Live. Love. Bark. Purr: Adopt a Forever Friend!

Live. Love. Bark. Purr: Adopt a Forever Friend!

Stray dogs_Insider cover December 2018, illustration by Daniel Egnéus

You’d love to welcome a furry, four-legged member to your family? Adopt a stray! There are any number of volunteer groups doing a remarkable job of saving, spaying, neutering and feeding strays in Athens. Strays have a deeper attachment to their adoptive families, are in-house therapists, and you’ll be rewarded with licks and cuddles for a lifetime – for free!

Athens has its fair share of strays and an equally dedicated army of volunteers and non-profit organisations who rescue, neuter and rehome stray animals. If you’re looking to adopt a furry friend, here is a list of organisations doing remarkable work in caring for our four-legged friends.

Nine Lives Greece

Nine Lives Greece ©Alexis Kimonas Kokkinaris

Nine Lives Greece is an extremely active network of volunteers who work zealously to trap, neuter and rehome stray kittens. Nine Lives has spayed and nurtured thousands of street cats through their daily feeding programmes and veterinary care.

To adopt stray or abandoned cats and kittens, contact:,

Greek Animal Rescue (GAR)

Active for the past thirty years, Greek Animal Rescue is a UK based registered charity that has been supporting animal shelters throughout Greece, sterilizing dogs and cats, and rehoming Greek strays all over Europe since 1989.

To adopt a pet, contact:,

Hellenic Animal Welfare Society (Filozoiki)

Filozoiki works actively with municipalities all over Attica in treating, sterilizing and rehoming strays as well as in organizing educational and media campaigns. It also has an animal ambulance service that picks up ailing and injured to treat them at their clinic in Koropi.

If you’d like to offer a stray a home, contact: +30.210.602.0202 or

Save a Greek Stray

SAGS runs a shelter that runs from 9am to 5 pm fully equipped with a clinic for first aid, neutering, vaccination and temporary hospitalization, offering a safe haven for strays until a loving home can be found. SAGS organized the first Pets Festival in October this year at Marina Floisvos to encourage Athenians to adopt strays.

To take home a pet, contact: +30.229503.5612,

Society for the Protection of Stray Animals, SPAZ

Possibly the oldest organization dealing with strays in Athens, SPAZ organizes sterilization and medical care for stray dogs living in Attica and assists dogs and cats to find their forever homes.

Give a loving home to a stray and contact: +302109658103,

Second Chance Animal Rescue Society, SCARS

A recently founded animal rescue organization that rescues, spays and neuters and rehomes dogs all over Europe.

To offer a home to a furry friend, contact:,


Adopt a cat or dog from Fazoo from their shelter at Markopoulo and give it the love that it so desperately needs. You will have a friend for life and will have helped to take yet one more animal off the street. Fazoo neuters, micro-chips and offers up to date medical documents and adoption papers.

All you need to do to take home a pup or a kitten is to contact: +30.698.297.7330, +30.698.679.1593 or

Association taking in stray animals with the aim of rehoming them. It is always on the lookout for temporary foster families for animals until permanent homes can be found.

Adopt a pet by contacting sending a message to or calling +30.694.742.1521 after 5pm

City of Athens at Markopoulo – Adoption of Stray Animals

Choose your pet via the Athens Municipality’s database which includes details of the stray animal (photographs, serial number tag, medical history etc) or visit the stray shelter at Markopoulo on Saturdays from 9am to 2pm. All you need to do to adopt a stray is to submit a simple adoption form, a statutory declaration form (available at all kiosks) and a copy of your identity card.

Contact: +30.210.527.8014 or 210 527 80091595 (Citizens Helpline) or email:,


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