Six dogs and two cats from the mainland, and five dogs from the island of Lesvos, are travelling with us to the UK.
Akis, who runs a pet taxi service, did a sterling job to help round everyone up. After delivering Coco, Clifford, Squash and Georgie to their holiday destination on Paros, he headed over to Lesvos to collect our passengers from the island. He looked after them at his home overnight, then brought them to our meeting point the following morning.
Julius has been adopted from Lesvos by Andy. When Andy was volunteering at refugee camps earlier in the year, he befriended three stray dogs, and all three were lucky enough to be adopted by him!
He drove two home with him to Berkshire, but Julius wasn’t ready to travel at the time. Rebecca from Lesvos Stray Dog and Cat Adoptions helped out, and now Julius, is making the trip to the UK with us.
Blackie, Bessie, Leonard and Tess
These four lovelies have been adopted from Lesvos via the Wild at Heard Foundation website, and the foundation is supporting their travel to the UK.
Chocco was found starving on the streets by Tracey, who immediately took him in. Now Tracey and her daughter are returning to the UK, and Chocco is travelling with us to join them there.
Kiki and Martha from the Filozoikos Shelter in Athens brought us Sylvia, who was handed in to the shelter as a very young puppy. That was three years ago, during which time she’s never been beyond the bounds of the park where the shelter is situated. Kiki and Martha are over the moon that Sylvia has finally found her forever home in the UK.
Lucky, a female ginger cat, was brought to us by Carol from Nine Lives Greece. Many of the cats rescued by Nine Lives are disabled, and Lucky is no exception, being partially sighted. So many stray cats struggle for the same sources of food and shelter that injured or sick ones often lose out as they simply can’t compete. These are the cats that Nine Lives takes in and tries to rehome. Aptly named Lucky is travelling with us to her new home in the UK.
Christina came to meet us with Dimitra, a stray Pointer rescued from the Greek beaches. Dimitra is on her way to her new home near the Welsh beaches, where she’s been adopted by Ian and Alys.
Moggie and Ozzie
Once the first set of passengers was on board, we headed to our second meeting point just of the A90. New road systems confused our poor satnav, so everyone was kept waiting a little longer than planned — but we were greeted with kindness and patience.
Kerry drove up from Preveza with German Shepherd Dog Moggie and Ozzie the cat (named after Ozzie Osbourne). Kerry is returning to the Essex area to be closer to her family.
Sara arrived with her rescue dog Kookie. Sara is relocating to Wales, and Kookie is travelling with us to join her there.
Eric was waiting with his grandparents to join the trip. He belongs to Eleni, who’s moved to the UK for work. She took her smaller dog with her, but had to wait until she had suitable accommodation for Husky Eric to join her.
…a couple of critters spotted at Igoumenitsa who aren’t travelling with us: