Kovacs made the fateful decision to move to the island and start a cooking school.
But she couldn't ignore the state of the island's strays.
"I thought, 'OK I can't live on this island without doing anything,'" she recalls. "It was really bad. It was stray dogs everywhere. At that time, most of the businesses were shut down so there wasn't even trash that the animals could get to that they could feed on."