Humanitourism – helping cats and dogs in Greece

March 28, 2009 at 9:25 am 3 comments

National Geographic Traveler’s blog just featured a trip I’d love to take: a trip to Greece to help out with their animal welfare crisis.  Apparently the SPCA is more special than I thought – Greece doesn’t have anything like it.  That means that there aren’t as many shelters as there are here, and there isn’t a go-to source for spaying and neutering.  As you’ve seen from my brief visit to a few spots in Greece, there really are cats everywhere, so this is absolutely a real issue.

Mykonos Greece catCorfu Greece Paleokastritsa monastery cat

Inside/Out has planned a 10 day trip (June 12-22) with 5 days to help local activists with feeding stations for strays and to inform local people about animal rights and welfare issues.  Then it’s off for 5 days of well-deserved trekking and enjoying Greek culture.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jenny C  |  March 28, 2009 at 9:56 am

    This is so great! Are they doing trap-neuter-release as well?

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  • 2. Stefanos  |  March 29, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Yes i have noticed that. We also dicussed about it in school. It was about time to do something about it.

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  • 3. zoe katsulos  |  March 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Hi Jenny C — we may have an opportunity for TNR while we are there, but our primary focus is education. Unfortunately, many dogs that are sterilized, as well as sick or injured animals that are given veterinary treatment, end up poisoned or otherwise killed because of the culture there. Our view is that the best thing we can do is to help educate the people to address both the sterilization and humane treatment issues. It’s an opportunity to create change from within the communites.

    We still have a few spots left on the trip for someone who wants to be a part of making a difference.
    You can see full trip details here: http://tinyurl.com/dee6wl

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