On the Greek island ofLesbos, there's a cafe which opens its doors to stray dogs in the area each night. The dogs can then spend the night in a warm, safe place, away from the life-threatening cold temperatures ofthe winter.
Thisphoto was taken in December by a client and wasshared over 300,000 times across social media. A typical night in the café.Since theeconomic crisis, the number of stray dogs in Greece has rocketed. All of the shelters are now full and they don't have the financial means to offer all of the dogs thecomfort and care they need.
So the cafeHott Spott decided to help these straysby giving them a bit of warmth and shelter. They also take in some of the old dogs from the neighbouring shelter who would otherwise sleep out in the cold.
Antonis, one of the waiters at the cafe, explained to thesite i100 :
In the city there are many dogs. When the bar closes each night, the dogs come and sleep here. We don't have a problem. From July, every night there is a dog on the couch.
The fact that this goes on on the island of Lesbos is no mere coincidence. The island is one of the main routes into Europe for the thousands of refugees who have been fleeing from Syria.The majority of the local population have been supporting these refugees by opening their doors to them.
The locals have increased levels of solidarity towards environmental and humanistic issues. The new generation is more sensitive and well informed.
This incredible show of solidarity and hospitality reminds us of the river boat taking in homeless people and their dogs in Paris.Let's hope thatmore and more people take action like these charitable people have done.