A week in Greece, according to us...
These coming weeks, all the volunteers who went to Greece and the shelter will add their story to this page, telling it from their perspective, and share a few of their favorite photos.. For now, here's a small sum up that will hopefully give you an idea of what was done.
Thanks to all of you fantastic supporters, we were able to:
-Build two brick houses which will offer protection for the winter and summer, large enough to house two of the groups at the shelter.
-One smaller brick house for the puppies, offering protection and sleeping space.
-A fence and door from the entrance all the way back to the end, ensuring a secured area where supplies can be brought without disturbing the dogs, a more secure way of removing sick or injured dogs, and keeping the packs separate from each other, which will reduce the risk of injuries, and create a more calm environment.
-A new, smaller area for the dogs at the back, e.g. Moustakas and the rest, creating a larger area for the puppies.
-Create an emergency area with enclosure for sick, injured or new dogs.
-Cement floors for all enclosures.
-Cement covering the half of two larger areas, making it easier and faster to clean, and softer for the dogs.
-Two cement paths through the shelter reducing the problem with mud in the winter and making it easier to get supplies to the storage areas, and cement outside the gates of the shelter, to get rid of the mud problem there.
We were also able to:
-Put up more shading.
-Put up more protection around the enclosures.
-Clean up lots and lots of debris lying around at the shelter.
-Cut trees and branches to prevent dangerous situations.
-Clean out the houses and remove old carpets etc.
-Give all the dogs toys.
-Clean lots and lots of poo.
-Give all the dogs as much attention as they could possibly get.
-Clean out S’s office and organize all medication and supplies.
-Feed stray dogs.
-Take in two new dogs at the shelter, Marloes and Roof.
-Vaccinate and sterilize dogs.
-Buy a microwave for the heating pads bought for puppies and sick dogs that stays with S.
-Buy some sturdy wind lights to provide more light during the winter.
Things we still wanted to do:
-Secure the fencing along the road, but we still haven’t found a solution for this.
-Create a few more areas for dogs who needs more peace and quiet (Thanks to Judith and Angela we will be able to build two enclosures the coming period)
-Get electricity!!! We were promised a visit by the vice mayor to discuss this but sadly he never came. The power station providing electricity for the entire city is not even 5 meters away from the shelter, so it must be possible!!
-Spend more time with the dogs.
-Take all dogs with us back home.
In addition to this, we got to know some amazing people, and I believe friendships were made for life. There was laughter, tears, despair, anger, sadness, team spirit, irritations, joy, respect and lots and lots of love. It was a life changing experience, something I can recommend everyone to do once in their lives. All of us will tell our own version of how we experienced the week, there will be more photos and videos shared. Please know, that even if you were not there with us, your support and donations made all of this possible, and you all have a part of every brick laid, and in each and every drop of blood, sweat and tears.
Words will never be enough to tell you what you all mean to us, but I hope you will one day join us there, and see, and then you will understand.
And once again my thank you to S, Judith, Mike, Fraser, Maria, Susi, Marloes, Nathalie, Mr S, Mr Melidis, Angus, Hammish, Dougal, Angela and everyone else who contributed making this a fantastic week.