While Mondo Cane, as an organization, is a fairly new entity, the experience of rescuing animals by those of us who created it goes back several decades.
The multicultural and multinational representation in our organization has combined our diverse talents and areas of expertise with our genuine love for animals, and deep-rooted passion for animal welfare, to create a model for an animal rescue organization that is efficient, effective, humane and practical.
Currently on the beautiful and exotic island of Patmos, in the Dodecanese of Greece, but not limited to this area, we and members of our organization have a long history both locally and internationally, helping animals of all kinds, and providing solutions that are beneficial both to animals and the society in which they live, for a humane and harmonious coexistence between people and animals.
The objectives of Mondo Cane are:
To create a sanctuary for temporary or if necessary, permanent residence of animals that have been abused or abandoned,to assist animals to find their forever homes, with the cooperation and support of international and national organizations,
To provide a spay and neuter clinic for strays and low cost sterilization for privately owned pets,
To educate the community on pet related issues and the humane treatment of animals and
To serve as a community information and education center for all companion animal related needs.
Mondo Cane is a non-profit organization and any and all funds and earnings acquired from donations, memberships, services, events or products are exclusively and 100% to cover operational costs, and provide for the needs and futures of the animals we serve.
Anna Florentis: Founder and President
Anna Florentis was born in Brooklyn New York. Anna has worked with animals all of her life in various capacities: she is a certified dog trainer and pet and show groomer. Anna has worked at the Academy of Animal Arts as a Dog Grooming Instructor in Florida. She has worked as a veterinary technician and veterinary clinic manager in Egypt, Greece and the US. Additionally she has been a manager, riding instructor and horse trainer at Avalon riding Academy of Tampa, FL as well as at the Chelsea Equestrian Center in New York City. In addition to her extensive experience working with animals, Anna has successfully managed and operated the family business in Tampa, Fl. Anna has formed strong relationships with volunteers and other animal rescue organizations, peers, and our board of directors and management team. Members and peers frequently seek her advice, and her name is always at the top of the list when choosing team members to spearhead important organization initiatives.
Dimitris E. Grillis: Vice President.
Dimitris Grillis is native of Patmos. His career extends to all the various aspects of the Hospitality Industry, Hotel management, business management, marketing and customer service. He is currently successfully managing the Blue Bay Hotel here on the island. Dimitris has great curiosity about people and ideas, and plenty of common sense that he has applied to solving many problems at MCAWS.
Assia Grazioli Venier: President of Board of Directors.
Assia Grazioli-Venier was born in Rome (Italy). Her career spans New Media, Marketing and Music – culminating in her digital media strategy, brand agency and music management business, Flypaper. Assia has partnered with ATC Management, and is member of Executive Committee of the MMF (Music Managers Forum). Throughout her career, Assia has worked with several technology innovation, and is currently an executive consultant to Spotify. Since October 2012 she has been appointed on the Board of Directors of the Juventus Football Club. Assia is passionate about the arts and championing charitable efforts around youth and animals in need. She is on the committee of the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to children), Board of Advisors of the Patmos Film Festival and serves on the Board of Directors of Mondo Cane, an Animal Shelter/Clinic in Greece.
Elena Bussolino: Secretary General.
Elena Bussolino: Thanks to a 10 years experience as manager for the New York office of an Italian textile company, several years in the Hospitality Industry as well as several years experience owning her own business as a marketing and customer service consultant, Elena brings a significant contribution to our organization. She has worked with various fortune 400 companies during her career.
Native Italian speaker, fluent in English, Italian, French and Spanish, we are glad to to have access to her skills.
Karin Auer: Treasurer.
Karin Auer was born in Innsbruck – Austria. Karin holds a business school degree as well as a nursing degree. Karin worked as a graduate nurse at the national hospital in Innsbruck for 5 years. She is an expert accountant and a tireless worker.
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