Sunday, December 27, 2015

Café Opens Its Doors Every Night for Stray Dogs to Have a Warm Place to Sleep

Many cafés in Greece aren't closing their doors after customers leave. Instead, they're leaving them open so stray dogs can have a warm place to sleep. One Mytilene, Lesbos-based eatery called Hot Spot is allowing strays to use their sofas as a comfy bed once night falls. Greece's residents are also doing their part to make sure their communities help these orphaned animals. "Here in Greece our homes are not large enough for all of us to house animals," an Athens local told "That's why we look after the street dogs. We feed them, pet them, and play with them. They are like our own pets, but they belong to everyone instead."
This meaningful story has made its way across the internet thanks to a photo posted by Eustratios Papanis. To accompany his heartwarming image of stray dogs finding comfort in this café, he briefly touched upon Lesbos' refugee crisis, noting the humanity across cultures and species: "Culture and knowledge are the key factors for changing long standing indifference, negligence or maltreatment. More than 700,000 refugees from Syria and other Middle East countries have entered Europe from this island this year and solidarity towards humans and animals was remarkable."

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