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.”
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! 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).