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“Humanitourism” in Greece

Greece has been, for a while, facing severe economic upheaval and so much that is beloved about the country is threatened by a collapse of the system. The fallout of any such shakeup is readily apparent in social circumstances, but the second and third-tier victims don’t make the nightly news. Greece has a pretty tough-to-see situation with stray animals on the streets and countryside. Dogs and cats, some of whom were pets, some feral, are subject to abuse and neglect, cruelty, abandonment, poisoning, starvation, and apathy. A volunteer vacation tour company, inside/out, has a program in Greece this month to come to the aid of dogs and cats, with work in the KAZ animal shelter outside Athens, and the public awareness campaign started last year in the mountain town of Ioannina. Participants work on shelter expansion and improvements as well as the local education programs about animal care, spay & neuter, feeding programs for homeless dogs, etc. After the volunteer portion of the “Humanitourism” excursion, eco-tour activities fill the rest of the trip, including sea kayaking, trekking, and river rafting.

Other upcoming inside/out Humanitourism adventure travel includes a sea turtle conservation trip on the Greek island of Zakynthos in June and Africa/Mt Kilimanjaro in August.  Projects vary by destination in conservation, education, building, animal welfare, and the environment.