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U.K. Registered Charity No: 1008057

This June, July & August for some unknown reason were fraught with calls & messages regarding many sick and injured cats – (64 x to date )   It is particularly sad as these injuries have been extreme in some cases, it’s as if the cats come out after winter to be found and helped where possible as we rarely see this many cats in such bad condition. Our winter was an unusually wet one with a large number of cats having respiratory problems, coincidentally a few of those reported and trapped were ginger in colour from different areas on the island having breathing difficulties, plus fully blown FIV ( Feline AIDS) !!

Unfortunately volunteers are very thin on the ground at the best of times, during the tourist season more so as they are all working however we endeavour to do our utmost for these poor creatures even if it means trapping to put them out of their painful misery…

Next came the kitten season !!! It doesn’t seem possible after sterilising close to 3800 cats ourselves along with hundreds other charities have managed to neuter each year, we are still inundated with masses of kittens ?? In actual fact its not the kittens themselves that are problematic but tourists who believe they are doing the right thing by moving them to a safer area, out of the sun, picking them up or infuriatingly taking them to their rooms. Mum returns finds no kittens, or smells something distinctly different on her babies , she walks away leaving them to fend for themselves…   unfortunately this is not a problem GCWS can assist with, even though we are inundated with calls and messages for help, we do not have sufficient funds, volunteers or areas to accommodate kittens……

On a happier note C.A.T.S the adoption service, managed to send 2 x beautiful kittens Theo & Apollo to the UK along with a few more to the rest of Europe..

As per usual the system regarding cats & dogs to the UK is becoming stricter by the day, apart from DEFRA the Greeks are now doing everything possible to cease or at least restrict movement of any animal to the UK unless they are travelling with their owner, which in some cases means them returning to collect the animal, paying out for another flight and possibly accommodation.. Adoption from Greece is expensive enough without having to pay these extra flights sometimes taking the cost of flying that small kitten found on holiday, to over £1000….

With Oct 31st looming we contacted and spoke with DEFRA & APHA both government depts, explained it will certainly be far more difficult and expensive to take animals into the UK once out of the EU.

In Theo & Apollo case, the new owners thought they were well worth it…

This time of year being tourist season its essential for us to raise funds especially with the British that come annually for their holidays, normally when departing generously drop their unwanted euros in our donation pots or friends & supporters who very kindly assist bringing requested flea & worm treatments plus any other medications required, sometimes even sending desperately needed winter food parcels…

Unfortunately we rely rather heavily on donations, hopefully Brexit ( October 31st ) will not impede or affect collections of either…

Our next newsletter will be just prior to Christmas reporting on the late November TNR program, we have no volunteer vet coming over this particular month but will be reliant on our local vet Marinis and our energetic local and overseas trappers to catch & neuter as many cats as possible…

In the meantime, if you are considering purchasing gifts for family and friends or perhaps taking a holiday to get away from the seasonal madness, please consider going on line with https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk  nominating The Greek Cat Welfare Society-Rhodes as your benefactor to receive a small percentage of your purchases….

If you prefer to send us a food parcel once again please consider ordering from http://www.zooplus.com/shop/cats/dry_cat_food  who will deliver up to 100kgs for a fee of 10euro….

Thank you all for being amazing friends and supporters, without you we could not possibly keep going.