A dentist in Greece has recently gone viral because of his selfless actions. This nation has been struggling with a sizable number of abandoned dogs in recent years. This dentist was not about to let these animals suffer and decided to take action. Greece’s recent economic crisis has been hard on the human population but their dogs are suffering even worse.
As families struggle to keep food on their tables, it is even harder on their dogs. The dogs are now being abandoned at greater rates than ever before. They are left to roam the streets and the countryside, in desperate search of food. Sadly, many of the dogs have better luck in these scenarios than they do with their humans. This dentist saw what was taking place and got inspired.
Theoklitos Proestakis is his name. He resides in the town of Lerapetra. He made his way to a local garbage dump and came across a truly heartbreaking scene.
While some people would have shaken their heads and kept on going, the man known as locally as “Takis” was not about to make the same mistake. He knew that he had to help these dogs and quickly.
He saw nothing but sad and malnourished dogs that were on the verge of passing away. If no one was willing to help them, they would be in real trouble. Takis elected to take on the task of feeding them and making sure that they had plenty of water to drink. In order to get these dogs the help that they needed, he even pleaded with his closest friends and loved ones.
Unfortunately, the other locals seemed to be rather indifferent about the issues that these dogs were facing. Takis’ pleas were falling on deaf ears. Neighbors were threatening to slaughter all of these dogs, as opposed to taking the time to help them. Takis did the most selfless thing possible: he used all of his resources to open an expansive shelter for the dogs!
The dogs made too much noise for the neighbors to tolerate and Takis made the only decision that made sense: he quit his job, sold his home, sold his car and moved in with the dogs full time. Once he shared his story on social media, an outpouring of support came in. With the additional assistance he received, he’s been able to adopt more dogs and provide even better care for the dogs that are present! What a great ending to an otherwise sad story.