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The Cats of Cyprus and Greece

the cats of cyprus and greece

The Cats of Cyprus and Greece (need love too)

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 ūüôĀ

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.

Help the cats of Cyprus

From the website

“Every day is a struggle and we really need your donations and support. Every penny goes to the animals‚Äô 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‚Äô 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 ‚Äď 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‚Äôs 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.

AMAZON WISHLIST

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.

DONATE

Find out how to donate to the charity HERE 

 

 

Fancy adopting a cat from Cyprus?

CATS LIKE SPANGLE are waiting for you!

Spangle¬† was¬†born 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.”

Follow Cyprus Pride House on Facebook

GREEK CAT WELFARE SOCIETY

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.

Greek Cats need your help

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.”

There are many ways to help the charity

DONATE

For the many ways you can donate click HERE

BECOME A MEMBER

You can subscribe to become a member for only £15 per annum. As a member you will receive three newsletters each year.  The subscription money goes towards neutering campaigns which are so important.

For more info click HERE 

VOLUNTEER AS A VET OR NURSE

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

SHOP

The charity also has a shop where 100% of money raised by sales goes to helping the animals.

Follow The Greek Cat Welfare Society on Facebook

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.

Thoughtful Thursday: Speak Up For Cats #TrueCostOfKittens

Kittens need your help!

true cost of kittens

Protect kittens bred for sale

Cats Protection is calling for a change in the law to prevent the sale of sick and underage kittens.

Why is this law needed?

Kittens that are sick and far too young to be separated from their mother are being sold by those who are more interested in money than the welfare of animals. The law in the UK needs to change in order to prevent the sale of these sick and underage kittens. The Government is reviewing the law governing the sale of pets for the first time in over 60 years.

Cats Protection wants better safeguards for the commercial sale of all types of cats across the board whether they are non-pedigree ‚Äėmoggies‚Äô or pedigrees.

Cats Protection is calling for:

  • prohibition on sales of kittens under eight weeks
  • closure of legal loopholes that allow repeat commercial breeding for sale from the family cat or cats
  • a clear definition of commercial pet sales to protect the welfare of cats and kittens

 Take action now

If you’d like to get involved with the campaign, click here to sign the e-petition. 

#TrueCostOfKittens

You can follow the campaign on Twitter by clicking here and by helping to raise awareness by sharing with the hashtag #TrueCostOfKittens

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. My only link with the Cats Protection is as a supporter. 

Meow Monday Rescue #BlackCatDay

It’s a sad fact that black cats and kittens are often overlooked at¬†animal shelters and can be at the shelter much longer than¬†any other colour cat.¬†black cat

Yes, even though it’s the¬†21st Century, black cats¬†are still considered¬†unlucky or¬†evil and even associated with witches and witchcraft. Which is totally insane in my opinion but there you go. People will believe anything, especially if they have grown up with the¬†belief that black cats are evil or unlucky¬†installed in them from previous generations.

But I don’t want to delve further into whether black cats are lucky or unlucky and blog about the horrific torture inflicted on them throughout the ages. I want to celebrate these amazing felines instead. You could check out this link if you want to read up about black cat history and myth.

Celebrate the Black Cat

October 27th is National Black Cat Day (UK)

Do you already have a black cat?

Share photos of your beautiful feline and share far and wide to tell the world how special he or she is. You could also enter your photo into the Cats Protection Black Cat Day Comp:

From the Cats Protection website:

“Our annual celebration of black and black-and-white cats is happening on 27 October. This year, we want to acknowledge the uniqueness of black cats and focus on what makes them individually special. After all, beauty is¬†more than¬†fur deep”

Black Cat Day Competition


Upload a photo of your black or black-and-white cat for a chance to become the face of National Black Cat Day 2016. You can also tweet or Instagram your pics using #BCDComp and #BlackCatDay to enter!

Looking to adopt?

Then visit your local animal shelter and check out the black cats who are waiting a loving forever home. I bet there are many more there than any other colour of cat.

Donate

If you can’t adopt right now then how about making a small donation to your local animal charity instead?

Sponsor

You could also sponsor a black cat if you are not in the position to adopt one at this present time.

Black cats are just a loving and beautiful as any other cat. Let’s spread the love NOW!

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Check out my rescue board on Pinterest for animals in desperate need of a forever home

Follow Marie Symeou’s board Pet Adoption & Rescue on Pinterest.

Check out CatChat for your local cat rescue shelter

You can also search for a cat near you at Cats Protection

Animals needing rescue immediately in the US

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any organisations mentioned in this post. As an advocate for pet adoption, I hope to spread the word on animal rescue in any way I can. By writing these posts I am hoping to do my bit to help animals and be the voice they so badly need and deserve.

The link below however does contain affiliate links. If you purchase anything through clicking any of these links I will earn a small commission but proceeds from the products themselves will be donated to an animal charity of my choice  Full disclosure.

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