When This Bar in Greece Closes, It Allows Stray Dogs to Spend the Night Inside

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This bar might close for people, but it's always open for stray dogs.

For Niki Belissary, owner of Hott Spott cafe on the island of Lesbos, Greece, helping others is a way of life. One of the ways she does this is by opening the cafe's doors to the island's stray dogs.

The cafe is located in Mytilene, the island's capital. While it closes to human customers at 3 a.m., it is open 24 hours a day for its canine customers, allowing homeless dogs to stay warm during the cold winter months.

Stray dogs have become a big problem in Greece, especially following the recent debt crisis, and many animal lovers reached out to Belissary when a picture of four stray dogs sleeping in her cafe went viral.

According to Belissary, the cafe, which has been opened for 26 years, has "always been an alternative place for people to meet and to gather and to deal with the community issues that we have here, that have been many."

She said that her customers are as interested in helping others as she is.

"They want to help, whether it be with refugees, whether it be with stray dogs, homeless people. We want to make this a better place for everybody."

"This is our purpose in life," Belissary said. "We hope that our kindness reaches out to a lot of people and a lot of animals."

When you watch the video and see the stray dogs curled up comfortably around the warm cafe, it becomes clear that it has.

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When This Bar in Greece Closes, It Allows Stray Dogs to Spend the Night Inside