This touching video is dedicated to one man, named Theoklitos Proestakis, who was inspired to abandon his career as a dentist to start a rescue and shelter for dogs in need. In the wake of the Greek financial crisis, many families were rendered unable to provide for their animal companions. Hundreds of dogs who were used to being cared for were suddenly left to fend for themselves in the streets.

Proestakis found his mission in life when he went to the garbage dump and discovered countless injured and starving dogs. He found happiness in nursing dogs back to health, but when locals who saw the dogs as pests threatened to have them euthanized, Takis decided to open up a shelter where strays could be safe. Today, he runs Takis Shelter where he cares for over 200 dogs; this touching video shows only a few highlights of the countless lives that he has saved. 

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To see more of what goes on at the shelter on a daily basis, or to support their cause, visit their official Facebook page.