Greece, as a nation, has a severe problem when it comes to feral animals and strays. When you take a visit to Greece, it’s common to see dozens of kitties and dogs roaming the streets and asking tourists for yummy treats. During tourism seasons, these animals do pretty well. However, once the tourists all go home, they stray animals are essentially forced to fend for themselves. Cats, in particular, are very unappreciated in this country. According to Advocacy Britannica, “As a rule, cats are not valued and are even considered to be vermin. They are preyed on by dogs and other predators and killed by householders whose properties they invade. Malnutrition, exposure, and contagious disease take a heavy toll. Ocular and respiratory infections are endemic.”
Last year, a dog named Aragon and his human mom were out walking near the Immitos mountains in Greece when the golden pup started acting a bit strange. He was pulling his owners off to the side, trying to lead them to something unknown.
Aragon’s owner’s friend explains, “We had no intention of going towards that direction, but Aragon kept pulling us, so we followed him.”
When Aragon managed to drag the humans off the side, they were shocked by what they saw: a cardboard box filled with four teeny, tiny kittens. They were “looking at the world around them in shock.”
Orphan Pet explains that animals are often abandoned near the Immitos mountains. However, most of the time, they are not able to survive and fall prey to area’s many foxes. When Aragon’s owner Iro saw that these kittens were still alive and well, she knew she had to help.
As a volunteer for SCARS, a self-described “second chance animal rescue society”, Aragon’s owner was prepared to foster the kittens herself. In a blog describing the story, the owner explains, “Living in a small apartment with an adopted dog, an adopted cat, a foster dog and four new foster kittens is not easy, but it’s fun!”
Aragon, the kitty-finding pup, immediately took on the role of foster dad to the new kittens. The friendly doggo watches them as they play, bathes them with loving kisses, and protects them from the big, scary world.
The following video, which shows Aragon interacting with his four kittens, has been viewed over 4 MILLION times. It’s so heartwarming to see these kinds of relationships between animals who couldn’t be more different. It kind of gives me hope that maybe we can all get along.
See for yourself below!
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