We got lost on our way to the Filozoikos shelter when our satnav suddenly gave up the ghost. Must have found the Athens roads too demanding! Luckily, Martha and Kiki came to find us.

Two of the dogs we collected have been at the shelter for over three years, the other two are recent arrivals. All are on their way to the UK where Conrad will be overseeing them to their new homes. Martha has told us a bit about each one.

We got our usual warm and friendly welcome at the shelter from Martha (in pink), Kiki (far right) and the volunteers

We got our usual warm and friendly welcome at the shelter from Martha (in pink), Kiki (far right) and the volunteers

Martha with Maria

Martha with Maria

Maria is about six or seven years old. A calm dog who gets on well with other dogs, she is also probably good with cats as she's lived with cats in the past. She's one of 10 dogs who came to the shelter when their elderly, alcoholic and semi-homeless owner died. She's the last but one of them to find a new home. The volunteers adore her and everyone wants to walk her. She loves human attention, kisses and hugs; and doesn't like thunder, fireworks and other loud things.

Maria is about six or seven years old. A calm dog who gets on well with other dogs, she is also probably good with cats as she’s lived with cats in the past. She’s one of 10 dogs who came to the shelter when their elderly, alcoholic and semi-homeless owner died. She’s the last but one of them to find a new home. The volunteers adore her and everyone wants to walk her. She loves human attention, kisses and hugs; and doesn’t like thunder, fireworks and other loud things.

Abandoned outside the shelter three years ago, Sophocles is a large male, about six years old, friendly cuddly and good at walking on a lead. He loves human company and seems calm with cats. He had started to act a bit aggressively with other dogs until one of the volunteers, Ifigenia, decided to become his 'virtual mum'. Since then, he's a new dog!

Abandoned outside the shelter three years ago, Sophocles is a large male, about six years old, friendly cuddly and good at walking on a lead. He loves human company and seems calm with cats. He had started to act a bit aggressively with other dogs until one of the volunteers, Ifigenia, decided to become his ‘virtual mum’. Since then, he’s a new dog!

Kiki (sorry, all our photos of her were terrible, we'll try again) and Ioli (shown here) are both one-year-old females. Gentle and friendly, both have been at the shelter for around a month, and love hugs and kisses.

Kiki (sorry, all our photos of her were terrible, we’ll try again) and Ioli (shown here) are both one-year-old females. Gentle and friendly, both have been at the shelter for around a month, and love hugs and kisses.

Puppies at the shelter

Puppies at the shelter