One man by the name, Theoklitos Proestakis, locally known as Takis, has given up pretty much everything he is and has owned just to be able to save abandoned dogs. Takis who runs a shelter in the south of Crete has already saved more than 200 dogs over the last 3 years.
Takis, a former dentist, decided to give up everything when he was shocked to see the amount of suffering the animals were going through in his home town, Lerapetra. “I am absolutely alone here at the shelter. I have no money, I had to sell my car, I had to sell my caravan, I have nothing. I had to borrow money. I was ready to sell it a few months ago, because I couldn’t see how I could carry on.” He told the MailOnline.
It costs Takis €1,300 a month to feed all of the dogs he has in his care. He also spends an extra €700 at the vets. Unfortunately, Takis said local authorities are both unable and unwilling to help fund the shelter. He further revealed that the shelter has only been able to survive on funds only from his own pocket and donations from well-wishers from the US and other European countries.
“One day I went to the rubbish dump and I saw horrible and crazy things there. There were so many dogs, and they had broken legs, they were starving, they were so skinny and so sick and dying. It horrified me. I just wanted to help them.” He explained.
He added, “So I started looking after them, taking them food and water and I was so happy when I saw they started to get stronger. But the people who live in the neighborhood started to get really angry with me, and telling me they were going to kill the dogs because they were becoming a nuisance. So I started the shelter as somewhere safe where I could keep them.”
Most of the dogs Takis has taken into his shelter have been starved, beaten or mistreated by their owners before being abandoned. People began sending in donations after he started posting pictures of his dogs and their recovery online in an attempt to find them homes. “People have seen the pictures and want to help. I still have my shelter, and now I have hope.” He said.
“This is my life, it’s difficult but I love it. I work so hard here but when I see the dogs happy and enjoying themselves and learning to trust people again then it’s all worth it.” Takis added.
Over €10,000 has been donated to the fundraising site Takis set up, enabling him to buy a car so he can take his dogs to the vet without mush hassle and the airport if they have been re-homed abroad. So far he has managed to re-home around 40 dogs.
You can donate to Takis’ shelter here.
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Bike Gang Hunts Down Dog Fight Rings and Saves Animals From Abusive Owners
For a long time, bikers are stereotyped to be loud, violent and tattooed up guys. However, that is not always the case. As a matter of fact, some bikers are the sweetest and most kind-hearted people there are. Rescue Ink is a good example of that fact.
The group boasts of big, well-built guys with tattoos on their skin. Sure they do look tough and no-nonsense, but they are simply sweet men dedicated to making the world a better place by putting an end to animal abuse.
According to the group’s website, Rescue Ink is a non-profit organization which exists for the advocacy and protection of all animals. The group consists of the young, old, male, female and from various professions. Some are full-time bikers, others are detectives, former police officers, weightlifters and lawyers. But they are all bound by one passion, their love for animals, keeping them safe and saving animals in need.
Rescue Ink regularly intervenes in alleged dog-fighting rings, and their efforts aren’t restricted to dogs alone. They have been able to also save cats, pigs, horses, fish, chickens and even once a 5-ft boa constrictor snake!
The groups mission statement reads, “Rescue Ink does whatever necessary within the means of the law, that’s what our lawyers tell us to say, to fight abuse and neglect of all kinds.
Some people like to think of us as superheroes. The truth is, we are super animal lovers (and protectors). Through the years, and through many caseloads, obstacles, and downright challenges, we remain strong and dedicated to our mission.”
When Rescue Ink hears of any animal abuse going on, they immediately get there and rescue the animal before getting it into rehabilitation.
The group only investigated the cases of animal abuse, if a criminal was involved, they contacted the police. If an animal owner was unable to take good care of the pet, the group would build a dog house or help in some other way.
The members of Rescue Ink are so dedicated that once, one of them spent almost 2 weeks carrying a small kitten with him everywhere as he needed to feed him every few hours.
Another biker also got into a pond near a sewer in order to save a duck.
The Rescue Ink also teaches adults and kids to help them realize that animal abuse is wrong.
