The port city of Mytilene, in the Greek Island of Lesbos, Greece, has become the epicenter of the refugee crisis for people coming from war-torn countries like Syria. The city residents have been more than accommodating, with many of them rolling up their sleeves to help those in dire need.
Since residents have been exposed to real and raw human suffering, their kindness has been extended not only to the refugees but also to the stray dogs roaming their city streets.
Greece is an example to be followed in animal welfare. The stray dogs and cats living in their beautiful streets are spayed and neutered, given vaccinations and veterinary care. The community becomes responsible for looking after them, just so they can avoid what happens in the US, where animal shelters euthanize millions of sweet animals per year to keep their facilities from overflowing with more animals than they can find a home for.
One establishment in Mytilene has become a one of a kind, good friend to the street dogs. The local café, Hott Spott opens its doors to the local strays every night, so those little angels can spend chilly nights inside the cozy restaurant, and have a soft and warm bed to sleep in.
In an interview to the site Indy100.com, Antonis, one of the servers at the café said: ”In the city, there are many dogs. When the bar closes each night, the dogs come and sleep here. We don’t have a problem. Since July, every night there is a dog on the couch.”
The café has become popular since Eustratios Paanips, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of the Aegean visited the place and snapped a picture of the sleeping dogs on the couch. It didn’t take much for the picture to go viral and the place has received a lot of attention on social media and from tourists.
If not for the generosity of this café’s owner, some of those dogs would never know the comfort and warmth of a place to stay in for the night. This act of kindness may possibly not change the world, but to the ones receiving it, it might change their world.
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Via: Huffington Post