Living Together with the Animals

The Federation (Pan-Hellenic Animal Welfare and Environmental Federation), in its effort to enforce the animal loving idea to the new children, in cooperation with the Municipality of Apokoronas has already started at the schools of the Municipality the presentation of the educational program “Living together with the Animals Around Me”, that Ms Melita Lazaratou created.

Almost all teachers responded  to the invitation of the Municipality and our Federation and the young pupils surprised us pleasantly with their knowledge and questions concerning animals.

Our program is presented in the schools of Chania and Crete as well as the rest of Greece since 2008 and has contributed a lot to the change of our attitude as concerns animals. animals.

Mrs Aggeliki Bartsioka, member of the BOD of our Federation and President of the Animal Welfare Association of Lamia is presenting the program.

The Municipality of Apokoronas covered the air tickets expenses of Mrs Bartsioka and Mr. Venetaki’s Pet Shop other expenses of the program.

“Living Together with the Animals” – an innovating program in the schools of Apokoronas

Free Clinic to take feline skin/fur & ear canal samples

Tuesday 3rd June 2014, starting at 11am we are holding a clinic to take feline skin/fur & ear canal samples.

common sign of ear mite infection

Miss Nelly Kostopoulou a Ph.D. student from The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki will be visiting us to take samples for her research.

Our local Greek veterinarians have assisted Nelly in her work so their is no conflict of interest, it is an amazing opportunity for those of you with cats suffering allergies/lesions/mites or any form of skin issues to have testing for free.

We will be notified afterwards & will contact those with positive results so your veterinarian can decide appropriate treatment.
If you wish to attend please arrange an appointment via the contact form.

Friends of Animals Rethymno launches new website

The animal welfare association “Friends of Animals – Rethymno” was founded in 2000. The terrible living conditions for animals, the vast number of animals abandoned on the streets or in the bins and the total indifference by the authorities to these animals were the motives that lead a group of people to set up the association with the intention of helping these animals and to inform the public.

The association is run solely with volunteers and all expenses are raised from donations and fund-raising events.

The association’s main concern is, and has always been, neutering and information.

Xmas Appeal Update

This is a great big thank you to all who donated towards the rescue kitten’s travel THEY MADE IT TODAY!

Mavro, Mousey, Basil, Mittens & Lulu have reached the care of Woodland Nook Rescue in Derby courtesy of Jane & Paul’s hard work in re homing our cats & kittens.

Mittens & Erasmus have gone home 02/03/14 . Joint efforts from incredible people; our vets, foster parents, volunteers & animal welfare colleagues also including David who kindly escorted & cared for cats on the journey.

Thanks to MIRTOS our last kitten Erasmus flies out to his new home in Holland at the weekend.

Rethymnon Municipal Veterinary Clinic to open in the Spring

Animal Welfare for strays on Crete took a giant step forward with the announcement of certification of the Municipal Veterinary Clinic signed on the 28th January 2014 by the Mayor of Rethymnon Mr George C. Marinakis. The clinic premises are situated in Zouridi & were donated, restored & refurbished for veterinary use by the Municipality of Rethymnon.

Arche Noah Kreta president Mr Thomas Busch has been invited to staff the clinic; initially Ms Ines Leeuw DVM will be the resident veterinarian with dedicated veterinary nurses. It will be available to those who work in local Animal Welfare Organisations or volunteers & individuals who care for animals, the prime purpose of the clinic is for neutering strays.

Opening of the clinic is now delayed due to final certification needing to be issued by the Hellenic Veterinary Association (H.V.A.). Let us hope this impasse is resolved quickly so the vital work of treating & reducing the population of stray animals on Crete can begin.

Arche Noah Kreta, Mrs Nellie Zisimopoulou from the Animal Welfare Society of Rethymnon,  Mrs Anastasia Bompolaki, President PanHellenic Animal Welfare and Environmental Federation have all been tireless in their pursuit of establishing free veterinary clinics for stray animals on Crete.

Press Release: Panhellenic Animal Welfare

Successive meeting were held today (16-04-13) between our Association, the Municipality of Chania and the Municipality Police of Chania,  as well as the Public Prosecutors of Judges of Appeal and the Police Directorate of Chania, within the framework of our effort for the correct implementation of law 4039/2012, which refers to the protection of the stray and non-stray accompanying animals,  as well as the obligations of the their proprietors towards them.

More specifically, at the Municipality of the city a meeting took place in the morning with Mr. Manousos Manousakis, responsible Vice Mayor of the Municipality Police, Mrs. Stella Christinaki responsible for the stray animals of the Municipality, Mr. Nick Bobolakis, responsible for the Municipality Police and municipality policemen.

The meeting took place within the framework of the common effort of the Municipality, the Municipality Police and our Association to inform the citizens as concerns the animal issues, the distribution of relative pamphlet edited by the Municipality as concerns our responsibilities towards the animals and our fellow citizens

Following, another meeting took place with Mrs. Chrysogianni, Vice Public Prosecutor of Judges of Appeal of Western Crete, whom we would like to thank publicly for her immense contribution to our struggle against the animal violence and with Mr. Koutsaftakis, Head of the Police Directorate of Chania, as well as with other Police authorities.

On behalf of the Public Prosecutor and on the occasion of the circular that the Public Prosecution of the Supreme Court of Appeal edited after the relative demand of our federation, there was a report on the moral and legal obligation we have towards all living species of our planet as well as the responsibilities originating from the law as concerns the actions of the police authorities in case of animals maltreatments. The issue of the “Barrel-Dogs”, the known pestilence and the main reason of defamation of our island and country, was mentioned as well.

The Public Prosecutor emphasized the cases of pathetic animal maltreatment, which are criminal according to law 4039/12. Examples mentioned were the absence of shelter for the animals, the permanent chained dogs, the absence of exercise through the daily walks, the absence or unsuitability of food and water, the absence of health treatment. The necessity of feeding and watering of the stray animals by the citizens was also mentioned.

The Head of the Police Directorate of Chania Mr. Koutsaftakis declared that Police will do whatever needed to improve the situation in Crete and that the law will be of course applied. He also mentioned the necessity of informing the policemen about all sides of the law, as concerns the animals, so that this law will be applied successfully.

From our point of view the necessity of a systematic information of all citizens, children and authorities was emphasized, so that our attitude towards animals can change progressively but on the other hand the necessity of punishment in case of non-conformance to the law was also expressed.

We, being the Animals Welfare Association “The Protection of Animals” as well as the Panhellenic Animal Welfare and Environmental Federation, are trying to contribute as much as we can to the deletion of phenomena, which do not honor us, as Greeks and human beings, but on this issue the State should have the main role and not the simple citizens and volunteers

Anastasia Bobolaki,

President of:

The Panhellenic Animal Welfare and Environmental Federation and The Animal Welfare Association of Chania “The Protection of Animals”