I’ve written lots of stories about Zante Strays, a charity on the Greek island of Zante who help hundreds of abandoned and ill treated dogs.
He was covered in bites and scars when he arrived at Zante Strays last summer.
He’d been used as ‘bait’ a sickening practice where placid dogs are bitten by fighting dogs to get their ‘blood lust’ up but thankfully escaped his tormentors.
They nursed the Labrador Gundog cross back to health and volunteer Amber Stapleton, 25, from Nottingham who was working on the Island during her summer break from studying to be a teacher, decided she wanted to bring Connor home.
He was transported from Zante to Nottingham and soon took to chasing Amber’s pet cats. But he did get on well with the residents at her granny Muriel’s nursing home, Wren Hall.
They’d sadly lost their resident dog, and because Connor was so happy there, they decide he could stay.
Now he’s part of the furniture and joins residents on walks, for cuddles on the coach, or just sits by their feet as they knit.
The story appeared in the Sunday Mirror and you can read it here.
Zante Strays is run by Jamie Contonis and a team of volunteers and for £365 they arrange vaccinations, flea and worming treatment, a health check, pet passport and transport so dogs can find new homes in the UK and across Europe. Find out more at zantestrays.gr
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