Cats and dogs in Greece are a sensitive topic. Wherever we went it was a story of misery. Groups of wild dogs were straying through the streets, cats were sitting on/in dumpsters waiting for new garbage sacks hopefully filled with food leftovers. All these animals were very shy, scared, thin, badly nourished, sick, and looked miserable.
Dogs are still held on a leash for a lifetime to protect houses or gardens. Puppies are abandoned in a cardboard-box somewhere at the beach etc. Cats not being castrated have too many kittens and they are thrown into the sea to drown and the whole story never ends.
Every time we go to Kefalonia we feed the cats around us. During my stay on this island I visited a nunnery. They also had some badly nourished cats with kittens there and a dog who was the only “male” around. When I said that the cats were very thin and looked sick, I got the answer that it would be the breed of cats. I asked a nun why they didn’t like animals so much in Greece. It seems to be associated with the Greek Orthodox Church and their belief. The nun explained that only a being that can speak has got the divine breath. As animals don’t speak, they seem to be worthless. Even though my photos are a bit sad, they give a good impression of animals in Greece. By the way, there are a few people who love their animals and treat them well. I hope sooner or later they will all be treated better. With this blog I would like to memorialize these poor animals.