We Care for the strays on the SouthWest side of Samos Island, Greece.
We are a small group of five people (Greek, Finnish and Swedish) who have many things in common, but the biggest and most important thing: We love all animals, and we want to do what ever we can, to make their lives better.
We feed the strays in the area, we vaccinate and medicate them, care for them. We catch them, sterilize them, socialize them and re-home them, as best as we can.
Yes, you can help! You can visit us during your holidays, you can bring us materials needed for the care of the strays, you can give a home to a former stray, or you can virtually adopt one! Email us, visit us, ask us!
Nia is approximately 3-4 years old wonderful female. She was living in the village of Ormos with her puppies and was a great mother for them. She is happy girl who absolutely loves people and is great with all other dogs as well. Nia has been sterilized, vaccinated and is in great general health. She weighs about 16 kg.
Nia has raised a lot of interest and is now "on hold"
Sara is a little bit older female, about 5-6 years old. She was like Nia, in Ormos with her puppies.She is a very soft character, likes to take life very easy. A simple easy dog for someone who is not so active. Sara loves cuddles and enjoys being outside, but for sure will enjoy also the sofa. Sara has been sterilized, vaccinated and is in great general health. She weighs about 15 kg.
Roosa is a wonderful young female, approximately 5 months old. She was also living in Ormos, where someone had dumped her. She found safety with Nia and Sara.
Roosa is a happy girl, very playful and loves attention and in general just doing goofy stuff. She is used to big animals as she is daily playin around Jenny the donkey and Marjo the horse, so for sure she has good nerves and is very social. She is healthy and vaccinated, and will also be sterilized as soon as possible.
Ruska is a beautiful young female cat that was found in Limnonas. When she was found she was feeling poorly and most probably would have died. But now she is glowing! She is a happy young cat that loves playing with other cats and the puppies. She is not a cat who loves cuddles, but when you start giving her attention, she starts purring and gives you a show, loving the touch. She has been declared healthy and is sterilized and vaccinated.
Ares was found in the rubbish bin, his siblings had already died. He was approximately 1 week old when found in the first week of January. He is a funny little boy, who loves to run around and discover new things with his "sister" Evita. Ares is a playful boy who plays with cats and dogs. He is curious about his surroundings and as he is growing up with a pack of cats and dogs plus a horse and a donkey, he has good set o f nerves and spirit. He is a charmer for sure. He has had his first vaccinations and was declared healthy during his first checkup at the vet.
He is a CHARACTER, a true Jekyll and Hyde. He can run and play and jump and and and.. but he can also love and cuddle. He is born sometime in the end of summer 2018. He spent his first month with humans, living in a bathroom because he was super shy and there were big dogs in the house. But this only made his character stronger and when he emerged from the bathroom, he for sure made clear that the world is his!
Everyone loves this little chap, there is no dull moments with him! He has been sterilized and vaccinated, and declared healthy.
One of the most important work we do, is feeding the strays. We always have food for cats and dogs in our cars, as well as first-aid kits in case we meet an animal with injuries.
Food and water, the basics we all need for survival.. we try to provide for as many as we can.
Sterilizing is so important! We sterilize every cat and dog that come to our care. We do not give them even for adoption, unless they are sterilized.
We don't only take dogs and cats that can be re-homed, we also care for those who can not be re-homed. This means we provide the home for the three legged cats, one eyed cats, deaf cats, deaf dogs, blind dogs.. that nobody wants to take. Which is a shame really, because even if these animals have their defects, they are wonderful characters with so much love to give. And actually, they all live happy lives even with their missing legs, or hearing.. or sight.
Because, they are survivors.
If you want to give a home to a former stray, you can. We only re-home dogs and cats that we know are social and healthy. They are sterilized before re-homing. We do not sell animals. We re-home. That means we want to get to know you and your home before we re-home animals. For us the most important thing is that the animal finds the right home. That both of you are happy ever after.
The costs? We ask for the coverage of the costs of the furry friend: sterilization, vaccination, microchip, passport, anti-parasite treatment, flight kennel and flight. In case you wish for specific bloodtests before travelling, those costs also will be added. There are no extra or so called "blind" costs. Kindly notice that costs differ for each animal because some might have needed more care than others (operations, blood tests etc.) and ofcourse because the flight costs differ between companies.
We are happy to give as much information as possible about the strays. We are also happy to provide support and as much information as we can to those who want to adopt, or maybe even already have a pet but need help.
PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT US, if you have any questions, want more information or especially if you want to adopt a furry friend.
The animals that live in the sanctuary, are members of family. We have tortoises, cats, dogs, a donkey and a horse. And we never know what tomorrow brings.
All animals live together, more or less forming a pack. We have very young animals, and very old animals. But all respect each other and live a pretty harmonious life.
Ofcourse always when there is a new kid on the block, the boss must approve and the newcomer will find it's place. But because they live all together with us, forming a mixed pack, they all become very social and happy. Animals are not natural enemies (like many thing cats and dogs are), they are natural friends.
