As usual, Sheena and Tim have met a lot of absolutely lovely dogs who are looking for homes.
There seem to be quite a lot of puppies and kittens of about 5-6 months. This was the last vets’ visit to the shelter before the winter, and so everyone was trying to catch the kittens born earlier this year before they start having kittens of their own next spring. Last time, we were here in spring, and most of the females were pregnant (and thin). This time, being autumn, none of them were pregnant, but most were fat which made surgery more difficult. The local people obviously do a very good job in feeding these strays.
Tim has done a wonderful job as a vet nurse, meaning they were able to neuter 16 cats and still finish by 3.30! However, Tim’s not planning a career change: I think he finds his usual job much less stressful.
One poor white cat had sunburn on her ears, and they had to be amputated. This is a problem seen sometimes in our country, but is obviously much worse in Greece. The local people also managed to catch a local stray dog for neutering. She only ever approaches the local people when she is pregnant (I guess she is hungry), so they were relieved that she was not heavily pregnant and we were able to spay her. She was a lovely friendly dog, who is used to kindness from people. There were some sad stories too. One poor Doberman had been shot more than once. His xray showed shotgun pellets all over his chest, and he had been blinded in one eye.
There are also some dogs who have been very sick as a result of Leishmania. One dog, named Bilbo was brought in with his friend Brummel who had been shot. Bilbo refused to leave his friend’s side and they were both taken into the shelter. Sadly Bilbo became very ill as a result of Leishmania, and is just beginning to recover. Brummel is about to leave for a new home. We are a bit worried about how Bilbo will cope without his mate. Luckily the staff at the shelter are well aware of the signs of this disease. They start the dogs on treatment quickly and most of them go on to live a very happy life. They are usually very difficult to home because of the lifelong treatment needed, even though it is not expensive, but there is an area of the shelter dedicated to these long term dogs where they can live in freedom, playing together and interacting with people who come up to walk them and play with them.