Animal Welfare in Sitia


(Animal Welfare in Sitia)

is foremost in looking after the welfare of animals in Sitia (Crete) and the surrounding area.

The small group, run by local Greek people and supported by several foreign residents, has successfully placed many dogs in new homes both locally in Crete, and in other countries; many of them are pictured here. The numbers rehomed in the last few years have been fewer, however, because of the financial crisis, and there are, currently, many dogs and puppies in need of a home - some of them live on the streets or in a secure compound until there is a chance for them, while others are in foster care. The terrible economic situation means that more and more are being abandoned, thus putting even more strain on the human and financial resources of the group.

The remit of the group is to care for all animals in the area, both domesticated animals and those in the wild, including dogs and cats which live on the streets and which are not capable of being re-homed. There are large numbers of "feral" cats all over Greece, and Sitia has its fair share. The majority of them exist well on scraps from restaurants and tavernas during the summer, but life is more difficult for them in the winter, and it is at this time that the work of the group in feeding them is most important. Street dogs, too, need help, and many local businesses do their share in keeping them fed and sheltered during the winter months.

The work of the group would be impossible without the support of the wider community. Both Greek people and foreign residents help with the care of the animals of Sitia - in the town it is mainly Greek people, but foreign residents living in the surrounding villages play their part as well. There are active Facebook pages for the group, in both English and Greek, with regular updates. One of the Greek group members has written a leaflet for potential adopters/helpers. You can see an English version here.



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