An abandoned dog found wandering the streets of Crete is set to start a new life in the UK thanks to a quick-thinking veterinary PR.

Oliver on patio.
Oliver is now at a boarding school in Essex.

Media and PR manager at agricultural and veterinary communication specialists RDP Angharad Belcher was on holiday with her husband on the Greek island when they encountered Oliver, a nine-month-old dog hit by a car after being dumped in the road.

A veterinary check-up later revealed he was unhurt.

Facebook plea

Unable to take Oliver on themselves, the couple put a plea on Facebook and Oliver soon found a new home at a boarding school in Essex.

Mrs Belcher paid for Oliver to be vaccinated and neutered, and he was flown to France on 28 September before being transported to the UK.

Inspired by the event, Mrs Belcher set up a fund-raising campaign for Cretan Animal Protection and Amber’s Hope, organisations manned by a small number of volunteers who strive to improve the situation for abandoned dogs and cats in the country.

Tough crowd

“It’s almost off-season in Crete, which means the tourists who feed the cats and dogs are no longer a resource,” Mrs Belcher said. “It’s also tough on the locals as the hotels and businesses shut down without the tourists.

“It’s incredibly important to raise this money as quickly as possible so they can help as many animals as they can during the winter. If you would like to donate any money or resources, it would be much appreciated.”

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