Coffee shop opens its doors to stray dogs every night, gives them a cozy place to sleep


Each night, Hott Spott in Mytilene, Lesbos, opens its doors for the local stray dogs that have no place to sleep and need shelter from the cold. In Greece, strays are microchipped, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, collared and cared for by the community, a stark contrast from the euthanasia method that has been adopted by the US and Europe.

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This local spot in the neighborhood decided to play their part in taking care of the community pets by opening their doors to these homeless furry creatures.

The photo was uploaded by Eustratios Papanis, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of the Aegean, who explained further about his photograph by saying:

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This picture was taken at a coffee shop in the island of Lesvos, North Aegean Sea, Greece. The country has strict laws about animal protection, but culture and knowledge are the key factors for changing long standing indifference, negligence or maltreatment.
More than 700.000 refugees from Syria and other Middle East countries have entered Europe from this island this year and solidarity towards humans and animals was remarkable..
Efstratios Papanis
University of the Aegean..
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