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There are animal activists who claim that Greeks don't care about animals and who send out pictures of suffering puppies because it makes them feel like they are helping them. They tell people to boycott Greece as if that will make the plight of animals any better. But the people in Greece who are actually helping animals are those on the front lines, in the streets and neighborhoods of Athens and in the villages and countryside and they need your support.
As for the statement that Greeks don't care about animals, if it were true then these organizations would not exist. And if everyone in the USA and the UK loved animals and did not mistreat them then there would be no need for groups like the ASPCA. But cruelty is a human trait and it exists in Greece as it does in any country in the world. These organizations below are doing what they can do help animals and to educate people in an effort to eliminate animal cruelty. They need volunteers and money so if you care about the plight of animals in Greece contact one or more of them. If you have an organization that helps animals in Greece and want to be listed send me an e-mail.
Animal-lovers' Society of Agia Paraskevi is responsible for the
healthy, plump, collar-wearing, vaccinated and sterilised stray dogs one sees
lounging around the main square of this suburb. As well as providing food and
care for the homeless animals, the society also puts pressure on the government
to implement existing animal welfare laws and to encourage sterilisation of
pets. Contact Kivelli Petroheilou on 210-639-0916 (only in Greek).
Archelon Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece studies and protects
Caretta caretta nesting areas and was instrumental in the creation of the first
marine park for Mediterranean Sea Turtles on Zakynthos. Call 210-523-1342 or
Elliniki Etairia (Hellenic Society for Protection of the
Environment and Cultural Heritage), 28 Tripodon Street, Plaka, 105 58
Athens. tel 210 322 6693, fax 210 322 5240. IUCN member. Founded 1972. Works for
protection of the country's cultural and natural heritage. Website www.ellinikietairia.gr
Elliniki Etairia Prostasias Tis Fisis (Hellenic Society for the
Protection of Nature), Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature, 20
Nikis Street, 105 57 Athens. tel 210 322 4944, fax 210 322 5285. e-mail email@example.com, website www.eepf.gr. IUCN member. Founded 1951. Focuses on
establishing protected areas and on wildlife conservation.
Nea Ecologia (Friends of the Earth Greece), Athens. Web: www.ecologia.gr. Founded 1984. Affiliated with
Friends of the Earth International.
Friends of the Cat feeds and cares for the cat colony in the National
Gardens, also sterilises feral and abandoned cats throughout mainland Greece and
the islands. Call the society's office on 210-725-8497 or contact Mary Cochran
Frontida Zoon lobbies the authorities and reports in the press on
animal welfare issues from circuses and poisoning to illegal trade in exotic
species. Contact Angela Fleming on 210-721-3722 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greek Animal Rescue (GAR), a UK-based society, works with shelters and
organisations throughout Greece, rehoming animals, providing equipment,
subsidising spay/neuter programmes etc. Call + 44 20 8203 1956, e-mail email@example.com or visit their
Greek Animal Welfare Fund (GAWF) undertakes humane education
programmes in Greek schools; funds organisations all over Greece; sterilises and
gives necessary treatment to feral and abandoned animals on both the mainland
and the islands; provides medical checkups to working equines; liaises with
international organisations such as the RSPCA; lobbies the authorities and
organises education campaigns. Contact Carol McBeth on 6944-240222 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greenpeace The Greek branch of this worldwide organisation for
environmental action can be contacted at its Athens offices on 210-380-6374/5 or
210-384-0774 or through its website www.greenpeace.gr.
Hellenic Animal Welfare Society (Filozoiki) collects
injured and ill strays in its animal ambulances and takes them to its clinic
near Athens airport for treatment, sterilisation and rehoming; works with Attica
municipalities on neutering and vaccination programmes; organises information
campaigns on TV and other media. Contact Liana Alexandri on 210-722-6444.
Hellenic Ornithological Society works with international birdlife
organisations, aims to protect indigenous species and keep safe havens for
migratory birds on their travels. Conducts research into, and provides data
about, populations of wild birds. Call 210-822-7937.
