Meet The Team

The Staff

Elizabeth :

Founder and Director of The Souda Shelter Project.

Person of the earth.
Here to help but NOT to be taken advantage of.
Loyal. Loving. Fierce. Delicate.



Mama bear. Worry wart. Peaceful, gentle soul. Litsa joined us a few years ago and the animals changed from the day they became accustomed to her. Litsa runs the daily routine, keeps all the animals records in order, makes sure everyone is happy and FED! She takes care to see them off to the vet and to the airport but prefers to be the housecat. She is a special person and we are so grateful for her presence in our space, everyday.










Tatyana is a methodical, scientific mind who comes to us from Russia. Tatyana, analyzes, studies, trains and puts the shelter back on its tracks every time. Tatyana worked with animals from a small child, collecting strays and training them. From the time they were larger than her. Tatyana is the go to girl when Elizabeth is out of town, or out of commission. She trains the volunteers and goes on special missions when needed. Souda thrives with Tatyana.












Amelie had come to us a few years back to volunteer from Germany. She loved us and returned to volunteer again. We loved her and with a joint appreciation, Amelie packed her bags and is living in Greece, with us, working daily. Literally daily. If she’s not cleaning and hugging, she is taking animals to the vet or the airport. If she’s not doing that, she’s taking photographs….exceptional ones like the ones you see here on this site. And when she’s home resting, she still isn’t resting, she’s always thinking, fixing doing, for Souda Shelter. We’re so fortunate to have this angel.



Our longest term volunteer, Christina has been with us through our ups and downs. She is a member of our team from day one, has her own evening shift and as you can see is selfie queen. Best photos ever! Christina is our gem and we all adore her!


Steve lives on Crete and regularly donates his time to repair the shelter. Gates, fences, everything needs to be fixed. And he does that in the cold in winter or in the heat in summer!


Born in Heraklion but raised in Chania, Eva has become one of the regular staff. She covers shifts, gives us her all, is reliable and loves the animals with all her heart. She gives us 200% when she steps into the shelter and we love her for that. She is an all around animal lover who wishes for a world with no animal abuse. Above is a photo of Eva with her inspiration, her blind kitty, Iris❤️



Volunteer Sandy Jean From America!

Sandy recently moved to Chania, her husband’s hometown. She immediately signed up to help us (as she did in the US too with her local shelter). Sandy not only volunteers her services but she is also a mom of two Souda boys, Minos and Ollie.


Saskia from Germany. Moved to Chania last summer and joined the crew to help with the dogs. Saskia grew up with dogs and loves and respects these wonderful beings with all her heart.

Working for the Souda Shelter she adopted the wonderful baby Terpsi. ❤ Terpsi was hit by a car and injured quite badly.

Once recovered she joined Saskia’s family. Saskia says proudly of our project, “We are the greatest team ever and love each other very much.” And yes we do!