One of the largest challenges we face in Greece is a cultural aversion to the concept of sterilisation. For many orthodox communities, the act of spaying or neutering a dog is seen as “playing god”, or that it harms the dog. Our work takes us all over the world, and immerses us within a wide range of cultures and communities; and whilst it is never our position to judge or condemn, we’re always eager to seek opportunities to help or educate where we can, to the benefit of both the local community.
Thanks to early education campaigns, people have begun to recognise both the benefit of controlling local stray populations, and the role sterilisation inevitably plays in ensuring this.
Rescue is also an area in which Wild at Heart Foundation has made a significant impact. The treatment of dogs in Greece is not, by and large, actively cruel, malicious, or abusive. Rather unwanted puppies are seen as a “burden”. These puppies have done nothing more than be born, and yet without rescue initiatives in place, they would be resigned to a life of struggle, all to likely to be cut short.