We are quite lucky in the UK as there are so many wonderful animal charities doing their very best for animals. However, many of us know that this is not always the case abroad. After all, no holidaymaker can fail to notice how many stray cats and kittens there are, some of them severely ill and desperately seeking food and shelter.
To the cat lover this can be deeply upsetting, and the suffering of these poor cats, starving and wandering through the streets, is likely to stay on our minds on our return home. And what with images and videos posted daily all over social media, the plight of these animals is very hard to ignore.
Maybe it’s true that after the tourists have gone some kind locals are likely to carry on feeding these cats. But unfortunately many cats do eventually die of starvation, and even worse, there is the horrifying reality that some cat haters will stop at nothing to poison them. To these sick and twisted individuals, cats are nothing but vermin.
Not surprising then that many of us (myself included) feel the need to do something to help, no matter how small. Together, we can all make a difference to these poor cats’ lives.
How can you help?
There are many registered charities and some are quite small so they do really welcome your help. One of the charities I support is the Greek Cat Welfare Society.
Formed in 1992, the Greek Cat Welfare Society is a UK registered charity whose aim is to undertake neutering of colonies of stray cats and in doing so educate and encourage local people to also have their animals neutered.
As a small charity, they are utterly reliant on the kindness and generosity of others and they welcome all contributions, however large or small. It all goes into improving the lives of cats in Greece.
There are a number of ways you can help – you can join the Society, donate money or goods, or volunteer. Check out the website for more details.
Do you help cats or other animals abroad, or have you ever been involved or volunteered with an animal charity abroad? Or perhaps you went as far as to adopt a pet from abroad. Please feel free to comment below.
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Disclaimer: I am not sponsored to write this post by any organisations mentioned. As an advocate for pet adoption and animal rights, I write these posts in the hope that I am doing my bit to help animals and be the voice they so badly need and deserve. Full disclosure.
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