On reaching Greece Animalcouriers headed to the town of Larissa, about three hours north of Athens, to collect Jack Russell Daisy. Her owner, John, has relocated to England and Daisy is off to join him.

Then it was off to Athens where we popped in to visit the Filozoikos Shelter in Athens central park, to catch up with Kiki, Martha and all the rest of the team who look after the dogs. As usual, they were working flat out, with 140 dogs to care for. Kiki, who is always optimistic, said: “But we have found 150 new homes so far this year.” And indeed, another dog was rehomed while we were visiting.

We then made our way to Piraeus port and caught the overnight ferry to Crete. We went to Paul and Anne to deliver their family of four cats and two Chihuahuas. Anne is a self-confessed ‘mad cat lady’ — they’ve been on Crete for less than a month and she’s already looked after a litter of stray kittens, had them neutered, and relocated them to a safe place to live!

Just some of the 140 dogs being cared for the Filozoikos Shelter in Athens

Just some of the 140 dogs being cared for the Filozoikos Shelter in Athens

The well designed puppy units are always in use

The well designed puppy units are always in use

A man who's expressed an interest in a young dog meets him properly and takes him for a walk

A man who’s expressed an interest in a young dog meets him properly and takes him for a walk

Just before the dog leaves for his new home, he stops for a quick play with Sebastian, who'll be travelling to the UK with us on this trip. Sebastian lets us see how gentle he is, with friendly nibbles and playing.

Just before the dog leaves for his new home, he stops for a quick play with Sebastian, who’ll be travelling to the UK with us on this trip. Sebastian lets us see how gentle he is, with friendly nibbles and playing.

Sebastian shows us the smart dog house he's been using

Sebastian shows us the smart dog house he’s been using

A close-up of the little sign on it reveals that it was donated by lovers of Dorset cream teas!

A close-up of the little sign on it reveals that it was donated by lovers of Dorset cream teas!

Colin and Paddy are reunited with Anne and Paul

Colin and Paddy are reunited with Anne and Paul

Kitteon and Topy set about exploring their new Cretan home

Kitteon and Topy set about exploring their new Cretan home

This little ginger chap is the last of the litter Anne has been looking after. He wasn't ready to be neutered at the same time as his siblings, and is hopeful he might join Anne and Paul's family. Anne thinks he might, too!

This little ginger chap is the last of the litter Anne has been looking after. He wasn’t ready to be neutered at the same time as his siblings, and is hopeful he might join Anne and Paul’s family. Anne thinks he might, too!

Walking Jack Russell Daisy on the beach on Crete

Walking Jack Russell Daisy on the beach on Crete

Such a lovely beach, she could hardly tear herself away!

Such a lovely beach, she could hardly tear herself away!

Daisy on the ferry back to the Greek mainland — a very happy sailor

Daisy on the ferry back to the Greek mainland — a very happy sailor