Tessa tells us her story, and the story of a few of her friends who her new adoptive family have also helped..
My first try at blogging and having keyboard trouble. Paws not designed to type, really, so I’m getting some help from a friend. My name is Tessa, because I was the fourth dog from Sitia adopted by my people – for people who don’t speak Greek, let me explain that the Greek for “four” is “tessera”!
I live with some nice people and 3 other dogs near Sitia. Life is good, but it wasn’t always like this; I spent my first few months living on the street, as my first owners didn’t want me any more and threw me out.
Living on the streets is hard for dogs & cats, and I got very weak & thin; I used to let the tiny puppies get to food before me, as I knew they were really desperate, but it didn’t help me. I could only go a few steps before I had to lie down & rest. The people I live with now found me in December that year (2009) – just before Christmas and came every day to give me extra food. They must have been really worried about me because at New Year they came to find me and brought me home. For 3 days I just slept and ate the food they gave me – I couldn’t believe my luck and could finally relax because I was safe. I stopped being smelly, as well; living on the streets makes it hard to keep clean when you have a thick coat!
This is me not long after I arrived at my home.
My people love dogs – all the other dogs that live here were strays too, and we are good friends. There are so many dogs on the streets that need homes, and I hope they can find them. My people work with others in Sitia, in a group which helps animals; they leave stray animals food every day and take them to the vet when they are ill. Some of the animals get to go to new homes, too! We have had lots and lots of puppies staying here since I’ve been here.
These 2 (Abbi & Aliki) were found as 2 week old pups with their brother. Our family made sure they were fed properly, and they grew up into big, strong girls.
They stayed at our house for 6 months, until they were found permanent homes in Germany.
When the puppies came here, there was an adult dog called Renaud with them as well. He still lives here with us! My people said that if he came here, he stayed – they didn’t want him to be sent away again. He’s quite old now, but he still runs around ok.
One day, he and one of our other dogs (a very naughty one called Dusty) nearly caught a CAT! It was a bit hurt, but luckily (I think) the people saved it, and kept it in their bathroom for a while until it could have a “little operation” and then it went to Germany.
It was a white cat called Snowy, and white cats sometimes get sick here, so I’m glad it could go somewhere safe. There have been other CATS here sometimes, too, so I check the bathroom every morning just to make sure that none have sneaked in! You know how dodgy CATS can be!
This one was really dangerous!
Some of the puppies that have come to stay here have been really sad. Poor little Casper arrived at our gate very early one morning. It was still a bit dark, and our people could just see a little white shape, sitting there crying. Once they were able to catch him, they brought him in, and could see him properly. His poor ears were absolutely full of ticks (yuk) and the skin couldn’t be seen at all. Once they had got rid of the ticks he grew up well and I loved playing with him (even though he was a boy puppy!) The last I heard from him he was sitting in the back of a Saab Cabriolet on his way to the south of France – he really landed on his little paws!
One day we got a call to look after another sad puppy that was crying all the time. He came home here, and still cried, so my people found the tiniest puppy in the shelter to come and keep him company; enter Bonnie!
This is Bonnie, with my big friend Alex – he was terrified of her! She stayed here for quite a long time, and then went to Germany. We loved having her here, but we were really pleased that she found a new home.
Little Scamp was found by the side of the main road, along with another pup called Scruffy, and they both came to stay here for a few months. Scamp had something wrong with her front legs when she came here, and couldn’t walk properly. She had to do lots of exercises, but by the time she left she was fine, and found a nice home. She changed her name to Luna!
I’m really glad that all these pups have found new homes.
We are 2 girl dogs and 2 boy dogs living here now, and all of us are lucky.
Two of our amazing volunteers, Tony and Lynne Acharya. Volunteer their time at the shelter, and take some of the dogs out for walks, adventures and most importantly socialisation with their own dogs.
Here we will keep you up to date with who they have taken out and what they have gotten up to….
This gorgeous little girl (little white girl on the left) is going to be the perfect addition to one lucky family’s home!
We took her and her brother out for the afternoon, with two of our own dogs. Although she had never met any of us before, she was totally comfortable with us, and the kisses and cuddles we gave her were returned in spades. We took her in the car and she cuddled on my lap, then settled beside me as we drove to a safe place for her to explore. Within minutes she was walking around, happily exploring the new surroundings and experiences, and wasn’t fazed at all by the collar and lead. She gave kisses to both our dogs and they were perfectly happy with that. She encouraged her less confident brother to explore with her and they rolled around playing and covering each other in the long dried cut grass. A calm, happy and confident little girl that I would have brought home with us to live had it been remotely possible! Be quick if you’d like to adopt her…she deserves to be in the most loving home very quickly.
