On the Greek island of Lesbos in the north Aegean Sea there is a small coffee shop along the waterfront in the town of Mytilene where all the stray dogs come to hang out. It goes by the kitschy name Hott Spott and offers a warm spot for the dogs to spend a bit of evening and catch up on some sleep for the night. It is kind of a hostel for strays.
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This isn't one of those cafes that have opened up expressly for the purpose of combining humans and animals. Hott Spott has been around for nearly 30 years as an alternative place to come and share ideas and opinions. Now for the past couple of years they just share one more thing -- space.
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As the cafe closes up each night the owners open their doors to allow the local stray dogs in. The remaining customers don't seem to mind and even offer a little love and attention to the homeless hounds. No doubt a tidbit or two also finds its way into a hungry mouth. Apparently not a night goes by anymore without a canine on the couch.
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Stray dogs in Greece are handled differently than in most other countries. Instead of shoving them into over-crowded shelters the dogs are collared, vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed or neutered if at all possible. They are cared for by the community at large.
It is like Greece is a no-kill shelter instead of having no-kill shelters. They are "rehabilitating" the dogs rather than condemning them. Let's hope that the Hott Spott's dog policy starts catching on in the rest of the world.