In July 2012, a handful of passionate animal lovers ran and cycled from Marathon to Athens in Greece on the hottest day of summer. The point was to raise awareness of the plight of stray, abused and neglected cats and dogs in Greece. Encouraged by the experience, the 42 kilometre run – known as the Penny Marathon (named after a Greek stray dog whose life was cut short) – has become an annual event with teams now participating in countries around the world.
In addition to raising awareness of adoption and neutering programs and educating the public about acceptable behaviour towards companion animals, the Penny Marathon is a way to honour the work of volunteers who step up – where inhumane or apathetic systems fail – to save the lives of these animals.
Potential adoptees are required to undergo a vetting and trial period.