In Greece, many people abandon their beloved pets because they can’t afford to keep them anymore; luckily, there’re places like Hott Spott, a cafe in Mytilene, Lesbos, which opens its doors to stray dogs. Since July, it’s been letting the poor doggies inside to sleep every night.

“When the bar closes each night, the dogs come and sleep here. We don’t have a problem. From July, every night there is a dog on the couch,” said a waiter at the cafe, who wanted to remain anonymous.

The island of Lesbos has also been the epicenter of the refugee crisis: “The locals have increased levels of solidarity towards environmental and humanistic issues. The new generation is more sensitive and well informed,” said Eustratios Papanis, whose original photo of the coffee shop went viral when he shared it on 3 December.

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“When the bar closes each night, the dogs come and sleep here”

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Image credits: Eustratios Papanis

“From July, every night there is a dog on the couch. Customers have no problems”

Image credits: Google Maps

“More than 700.000 refugees (…) have entered Europe from this island this year and solidarity towards humans and animals was remarkable”

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Image credits: Google Maps