Category Archives: Animal Welfare

Pets Used in Experiments #BtC4A

Animal lovers don’t want to see animals suffer. Many prefer to look the other way. But ignoring it doesn’t make this disgusting horror disappear. Animals do suffer. All the time. All over the world.

And you know what? Ignorance isn’t bliss. Not for the poor animal.

stop testing on animals!

Stop testing on animals!

Picture yourself being terrified. Locked up. Confined to a lifetime of barbaric torture. I won’t describe the horror here because I can’t, but if you want to see the reality of animal testing go HERE. But be warned if you are easily upset  😥

For some “animal lovers”, as long as it’s not an animal that is considered a pet that’s suffering, so what?  I’ve never understood that. All animals matter to me.

But I am focusing on cats and dogs here because the horrific truth is that these poor creatures are also being used in experiments and scientific research. Yes, it’s not just mice, rats, monkeys. Dogs and cats. Not that it makes no difference, as I said. To me, all animals are the same. Souls who want to live a decent life on this planet. Like us, they deserve a happy, healthy life. They feel. They love. They care for their children. They feel pain.

Some dogs and cats are specifically bred to be laboratory animals. This is a sickening fact that not many people are aware of.

For example, did you know that in the United States many dog pounds and shelters kill healthy dogs who haven’t been claimed or haven’t found forever homes?

According to Cruelty-Free International, “some of these dogs’ bodies are supplied to commercial companies that then sell them on to colleges and universities for dissection classes.”

Things must change

We must stop burying our heads in the sand because it won’t go away. These animals need our help. To help these poor animals. we must all face reality and speak up.

And just look what can happen if we do.  Just watch this beautiful cat who was rescued from a lifetime of torture in a laboratory. How does it make you feel?

And here’s Shira and Jax taking their first steps to freedom, away from the horrors they were forced to endure as lab animals.

What can you do?

SPEAK UP FOR ANIMALS  worldwide by signing petitions online and sharing the links all over social media to spread the word.


Together we can help end this horror.

Do it for the animals. BE THEIR VOICE!


BE, BLOG AND READ THE CHANGE FOR ANIMALS! – Get the badge & spread the word! #BtC4A

Find out more HERE or click on badge.

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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 🙁

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’ 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.”


All pets are vaccinated, flea/worm treated, neutered (if old enough) and hold a pet passport.  You can view all adoptable pets HERE.


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.


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.


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


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


For the many ways you can donate click HERE


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 


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.

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 ‘moggies’ 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


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. 

Dairy Free Chocolate for Chocoholics #BtC4A

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My name is Marie and I’m a chocoholic.

For years I feasted on milk chocolate without giving a thought to the poor cows forced to produce this product in order for me to satisfy my craving. Even as a vegetarian (since 1984), I never thought to go vegan (I now am).

In a previous Blog the Change post I wrote about The Reality of Dairy and why I, as a vegan, I no longer consume dairy.

Rather than writing a long post regarding milk facts I thought I’d share this great infographic instead.

milk facts infographic

The Truth About Milk


Click here to read more about The Dark Side of Diary or watch this short video about modern dairy farms.

And here is why milk is bad for your health with some info on alternative ways to get calcium.  Milk and your health


So what’s the dairy free alternative to milk chocolate?

There are loads.

I recommend these dairy free vegan chocolates.

Moo Free

Moo Free chocolate is dairy free, gluten free, organic and vegan and really does taste like milk chocolate.  These chocs are made with rice milk and are simply delicious! Definitely my favourite 🙂

You can buy Moo Free chocolate from Holland & Barrett and also Amazon. I normally order mine online from Ocado with my monthly vegan shop.


Love this!

I also shop from Tesco and love their Free From chocolate range (as well as some other great Free From products for vegans.) NOTE: Not all products in the Tesco Free From range are suitable for vegans. Always read the ingredients.

I love these chocolate buttons

And these ice cream choc sticks are new and I’ve only had them once but they’re delicious!


Oatly is a Swedish company that makes delicious oat drinks. I love their oat milk which I enjoy with my porridge and also use it in my tea in place of milk.  The Oatly brand also makes this really tasty chocolate drink.  You can find Oatly products in more than 20 countries throughout Europe and Asia. I buy from either Ocado or Tesco.


Plamil produces vegan products to the highest standard, are dairy free and gluten free, and produced in their own ‘no nuts’ factory.

My favourite Plamil product is this delicious chocolate spread.

dairy free chocolate spread



Biona foods are organic, great tasting and thoughtfully prepared for an ethical lifestyle and use no chemical pesticides or herbicides on crops. However, not all their products are vegan. But this dark chocolate spread is and I love it!

For a list of vegan products available at UK supermarkets check out this link from The Vegan Society

If you’re looking for vegan food products and for more info on how to go vegan in the US check out Vegan Outreach and The American Vegan Society .

Disclosure: I am not sponsored by any company mentioned in this post. All opinions are my own.

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