Like most countries in Southern Europe and the Balkans, Greece has a serious problem with stray
dogs and cats. Skiathos, although tiny, had many abandoned dogs. They formed packs and people
were afraid of them. Eventually, in 1995 a local monastery offered a piece of land where the Skiathos
Dog Shelter was created.
The first years were very difficult. Numbers soaring to 170+ dogs in the shelter. It became a case of
‘out of sight out of mind’ and the only visitors to the shelter were people dumping dogs (and cats).
Over the years contacts were made with international animal organisations and individuals who
helped with veterinary care, building projects and food. Visitors discovered the shelter while exploring the island and began offering homes to the dogs and cats. We began a dog-walking programme and opened the shelter to the public which brought more people.
Some of these visitors were so touched by our situation that they went back to their own countries
and formed groups. These groups now find wonderful homes for our dogs and cats and more. We
want our dogs and cats to go to loving homes. Where they are treated as part of the family. We do not home dogs to families who will chain them up or keep them outside. We believe that a dog is for life and that every dog deserves a happy, secure future.
It’s a struggle sometimes to keep going. The shelter has no electricity or running water. But it is a
happy place where many dogs are loved for the first time in their lives – and a stepping-stone to their new lives with a home and a family.
Regular activities include capturing and sterilizing stray animal, providing medical care and shelter
for abandoned animals in need and promoting adoption campaigns.
Here is how you can help this association :
Visit Us – Bring us things.
Come to Skiathos, walk some dogs and put your spare cash in the collection box.
Also, the Shelter is always in need of kitchen roll, cleaning products (no bleach though), cat food (wet and dry), dog meat and various other things.
Please contact us before bringing anything to the Shelter as we may have plenty of some things but be desperately short of others.
Please note – At the moment we have as much dry dog food as we can store.
Bring us your skills.
Perhaps you have skills that could be useful at the Shelter?
Veterinarians, Veterinary Nurses, builders, carpenters and other building skills are always useful, (but please contact us to discuss what you can do before you pack your bags.)
But we’re also interested in photographers, film makers, artists and anyone who can do something a little bit special. Some of our recent ideas have been the prodution of a DVD, computer screensavers/wallpapers and Youtube videos.
We also have a stall at the shelter selling T-Shirts, keyrings, fridge magnets and a whole host of other things. If you’re keen on crafts why not make us some things to sell?
And don’t forget to tell you friends about the wonderful little dog shelter on a beautiful Greek Island that they really should visit 🙂