Kos is a small island but the cat population here is huge,an estimated 35,000 cats live here, owned stray, abandoned and feral cats.Often you will see them scavenging and feeding from the rubbish bins which are sometimes their only source of food.
This is more seen in the winter as tourists feed the cats in the summer months,this takes away their natural instinct to hunt and they come dependant on humans
Kittens are born with many problems and disease including Feline Immunodeficiency Virus &Feline Leukemia.
Internal and external parasites are also the cause for several life threatening illnesses,the list is endless.........
A lot of cats fall prey to the dogs,injured and killed by the traffic and poisoned by people who do not want them in their area.
On average a female produces three litters of four kittens annually and the female kittens go on at the same rate, the result is about 5,000 cats from a single breeding female in four years.
We are trying eliminate the suffering of the cats here on the island,our successful Trap Neuter and Return project has worked well and has seen the cat population drop dramatically in many areas of the island.The cats are identified by removing the tip from the left ear.
We try to do this out of season when the resorts and hotels are not busy,making it much easier to trap the cats and get them straight to our vet.Our work is never done.........................
This is a continuous battle and we are always needing financial help.
All donations towards this project are very much appreciated,large or small,every little helps
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At the moment we do not have an area on the land where we can keep the cats safe from the dogs but in the future we do hope to have somewhere to treat the sick and injured cats. They are now cared for by Sue,our president in her own home,so numbers are limited.
Cats and kittens can be adopted from us,these are the ones that have been nursed back to health after been left for dead or seriously injured.
Cats and Kittens for rehoming
Scampi has now been with us a few months. A kind tourist contacted us, when she saw him for days walking around the Mitsis Blue Domes in Kardamena, badly injured. Her request to get him help at the hotel was ignored, and she contacted us. He had a broken leg and severe eye infection, and a infected tail which had to be amputated. He had a lot of work done with our vet, and we thank the people who helped out with his large vets bill. He is fine now apart from a missing eye, missing tail, and slight limp. For a long time I only wanted to stay in the house, but I now enjoy been outside as well in the garden. I am around 1.5 years old, very loving castrated boy. I am litter trained and do not mark in the house. I live with other cats and a dog, and will grumble a little when I meet a new addition.
Pontiki....I was rescued as a tiny kitten, as I was been kicked around by some children in the foyer of a hotel. Thankfully nothing was broken. I am a quiet, relaxed girl around 8 months old. I get on fine with other cats and dogs, am litter trained and love cuddles. I am also neutered of course.