The President of the village of Karterados, Ioannis Rouussos, has used his own tractor to destroy the only 'road' left to the shelter… a barren river bed… as all alternative roads to the shelter have already been shut on his command. This cuts off the only line of life to more than 120 animals as the shelter has no access to running water, and through this dirt road trucks weekly supply them with water and food. The President’s reason to his actions is simple: “not in my back yard” - he wants the shelter re-located off his village - but this takes time.
For the past 5 years,Ioannis Rouussos, has spent his time trying toclose down the shelter, - tearing down their fences, destroying the signs leading to the shelter, continuously sabotaging and blocking the road, threatening that he will poison the animals, and making the lives of the volunteers a daily challenge.
The SAWA shelter is a safehaven for over 100 stray dogs and 20 old and abandoned donkeys on the island of Santorini. It is run by SAWA volunteers from around the world in cooperation with the State of Santorini. Every year an average of 250 stray dogs are re-homed through the shelter mainly to other countries. The year 2014 was a milestone reaching the record of 340 successful adoptions. The old and injured donkeys and mules of the island can retire at SAWA, where their overworked bodies find some rest in the “dusk” of their lives. Before the founding of the shelter the island of Santorini was overwhelmed by packs of hundreds of stray dogs roaming the villages in search of food and water… most of them ending in slow and agonizing deaths as they were poisoned or shot by the locals. The donkeys and mules not capable to work anymore would be abandoned to die or worse… And all this happening in one of the most famous tourist destinations worldwide. SAWA has changed this.
Let us stress that the Mayor of Santorini, Mr Nikolaos Zorzos and his Vice Mayor Mr Ioannis Kyriazis have not denied us SAWA the right to stay in the village of Karterados, and even if the shelter in Karterados has to close down they recognize that the need of an animal shelter on the island is of high importance.
SAWA are not asking for help - they are just asking him to stop sabotaging the road and allow them continue their work to save the animals of Santorini,
(Additional letters of complaint to the Municiplaity of Santorini: firstname.lastname@example.org and address them to Mr Ioannis Roussos, President of Karterados.
Thank you once more for your support - and for helping us to save Santorini's animals!