Why is there such a big problem with stray cats in Greece?
In general, attitudes to animal welfare differ to those in the UK. This is compounded by a lack of regulation. Neutering is widely considered to be unnatural and, because pets are often allowed to roam at will, the result is numerous litters of unwanted kittens. These kittens are either abandoned or killed. The abandoned animals, if they survive, go on to live in colonies. If left uncontrolled, these stray cat colonies can become quite large.
Why aren’t the Greek Government doing anything to control the stray cat population?
To date, the Greek Government have been unwilling to deal with the problem even though it is bound to implementing EU animal welfare regulations. This has resulted in the public, in some places, taking the matter into their own hands. Stray animals can be subject to incredibly cruel methods of control at the hands of the general public. Poisoning is very common and leads to a considerable amount of suffering before the animal dies. Neutering is a far more humane and effective means of controlling the stray cat population however it is not considered natural in Greece.
Alongside our work to control the stray cat population through humane neutering, the Greek Cat Welfare Society support charities in Greece who try to educate local communities and we also help to publicise opportunities to lobby the Greek Government.
What do I do if I find a stray cat colony whilst I’m in Greece?
Please try to take down an accurate description of where you have seen the cats congregating, including details of local shops or hotels, and contact one of the local Greek cat charities with the information. We have a list of charities and contact details on our website contacts page here. They will be able to check whether they are aware of the colony and already have a programme in place. If not, they will contact us or other supporting bodies to discuss the introduction of a neutering programme.
What do I do if I find an injured or sick cat whilst I’m in Greece?
Please contact one of the local Greek cat charities straight away if possible. Details about where you saw the cat including local shops, hotels or other landmarks will be useful in helping to pinpoint the location. We have a list of charities and contact details on our website who will know the best course of action to help.
Can I bring a cat back from Greece?
If you see a cat that you would like to bring home whilst you are on holiday, the first point of contact should be the nearest Greek pet rescue charity. If you need help and advice to facilitate moving the cat once you have returned to the UK contact us at email@example.com. However, Greek Cat Welfare Society does not provide financial help, owing to the aggravating effect of importing pets on other UK charities’ already overcrowded rehoming centres and the high cost per animal of rehoming to the UK.
What can I do to help after I get back from Greece?
The Greek Cat Welfare Society is run by a small number of dedicated volunteers working from home – no paid staff or offices – and we always welcome offers to help us manage or carry on our work. Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to work with us as a volunteer.
If you are a vet or veterinary nurse wanting to volunteer to help us with our neutering programmes please contact us at email@example.com
You can also help us by:
• Becoming a member;
• Donating by cheque, standing order or PayPal;
• Sending us jewellery and other small items for sale, postage stamps etc.; and
• Remembering us in your Will.
Please see our “How can I help?” page for more information.