Rescue Dogs

Rescue Dogs are Best Dogs! What could be better than to give to a poor rescue dog a new home? Information about adoption of dogs from Crete.

For these two dogs the preferred mode of transport into the mountains or on beaches is a quad bike.
The author of Bestdogs together with recuse dogs.

Rescue dogs

To adopt dogs from Crete or from southern Mediterranean countries is similar to adopting an orphan from a distant Third World country. This concerns the feelings as well as the everyday life with them. There are lively discussions whether dogs from the Mediterranean region or Eastern Europe should be placed in Central Europe, where there are proponents and opponents. Due to lack of local experience the latter often misjudge how much worse the dogs are doing here in the Mediterranean than their comrades in Western and Northern Europe.

The dogs are often the mirror image of humans and their society. Therefore, the dogs from Crete are also a reflection of the society of Greece. Central and Western Europe are more densely populated and there is another tradition of living with dogs. Therefore, there are differences, so that the dogs from the south have a clearer body language and a greater desire for freedom. Many of them are anxious, but at the same time very self-confident and independent.

Wolf and human entered into a symbiosis about 20,000 years ago, but the basic behavior of a species together with its genetics takes about one hundred thousand years to change from wolf to dog. Therefore, the correct and successful education of a dog is only possible on the basis of its species behavior and the knowledge of its origin. However, the dog learns its whole life long and adapts also to changed conditions. Therefore, even the wildest stray dog can become a problem-free city dog over time, depending on what his master does for it or not.

Therefore, it is the task of Best Dogs to help with the adoption, mediation, education and training of dogs – and in particular of their fellow dogs – from the south and at the same time to engage ourselves for the animal protection and against cruelty to animals, poisonings or keeping of barrel dogs, in order to improve the lot of their fellow sufferers locally bit by bit.

Particularly if the animal was treated badly in the past, suspended or abandoned because of his problematic behavior, special care and attention is needed against the animal protection dog.
Having taken a whole series of rescue dogs in Crete, I can say without any hesitation, that this was a genuine happiness for both – the dogs and for me. The joy that you feel when an abused, poor creature recovers again, is simply indescribable. I have to admit that it satisfies me deeply, to offer these animals a happy, reliable home that they didn’t have for such a long time.

The trend towards a rescue dog is steadily increasing. Through the Internet, transnational exchanging of information and images of poor dogs are possible, that are most barely escaped a certain death. Not only adult dogs, but also especially puppies pass through an international network of transfer to travel to the people who want to help these four-legged friends to forget the misery they have experienced – or better survived.

In particular, on Crete many puppies are simply abandoned or killed after a short time as many people do not feel able to provide them and there are just a few private animal shelters. The annual number of puppies is great, because only a few dogs are brought to castration or sterilization to the vet and the uncontrolled proliferation is therefore predictable. Many dogs have to life under unimaginable conditions, chained short where they must spend their entire, in these cases especially short dog life. Animal dog attitude, as it is understood in Western Europe, is on Crete unfortunately rarely encountered, when also lately some things have changed to the better way.

Dumped puppies on Crete.

Nevertheless, I will not deny at this point that rescue dogs often bring great problems. In my opinion, however, there are no ‘problem-dogs’, but dogs or dog owners with problems. And that rescue dogs usually have more problems than others is probably obvious.
Usually it is not possible to bring a lot of information about the experience of the animals. Often these scanty information is sad, but not meaningful. The new pet owner can indeed understand in what way the dog had found its way to him, but what is really important, he does not know what has really dug deep into the soul of his new protegee in the past. Physical injuries heal much faster than psychological wounds. And above all, you have no chance to recognize this from the outside.

The extent of psychological injuries seen only gradually, as well as the behaviors that your new protegee has acquired as a result. For many rescue dogs you have to expect that the imprinting on humans is not optimal expired, that it is scarcely come into contact with environmental influences that we feel here as commonplace. Substrates, smells, sounds, etc., which are taken for granted can cause great uncertainty with them. Many dogs had to hunt to survive. Many tortured dogs shows problematic behavior when they meet people who remind them of their tormentors. And hiking from hand to hand until it reaches you, was not good for the stability of his inner life, any way.

If such a dog didn’t find a person which is a safe person of authority – in the positive sense – that provides security, so the spiral of fear and compensation behavior continues downward, in which it is trapped. For dog owners, such a dog is a living appeal to his leadership qualities. If the rescue dog comes in a new home where it is being treated humanely, this is the opportunity for it to find out of this vicious circle, gradually confidence in the world that surrounds it and enter into a new life, which also the person wants for his dog since he has looked for the first time in its puppy eyes.

Bicycle tour with dogs on Crete.

Please questioning yourself before taking a rescue dog, if you are able to meet your new family member even in difficult situations humanely and not make mistakes from false sense of love for animals. Cuddle loving its head and talk to it doing well when the first sign of insecurity appears, will thereby confirmed its fears and the assumption that the world is an evil. This is the opposite of what a rescue dog needs. It will only helped if the dog finds someone who masterfully shows it how to behave in a situation that it can not handle properly. Leave it to the decision, it will be the same as before. The rescue dog has to take its life in its own four paws, despite its shortcomings, which can lead to behaviors that might exceed your worst expectations.


