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U.K. Registered Charity No: 1008057

The tourist season has started as have the emails, messages and calls regarding cats, kittens, injuries and adoption required… With this last query in mind we decided to set up a special Face Book page for adoption, information and guidance ONLY – Rhodes CATS  (  Cats Adoption Transport Services ) Tourists may now contact the 2 x vets directly involved  one each end of the island for vaccinations, passports, everything involved for adopting and transporting  the cats to their Forever homes without GCWS being involved..Panagiotis our vet in Kremasti has his own van which will collect animals, cared for until flights are arranged ,thereafter deliver to the airport for their departure….

Since our last newsletter and up to the present however soon to cease due to hot weather, our volunteers  were out and about  trapping as many pregnant females as our finances would allow. Surprisingly  we  had a few kind donations that came in different forms and amounts, allowing us extra time to trap more pregnant  strays….

Once again we need to thank  continuing supporters Susan Papier, Ute Oppelt and her friends plus an amazing  group of Lovely Ladies who lunch once a month to raise funds for different charities, donating 635 euro to our cause. A few years back the charity relied totally on winter fund raising, however it appears there are a more  gracious  people out there doing their best to raise funds for us all year round..

Firstly  we  must  thank Emma Trim who has been making these great hessian bags I LOVE PEFKOS – I LOVE LINDOS  &    I LOVE CATS  which  at 12e per bag  selling well here on the island, along with being posted out from the UK…       If you wish to purchase  any of these designs please contact her direct  ( emmatrim167@btinternet.com)

Another supporter  Barbara Grundy came up with an idea  for  these great little  Destination Lindos  gadget key rings  selling @ £3.50 each, with all  funds raised donated towards our neutering and winter feed program…

Sandra & Mark Simpson of spinners fame also sold the last of their Pefkos  aluminium  key rings at  @ £4 each, however money raised was shared between GCWS and 2 other worthy causes..

Last but not least  Art City of Rhodes,  a group of like minded artists covering all genres approached us offering to donate 4 x various pictures for an  Easter online auction .They all sold , sadly not for the amount the artists had suggested, either way funds were raised for the  ever decreasing coffers…

Its truly  wonderful that these kind and generous people care for the strays and  think of GCWS-Rhodes..

Six years ago when we first started to trap cats, we would have locals abuse the volunteers, pulling cats from the traps or cages. Strays were emaciated, eyes hanging out of their sockets, kittens and older cats dragging their broken limbs, starving bone thin, skin literally hanging off their bodies, cancers as big as golf balls and poisoning an everyday occurrence.
We battled on.

A few weeks back as GCWS-Rhodes organiser and representative I was invited to Kalathos village South of the island for tea & cake with the locals. Everyone at the Soirée were Greeks including the priest although I had invited a few GCWS supporters, to my utter surprise after some chatting, eating of cakes Despina who arranged everything stood and made a speech regarding the amazing job GCWS had managed neutering over 250 cats in the village and urged everyone to support us… Much clapping, smiling and thumbs up from those that did not speak English, they had also requested 2 x  donation collection pots which on emptying  totalled a fantastic 370 euro…

Many people do ask if the Greeks help us and the answer is a definite YES…

They understand now, in the beginning locals confused the situation thinking we were killing the cats, sending them overseas for vivisection or using their skins in one way or another… There are quite a few villages on the island who love their cats, feeding them and will even make contact when cats are ill or injured, they don’t necessarily have money to pay for medication however GCWS will assist wherever possible..

THANK YOU to those caring Greeks living on Rhodes, YOU DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE…