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Greece Sets Up Digital Platform to Help Stray Animals

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Stray dog. (Photo by Eurokinissi/ Thanassis Kalliaras)

ATHENS - With people concentrating on their own survival and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Athens is providing a way for animal lovers to help strays on the streets.

A digital platform, www.animalscityofathens.gr, has been activated to give information on how people can share information on how to help care for the strays, although there are often packs of dogs who can be wild and deadly.

Hundreds of animals are already taken care of daily by the municipality and with the help of volunteers, receive the appropriate treatments and are being neutered, said Kathimerini in a report on the plight.

There’s also a shelter holding dozens of animals, while dog and cat houses and food and water bowls have been placed in various parts of the city, which allows them to congregate to the dismay of some.

The online site shows how people can volunteer to feed strays in their neighborhood, adopt a stray  - expenses paid by the city - promote stray animals for adoption on social media, volunteer at the shelter, oversee a local stray animal community, provide dog training (available only for professional trainers) and animal collection and rescue services, the report said.