What you'll do
Visit the shelter; this in itself is already AN EXPERIENCE... it is heartbreaking to know that there are so many unwanted dogs left to survive on their own... at the shelter guests will see hundreds of eyes pleading for a cuddle, some love. All our dogs are wonderful and sweet, and they all know we have saved them from hell by taking them off the roads where they were hungry, possibly wounded and unwanted and are now all fed, all looked after by vets, and all have a warm bed to sleep in. So after the tour of the grounds, we start with getting to know the dogs (and cats) one by one. Taking them out of their pen (usually in couples) cuddling them, grooming them, hugging them, playing with them, walking them). Once the dogs are out of their pen, we are obsessed with the cleaning so if it is a warm and sunny day we will sterilize the pen and tidy it, bring fresh blankets, change the toys, throw out chewed toys... If it is feeding time, we will help with the ritual, clean the bowls, add fresh clean water. If it is summer, there are many small pools here and there for the dogs to take a splash, so we will also fill these. All these activities will take hours!!
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Life is about offering and helping, in exchange for unconditional love and happiness not just receiving material goods. I am a passionate dog lover, dog owner, an animal welfare supporter. I am a volunteer at Athens (Koropi) based privately funded shelter STEGI ZO-ON AGIOU FRAGISKOU, where about 90 dogs and 25 cats live. I need to do my share of helping the thousands of stray and/or ill treated dogs of my country. I help the shelter with securing donations for supply of food, of medication, vet services, and moral support, grooming, cleaning, exercising, socializing, fostering, adoptions.
About the organisation
STEGI ZOON AGIOU FRAGISKOU TIS ASSIZIS
Our shelter has been taking care of stray dogs and cats in Athens for many years, and all our animals are well taken care of and looked after by our staff and by our volunteers that have a lot of love to give them. However the efforts at our shelter are not sufficient to replace the human touch and the warmth of a home that all our dogs deserve. Come and visit the shelter and offer your help!
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to STEGI ZOON AGIOU FRAGISKOU TIS ASSIZIS.
We will collect you from the nearest transport stop and drop you off there also.
Where you'll be
The exprience takes place mainly within the shelter grounds, which are fairly vast as many dogs are living in separated kennels. Often we try to walk the dogs on leads outside the shelter grounds in lovely countryside roads.
Things to keep in mind
For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 2 guests aged 18 and up can attend.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
Guests ages 18 and up can attend. If in summer, hats, sun cream and proper footwear required - no flip flops. If in winter, wellies and a rain coat if the weather is not dry. A change of clothes
A helping hand for Athens Shelter dogs
£15 / personNew experience
£15 / person