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This Coffee Shop Opens Its Doors To Stray Dogs Every Night

Compassion is always in fashion.

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On Dec. 2 he uploaded the photo of the stray dogs to Facebook, taken at a coffee shop called Hott Spott café in the city of Mytilene. Every night, the café opens its doors at closing to let the dogs sleep inside and escape the cold.

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Papanis said the same sort of kindness shown to the stray dogs should be shown to refugees:

This picture was taken at a coffee shop in the island of Lesvos, North Aegean Sea, Greece. The country has strict laws about animal protection, but culture and knowledge are the key factors for changing long-standing indifference, negligence, or maltreatment.

More than 700,000 refugees from Syria and other Middle East countries have entered Europe from this island this year, and solidarity toward humans and animals was remarkable.

The photo has since gone viral and has been shared by thousands of people all over the world. Many have also commented on the touching pic.

A server at the café told i100 that the dogs are frequent guests.


Papanis told BuzzFeed the overall message he wants people to take from the now viral photo is that love conquers all.

"The photo went viral without any intention or effort. I uploaded it to the social media just to highlight that financial problems cannot hinder love, tolerance and compassion."