This gorgeous little boy is a total softy. All he wanted was cuddles. He was a little nervous of his first car trip, needing a little reassurance. He loved our two dogs and wanted to make friends with them rather than explore the area we took him too with his sister. A little unnerved by the first time in a collar and lead, he preferred to lie in the grass and play. Once he saw his sister having a drink he happily trotted over to have some too. He is a gorgeous little man who will be a fabulous addition to your family as an only dog but I think he would love being with a calm, confident, older dog to show him the ropes.
Εθελοντές ενισχύουν την προσπάθεια του Φιλοζωικού Συλλόγου Σητείας Η προσπάθεια του Φιλοζωικού Συλλόγου Σητείας ενισχύεται σημαντικά από εθελοντές που κάποιοι από αυτούς διανύουν πολλά χιλιόμετρα προκειμένου να φτάσουν στη Σητεία και να προσφέρουν τη βοήθεια τους. O Mike και η Carol έρχονται από την Αγγλία εδώ και 15 χρόνια για να ενισχύσουν την σημαντική αυτή προσπάθεια που κάνουν οι εθελοντές του Φιλοζωικού Συλλόγου Σητείας και που όπως ομολογούν και ίδιοι φαίνεται να φέρνει αποτέλεσμα.
Ενισχύστε την προσπάθεια του Φιλοζωικού Συλλόγου Σητείας για την απόκτηση του δικού του αξιοπρεπούς χώρου.Όπως δήλωσε στα ΣΗΤΕΙΑΚΑ η πρόεδρος κα Κουνελάκη Δέσποινα είναι ο μόνος τρόπος για να λυθούν τα προβλήματα που αφορούν την φιλοξενία και φροντίδα των αδέσποτων του Δήμου.
This weekend we sterilised 86 cats and 33 dogs. As part of our on going battle to try and reduce the stray population, the best way… at the route of the problem…. if we can manage to sterilise as many as possible, we should be able to start reducing the stray population. A huge thank you to Förderverein Arche Noah Kreta e.V. who provided the vets.
A big Thank you to Nikos Pandermalis who made the video for us, and his continuing help with taking photos to help spread our story.
And also a huge thank you to all our wonderful volunteers, without your help the weekend would not have been such a huge success, each of you was a massive help….. The animals and us thank you .
Come and see how we got on by watching our video below…
English follows…Αυτό το τετραήμερο στειρώσαμε 86 γάτες και 33 σκυλιά.Ένα τεράστιο ευχαριστώ στην Förderverein Arche Noah Kreta e.V. και τους κτηνιάτρους τους.Και επίσης άλλο ένα σε όλους τους υπέροχους εθελοντές μας, χωρίς τη βοήθεια των οποίων δε θα είχαμε τόσο μεγάλη επιτυχία…This weekend we steralised 86 cats and 33 dogs. A huge thankyou to Förderverein Arche Noah Kreta e.V. who provided the vets. And also a huge thank you to all our wonderful volunteers, without your help the weekend would not have been such a huge sucess, each of you was a massive help….. The animals and us thank you .Thankyou to Nikos Pandermalis who made and edited the video for us
Nellie’s story began on a hot summer’s day in 2015 when the sound of a mewing kitten could be heard coming from the bottom of a large rubbish bin on Sitia seafront. But the kitten was not scavenging for food — she had been tied up in a plastic bag and tossed in with the trash to die.
The kind-hearted passer-by pulled the bag containing the crying kitten out of the bin and took it to Sitia Animal Rescue where, as luck would have it, the vet from Forderverein Arche Noah Kreta e.V. was paying a visit for one of the regular neutering sessions. The little kitten was found to have one badly damaged eye and was operated on immediately to remove it.
But what’s the future for an undernourished one-eyed feral kitten? It couldn’t just be put back on the street, where it would surely die. The kitten’s plight attracted the attention of one of the UK’s largest-circulation newspapers, which published her story online and the work being done by Sitia Animal Rescue. That story from 2015 is still on the internet and you can read it here:
And what of Nellie today? Did the story have a happy ending? You bet it did! After being fostered here in Sitia for a few more weeks until she was old enough to travel, Nellie was then given all the necessary jabs, together with a pet passport, and flown to England to begin a new life with her British “mum and dad.”