Looking at these guys, they are certainly not people you want to mess with, but that’s only if you’re abusing an innocent animal. Otherwise, it’s clear they are such kind-hearted people who adore animals and are focused in making the world a better place.
We think Rescue Ink deserve a round of applause for all their incredible work!
Dog Dies After Routine Walk, Now Veterinarians Are Warning Others About The Signs Of Heatstroke
Each year, there occurs several dog deaths as a result of heatstroke. Unfortunately, not many dog owners know the dangers that come about as a result of high temperatures. According to PETA, 58 animals died in hot weather–related deaths in 2018 alone.
On a Facebook post, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) shared a heartbreaking story of a dog that tragically died from heatstroke. They wrote:
“This morning we have been informed that yesterday a local dog died of heat stroke after being taken on a walk at 9am when the temperature was 21 degrees. The dog was 5 years old and otherwise fit and healthy.
Despite lots of warnings about the heat we still see dogs being walked to the shops, on the school run, or as soon as owners get in from work. We do understand the crucial nature of walking your dog, however please bear in mind that walking in high temperatures can cause serious and irreversible damage, and in some cases death. Yesterday the high for the day was at 4pm but this is when most of the dogs we spotted were out and about.
It does not matter if your dog is white, young, not a bull breed or ‘used to the heat’. Please be mindful of their needs. In the mean time, please look out for signs of heat stroke.”
Signs Of Heatstroke:
- Heavy panting
- Vomiting and bloody diarrhea
- Excessive thirst
- Glazed eyes
- Excessive drooling
- Bright or dark red tongue, gums
- Elevated body temperature (104ºF and up)
- Weakness, collapse
- Increased pulse and heartbeat
If you suspect your dog is suffering from heatstroke, or notice the signs of heatstroke mentioned above, make sure you act immediately!
- The first thing you should do is to move your dog to a cooler area. Try to get them cooled down quickly.
- Try to offer your dog small amounts of water to drink, not a large volume of water. That might cause your pet to vomit and you don’t want that to happen.
- Take your dog’s temperature if possible.
- When your dog seems more comfortable, call your veterinarian for next steps.
- The doctor may want to evaluate your dog even if he seems fully recovered.
Please take caution before taking your dog out for a walk this summer.
Remember to share this with your family and friends to keep our fury best-friends safe.
Photographer Captures Stunning Symmetrical Image Of Bald Eagle
A stunning symmetrical image of a bald eagle captured by an amateur photographer has become an Internet sensation.
Steve Biro, who began taking photos as a hobby a decade ago, was visiting the Canadian Raptor Conservancy in Ontario, when he caught the eye of a bald eagle named Bruce.
Biro proceeded to set up his camera with the intention of getting a few shots of the bird flying over the water. At that moment he noticed that the bald eagle was not quite happy with Biro’s perch.
“He was actually trying to brush me away from where I was perched. I could feel the breeze from his wings as he flew over me. The other people who were there were gasping as he came over my head. It was really quite exhilarating.” Biro told the BBC.
The bird flew low over a pond, right at the photographer, once he locked eyes with him. Biro snapped away as the bald eagle flew over. The end result was breathtaking!
From the many stunning shots Biro got from this moment, one photo stood out to him from the rest. It was the winning shot that is leaving people amazed online.
Sharing it on Instagram, Biro wrote, “So lucky to capture a symmetrical reflection of this beautiful Bald Eagle coming straight at me!”
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“He’s squared up perfectly, both wings are touching the water. That was the one that struck me as little more special than the others. But I still didn’t even know how it would resonate with people.” the photographer told BBC about the same photograph.
Biro’s breathtaking photo of Bruce the bald eagle is now viral and has since been shared countless times, and even ended up on the front page of Reddit!
“I knew it was a great image when I saw how balanced it was but never in my wildest dreams did I expect anything of this magnitude.” Steve Biro said.
“It warms my heart to know I might bring joy to people who may not even be able to leave the house and that they love to see the world through my eyes.” He added.
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