The cafe, Hott Spott in Mytilene, Lesbos, opens its doors every night so that local stray dogs have place to sleep. They have been running this little pet motel since July, and have no plans of putting these pups back out into the cold.
Antonis, a waiter at the cafe, said, “In the city there are many dogs. When the bar closes each night, the dogs come and sleep here. We don’t have a problem. From July, every night there is a dog on the couch.”
Stray dogs in Greece are managed far differently than in Europe or the US. In Greece, dogs are microchipped, spayed/nuetered, vaccinated, collared and cared for by the community at large.
“In most European countries, they solve this problem [of stray dogs] with euthanasia. But Greek culture is against that. Our law is about rehabilitating the dogs,” explained the head of Athens’ Stray Animal Service when asked about the city’s strays. “People here take care of them and love them. They are like everyone’s dog.”
All life is precious. Take a note from the people of Lesbos and know that ordinary people just like you are striving to make the world a better place.