Rhodes wishes everyone a Merry Christmas & a healthy happy New Year A couple of months back in October we had our final TNR program of 2016, the brilliant team having been here on previous occasions knew exactly what was required of them and the target they had to reach making it far easier than when inexperienced volunteers have to be shown the ropes.
Trapping was well under way on the first day of their arrival, Chris a local who had kindly helped with setting up has over 30 cats living around and close to his village home with only 10 having been neutered, his colony was the first to be sterilised giving us a great start as he even caught and delivered them.
This TNR program centred around Kattavia & Prasonisi two villages at the far end of the island, the locals passed the word around and were turning up in cars and trucks requesting cages or baskets returning with numerous cats 20-30 at a time, ferals and strays by the load.
It was an amazing reception such large groups of cats not seen in many a year, the trappers were definitely having an easier time of it however that didnt stop them as the actual village cats had to be trapped and there were plenty, especially BIGGER older males.
Whilst in the village square one local approached the trappers quite aggressively demanding they stop and leave the cats alone, others gathered attempting to explain what the team were attempting to do he didn’t entirely understand but indignantly agreed, unfazed Katie and Seb carried on trapping.
Sadly it is still believed cats are either trapped for vivisection or their pelts sold for fur coats, apart from that many older Greeks prefer males not be neutered as it either stops the cat from hunting or having sex! Neither correct.
Vet Tom and VN James neutered 29 males & females the first day, slowly over the following 5 days being a shorter program than usual they managed 143 cats plus an unforseen bonus NOT one female being pregnant, an extremely rare occurrence.
Bravo everyone concerned especially Julie Zirngast who paid her own way to join the team, it certainly wasn’t quite what she expected, certainly even though everything is explained many volunteers do not fully comprehend what dirty, strenuous and smelly work it is. Thank you Julie.
October was also an amazing month for supporter donations larger than usual and extremely welcome, this will allow more neutering during the winter months, extra 20kg bags of biscuits and trays of tinned meat for the feeders something we have never been able to afford before.
Thanks MUST go to everyone especially Margot & John Hood, John & Pat Davies, Karen Britt, Gail Williams, Dominque Aarts and Patrizia Bossi, all extremely generous.
There are many other fantastic supporters sadly too many to name, not only donations of money but sending through food parcels, cat treatments, making and selling tote bags, knitting blankets, posting kitten medications and much, much more. We are sincerely grateful.
One other person in particular Jo Stray, who made an extremely generous donation also arranged a “Just Giving page “ to raise funds for our new storage shed. It has been difficult over the past 4 years with cages & traps in friends spare rooms, bags of towels here there and everywhere, other items in garages and laundries making it rather difficult arranging collection for the neutering programs and then returning it. At long last the larger heavier items are altogether in their new home. Well done Jo.
As we come to the end of our last 2016 newsletter, I personally would like to