Many dog owners will then abuts to their own limits and often the whole family is about to surrender. This would mean for the dog to walk back again from hand to hand – and even worse prospects for a family where it can find the place where it flourishes and expand in a positive sense, and show from what it’s made.
Take this challenge and you are aware that these dogs in particularly need a reliable pack leader. Although you must expect that your dog will check you in every particular case, whether you like it too serious about him.

Quality of life for a rescue dog is not only to find a roof over its head, sufficient attention and every day a well-filled bowl, but also to find people who offer its behavioral needs of security that it urgently needs – to leave it mental shadow behind and go on all four paws in a fear-free life.

The rescue dog which you have saved its life will stay its whole life together and loyal to you!

Adoption of rescue dogs from Crete

Adoption of rescue dogs

All the time dogs from Crete are looking for a save, lovely new home in Britain or other Western European countries !
Links to Facebook pages for adoption of needy Rescue dogs from Crete:

Animal Foster Community in Crete

Bronx Familia Animal Shelter (Greek/English)
Bronx shelter
Bronx on Facebook

Takis Shelter, Ierapetra (Greek/English)
Takis Shelter

Malia Strays (Dutch/English)
Malia Strays

Shirins Lucky Rescues (Private – German/English)
Shirin Firouzgar on Facebook

Ag.Nikolaos crete -Rescue (British)
Ag.Nikolaos crete -Rescue

Crete-Dogs Rescue (English/German)
Crete-Dogs Rescue

APAL – Animal Protection and Life Line Finikas (German)
APAL – Animal Protection and Life Line Finikas

Paws Paleohora (Austrian)
Paws Paleohora

Tierschutzverein Ierapetra (German)
Tierschutzverein Ierapetra

Herzpfoetchen in Not (German)
Herzpfoetchen in Not

My first Rescue Dogs on Crete

Malia Strays Puppies

Four puppies from Malia Strays were fostered by me. They stay here or almost 3 months on the veranda and in the garden. The last two of them could also be found in the house later during the day. All Malia Stray Puppies have found a great home!

The Malia Strays puppies lay siege to 'Shadow'.
'Tobias' at the 'Talk Talk' with his new family.
'Marley' with his new mom.
'Tara' and 'Yoda' are still waiting for their new families.
For the first time at the beach!
Before leaving for their new families to Holland, 'Yoda' and 'Tara' visit the last time 'Marley'.
'Yoda' at the first restaurant visit.
Meeting at the beach of Malia.
In the car it beacme full.
'Yoda' has arrived together with 'Tara' in Holland.

Canella saved from poisoning

The three-year rescue dog Canella should be poisoned.
A Welcome to Canella in safety !
Canella in the garden of her temporary home.
Roost of Canella on the porch.
On the walk: all sniff at something highly interesting.
But was still somewhat in the new environment?
Warning for poisoners on Crete: ‘Before you throw around poison find out what is going to happen to you …
Prison sentence up to 5 years; Fines up to €15.000; Law 4039/12′

The three year-old dog ‘Canella’ survived – unlike two other dogs of her group – a poisoning attempt in Aghios Nikolaos by local fools (in the meantime one to five years imprisonment and 15,000 Euros fine for such offenders).
She was then in my garden and on the porch in safety until she had quickly found a permanent new home also here on Crete.

Official Journal of the Greek Government LAW No. 4039 (Full PDF document)

Pups exposed in garage

Once again, two puppies were exposed next to my house (probably from a local shepherd), this time in the garage. There were at this time too many puppies for adoption for abroad, so for ‘Brownie’ and ‘Blackie’ a new home in Crete must be found, which worked out after some time.

The exposed Pups 'Brownie' and 'Blackie' after a couple of weeks.
Exposed puppy on Crete.
Exposed puppies on Crete with 'replacement monther'.
Exposed puppies on Crete with 'replacement monther'.
I like you !
Exposed puppies on Crete.
Exposed puppies on Crete.
Exposed puppies on Crete.

Rescue dog Shadow: hit by a car and left

Rescue dog Shadow was lying on a road in the mountains with deep wounds after being hit by a car. Fortunately for her, she was found by us and picked up from the road, maintained and treated by veterinarians. Now she is a highly rewarding and beautiful dog.

Dog hit by car on road on Crete.
After the road accident, Shadow came to herselves - but she has deep wounds at her legs and couldn't walk; only drag on the ground.
The road accident dog after her first treatment by a veterinarian, who stayed here for holidays at this time, luckily.
Fortunately, the emaciated road accident dog 'Shadow' is slowly recovering.
After here recovery the road accident dog Shadow has immediately found a new friend.
Shadow, who was hit by a car and left back on the road, has now recovered to a beautiful hunting dog and is grateful and lovely.
The road accident dog Shadow (left) happy together in the middle of her new pack.
The road accident dog Shadow is so far recovered that she even hasn't any troubles to go on bicycle tours together with the dog pack.