The following is written in 4 languages: Greek, English, French and German.. they are all saying the same, but as we have many followers from all over the world, we have tried to cater for everybody…
Ο Φιλοζωικός Σύλλογος Σητείας εδώ και χρόνια αγωνίζεται ενάντια σε κάθε είδους αντιξοότητα, να διατηρήσει το επίπεδο ευζωίας των απανταχού αδέσποτων πλασμάτων αυτής της πόλης. Σε ένα καταφύγιο που δεν πληρεί τις νόμιμες προδιαγραφές και που καλούμαστε επανειλημμένα να εκκενώσουμε με το φόβο να βρεθούν δεκάδες σκυλιά στους δριμους, καταθέτουμε καθημερινά τον ιδρώτα, την προσπάθεια και την ελπίδα μας. Με δική μας πρωτοβουλία υποβάλαμε αίτηση συμμετοχής σε πρόγραμμα Leader που αφορά την επιδότηση για κατασκευή και ίδρυση καταφυγίου αδέσποτων ζώων συντροφιάς. Απαραίτητη προϋπόθεση όμως για να γίνει δεκτή η αίτησή μας και να εκπονηθεί η κατασκευή νέου καταφυγίου εντός προδιαγραφών είναι η ύπαρξη οικοπέδου με τίτλους ιδιοκτησίας του Συλλόγου. Το οικόπεδο βρέθηκε, χωρίς να έχουμε καταφέρει εντούτοις να συλλέξουμε το πλήρες ποσό για την αγορά του. Με αίσθημα βαριάς ευθύνης, ζητάμε τη βοήθειά σας για να φέρουμε εις πέρας το μεγαλόπνοο αυτό σχέδιο που θα δώσει στα ζώα μας την ευκαιρία να ζουν με τη δέουσα αξιοπρέπεια και φροντίδα.
Sitia animal rescue for many years now is fighting against all odds to keep the level of well being of all kinds of animals in the Sitia area. In an animal centre that does not meet legal standards and that we have been threatened to be evicted several times, living with the constant fear that so many animals we care for will be thrown out to the streets. Under the hardest of circumstances we invest every day our hard work and our hope to make the life of animals in the area better. Through our initiative we submitted an application to be a part of the Leader program, that funds groups like ours to build and create an animal rescue facility. One of the main requirements to qualify for the funding grant of the program so we can build the shelter is that we own the land where the shelter is going to be. The plot of land has been located but we have not been able to raise the full funds yet necessary for the purchase. With a great sense of responsibility, we ask for your help in order to accomplish our dream of building the shelter that will be able to provide our animals to be cared for and live with dignity in an environment that they deserve.
L’ Association Animale de Sitia lutte depuis de nombreuses années et ce dans des circonstances souvent bien défavorables pour la cause des animaux errants de la région. Aujourd’hui, le refuge où nous accueillons et prenons soin des animaux avec beaucoup de peine et de travail, n’est pas conforme aux réglementations avec pour conséquence d’avoir à plusieurs reprises été menacés d’évacuer les lieux. Pour éviter ce danger qui pèse et mettrait en danger tout ce que nous avons réussi à faire jusqu’à présent, nous avobs pris l’initiative de faire une démarche auprès du programme Leader pour participer à un projet qui envisage la subvention de la construction et la fondation d’un refuge modèle. Seulement, la condition préalable requise pour que nous puissions voir notre demande acceptée est que notre Association soit propriétaire d’un terrain conforme à ces fins. Nous avons trouvé le terrain sans malheureusement avoir encore réussi à collecter la totalité des fonds nécessaires à son achat. Avec un sentiment de lourde responsabilité envers ces êtres démunis, nous vous demandons votre aide afin de pouvoir réaliser ce projet qui donnera aux animaux l’occasion de vivre dans un environnement digne et décent dans l’attente d’un foyer aimant. Votre contribution si minime soit-elle nous serait précieuse. Un grand merci à vous.
Der Tierverein von Sitia kämpft seit Jahren gegen jedes Missgeschick, um das Niveau des Wohlbefindens der allgegenwärtigen Herrenlose Tieren aufrechtzuerhalten. In einem Tierheim, obwohl das nicht den gesetzlichen Anforderungen entspricht, legen wir täglich unsere Anstrengung, Hoffnung und unseren Schweiß ab und wir fürchten immer wieder es evakuieren zu sollen mit der Angst, dass so viele Hunde auf der Straße enden werden. Mit unserer Initiative haben wir uns für ein Programm Leader angewendet, das betrifft einen Zuschuss für den Bau und die Gründung eines Tierheims für streunenden Haustiere. Die notwendige Voraussetzung für diese Anwendung, damit sie akzeptiert werden kann, um dieses neue Tierheim innerhalb der Spezifikationen gebaut wird, ist die Existenz eines Grundstücks im Besitz des Vereins. Das Grundstück ist gefunden worden aber nicht der gesamte Betrag für den Einkauf des Grundstückes. Mit schwerer Verantwortung bitten wir Ihnen um Ihre Hilfe, um dieses großartige Projekt zu schaffen, dadurch die Tiere die Chance haben werden, mit Würde und Pflege zu leben.
sitianimalrescuePlease read and help us make this become a reality…..
Amanda Jones has dedicated the past 20 years to an incredible photography project which aims to show just how fleeting the lives of our beloved pets are. We’ve all had that odd feeling that a lively puppy seems to turn into a fully-grown, wise old dog over night. Some of them barely change at all, others begin to show some signs of age. Dogs in particular age faster than us, of course, and perhaps that’s why the following photos are a bit sad as well as very sweet. But we can always take comfort in the knowledge that, however old they are, the joy we get from that bond with our best friend never diminishes.