Anna Florentis, Mondo Cane Animal Welfare Society

After living in the US for several years, veterinary technician Anna Florentis returned to her home on Patmos Island, Greece, and found that the problem of animal abandonment and cruelty had taken a turn for the worse in the wake of the country’s economic crisis. Along with a team of other animal lovers, Anna created the Mondo Cane Animal Welfare Society to give temporary shelter to abandoned and stray animals living on the streets of Greece, and help them find forever homes.

“I am starting this project because I am well known in the community for being an animal lover,” Anna says. “I joined a few others who were also in the same position and we decided to create a space where people can come with their animal needs, get guidance to resolve the issues of abandonment, care for the animals until they are re-homed.”

The Mondo Cane Animal Welfare Society has found homes for more than 70 dogs in the past year and a half, and Anna is looking to inspire more community involvement and education around responsible animal guardianship.

Funds from the Pollination Project will be used to help create a more permanent shelter facility for the animals the Society rescues. You can follow the Mondo Cane Animal Welfare Society on their website, Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

GRANT AWARD DATE:  July 10, 2014