Intramunicipal Shelter at Schisto, the first state-run clinic for the
sterilisation, vaccination and first aid of stray dogs in Piraeus, Nikea,
Keratsini, Korydallos, Haidari, Agia Varvara, Perama, Agios Ioannis Rendis and
Drapetsona. Residents of these areas concerned about an injured or dangerous
street canine can ring their municipality, which will then contact the clinic
and ask for an ambulance to be sent. It is more effective, however, to call the
shelter directly on 210-400-7225 (only during office hours, unfortunately).
Medasset sets up conservation projects and awareness campaigns about
all species of sea turtle and lobbies the government to formulate and enforce
legislation to protect indigenous species. Call 210-361-3572 or e-mail email@example.com.
MOM Seal Society aims to conserve the marine environment to ensure the
survival of the Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus). In 1992 it
established Greece's first National Marine Park on Alonissos, in the Northern
Sporades islands. Animals needing medical attention are transported from all
over Greece to the refuge, from which the seals are reintroduced back into their
natural habitat once healthy again. Call 210-522-2888, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Olga Malli Society of Kaisariani sterilises and provides medical care
and food for the strays of Kaisariani area, including the colonies of abandoned
dogs that live on Mount Ymittos. Call 210-766-9629.
Food Bank in Greece is a non-profit program in Greece dedicated to
assisting animal rescues with pet food and supplies.It is their mission to ensure
that pets are not forgotten during economic hardships. The
immediate vision of Pet Food Bank in Greece is to assist animal rescues with
food, medicines and supplies as well as helping them with adoptions,
sterilisations etc. In these hard economic times, the prices of everyday goods
and services are steadily increasing, making everyday expenses difficult. Pets
have become hidden victims. As many people are being displaced from their homes,
pets are sometimes left behind or placed in shelters, or they are disposed of
along roadsides to fend for themselves. It is our goal to assist during
difficult times to keep animal shelters running. You can e-mail them at email@example.com or visit their website at www.petfoodbankingreece.org
Society for the Protection of Stray Animals (SPAZ) organises
sterilisation and medical care for stray dogs living in the southern suburbs of
Athens; also organises awareness campaigns and leafletting. For
Glyfada-Voula-Vouliagmeni contact Joanna Doulakis on 210-965-8103; for
Saronida-Lagonissi-Anavyssos contact Chrysa Athanassiadou on 22910-42116.
St Bernard's Society sterilises stray cats and dogs and tries to find
good homes for animals that are unable, for one reason or another, to cope on
the streets. Contact Mrs Venni at 210-453-9447.
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) the Greek branch of this world-famous
ecological organisation has campaigned in the past against construction projects
that threaten indigenous flora and fauna, led an education drive against the
import and sale of illegal species (and products derived thereof) and increased
awareness about endangered sea creatures such as turtles and seals, among many
other projects. Call 210-331-4893 or check the website www.wwf.gr.
Animal Respect aims to promote respect for companion animals, organise
food, sterilisation programmes and veterinary care for strays and find homes for
as many abandoned street animals as possible. Call 22970-27047.
Hellenic Wildlife Hospital treats and rehabilitates birds and other
wildlife injured by trigger-happy hunters at its new, purpose-built clinic some
8km from Aegina town. Call 210-952-0117 or 22970-31337.
The Ark spays as many stray dogs and cats as possible and offers care
to any creatures (companion, wild or farm animals) that are suffering,
mistreated or neglected. Contact Sylvia Steen on 26610-30280.
Cretan Animal Welfare Group 'The Haven' helps sick and injured animals
from all over Crete. Working on an ongoing anti-hobbling campaign for donkeys
with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) for 18 months. For
the past 10 months has been attempting to get permits from the authorities for a
mobile clinic that will enable the society to travel the island sterilising and
providing emergency care. So far the van is still immobilised by bureaucracy.
Contact Gayner Vlastou on 6944-690368.
Noah's Ark offers sanctuary to abandoned, disabled, abused animals
from the Hania area, trying to find good homes for them when rehabilitated. Also
carries out sterilisation programmes. Phone & fax No. of the shelter is 28210-79020, phone and fax of the
president of Noah's Ark animal welfare organisation Costoula Dornbrach-Stoupi is
28210-60089 and 694-8840672 the mobile phone of the vets in case of emergency.
