Greece has been a country in financial crisis for sometime now. Many people are struggling to keep afloat and unfortunately the first to pay the price is the family pet. Even though Greece has always had a large stray animal population, since the economic downfall, this number has exploded and with it comes an overwhelming number of injuries and incidences of cruelty because these dogs and cats that were once domesticated are now forced to live on the streets to fend for themselves.
Noah's Little Ark in Chania, Crete, a small animal welfare and rescue group established in 1993 was founded by Silke Wrobela, a local citizen who could not longer turn her back on the homeless animals and decided to dedicate her life to looking after the stray and injured domesticated and wild animals of Chania, Crete.
Noah’s Little Ark, although recognized by the local government for its services, does not receive any funding for what they do. The costs for caring, feeding and vetting the overwhelming amount of strays that cross their paths are exorbitant. Although the police and fire departments, coast guard and municipality contact them for aid whenever they are faced with an injured or sick animal, the funding is non-existent.
As you can imagine, their expenses have skyrocketed and because the crisis is not only limited to Greece, their donations have decreased as well. At the moment they have approximately 500 mouths to feed in their shelters and are finding it terribly difficult to keep up with expenses. They are working at a bare minimum with no heat, no electricity but their animals are fed and medically attended to as best they can. However, they fear that this will not be the case soon for the number of animals under their care is multiplying daily. Sadly, the Greek government has stopped them from rehoming the dogs and cats to other parts of the world, so their only option is to desperately search for funding before they have to consider the unimaginable, turning the animals away.
A Shelter Support Grant from SPCA International will enable them to stay afloat for just a short while. Please consider sharing this page so they could get even greater help from animal lovers like you around the globe.
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