In April 2015, a woman photographed a stray dog outside Athens, Greece, whose face had completely hardened. She posted the picture to Facebook, and soon rescuers were rallying to the dog's aid.
Petra, Greek for "stone," was terrified of humans. But her rescuers were persistent, and eventually that persistence paid off. After Petra was captured, she was brought to the Save a Greek Stray shelter in Oropos, Greece. Petra was in extremely poor condition, and was treated for mange, a skin infection causing painful scabs and leisons, and leishamiasis, an infection spread by bugs that's often fatal.
But it took even longer—and infinitely more patience—to heal Petra of her fear of people. "The problem is she still didn't trust anybody," Valia Orfanidou of Save a Greek Stray said. "She never wanted to leave her cage; she would hide every time she was approached and growl at the other dogs at the shelter."
Time and persistence paid, however, and today Petra is a happy, healthy, well-socialized girl who loves nothing more than spending time with humans!
Check out Petra's full story in the video below: