Getting a dog is a big decision, and being a dog owner is a lot of responsibility. The wonderful animals aren’t a toy that you can throw away when they’re not fun anymore.
Unfortunately, too many people don’t take their duties seriously, which is one of the reasons why there are millions of homeless dogs around the world.
However, there are also millions of people out there who care about dogs and do what they can to help these abandoned animals.
One person who refuses to give up is a Greek woman named Valia Orfanidou.
When she saw a photo of what was described as a “skeleton dog” on Facebook, she thought the image was taken from a horror movie.
The poor dog was so thin that you could clearly see his ribs. The dog lived on the tracks at a train station in Greece.
It was obvious that he didn’t have many days left to live, but no one had managed to get near him.
However, Valia decided to give it a try and went looking for the dog—a decision that changed everything.
Valia and a friend walked more than 7 miles looking for Billy, as Valia later came to call the dog.
At first, Billy was scared and shy, but soon, he agreed to follow Valia.
That night, Valia and Billy went to a veterinarian in Athens.
Although Valia had seen photos on Facebook, she was still shocked to see the state that Billy was in. She was sure the vet would say that there was nothing they do to save Billy.
But to Valia’s surprise, the vet explained that Billy “just” suffered from a highly contagious but treatable form of scabies.
Valia brought Billy home and quarantined him in one of her bathrooms.
Billy was still nervous, but eventually, he sat down on a blanket and ate some of the food that Valia gave him.