The new year 2018 has just begun. A good time to evaluate what our foundation has done and achieved in the past year.
Our self-proclaimed main goal is of course improving the living conditions of barrel dogs on the island, and where possible to liberate them from their chains. This is a continuous project, about which you can read everything elsewhere on this website.
In 2017 our rangers:
Carried out 584 checks in total, during which 259 “new”dogs were observed.
Distributed as follows:
- 259 first oral or written warnings were issued
- 218 second or last warnings were issued to the owners
- 28 fines were written by the police (varying from 100 to 6000 euros)
- 79 dogs were found to live in improved conditions
This last fact is not always totally satisfying, but it certainly is the first step to a better life for these dogs. The improvement varies from chipping and/or vaccinating (which does not do much for the dog itself, but which is of utmost importance) to an actual improvement of the living conditions, such as a good doghouse, more food and water, a longer chain, or, no chain at all!
Furthermore our foundation engages itself in sterilization of stray dogs. On the one hand through projects of our own, on the other hand together with Kivotos, the animal protection organization on the island. In this way, more than 200 stray dogs have been sterilized in 2017.
In addition, we also give financial support to the Education Project of Kivotos, which provides information in primary schools all over the island. Amongst others about how to handle barrel dogs and stray dogs. It is of the utmost importance that the future generation of barrel dog owners become convinced that there are better ways to take care of and handle our four legged friends. Shortly a blog specifically about this subject will be published.
Last year we also financially supported the local shelters, the places that welcome abandoned puppies and confiscated former barrel dogs. This helps them to continue their good work. They always need money for accommodations, dog food, fences, medication, veterinarians and all kinds of other necessities.
Your financial help is indispensable! Please go to the “donation page” for your gift! Thank you so much.
And last but not least a warm thank you to all volunteers in The Netherlands (Canilos Thrift Shop) and on Lesbos, who also in 2017 worked so hard to make our work possible!