Mama was living in the nearby village where the locals gave food to her, but claimed she is too shy to be touched and doesn't come close.
Well, she ended up pregnant. At one point there was a plan among the villagers to take her to be sterilized but for some reason (maybe because of the "can't be touched") this never happened. They contacted us and wanted us to trap her.
One of us went up to the village and the dog came to her as soon as she parked her car.. wagging her tail. So she put the don in a line and lifted her in the car and went to the vet. Unfortunately the pregnancy was too far and we had to let her give birth.
And so she did, 8 healthy puppies were born, 2 girls and 6 boys. They along with Mama will come up for adoption when their time is right. Also Mama will be sterilized and she will also hopefully find her forever home. Because this little girl definitely deserves it!
Nana was found on the beach, she literally was on the brink of death. A walking dead one could say..
she came to us and we started feeding her, small handfulls at a time.. And after some days she was taken to vet for bloodtests and was found to be leishmania positive (very low positive) and has a problem with her pancreas. Luckily kidneys and liver proved to be working well. So after we get her pancreas working better, she starts treatment for leishmania, so the level keeps low.
She is a very affectionate dog who craves to be loved. Even though she is older and in such a poor condition, she has a playful attitude and a strong will to live.
Unfortunately her will to live was not enough, her frail body failed her and she slipped into a coma and in the end, she slept the final big sleep.
But she had a lot of love and care during her last weeks, we only hope she felt it.
These two were found in rubbish bins. First Ares, who was found with 4 dead siblings.. he was approx. 1 week old when found.
And one week later Evita was found, in another bin.. with 7 dead siblings and she the only survival.. bearly alive. She was about 2 days old.
The beginning was tough, but now they thrive. Ares is up for adoption, but Evita will stay with us. She has been found to be blind. We don't know if this is a birth defect of because of been thrown away and been so close to death that it caused the damaged. We will never know but we don't need to know. She is a dynamic girl who doesn't let anyone walk over her. And she is in her forever home.
Bin puppies, a thing that we deal with every year...
Jenny was found in the middle of the road. She had managed to escape from the rope they had used to tie her to the olive tree. They had left her to die without food and water. Probably because she is old.
So she came to us. Our vet came to see her and said she maybe has two weeks, it doesn't look good, just skin and bones with a lot of open sores. We vaccinated her and to our amazement, she started to recover.. two weeks became two months... two years.. and she is still with us, cheeky and life loving as ever. Against the odds.. she made it!
Marjo came to us because her owner didn't want her anymore. He wanted her to be euthanized but didn't want to pay for it so he chose to let her starve to death.
A person brought her to us, and we found out she had some old injuries to her legs.. from what, we don't know.. and also she is nearly blind, probably because of poor diet and old age.
We didn't expect her to live long but now she has been with us over a year and is more trusting towards people, her feet are not causing her pain anymore because a farrier comes to care for them and she has a companion in Jenny. Marjo, has her golden years like an old horse deserves to have.
We have dogs of all ages, from a couple of days old to more than 10 years old.. females, and males. We have two areas where we have dogs, one is "the lower garden" and the other is "the upper garden. In this way we separate dogs so that it doesn't become too stressful for them when there are many and we can put the "kindred spirits" together.
They all become social, even if in the beginning they are shy.. because they see that the other dogs trust us, so they can too. In the picture above, are brothers Ricky and Mickey. This picture was taken one day after they came to live in the sanctuary. Until then, they didn't let people close to them and would not be touched. So much changes, in one day.
The cats in the sanctuary live with the humans all day, like the dogs. Some cats stay partly in a "cattery" which is half in a conservatory and half in the house. They learn to live with dogs as well and are all social. Bella, the cat in the picture, has only three legs, her back leg was amputated due to severe injury. We have another "tripod" called Kuisku, she is missing a front leg due to nerve damage. We have a deaf cat Lumi, a mini-cat Maisa... and many many more. All are in great general health and hopefully will one day find their forever homes.
With us, the animals stay together and are in contact with humans all the time. They are very social and are not afraid of pretty much anything.
Our belief is that there are no natural enemies among animals and they prove it to us every day. So well they all adapt to their new surroundings and new friends, as soon as they come inside through our gate.
If you want to help us to help these strays and more, we welcome the help!
For support, you can do it various ways, for example:
Send us used or new materials like collars, leads, food bowls, toys, deworming medicine etc.
You can also order materials for us directly from online shops like Zooplus.gr etc. and have them deliver to us.
If you want, you can also gift towards certain things like sterilizations, vaccinations, food, building material etc.
We always need: collars, leads, food bowls, medical materials (sutures, gauzes, syringes and needles etc.), medicine (antibiotics, eye-drops, ear-drops, cortisone, deworming, anti-tick/flea treatmts), toys, treats, food..
Please mark for what you want your gift to be used for, for example: "deworming", "puppyfood", "vaccinations", "sterilizing".