In the year 2015, upon my arrival at Greece, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Numerous abandoned pets and other animals were struggling on a daily basis with their lives and were on the brink of starvation. Animals living under the worst conditions on the streets were sick and completely emaciated. After coming back to Switzerland – thinking about those impoverished animals kept me up at night and only a few weeks later I gave up on a life of comfort and headed back to Athens where I decided to devote myself to improving the welfare of those abandoned and injured animals.
• However, I do need your help.
Greece has a high number of street animals compared to many other European countries. It can be assumed that the local population lacks empathy towards animals as the number of stray animals have increased significantly over the last few years. In the summer months, you are bound to find small cats and puppies cruelly thrown like trash in dumpsters by their owners in the street corners of Athens. This happens predominantly because of the multitude of homeless animals that overcrowd the streets, leaving plenty of opportunity for them to be poisoned or simply run over. This presents a bleak picture of the welfare of animals in Greece that is truly heartbreaking. Appropriate help to save the endangered creatures is therefore urgently needed.
• Is an aid organization really necessary?
In short, Yes. The number of suffering stray animals in Greece is so enormous that existing shelters and organizations simply do not have the capacity to help all of them. Tourists are also increasingly aware of this issue especially when they find injured or abandoned animals and bring it to local shelters or animal welfare organizations. The animals are often sent away, since the collecting facilities are usually overcrowded. As a tourist, I found myself in the exactly same situation when I first arrived to Athens.
• What do I do and why am I seeking your financial aid?
My goal is simple. I would like to help as many animals as possible, from dogs and cats to birds and turtles, because to me - every life counts. Up until today, I have taken care of the needy animals in my own apartment in Athens and on my personal expenses. Unfortunately, my apartment and financial capacity has reached it’s limits and I cannot currently accommodate more animals. Therefore - I urgently need your support. In order to continue my goal of taking more animals from the streets, and nurturing them until they find a loving new home - I need financial resources. With the money that I want to raise, I will be funding new accommodation for the animals as well as food and medicinal expenses.
I personally stand behind this project as a human being. I will demonstrate to you the impact of your financial support and you will have a personal opportunity to get to know me and the animals and actively participate in my project if you wish.
- Mona Schlüter
- Lizzy Ken
- Dirk Eichentopf
- The Bäri
Athens, Attica GR