So often international travelers encounter situations of animal suffering. Without familiar resources, it can be challenging to find help, but one woman from the Netherlands decided she simply had to do something when she found a kitten in distress. Though she could have spent her final hours in Greece shopping or enjoying the sites, she instead went about the business of securing safety for a bony little animal who was in urgent need of help. Please enjoy this story and if you have a rescue of your own that you’d like to share, please visit The Great Animal Rescue Chase.
By Jessica Jansen
On our final day in Athens, Greece, we decided to stop by a nest of stray kittens we had visited before. They were high up in a walled garden but we could push cans of food under the fence and they were hungry! We had seen five kittens before, some with dirty eyes but sadly we could not reach them and we were leaving the next day. As we arrived on the square, one of the kittens had tumbled out of the garden. It was sitting on the street with its Momma next to it but she wasn’t able to lift it up again. Cars were passing and the kitten ran away, but as it did that, it looked very odd and wobbly, without a tail, so we scooped it up to find a vet to see what had gone wrong — and we thought it would be a one way visit, but at least that would be preferable to dying in the street.
I Could Not Throw Her Back Up To The Garden
When we arrived it turned out to be the case that she had never had a tail, she had no broken bones but was only very skinny, with a runny nose and ribs sticking out. Her walk was weird but that had to do with the way she was born, not any recent injury. Of course by that time I had been carrying her around for two hours in a shawl next to me. She was estimated to be eight weeks old and I could not throw her back up in the garden…. We gave her a passport, a microchip and a little carrier to keep her in. The plane ride was no problem and she is in my lap as I type this.
Small Health Issues Can’t Stand in the Way of Love
She does still have a lot of issues because of the way she was built, so to speak. She doesn’t feel the need to ‘go’ and we are figuring out how to deal with that — and the washing machine runs overtime! She has so much spunk, so much will to live that we will not let her down and nobody knows what the future will bring. Maybe she will improve a bit, maybe not, but we love her very much. She’s a keeper! More photos here.
Help for Other Stray Animals in Greece and Beyond
The Harmony Fund is the official charity partner of The Great Animal Rescue Chase and we’re involved in a very special project to help other homeless animals in Greece like the mother cat and kittens in that lofty garden perch. We’re a network of 16 rescue groups all bundled together with the common aim of helping the animals others deem ‘unreachable’. Please have a look at the work we’re doing to help animals in Greece or enjoy a heartwarming video snapshot of our rescues around the world.