Upon closing, this cafe on Lesbos opens its doors to stray dogs to help them escape the cold.
Hott Spott cafe on Lesbos is opening its doors each evening (*technically early morning) to allow stray dogs from the local town escape the cold. When the cafe in Mytilene, the island’s main port and capital city, closes to customers at 3 AM, it welcomes in strays from the neighborhood so they may sleep in a warm, comfortable space.
News of this charitable act went viral when Eustratios Papanis, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of the Aegean, snapped a photo of the dogs sleeping on the sofas and shared it to his Facebook page. The project has reportedly been going on since the summer.
A waiter named Antonis told The Independent:
“In the city there are many dogs. 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.”
“Customers have no problems. It is a bit of a thing now – lots of people come with their cell phones,” said Antonis. “A television company in Athens called this morning. It wants to come here and make a programme about the dogs.”
“The locals have increased levels of solidarity towards environmental and humanistic issues. The new generation is more sensitive and well informed,” he said.
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