Unfortunately 2019 started with atrocious weather hail stones, electrical storms, trees crashing down, walls and streets being washed away with extreme downpours, worse were the earth tremors reaching 5.4 which added to our woes but still our volunteers went out in all weathers to feed the strays or deliver meat and biscuits……
Christmas & New Year managed to raise an amazing 543euros in extra funds from our annual bazaar, friends and supporters turning out in force before the heavens opened. More generous donations from fantastic supporters allowed us to continue neutering before the extraordinarily bad weather descended upon us.
Mark & Sandra Simpson donated a further 459 euros raised from manufacturing and selling Pefkos key rings, Anita Verkerk who always manages to surprise us with her generosity, Jo Lister, Brigitte Radl & Susan Papier who paid directly into pay pal whereupon we then used local vets for neutering. We ended 2018 having neutered 3269 strays, with extra money raised another 89 cats were sterilised before the TNR volunteer team arrived in February.
Apart from financial donations we also received parcels of medical items, flea, tick, worming treatments and special food for ailing kittens plus not forgetting the volunteers some delicious gingerbread, chocolates and biscuits from Germany…. Once again many thanks to our German & Austrian friends Bernhard & Brigitte Radl
Our local vet in Kremasti, Panagiotis is always willing to help us raise funds and being very impressed with the car boot sale held outside Kiotari clinic, he suggested his own surgery for a table top early February and we gladly accepted…
Being a new venue in a predominately Greek area the people invited to sell needed to consider what they would bring compared to normal table tops whereupon 95% are ex pats… It was very well received although inundated with cakes, Greeks LOVE their chocolate cakes… We also had a beautiful marble fruit bowl donated as the major raffle prize, this raised 180euros, simply fantastic, all in all better than expected
As this newsletter is being written our TNR volunteer team are finishing up after a very hard week, however we have made a great deal of progress with our 3500th cat neutered..
The team have been brilliant and extremely hard working as it is not an easy job catching and carrying heavily pregnant or Tom cats, however our new trolley nicknamed “WUNDERBUS” as the money to design & manufacture specifically for us, was donated by kind German supporters..
This particular neutering program took place in a small village ( Istrios ) up in the hills, neutering had never taken place there before and it turned out to be hugely successful !!! Cats, Cats and more Cats !!!
They came from everywhere once the locals knew we were there, garage doors opened, garden gates, sheds out they poured, we had not seen 20-30’s in colonies for many years, it was sight to behold.
To be extremely honest the cats were also very well cared for, quite healthy however there were a few around bins that didn’t look as good but once they were neutered, checked over antibiotics and vitamins given we are confident they will be fine..
We would like to thank our fantastic team Vio the vet, James our vet nurse, Emma and Rachel who worked very hard trapping, cleaning and general dogs bodies… Amazing people..THANK YOU
Our final total neutered was 152 cats …
On that note we would like to wish everyone a VERY HAPPY EASTER and please don’t forget an holidays, clothes, furniture or weekly shopping purchased through https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk GCWS Rhodes will receive a percentage. Everything helps…