$100 donation for 100 Facebook ‘Likes’! Help street dog Nifa fly to her new home

Abandoned street dog Nifa will be lonely no more once she reaches her new home in Canada. Spicy Stories Save Lives will donate $100 toward her flight. Please help us reach 1,000 Facebook "Likes"! (Photo: Dafni Ioannou)

Abandoned street dog Nifa will be lonely no more once she reaches her new home in Canada. RescueDiva.com will donate $100 toward her flight. Please help us reach 100 more Facebook “Likes”!
(Photo: Dafni Ioannou)

We’ll donate $100 toward saving Nifa if you’ll help our RescueDiva.com Facebook page get 100 “Likes”!

Here’s Nifa’s story…

by Katerina Lorenzatos Makris

“Being a street dog means you have to learn very quickly how to take care of yourself. Trying to find food, water and shelter is a daily struggle. There is no owner to do it for you. You are alone, and from day one, it’s a fight for survival.”

Nifa roamed the streets alone and unwanted. Photo: Dafni Ioannou

Nifa roamed the streets alone and unwanted.
Photo: Dafni Ioannou

With those words, Canadian rescue group Cause 4 Paws Toronto eloquently described the plight of homeless dogs. And it applies perfectly to the life of one beautiful girl who they and Greek rescuer Dafni Ioannou are working hard to save.

Update: Sweet Nifa flew to Canada and was adopted into a loving home, thanks to the hard work of Dafni and Cause 4 Paws Toronto.  Many donors around the world, including RescueDiva.com, contributed to her flight fees. Read on for more about this international rescue success story!  🙂

Street dogs like Nifa must survive on whatever leftovers or garbage they can scavenge. Photo: Dafni Ioannou

Street dogs like Nifa must survive on whatever leftovers or garbage they can scavenge.
Photo: Dafni Ioannou

About a year and a half ago, Dafni first saw Nifa roaming the streets of her neighborhood in Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki. Home to some of the world’s greatest archaeological treasures and the site of several millennia of advanced culture, this heart of the Macedonian region has yet to solve its problem with unwanted animals. Just as in many other cities around the world, it’s often up to individual Good Samaritans there to step in and do what they can.

Completely alone

Nifa tried to connect with people on the street, but most ignored her. Photo: Dafni Ioannou

Nifa tried to connect with people on the street, but most ignored her.
Photo: Dafni Ioannou

Right away something struck Dafni about the lovely German shepherd mix. Though wonderfully friendly with people, she didn’t mix much with the packs of other street dogs. She was alone, completely alone.

For a while Nifa vanished, but then Dafni spotted her again. Weary and listless, Nifa slept under parked cars. When she rested on the sidewalk, passersby would simply step over her, paying no attention.

Growing weary and weak, Nifa slept on the hard, comfortless pavement. exposed to the elements in all type of weather. Photo: Dafni Ioannou

Growing weary and weak, Nifa slept on the hard, comfortless pavement. exposed to the elements in all type of weather.
Photo: Dafni Ioannou

This time Dafni took several photos and videos. Nifa was always on her mind, but how to help her? Like most rescuers, Dafni is not wealthy. It’s not possible for us to take in every needy animal we see.

The miracle of rescue

Dafni uploaded the images on Facebook. Then from halfway across the world came a miracle.

Dafni fed Nifa to keep her going till she could figure out a way to resuce her Photo: Dafni Ioannou

Dafni fed Nifa to keep her going till she could figure out a way to resuce her
Photo: Dafni Ioannou

Helen Antoniou of Cause 4 Paws Toronto happened to see a video of Nifa sleeping on the sidewalk. Moved by the dog’s struggle, Helen offered to accept her into the group’s program for re-homing.

 Overjoyed, Dafni promised, “θα τη βρώ, θα τη φυλάξω, θα την ετοιμάσω.” I will find her, I will guard her, and I will prepare her.

Those might sound like simple vows, but for a lone rescuer on a tight budget, it’s easier said than done.

Dafni has managed Nifa’s vaccinations, medications, spay, and passport. Now she needs to gather the flight fee of $330 (250 euros) to send Nifa into the waiting arms of Helen and her group, who will find her a loving forever home.

Nifa struggled to find a safe place to rest.

Nifa struggled to find a safe place to rest.

This is the first time Dafni will fly an animal to an overseas rescue group. She’ll have help from wonderful veteran rescuer Litsa Kalaitzi to make arrangements and get Nifa on the plane. But with the flight coming up soon, Dafni is nervous about raising the money, so she asked Rescue Diva for help.

Rescue Diva pledges $100

Nifa will be on her way soon. She just needs enough funding for her flight fee to Canada. Photo: Dafni Ioannou

Nifa will be on her way soon. She just needs enough funding for her flight fee to Canada.
Photo: Dafni Ioannou

Together we can help Nifa emigrate to Canada.  Please “Like” our Rescue Diva Facebook page, ask your friends to “Like” it, too, and share the link to this article.

For 100 likes we’ll donate $100 toward Nifa’s transport!

And of course, if you’re able to drop a few bucks into Nifa’s ticket bucket, that would provide even more help for this lovely orphan, who thanks to Dafni, Cause 4 Paws Toronto, and Litsa, will never be alone again.

Gussie, another Greek dog re-homed in Canada by Cause 4 Paws, was originally found living in a swamp.

Gussie, another Greek dog re-homed in Canada by Cause 4 Paws, was originally found living in a swamp.

For info about adopting Nifa or other fabulous dogs please visit Cause4Paws Toronto.

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Katerina Lorenzatos Makris is a career journalist, author, and editor. Her fiction includes 17 novels for Simon and Schuster, E.P. Dutton, Avon, and other major publishers (under the name Kathryn Makris), as well as a teleplay for CBS-TV, and a short story for The Bark magazine. She has written hundreds of articles for regional wire services and for outlets such as National Geographic Traveler, The San Francisco Chronicle, Travelers’ Tales, NBC’s Petside.com, Animal Issues Reporter.com, and Examiner.com (Animal Policy Examiner).

Together with coauthor Shelley Frost, Katerina wrote a step-by-step guide for hands-on, in-the-trenches dog rescue, Your Adopted Dog: Everything You Need to Know About Rescuing and Caring for a Best Friend in Need (The Lyons Press).

 

 

 

 

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One Comment

  1. Martha Alexandridou
    Aug 21, 2014 @ 01:48:00

    RESPECT TO GREEK PEOPLE THAT LIVE ABROAD!!!!! WE SHOULD NEVER FORGET ABOUT THEM! PROBABLY THEY CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE FOR OUR CULTURAL FUTURE. IN GREECE WE HAVE FORGOTTEN THE PRINCIPLES THAT OUR ANCESTORS HAVE TRIED TO TEACH US. WE HEAR ABOUT BRUTALLY TORTURED ANIMALS EVERY DAY. SOME OF US HAVE HOUSES FULL OF ANIMALS SO AS NOT TO END UP ON THE STREETS. WE FIGHT EVERY DAY AND EVERY DAY WE GET A NEW DISSAPOINTMENT!

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