In 2007 the municipality run animal shelter that was based inside the city of Trikala was shut down. The dogs were dumped on the outskirts of the city near a dump. Just before they were dumped many of them were sterilised as part of a municipality sterilisation program. Many did not survive due to the conditions of where they were dumped. Disease taking many of them. Those that survived were rounded up by 2 of the previous shelters volunteers, Xanthi and Valentina. These 2 driven women were determined to start their own Welfare Society to prevent any situation like this ever happening again and vowed to protect any animal in need. The Mayor gave them the use of a small plot of land with facilities for 30 dogs and left them to their own devices. Help from the municipality was and still is, very limited. The ladies paid for much out of their own pockets, some days only being able to give the dogs in their care bread to eat. Regularly visiting restaurants for that day's food waste, so they could feed the dogs... regularly being turned away from them.
The Shelter is a small, no kill shelter with 150 Dogs packed into a small area meant for only 90 dogs. We do not have room to bring all the strays into our shelter, to keep them safe. We feed those we can not accommodate within the shelter and provide medical care for them. The strays are not safe from poisonings, shootings, and abuse from townspeople. We are trying to make a difference, but it will take many more voices (from people around the World) to help us!
Our No kill Mission
Trikala Animal Welfare Society O Argos is a non profit, no kill, dog and animal rescue welfare. Serving Trikala (Northern Greece) and surrounding areas, run solely by unpaid volunteers. We are dedicated to rescuing dogs left homeless and on the streets for whatever reason. Those we can not find room for inside the shelter due to lack of space, are fed daily and receive veterinary care when needed.We place dogs in loving, responsible, committed permanent homes, following a comprehensive adoption process which includes taking considerable care in finding good matches and educating prospective adopters about the responsibilities and costs of bringing a dog into their homes and lives. We assist dogs in distress without regard to age, breed or ease of placement. Those that we consider not adoptable, for whatever reason, will stay in the shelter for the rest of their lives. Animals in our care are spayed or neutered, to the extent our finances allow. Dogs in the greatest need take priority. They receive all appropriate veterinary care and treatment. Spaying and neutering the dogs outside the shelter are our priority. As they are free roaming and produce many litters each year. Our welfare is run completely by unpaid volunteers. We receive no government funding and rely solely on donations. Our welfare remains involved with and committed to the welfare of the dog beyond the adoption process. Lastly, we strive to make any donations go as far as possible. Every penny goes to the animals in our care and on the streets.