Rescue dog Duda: starved and exposed

These abandoned and completely emaciated dog was actually recorded only to take care until she would have found a new home. Therefore, she only became the nickname Du-Da. However, she is so lovely, affectionate and playful that I did not get around it to adopt her eventually.

This funny and completely emaciated dog was actually hold here just for care.
Duda adopted in her new dog basket.
Luickly the young rescue dog Duda was accepted by Chelsea. Here's a playful dog fight in the new dog basket.
Rescue dog DuDa in a playing dog fight with Chelsea in her new dog basket.
Rescue dog Duda together with Chelsea on the long sandy beach of Ierapetra.
The two 'biker dogs' Chelsea and DuDa ready to go with the Quad Bike on a new trip.

Rescue dog Kasperi: short chained in dugout without enough exercise

The extraordinary friendly dog Kasperi had almost spent his entire life on a half yard long chain alone in the mountains close to Elounda – which is actually prohibited by the Greek Animal Welfare Act. He was lucky that I was able to save him and now he lives in Germany and his ex-holders had to ‘enjoy the visit’ of the Swedish curtains of Greece from the inside.

Widespread, illegal keeping of chained barrel dogs on Crete.
This is the habitat of a tiled and illegally held chain dog at Elounda.
A good example of illegal dog husbandry on Crete are the terrible living conditions of this poor dog close to Elounda, caught and short chained in his dark 'cave'. MERA
In order to give the shortly-chained dog some movement exercise, he was taken on a walk with other dogs - if it was on the way.
Kasperi at a dog photo shooting to search for a new, nice home.
The former chained dog after his rescue.
Departure of the former chain dog with the pet transporter of a British animal protection association to his new home.
Inside the Dog Van for the route Crete-London of an Animal Welfare Association.
The lovely ex-chained Greek dog has arrived in his new home near Stuttgart, Germany.
The former Greek chain dog Kasperi has arrived at its new owner in Germany.
The first snow in life of the from Crete to Stuttgart (Germany) immigrated dog.

llegal ‘living’ conditions for dogs

Despite a ban by the Greek Animal Protection Act, Kasperi was kept illegal his past life on a short chain in his ‘cave’ near Elounda.
Please click on the corner bottom left of the black area to start the streaming and playback process of the video (1 min 42 sec) !

Rescue dogs: abandoned puppies

The ‘Bandits’ are three puppies who were exposed at Aghios Nikolaos and were taken into care until all of them had found a beautiful home. Each one of them is now with a new family in Eindhoven (Holland), Paris and London.

Two at Agios Nikolaos abandoned puppies were saved and keeped for temporaray care. The brother and sister were called 'The Bandits'.
Obviously two puppies are never enough, a courteous resident release another, very sweet puppy in the garden. Three are always better than two . . .
The 'Bandits' in a group picture: from left to right is Trevor, Zeta and Sorbas.
The 'Bandits' in the middle of a game and love fray. From left to right Sorbas (now in his new home in London), Trevor (Eindhoven, Holland) and Zeta (Paris).
The latest 'Bandit' - named Trevor - was accepted by Chelsea straight to here heart.
Chelsea has taken over the job as the pack leader of the Bandits puppies.
The ex-Bandits member Zeta at heir new home in a suburb of Paris, France.
The rescued puppy Zeta in her new home near Paris.

Rescue dog Goggle: left behind by his owner

Goggle has been abandoned by his owner and limped as he was probably hit by a vehicle. He had a long time career on the road in Elounda and survived. He was my first rescue dog on Crete here, which had later the opportunity to travel to Holland. Unfortunately, in the meantime he died there from cancer.

The Labrador mix Goggle was abandoned by his owner and was forced to live on the streets of Elounda for years.
The provisional shelter of the Labrador mix Goggle, who was exposed so far for years.
The abandoned and rescued Labrador mix Goggle together with Chelsea on the balcony.
Rescue dog Goggle at airport Herakleion before his flight to Düsseldorf, Germany.
Goggle has safely arrived in Holland, after he has been previously picked up at the airport Dusseldorf in Germany.
Rescue dog Goggle is now on the green meadow of Holland.

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  • Hello, I wonder if you can help please us. We have arrived in Chania on holiday and found a stray puppy alone by the side of the road in the plains who has been at the same place due to a possible broken leg. It looks like he is a stray who has been hit by a car. He is very friendly and we fed and watered him. He is still in the same spot probably because he is unable to move any distance. We live in the UK and would like to adopt him to live with us in Leeds. We are experienced dog owners and have the means to give him a happy life. How can we make this happen and what would be the proceedure and costs involved?

  • Here is alfie who we found in a shelter on Crete in may. We had not set out to rescue but having found 7 abandoned pups and their mum it was while taking them to shelter that our eyes met Alfie!
    Alfie has now been in the uk for just 4 weeks, he is best of mates with our other dogs , is going to puppy classes and living life !

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