A dog with burned paws sleeps at a makeshift shelter following a wildfire north of Athens, in Athens, Sunday. [Reuters]
In an abandoned quarry in Athens, volunteers are treating hundreds of animals displaced or injured by wildfires that swept through suburbs north of the capital last week.
As the flames spread through woods and leafy residential areas on the city outskirts, thousands of people were told to evacuate their homes and many left without their pets, leaving animals depending on the kindness of strangers.
“We call on everyone who saved animals from fire-stricken areas to bring them here,” said Eleni Dede, founder of the Dogs’ Voice rescue group, which set up the pop-up shelter within hours.
So far, the site has hosted more than 200 animals – pets and strays – from across Attica, the broader region which includes Athens.