Little Noah's Ark: Silke
Wrobel has been working in Chania, Crete for the past 24 years, crusading for the well being of animal life on the
island. She has helped over 10,000 animals and has found families for
thousands of animals all over Europe. Besides cats and dogs, Silke also
rescues wild birds (owls, hawks, sea herons), reptiles (native snakes,
sea turtles, lizards) and rodents (rabbits, hedgehogs. In 2004, Silke
received the medal of honor in Germany for Hellenic-German relations.
She is recognized by PETA and other international animal welfare
organizations. Noah's Little Ark, Daskalogiannis 39, Chania, Crete
Tel 28210 55030 or 6946 881155.
Friends of Animals of Rethymno follows up phone calls about
mistreated, abandoned, abused animals; sterilises strays and tries to rehome
them; and organises presentations and information campaigns to raise public
awareness about animal welfare. Call 6934-380449.
Filozoikos Syllogos is based in northeastern Crete, covering the
Lasithi area. The group works with Noah's Ark in rescuing and rehoming stray and
abandoned dogs, as well as providing care for injured cats, equines and wild
birds (liasing with the Aegina Wildlife Hospital).
Contact Anne Adamaki on 28410-41921.
Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of hania (MAICh), hania. Web: www.maich.gr. IUCN member. Located on the island
of Crete. Programme includes research and training in environmental management.
Animal Concerning Team (ACT) works in collaboration with the
German-based group Animal Pard net sterilising strays, trying to rehome
abandoned animals and providing veterinary care to ill and injured dogs, cats,
birds and wildlife. The society has also organised, with Greek Animal Welfare
Fund, humane education lessons in schools and visits by equine vets to treat the
local population of working donkeys. Contact Julie Tsiamakis on 6934-698899 or
Samira on 23750-23592.
KIDIZO (Movement for Animal Rights) provides strays with food,
vaccination, sterilisation and medical treatment, as well as tries to find good
homes for those that cannot cope on the streets. KIDIZO has produced a TV spot
which has been shown on all local stations, addressing key issues such as
sterilisation and responsible pet ownership. It has coordinated a seminar for
local vets sponsored by the Greek Animal Welfare Fund, and is currently running
an owned-animals sterilisation programme sponsored by Greek Animal Rescue. In
addition, the group provides free legal aid in cases related to animals and will
seek the enforcement of Greek laws related to the protection of animal rights.
In the near future, KIDIZO hopes to run a large-scale sterilisation programme
under the auspices of the local authorities and to run a successful anti-circus
campaign. Call 26510-65420/26510-79828 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kalamata Animal Welfare Society provides veterinary care and
sterilisation for strays, and where possible rehomes them. Also offers
assistance to other injured animals such as donkeys and wild birds. The society
is planning a new animal welfare centre site in the near future. Contact John
Blackwell on 27210-97524 (in English) or Anastasios Soldatos on 27210-28236 (in
Greek). Website www.kaws.info.
Aesop's Friends of the Animals is primarily involved in the neutering
and release of stray dogs and cats, rehoming abandoned dogs, rescue and first
aid for injured animals and assistance with lost pets. The organisation is also
active in developing public awareness through the media. Contact Eleni
Simeonidou on 25940-23333.
Greek and Swiss Animal
Help (GASAH) was founded in 2005 and is an officially registered animal
welfare organisation in Switzerland and Kos, Greece. Primarily we
are involved with relieving animal suffering on the island of Kos
through sterilisation and education. To this purpose we have set up a
programme for primary and secondary schools, where we attempt to
sensitise the young generation to the plight of the animals there. The
stray dogs on Kos are regularly poisoned, run over and simply thrown out
onto the streets. The majority of these dogs are not sterilised and
therefore multiply without control. This situation is becoming worse
as the economy falls into further decline. A few dogs get rehomed in
Switzerland, namely those which have no chance of survival if left on
the streets; however, this is a secondary aim. Our goal is to create
change at root source and influence people's attitude to animals in
general. In Switzerland our work involves helping Swiss dog owners
who through illness or some other urgent reason can no longer care for
their animals themselves. See www.gasah.ch
Friends of the Animals and Environment of Kos Runs a shelter for
stray, injured and abandoned animals, many of which have been dumped by hunters.
Also provides care for rescued wildlife. Contact Vangelis at 22420-22816.
