Greek man sacrifices everything to give local stray dogs a shelter

May 31, 2017 2:39 pm Last Updated: May 31, 2017 2:39 pm

One man in Greece has become something of an angel of mercy to the local dog population after a financial crisis that rocked the country forced people to abandon pets they could no longer afford to keep.

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Theoklitos Proestakis, also known as Takis, was once a disc jockey, but he gave up his life’s profession to start an animal shelter, dubbed “Takis Shelter” after his moniker, to help the abandoned local dogs.

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To date, Takis has rescured more than 200 dogs from various locations. Just to paint a picture of his devotion to the dogs, he tries to find at least one rejected dog a day and does everything to care for them on his own.

One of the dogs Takis helped find a forever home. (Facebook/Takis Shelter)

His service to the dogs has also not come without a great financial cost to himself. Reportedly, Takis  was forced to sell his car and his caravan to help support the dogs. Working seven days a week, he also uses social media to help find proper, loving homes for the dogs.

Successfully adopted dogs! (Facebook/Takis Shelter)

According to Hero Viral, the shelter, which is as big as 5,200 square meters, costs around $2,275 in monthly expenses, which includes food and veterenary costs. 98% of donations come from outside the country, as Greek officials are reportedly either unwilling or unable to help finance the shelter.

The dogs can play with each other instead of lying rejected on the streets. (Source: YouTube/takis shelter)

Yet recent online fundraising has earned Takis has a lot of supporters. When he developed a campaign on YouTube to promote the shelter, he earned $26,505, far exceeding his goal of $1,705.

They even sheltered a cat! (Facebook/Takis Shelter)

Visit Takis’ YouCaring page to help!