Today I’m experimenting with sepia again. It’s one of my favourites and I love the vintage feel.
This beautiful ginger tabby is one of our regular cat visitors to our back garden. You’ve seen him before on this blog and also on Athena’s blog. He’s such a sweetie and so affectionate and I’m always happy to see him. It means I get to take more cat photos! Athena however, would rather I didn’t because she wants to be top model 🙂
No need to look so worried, Athena. You will always be my number one! xxxxx
Though I can’t really afford to, I do my best to support local animal charities and shelters in London as well as others around the UK. However, in recent years, being active on social media has sadly brought to my attention the many charities around the world that are also in need of help and support.
Not that I wasn’t already aware of the awful and horrendous lives many animals endure at the hand of human 🙁
My heart absolutely aches for the poor animals who have to live in such harsh conditions, in countries that don’t seem to care at all about animal welfare. As I’m not in a position to help each and every one, it still doesn’t stop me supporting international charities by sharing their posts on social media in order to help raise funds and awareness. It’s the smaller charities that really need our help.
I wish I could help them all but I am mostly involved with helping to raise awareness for Greek and Cypriot animal welfare charities.
That’s because as the daughter of Greek Cypriot parents who both emigrated to England in the 1950s (not together, they met and married 1963 and I was born 3 years later), I can’t help but feel connected to the poor stray, homeless animals of Cyprus and Greece. I somehow feel it’s my duty to help them, to right the wrongs of the country of my ancestors.
Whilst I agree that there are lots of sick and twisted humans all over the world who seem to take pleasure in torturing animals or simply are too ignorant to recognize that animals are sentient beings, there are many animal angels too who dedicate their lives to helping them. And that goes for Greek and Cypriot people, so I’m not tarring everyone with the same brush here as that’s not what this post is about.
What I’m hoping to do in this post is to raise awareness for 2 Greek charities I support.
Cyprus Pride House
Cyprus Pride House was established in 2002 and is run by June and Michael who moved to Cyprus from England for ‘a peaceful, simple life’, chilling out in the sun, but instead found themselves faced with the struggle to help the poor cats and dogs that are trying to survive daily and avoid cruelty.
Since then they have rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed over a thousand abandoned and abused cats and dogs from their own home and they also run a programme for neutering and feeding street cats and dogs.
From the website
“Every day is a struggle and we really need your donations and support. Every penny goes to the animals’ care.
We are desperate for donations and support to be able to continue to help the cats and dogs of Cyprus. Every penny we receive goes towards the animals’ medical and veterinary care, food, bedding, vaccines, flea/worm treatments and so on.”
It’s heartbreaking to know that there are some terribly cruel people who will just throw kittens onto the street or dump them in dustbins like rubbish. Most of the kittens are simply too young to survive alone, and sadly many starve to death. That’s if they aren’t run over or poisoned by someone that thinks them vermin first.
The charity hand-rears many kittens, some from just hours of being born, straight from their mother’s corpse who probably got killed on the road.
“We do not rescue healthy cat colonies – our aim is not to change the lifestyle of these cats by removing them from their natural and familiar environments. We do, however, feed them, run a trap-neuter-release programme (when we have the funds to do so) and will help individual cats in a colony that are sick/injured.”
Like cats, dogs are also dumped and thrown out onto the streets. Puppies are tied up in plastic bags and thrown into a bin or left on the side of the road. With shelters full and struggling financially, many healthy dogs are destroyed daily.
As it isn’t possible to find all pets a home in Cyprus as the country is overwhelmed with strays, the charity helps by rescuing as many as possible as without their help (and other rescues like them) the animals will suffer and die.
The charity also tries to find homes for many of the rescues in the UK and other European countries.
“We have re-homed many hundreds of cats and dogs all over Europe, so please consider adopting wherever it is you live. The adoption process really is simple, and there’s no more quarantine in the EU.”
ADOPT A PET
All pets are vaccinated, flea/worm treated, neutered (if old enough) and hold a pet passport. You can view all adoptable pets HERE.
FOSTER A PET
Fostering is another great way to help a pet until that special permanent home is found. Details can be found on the charity’s website.
SPONSOR A PET
You can also sponsor one of the cats or dogs for just a minimum of £10 per month. Check out the charity website for details.
What better way to donate than order pet food and other pet supplies to a chosen charity? Here is the Cyprus Pride House Amazon Wishlist.
Spanglewasborn in 2015 and is such a sweet loving kitty. “Rescued from streets with her kitten Aero. She loves a fuss and cuddle, but is also a very independent female kitty. Needs a home with maybe no cats or dogs, or just one of each, as she is independent and not sociable with other cats and dogs. She would be OK with older children.”
Greece and the Greek Islands are also overrun with stray and abandoned cats, some of them feral. They survive during the summer season when tourists arrive and often feeling sorry for them, will feed them.
But when the tourists have left, these poor creatures can only survive through the kindness of local Greeks. But most will die. Some cat hating locals will also decide that these beautiful creatures are vermin and so begins a season of torture and poisoning.
However, from the cats that do survive, a great number of litters will be born “the result is about 5,000 cats from a single breeding female in four years.”
The Greek Cat Welfare Society was formed in 1992, aiming to undertake the neutering of all the colonies of stray cats. In doing so, they hope to educate and encourage local people to have their animals neutered.
From the website
“In every part of Greece, both the mainland and islands, there are many thousands of stray cats. Greek Cat Welfare Society aims to control humanely the stray cat population through neutering their colonies and educating and encouraging local people to have their own animals neutered. We send an average 0f 20-30 vets each year to mainland Greece and the Greek islands. Stray cats are trapped by local groups, are given a general examination by the vet to treat for fleas, worms, ticks, injuries and other conditions, then neutered. They are then returned to the place where they were found or re-homed if possible.”
The Greek Cat Welfare Society sends an average 0f 20-30 vets each year to mainland Greece and the Greek islands to help neuter the stray cats that are trapped by local groups. The cats are given a general examination by the vet to treat for fleas, worms, ticks, injuries and other conditions, then neutered. They are then returned to the place where they were found. If possible they are re-homed.
Click HERE if you are interested in volunteering as a vet or nurse
The charity also has a shop where 100% of money raised by sales goes to helping the animals.
Have you ever witnessed the suffering of animals abroad?
Have you adopted a rescue pet from abroad?
Disclaimer: I am not being sponsored to write this post. I am writing it to help raise awareness for smaller hard working charities who really need our help. I am in no position to donate money to every charity but the least I can do is to write these posts. Animals need a voice, and I am one of many who will give them that voice. I have no contact with Cyprus Pride House other than following them on social media. With the Greek Cat Welfare Society I have donated money in the past and it’s a charity I have supported for some years now.