Our cause. Because we love animals and Takis. Because a good act deserves another!

Set up over four years ago, and with the sole purpose of rescuing the stray, abandoned animals of Crete, Takis Shelter cares for over 300 dogs and cats. Based in Ierapetra, the South of Crete, the rescued dogs and cats have up to 33,000 square meters of private, enclosed olive groves to run around in. With very few people willing to help, there is still an overwhelming amount of stray cats and dogs in the South that need rescuing. In the past, dogs have been left tied-up, often with their puppies in a box, outside of the shelter.

Over 160 of the shelter’s cats and dogs have been neutered with only a remaining few left, due to their age or health.

This shelter receives no help from the authorities and relies solely on donations.

Since 2014, Takis Shelter has re-homed over 200 animals. Yet, there are hundreds of dogs and cats still looking for their Forever Homes, so please visit the Adoption page to find your best friend.

“We can not do great things—only small things with great love.”

— MOTHER THERESA