A new year and once again, we start off with our finances in the black!
Unfortunately our December annual auction failed dismally to raise anywhere close to last year, however our Christmas bazaars did exceptionally well especially Lindos Reception where we had the best ever fund raiser. Locals including Greeks, friends and supporters all crowded into the venue with many fantastic tables offering chutneys and jams, homemade cakes, DVDs, Christmas decorations plus fresh eggs, meat pies and aloe vera products, a terrific choice for anyone.
Melanie, manager of Lindos Reception where the Christmas event was held is a fantastic supporter, not only for the cats but for other charities on the island. Once again 2nd year running she managed to raise the highest amount of donations in Lindos. Gayle who is a winter feeder offered to place donation pots in some villas she manages, also raised the highest amount in Lardos. Last but not least, Julia Driver from Pylona collected donations from family and friends that stayed in her own villa.
Thank you ladies, that money makes a great deal of difference to our Trap Neuter Return program.
With money in the coffers plus extra donated cash from UK supporters, three vets we use regularly were paid in advance so that myself and others in different areas of the island could trap as many cats as possible, deducting from the monies paid as we went. Cats were taken to either of the three local vets, neutered and returned to the area collected.
Since October when our volunteer teams departed the island the number neutered was 1778, we now stand at 1850 heading towards the magic 2000.
Presently I am fostering and taking care of 7 kittens and my own 10 fully grown cats, making it rather difficult with GCWS-Rhodes not being a rescue charity, housing these poor sick and injured babies. However with a little carpentry work a chest of drawers was turned into 2 hutches able to accommodate smaller cats, utilising metal cages by joining them together with plastic cable ties makes more sleeping quarters although it does mean losing trapping cages, at least it keeps the poorly ones safe and warm in some gorgeous knitted blankets our supporters sent.
April our next TNR volunteer team arrive and we will be trapping in 3 totally different areas untouched before by our trappers, we are hoping for some large numbers tipping us well over the 2000 mark.
Thank you to our wonderful friends and supporters who continue to send knitted blankets and to those living in Germany,Switzerland and other areas of Europe who are able to send us packages of food, medical items plus other goodies all for the princely sum of 10euro via Zooplus, link below.
We also send HUGE thanks to Flying cats, who assist us in finding forever homes for many of our Rhodian cats and kittens.
More news in April…