Aphrodite & Loutraki's Landfill Dogs

  • by XpatAthens
  • Saturday, 10 April 2021
Aphrodite & Loutraki's Landfill Dogs
Greece is a very well-known tourist destination, due to its natural beauty, archaeological sites and beautiful landscape. Every year, it attracts many tourists, both foreign and local. What many people do not know is that there is an estimated population of 3.5 million strays wandering in the streets throughout the country.

This is the story of the Loutraki's Landfill Dogs and how it all began. Afrodite, a Greek rescue volunteer, and her dogs have to face an enormous struggle every day. This kind and compassionate lady has captured, vaccinated, neutered, and treated as many dogs as could be moved to the small plot of land she rents. She has no more space for the dogs left at the rubbish dump/landfill site. Aphrodite moved near the huge Loutraki landfill in 2018. Passing by the rubbish dump/landfill was a life-changing experience for her, seeing the horrendous conditions the dogs and puppies were living in. She found packs of dogs and puppies in terrible conditions with broken bones, sores all over their bodies, starving, thirsty and, sadly, some dead.

This dump is huge, and inside live about 130 dogs, among tons of garbage in the most adverse conditions. Countless puppies in a miserable state are born and die helplessly in there without a chance to live a full life. This is tragic. An endless cemetery of animals. Dogs drink water from dirty and dangerous puddles, they scavenge in the trash. Her dream would be to take all the dogs out of the landfill and give them the life they deserve, with a loving family.  To make her dream come true she needs a larger plot of land with shelter, to give as many dogs as possible a chance of a happy and healthy life with treatment, love, and care – hopefully, a foster or adoption as well.

In 2018 Afrodith created her Facebook page, The Loutraki Landfill Dogs so that people could see her work trying to help alleviate the suffering of the poor dogs. The smallest donation will help.

Read the full article on dogstodaymagazine.co.uk