Sunday, August 20, 2017

Wonders do happen

On August 14th we got a phone call from a Maria from Thessaloniki. She told us about a Greek girl being on holiday on Thassos, who saw a little dog on a chain with only a rusty barrel. The dog was in very bad condition and full of ticks. She went to the nearest house to ask about the dog and it happened to be the owner. She complained about the situation of the dog, but his only reaction was: it's my dog and I can do with it what I want.
Once back in Thessaloniki she kept thinking of the dog and contacted Maria of Seiriostrays, an animal charity in Thessaloniki (http://seiriostrays.gr) and asked what she could do.  Maria adviced the girl to report it to the police in Limenaria and so happened.
The police did go there to check on the dog, but saw that the dog had water and food and concluded that (to their opinion) everything was fine.
Having told this all, Maria asked us for help and cooperation and sent us all the details and pictures.



On August 15th Maria called us again. The dog had disappeared!
Not much later Chrissa messaged us that she found a dog in bad state and covered with ticks in another village. She sent us pictures and it looked exactly like the barrel dog on the pictures we got from the Greek tourist.



Chrissa brought the dog to us and we visited the vet. He was treated for parasites and a Leishmania and Ehrlichia speedtest was made, which to our joy was negative. Because of the many many ticks the dog had also anemia.



Did the man who had the dog on a chain got scared by the visit of the police and dumped the dog in another village??? We will probably never know and it can't be proved unless someone saw him doing it. But Tommy, the name we gave him, was just lucky that he found his way to us.

But the story goes on when on August 17th Maria calls us again. A lady from Panagia had contacted her, because our Tommy looked exactly like her dog Joker which is missing for 3 years!!! Her dog had been picked on the nose by a chicken when he was still a puppy, which always stayed a scar. We received an old photo of Joker and found out that Tommy indeed had a scar at exactly the same place!


As soon as she could she hurried to Kalivia to see the dog. It was her dog! The reunification was very touching and many tears of happiness were shed. The next picture doesn't need any words, it clearly shows the happiness of human and dog.



It is a small, no a BIG miracle, that only can happen when people and organisations work together. And it also shows that it does make a difference when tourists or locals report abuse or neglect of an animal to the police.
We are very happy and proud of this happy ending.



Thursday, July 20, 2017

Again we got help from Wereldasielen in The Netherlands!

Giving the animals the best possible care is sometimes very expensive.
This year we had to face huge extra costs: the surgery on Jack's front leg and on Monty's hind leg, the traveling up and down to the orthopedic vet in Kavala several times, the Milteforan for Noah's leishmaniasis and the castration of several dogs and 52 cats. Only this already cost over 3,000 euro.

Although we received some donations towards these costs, we still had some outstanding bills to be paid and no money…
We didn't know what to do, and again we asked the Dutch organisation Wereldasielen for help.
To our big surprise they were willing to help us with a really generous donation that doesn't only covers the bills to be paid, but also leaves some money for future expenses.

Words cannot express how happy we are with this and we are very very thankful that Wereldasielen is once again helping us.

Wereldasielen is doing great work all over the world by supporting projects of private individuals and charities like us, depending on donations and with only volunteers. Therefore we also want to thank all the people that donate money to Wereldasielen!



THANK YOU!!







Wednesday, July 12, 2017

ACT was "born" 5 years ago...

Today it is 5 years ago that I took care of the first stray dog with 4 puppies.

I contacted Klaus in Germany of whom I knew that he had homed dogs from Thassos before, and asked him if he could help finding good families for the dogs.
And look at them now: Mother dog Granny/Donna is an old lady, but lives happily in Holland, 3 of her puppies live in Germany and one on Thassos.



Of course ACT didn't exist yet, but that was in fact the time that the idea for a charity was born.

Not much later I met Jackie and her husband Alex, and together with them, Lynne, Nikos and my husband Joop, I started to set up an official animal charity called ACT Animal Care Thassos (or in Greek: Drasi gia ta zoa Thasou).

When I look back I am proud of what we have achieved in 5 years. It wasn't easy to start a charity. A lot of paperwork had to be done until we finally on June 17 2014 were registered as an official Greek charity.

From a small group of 6 people, ACT has grown to a mature organisation and is now also known on the island. More and more people contact us for help or advice. Sometimes the work is very stressful or frustrating and I must admit that I didn't realise at the beginning how time consuming it can be. But it is all worth it and I would do it again if I had to. Surely when I think of the 134 dogs we homed in the past 5 years, and the 309 cats and 39 dogs that were sterilised.

I think this is the perfect time to honor and thank the people behind the scenes.
On Thassos we have a great team of active volunteers doing all the major jobs (feeding, caring, fostering, bazaars, handicrafts, collection boxes, transports, administration etc): Jackie, Joop, Grant, Val, Peter, Gerry, Jürgen, Gisela, Gitty, Arno, Petra, Sibylle, Sophia and not to forget vet Nikos.
In Germany Klaus and Claudia are still helping us with fostering and homing dogs.
And then of course there are lots of others (on Thassos or abroad) that help ACT with donations (in money or materials), translations, flight partners, occasional fostering, and much more. I am not going to name them, they are too many and I don’t want to forget anyone. But be sure that you all are very much appreciated, without all of you it wouldn't be possible!

I can only hope that ACT will keep growing in the next 5 years with even more volunteers and supporters so we can help even more animals.

THANK YOU!!

Tanja

Friday, June 23, 2017

Here you can find our donation boxes on Thassos!

KALIVIA
Supermarket Charbi
Shell petrol station

LIMENARIA
Molly's Art Shop
Potos Carrental
Nikos Efthimiopoulos Vet
Supermarket Saltaris
Hotel Agali
Hotel Garden
Agro Traditional Products
Bakery Oganezov
Taverna Stelios
Bar Navagio
Photocreations Nikos Kaïdis
Hotel Anasa
Speedy Rentacar

POTOS
Hairdresser Stin Tricha
Taverna Hakuna Matata
Supermarket Gagos
Hair Spa Mary
Shop Aldebaran

THEOLOGOS
Shoeshop

KASTRO
Kostas' Taverna (next to church)

PEFKARI
Hotel Moonbeam


SKALA PRINOS
Real Holidays

LIMENAS
Smile supermarket



Monday, May 29, 2017

Monty has a problem…

After a while Jackie, who fosters Monty, noticed that he walked strange with his back leg. The vet checked him, but couldn't find anything. So we assumed that he had been playing a little rough and waited to see if it would pass.

But it didn't and since Monty was supposed to fly to Germany on the 27th of May we decided that we couldn't send him to his new family like this and had him X-rayed in Kavala first, to be sure nothing serious was wrong.

And we are glad we did! Monty has an old fracture at his back leg that needs to be operated. The appointment is made with Stathis in Kavala for next Wednesday and after the operation he will stay in the clinic for a few days.

The costs will be € 500, apart from travelling up and down with the ferry to Kavala. Another financial downfall for ACT, but it has to be done otherwise Monty will have big problems later when he grows.

So once again we appeal to you for help. If you can spare some money please donate on our bank account (http://act-thassos.blogspot.gr/p/about-us.html) or through PayPal (act.thassos@gmail.com).

Monty says: Thanks!