Stray dogs are sadly a sight that is far too common in Greece. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of dogs there who live their entire lives on the streets, never getting to feel what it’s like to be someone’s pet, to live in the comfort of a warm home, or to ever be loved.
Valia Orfanidou, rescuers with Save A Greek Stray, is so used to seeing homeless dogs on the streets of Greece that she’s become numb to it. Sometimes she doesn’t even notice dogs on the street, because she is so used to seeing them.
One day, a woman named Marcia, who had adopted a dog from their shelter a year ago, came back to visit. She was taking a ride with Valia when she spotted a dog next to the highway, wandering alone next to cars. The poor pup was lost, sick and terrified. Marcia felt her heart break in two and knew right away that they had to save this dog.
Although these strays are a dime a dozen, Valia felt differently about this one dog in particular. He seemed too lost and scared to be ignored. Marcia then got out of the car and went over to feed him, but since he was frightened, he started walking in the opposite direction.
But Marcia wasn’t going to give up. Valia knew there was a high chance of him running into traffic and getting hit by a car, so she got out to help Marcia. They knew they had to gain his trust as quickly as possible. Eventually the pup came closer, started wagging his tail and hesitantly took treats from Marcia’s hand. Thankfully they rescued this dog when they did, because it was very possible that he would’ve gotten run over by a car minutes later.
They named this sweet pup “Basu,” and took him to their shelter where he was treated for leishmaniasis. They also trained him, and he was a very fast learner. He is no longer fearful and understands that these people were there to help him, not hurt him. He’s very trusting of humans and is so friendly and affectionate.
Now Basu is looking for a forever home. If you’re interested in adopting him, please contact Save A Greek Stray at firstname.lastname@example.org.