A big thank you to our friends and followers who made donations to the Filozoikos Shelter for Danae’s eye surgery to remove a dermoid cyst.

By last weekend the shelter had received around €300 of the €700 needed, at which point a Facebook follower of the shelter offered to donate the rest! The email confirming his donation arrived while Alexandros was running the Athens marathon in aid of the shelter.

So on Monday Danae went to the vet and her operation was done on Wednesday. When she was collected on Thursday, Kiki and her colleagues quickly realised that with around 140 other dogs in their care, they wouldn’t be able to give her enough attention to prevent her removing her cone and scratching her eye — which would have destroyed all the good work.

The shelter put out an appeal on Facebook and within an hour a young woman had offered to foster her for a fortnight, after which the stiches can be removed. Kiki says:

“We thank everybody who helped Danae stop suffering from the severe problem in her eye.”

Meanwhile, donations continued to come in for Danae, which the shelter has used to cover the surgical expenses of another young dog. Cherry, a puppy aged about four or five months, was found in Athens central park, scared, and unwilling to eat or even move. It turned out that she had a broken back leg. The shelter was able to arrange for her to be operated on immediately, and she’s now recovering in their care. Kiki says:

“Cherry is a very sweet, calm puppy, that is going to be a rather big dog. Let’s hope she will soon find her forever home.”

Two more dogs looking for their forever homes are Lilly and Ginger, sisters of Fred who’s travelling with us to a new home in the UK with Allyson. Both girls are very homeable dogs, who love people and other dogs, and give everyone lots of licks. If you can offer either of them a home, please contact the Filozoikos Shelter directly: kyka@otenet.gr

Danae after her eye operation

Danae after her eye operation

Cherry after her leg operation

Cherry after her leg operation

Alexandros finishing the Athens marathon — what a hero!

Alexandros finishing the Athens marathon — what a hero!

Lovely Lilly

Lovely Lilly

Lilly shows her fine profile

Lilly shows her fine profile

Gorgeous Ginger

Gorgeous Ginger

Ginger gets a cuddle

Ginger gets a cuddle