Animal-lovers' Society of Lesvos leads tireless campaigns against
visiting circuses, managing to put off the Europa Circus, in particular, for
three successive summers. Also campaigns against poisoning and other forms of
animal cruelty. Contact Vasso Kazleri on 22530-71767 (May-September) or
Lesbian Wildlife Hospital collects and provides treatment and first
aid to injured animals and birds, many of which have been the target of hunters'
pot shots. Also helps with medical care and homes for abandoned pets,
particularly puppies and kittens. Contact Ineke and Joris Peeters on 22530-32006
or e-mail email@example.com.
Friends of Animals, Mykonos spays strays, takes injured animals
for medical treatment and cares for them during their recovery, tries to rehome.
Organises many fundraising events such as bazaars and bake sales. Contact
www.mykonosanimals.com and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Alkyoni Wildlife Hospital rehabilitates wounded or otherwise disabled
birds and other wildlife (hares, foxes etc) from all over Greece. Re-releases
those which recover enough to survive, and provides a permanent haven to those
that can never fend for themselves again. Contact Marios Fournaris on
22840-22931 or 6944-741616.
Paros Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) aims to decrease the large numbers
of unwanted cats and dogs living on the streets by sterilising the strays and
raising awareness in the community about responsible pet ownership and the
importance of neutering. Also feeds and provides medical care to cat colonies.
Contact Gina Saunders on 22840-91859 or e-mail email@example.com.
Archaikos Syllogos sterilises as many stray dogs and cats as possible
in the broader area of Patra and provides necessary medication and care to
abused, injured or sick animals. Works closely with the authorities. Also
operates a small shelter. Contact Dimitris Karabalis on 6945-414403 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rhodes Animal Welfare Society (RAWS) offers shelter to abandoned, ill
or mistreated dogs and cats, organises sterilisation of strays and tries to
raise awareness in the community about responsible ownership and kindness
towards animals. At the moment, Rhodes Animal Welfare is in limbo as the
kennels were taken over by the local municipality.
Animal Care Samos operates a dog shelter, where stray or abandoned
canines receive medical care and attention, and are offered for adoption to
suitable, loving owners. Also does sterilisation and provides medical care to
homeless cats. Contact Toby on 22730-89260.
Santorini Animal Welfare Association (SAWA) sterilises and tries to
rehome stray dogs and cats, treats injured and ill street animals, equines and
wildlife. Contact Margarita on 22860-31482.
Skiathos Dog Shelter vaccinates, microchips, provides treatment for
tick and worm infestation, sterilises and offers sanctuary to stray dogs,
particularly abandoned hunting dogs, guard dogs and unwanted puppies. Tries to
find good, permanent homes for the dogs, with help from Greek Animal Rescue
(GAR) and Danish Friends of the Animals (DFA). Contact Helen Bozas on
6978-364310 or 24270-49214.
Skopelos Caring for the Animals and Nature (SCAN) brings vets to the
island for the neutering of strays, provides first aid to sick and injured
animals, promotes sterilisation and humane education, feeds the strays
(especially over the winter months) and educates about the environment. Contact
Barbara Bates 24240-24538 or e-mail email@example.com.
Arcturos works for the protection and management of wildlife and the
environment. Among other projects, it operates a sanctuary for ex-dancing bears
and a reserve for wolves that used to be kept in captivity. Contact the head
office on 2310-555920 or check the website www.arcturos.gr.
Argos provides treatment and care for disabled and injured strays;
alerts the media to incidents of animal cruelty; runs and participates in
campaigns, and operates a small no-kill shelter. Contact Effie Dodoura on
6932-091666 or Spiridoula Avgerinou on 6944-748968 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
O ARGOS is a Pro-Life Animal haven for dogs
and cats and has been officially registered as a non profit
organization. O ARGOS have a NO EUTHANISE policy - animals
are only put down if they are in distress due to age or illness. Visit their website at www.o-argos.org or e-mail them at email@example.com
Zakynthos Animal Welfare Fund (ZAWF) operates sterilisation and
education programmes; provides feeding stations and medical care for strays;
works with equines as well as companion animals. Contact Beryl Wilson on
See also www.athensguide.com/straydogs
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