than puppies. They want to play, explore, be independent and figure the world out. They don’t wan to cuddle on your lap as you watch a movie, snoozing or purring or rubbing against you. Kittens and puppies, although to some extent are loyal, aren’t loyal in that sense where they want to constantly be by your side. That’s an adult. And ADULT ANIMALS ARE STILL PLAYFUL. ANIMALS ARE PLAYFUL FOR MOST OF THEIR LIVES. Better when adults though because then they usually want to play WITH YOU. Kittens and puppies want to play with just anything they can get their teeth on. Cats love when you play with them using a string on a pole or laser pointer, while dogs want to play fetch or tug-o-war. Yes kittens and puppies do this too but still, they are more so independent at an earlier age due to trying to discover and figure the world out. If you want someone to be loyal, compassionate, playful yet cuddly, and also to bond with you mentally - you want a dog or cat, NOT puppy or kitten. The main point I make, a kitten or puppy isn’t going to bond with you. They will bond with almost anyone. Kittens and puppies will typically let anyone walk them, hop into any car, pick them up, etc. Dogs and cats though know who their owner is and will stick by their side, only budge if their owner has the leash, only come to their calling or whistle or whatever. Just keep this stuff in mind. It’s a lot to read but this is so important so that 1) you’re happy 2) your pet is happy 3) you don’t abandon the animal when it grows up and its personality isn’t what you wanted or expected