24 May 2018

Emmanuel Pappas is a village not far from the Greek town of Serres in northern Greece. Due to very good cooperation with the local animal welfare organizations, the community had heard of the foundation and asked the vets in action for help in a castration campaign.

The campaign was covered on Greek television.

The cloakroom building at the sports field outside the village serves as a place of operation, with the great advantage of plenty of space and tree shade for the waiting animals.
Arrival of all the materials. From the waste basket to the sewing thread and of course many crates, it takes all sorts of items for a successful castration project.
Inside, vet Liliya already sets up the operating room. Medications has to be prepared and accounted for. The municipality provides vaccinations and microchips for the strays and a dog register is created for the first time.
The vets receive special support from the local Orthodox priest: he is one of the first to show up in the morning to have his own pet sterilized. He spends the day at the site to show his support for the action.
You already know this picture from our flyer: after a heavy rain, there is a power cut and not enough light to work. Veterinarian Liliya is set up for this eventuality too and simply puts on her headlamp.
The helpers of the community spread out to pick up more dogs from the village for the castration, but unfortunately find these two dogs that someone has poisoned. While one has survived, help was too late for his friend.
These three older puppies should have died of poison, but are delivered and rescued in time.
This litter is brought in by animal rights activists so that the mother can be sterilized. She absolutely has to be removed from the school where she has settled. But the vets and helpers find a private garden where they build a cozy shelter for the small family.
Joy would have been a candidate for the evening red project, in which old and sick dogs, who can no longer live on the streets, are allowed to spend the rest of their lives on site. She lived on the streets for years, but now she is old and because of her leishmaniasis she needs care and regular medication.

Joy is lucky enough to be adopted shortly after she joins project and finally travels to a loving home in Greece.

The castration campaign of the vets in action in cooperation with the local animal welfare organization and the community even evoked the interest of the media and a television crew arrived on site. The picture shows employee Zoi Kontou giving an interview – watch the report on Greek television with German subtitles.
Here is just one part of the team that has contributed to the success of the project.