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Watch: Heavy flooding in Crete destroys dog shelters

Rescue workers who dedicate their lives to saving the street dogs of Crete need our support after the island was hit by massive flooding that damaged adoption shelters.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 18/11/2020, 18:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:24

Bronx Familia Animal Shelter was among those that suffered the most damage. Heavy rain caused nearby rivers to overflow, flooding out kennels and pens that house rescue dogs.

Bronx Familia's founder, Nikos Tsikalakis, shared a video of the flooding. It shows dogs wading paw deep as the muddy water sweeps through the shelter.

Footage of the flood

All the dogs are OK, but the flood wrecked large parts of the shelter. The Bronx Familia Animal Shelter runs on a tight budget funded mainly by donations. Without some extra help, Bronx Familia will struggle to cover the repair costs. And that means more dogs left out on the street.

George Stray Dogs is another independent rescue centre crying out for help. The shelter sits near one of the most affected places on the island - Heraklion. Run solely by George Orfanidis, George Stray Dogs is a unique rehoming shelter that looks after more than a 100 dogs. And any pups that can't find a home live with George instead. He currently shares his house with 17 pooches! But because of the floods, George is struggling to take care of his shelter. In fact, the roads leading to the rescue have been so damaged that access to it has become almost impossible!

How we can help

Unfortunately, Crete has a long way to go in terms of its attitude towards stray dogs. It means people like George and Nikos are the exception. It also means they need as much support as we can give them - and especially now.

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The latest flood is the third incident this month, and more heavy rain is expected later this week. Visit the George Stray Dogs GoFundMe page and the Bronx Familia GoFundMe to show your support.