A former nightclub owner from Crete abandoned his job of promoting nightlife for a life of caring for hundreds of stray dogs. He made this decision when he visited a local garbage dump and saw what was there.
Takis Proestakis, from Ierapetra, Crete, went to a public garbage dump and was horrified to find dozens of stray dogs living there. He found one puppy with a broken leg and knew he had to help the dog. After caring for the dog and nursing it back to health, Takis said more dogs kept showing up. He counted over fifty dogs who were trying to survive at the city dump.
Every day for a year, Takis would go to the dump to feed the dogs. Then residents living near the area started to complain. Takis received threats and decided he needed to take action. He told the locals to allow him thirty days to resolve the issue. He promised to remove the dogs from the public dump.
Takis kept his word and sold his nightclub. He then bought a piece of land with the money and built a personal shelter, called Takis Shelter. Proestakis had over three hundred dogs (and some cats) at his shelter, and he was the sole caregiver. Takis explained that when he started his venture, he had lots of money, but that he ran into serious financial trouble shortly after opening his shelter.
Takis had spent all his money on caring for his dogs. He found himself begging for help. With bills piling up and not enough food for his dogs, he felt he would have to sell his shelter and give up his dream. Then, a miracle happened. A reporter wrote an article about Takis and his shelter, and donations started pouring in.
Takis lives in a small container house within his shelter and receives donations from all over the world. He keeps the dogs who need more care inside the house with him. He continues to rescue dogs and says it’s not a job, but a reason to live. Here is his story:
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