Cretan Stray Dogs

by Camilla Andersen

Hi, my name is Camilla.

I was in Crete last summer, and I worked at a dog shelter. I have been working in Greek shelters for the last 3 summers. The situation in Crete is awful. There are many strays and many cases of animal abuse and people abandoning their dogs. The shelters are overcrowded.

A woman called Linda Lucas has a shelter near Chania. There are way to many dogs in the shelter now, and she can not possibly make it on her own. She works all day long with the dogs, and still the situation is way out of control. She really needs help. It is too much for one woman to take care of that many dogs. I respect her so much for dedicating her life to the dogs, but it is necessary for her and the dogs to get help. Something needs to be done for the situation to change.

I am moving to Crete in 1.5 months and I wanna help her. I wanna start feeding the dogs in the street and give them medicine. My dream is to build a small shelter for dogs in need. A place I can take them if they are sick, and when they get better I put them back where I found them. This way I will make their life in the street better. This is the best option cause life in the street is better than life in an overcrowded shelter. And in Crete all shelters end up overcrowded cause of the huge need of help. I need help with this project. I need help to make these things happen so I can help Linda and the dogs.

I also wanna focus on neutralization and to tell the Greek people about dogs, how to treat them and the importance of neutralization. I believe that this can make a difference in time, and hopefully in some years this will make Linda's shelter less overcrowded.

I work together with an organisation called Kretas Gadehunde. (Google translate Kretas Gadehunde - English - Added by Editor). They help both Linda and me. And they do a great job helping the Cretan strays. Their e-mail address is karin @ Their website is under construction. My e-mail is milla1711 @

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Stray dogs Anissaras Crete
by: Pat

Please help the stray dogs of Anissaras they have been fed all summer by guests particularly Mitsis Laguna resort and spa. The hotel closes on 1st November and these dogs now need urgent help as they are people friendly and reliant on them for food. Three of the five dogs I saw are females and need neutering. Can you help visit and make sure they are safe and well and get food.

Thank you.

Crete dogs
by: Lars Arberg

I am in Crete now. Can you send me the address of the place ("kennel") where you worked. Would like to see it first. Many greetings.
Lars Arberg

strays on Crete
by: Anonymous

Hello Camilla,

I vacationed in Greece & Santorini a few years back and was also heart broke at the amount of strays. It is my goal in the not too distant future to move to Crete and help abandoned animals in any way possible. In the mean time, there is something that can make a small difference. On Santorini they had spay/neuter donation tins at MANY local businesses. The proceeds went to a spay/neuter then release program. This is the only way to put a dent in the problem. Local businesses were also encouraged to feed local strays. They learn where the feeding stations are and at least on that island I did not see starving dogs. Mainland Greece, I did. And it made me ill that in a bustling town with tons of eateries that people could not be bothered to feed a starving animal. I wish you luck and perhaps when I can finally afford property there we will meet & brainstorm on fixing a true devastating problem.

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