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Catch – Neuter – Release

* Working with Municipalities…

Since 2003, law 3170 states that stray and unwanted dogs are the responsibility of the Municipalities. They are supposed to enforce legislation penalising abandonment and irresponsible pet ownership and run a Catch-Neuter-Release scheme for strays.

Heraklion Municipality has recently completed the shelter, designed to temporarily hold approx. 80 dogs while they are going through the CNR scheme. The CNR scheme has been running for 5 years.

CAWG has arranged for the Municipal staff to receive training in dog handling and support with shelter policy from the RSPCA, who we kindly thank for all their assistance.

Malia Municipality was lobbied by CAWG, tourists and locals for 6 years and allocated funds from the budget for a CNR scheme in 2009-2010. Within the 1st 3 months of 2010, 12 dogs were neutered. More dogs will be included in the scheme towards the end of 2010 Summer Season. Sincere thanks to everyone involved.

* Cats and CNR…

Help Us and the Stray Cats of Greece by signing our PETITION!!!!

CAWG has succesfully run the Cat Cafe in the Cretan Malia Park Hotel for many years. Cat Cafes are designated feeding areas within the grounds of a business to encourage people to care for the neutered cats there, thus keeping them away from any restaurants.

However, we have learned through experience that this scheme only works in isolated areas. There mustn’t be movement of the stray cat populations and locals must see a difference, otherwise inhumane stray control methods are used.

Due to the high veterinary prices for neutering, CAWG cannot neuter enough cats to make a visible and sustainable change to the stray population. We are therefore starting a strong lobby of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Hellenic Veterinary Association to request special low cost neutering.

Help Us and the Stray Cats of Greece by signing our PETITION!!!!


9 Responses

  1. Hi Anna!
    Thank you for your moral support. I’m afraid that apart from the Malia Park Hotel cat cafe, the 2 new ones created this year weren’t successful as, after being neutered, the cats were poisoned at the end of the season. Due to this among other reasons, we are re-considering our approach to the stray cat population problem to find a sustainable solution. Furthermore, cat cafes are restricted to cooperations with businesses. Unfortunately there are so many people feeding stray cat colonies and so little funding, there would simply be no fair way to prioritize which ones are helped.
    I’m very sorry about the bad news and I sincerely hope that we will soon have found a way to solve the problem at the roots!

  2. I think these cate cafe’s are a wonderful idea,can you tell me if it is at all possible to have one or more of these in milatos village,i’m sure the ferrel cats there would gladly appreciate it.
    I come over to crete 3 / 4 times a year as we have a house in milatos, there are many ferrel cats in need of help / suppot. I do what ii can when i am over, as you can see from my f/b profile picture, but it breaks my heart when its time to return back to the uk, however there are some expats in the village that continue to do what they can. Many of the cats are very thin, dehydrated and quite a few have eye problems. Anna

  3. Thank you for sharing this info with us!
    The only cat related project we have is Cat Cafes (on the blog). These can only be achieved through cooperation with the hotels and businesses to avoid them inhumanely controlling the situation and therefore wasting charity funds. Neutering large cat colonies is not feasible for many societies due to the high vet costs involved.
    If a foster home is available we can also help cases such as the kitten you described and then rehome them. Any information about injections, vaccinations, pet passports etc should be received from a vet but if we can help further, please email us on info@CretanAnimalWelfare.org Thank you!

  4. Indeed a good idea but not something which can be achieved without the establishment’s agreement and cooperation! Thank you for the comment!

  5. cat cafes are a fantastic idea and it is great to know people are looking out for these beautiful animals. If only more people had the same compassion.

  6. Been to Agia Palagia recently and saw a lot of ferile cats, very thin and some with problems with their eyes. One kitten was so weak and had eye problems that you virtually had to bounce food off her/he for the cat to find it (to wary to come near) and the others that I saw were severely dehydraded. One particular animal I would have taken home with me as she was not totally ferile. I have looked on the web and could not find out about getting shots for rabies, cat flu etc. Maybe I am missing it but I can not find that information on this site either.

    I came across a cat protection group in Spain that had an agreement with hotels etc to have a charity box in their reception area so that tourists could donate any “spare” change before they left for their respective countries but I have not come across that in Crete.

  7. Cat cafes sound a great idea! I have just been on holiday at the Elounda Village Hotel in Elounda were there are 2 adult cats and 1 kitten about 3 months old. It would be great to know someone is feeding and looking after the new kitten! Is there anyone who can check on them?

  8. Yes thank you! Those Cat Cafes are Cretan Cat A List’s, the local cat society but the Cat Cafe idea began from WSPA and it really works if you have the local businesses cooperation!

  9. We were in Platanas, Rythymnon and when we went to the beach we came near the cat cafes. We also bought cat foot. I think it is a great idea!!!

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