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Hello! I want to adopt every animal I see. That's why I want to find a nice little farm with an orchard. Unfortunately my husband, the city boy, thinks I'm a bit off my rocker! I understand your tender feelings for animals, they too are beings with souls after all.
I recommend (in Greece, anyway and here in Chania) working with the veterinarians in your community. They love animals and they like to have support as they attempt to help the animals in the community.
The identification chip has really been a huge relief to both pet owners and vets. When you rescue an animal from the street or dire straights a veterinarian will be able to find the ID on their integrated data sheet for the whole country or learn that, perhaps, the animal has no ID chip.
Vets are the first place to go and the best people to coordinate animal support actions. When my older daughter moved to Athens, one of the first things she did was find the first vets office in case she found a lost dog.
Vets are people, too, so take the time to meet a few and find one with whom you can work with easily.
Many times self proclaimed animal saviors from foreign countries have perpetuated hunger and abuse to animals while advertising that their actions were kind. Like in any project - watch out for charlatans.
In Greece often neighbors get together to pay vet fees to make sure wandering dogs have had the proper vaccinations.
No easy answers but many people have the same intent for happy, healthy animals so there is plenty of hope.
Granita To Go
(Generally in any neighborhood around the world, including Greek neighborhoods, it is best to approach a finding a solution to a problem as a community project.
So saying to a Greek, "You should do this, Or what doesn't Greece to this, etc." isn't going to help a situation.
Greeks know more about their own neighborhoods and the problems therein. Someone might be well advised to start a conversation by "What would you advise me to do about a problem I'm having with or . . . a situation I would like to help improve.")
Granita To GoMember Since 19 Apr 2009
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