Annual General Meeting 2009

Cretan Animal Welfare Group would like to inform you that, following the Annual General Meeting 2009, it has been decided to refocus resources and efforts in order to maximize the benefits of our work and to create long term solutions for a better future for animals.

The key projects that will receive the highest priority are:

  • Subsidised Neutering of Owned Dogs (CAWG covers 50% of the neutering cost and 100% of the Microchip cost)
  • Humane Education (Chrysalis Dpt. conducts school visits and undertakes the training of other animal welfare societies)
  • Campaigning (Chrysalis Dpt. runs ‘Stop Circus Suffering’ in cooperation with GAWF & the ‘Good Egg Awards’ in cooperation with CIWF. Petitions are gathered for ‘Handle with Care’ and the ‘UDAW’ WSPA campaigns)
  • Donkey Project (CAWG provides sanctuary for 4 rescue donkeys & farrier/dentistry services to donkeys whose elderly owners live in remote areas)
  • Cat Cafes & Cat Catch-Neuter-Release (CAWG works with hotels and businesses to control stray cat populations)

We believe that these primarily preventative projects contribute to sustainable solutions and long term changes. As a result and over time it will reduce the need for Animal Rescue and Adoption. In the meantime the Malia Municipality is taking more responsibility and in order to provide care for the animals in need, we are looking for foster homes.

We would like to thank everyone for their inspiring support to date and hope that we will continue to work together towards achieving our vision for a “better future for the animals of Crete and beyond”.

Bazaar Figures!!!

We thought that the figures from the previous years bazaars would help inspire people and give us another chance to thank our volunteers and the people who bring us their goods to be sold!

Year              Funds            What can be done with these funds

2005-06     €5.453         Campaigns & Education expenses for 2yrs

2006-07     €6.696         Donkey shelter & neutering subsidy for 53 dogs

2007-08    €7.251         Neuter approx. 70 cats

Final figures for 2008-09 End of March!!!

SNP 2008 – 2009

In 2008 CAWG helped neuter, microchip/register more than 140 dogs, of which only 8 were microchipped in line with the law and none of these were registered. It is estimated (based on information from owners of 37 female dogs that knew their birth history) that those 37 female dogs had already in the past given birth to 292 puppies.

Feedback from the SNP participants was positive and there were suggestions that vet prices are too high and information on microchipping and Law 3170/03 is lacking.

Due to the high demand, the project will continue in 2009 offering dog owners 50% of the neutering cost and free microchipping.

Population surveys are continuing to take place in order o provide us with measurable results. Based on the 2008 surveys, 50% of the roaming dogs in Malia/Stalis wore collars and this number did not fluctuate between seasons.

We would like to thank the Social Messages committee and the Media for their support in our battle to reduce the number of strays and unwanted dogs because… neutering gives life, it doesn’t take it.

For more information or to enrol in the SNP, please call +30 6993 023797.

Kerenza Vlastou

Subsidised Neutering Project Coordinator


Athens Marathon a success!

Mr Marcel van der Molen completed the Athens Marathon and raised a little more than his target amount… Over 2000 EUR were donated to CAWG from this event!!!

We thank Marcel and everyone who supported him in his venture!

Athens Marathon