Misfit appeal

We have an appeal for our little group of misfits that came into us over the weekend.

Two sets of tourists left the island traumatised spending the weekend either fishing ginger kittens one by one out of boiling wheelie bins, stuffed into cardboard boxes left to die in Kalyves or tabby kittens left ignored by the roadside dying of dehydration sitting on their dead mother in Almyrida. The kind tourists that picked them up spent an agonising 2 days dodging hotel staff whilst trying to find someone to help.

We never usually mix recovering/cats kittens this time we made an exception. They were all bewildered & dazed, dehydrated, heaving with parasites, eye injuries from serious cat flu, roughly the same age.

They are now sweet smelling from their baths, parasite treatments started, cuddled up with each other & have made their own little family!

Approximately 3-4 weeks of age we have:

Two ginger & white females
Larger kitten (the one in the igloo) has infection damage to her left eye (cataract), vision is normal in the other eye and seems not to bother her at all. Cat flu is receding & she is a little dumpling eating everything, naughty little miss, ready to go in 2 weeks.

Her sister is more red in color, tiny undernourished  & the noisiest of the bunch with a piercing squeak! Her cat flu is slower to go but she is playful and delightful, may take a little longer till ready for re homing.

Two stunning tabbies

The female is utterly gorgeous & surprisingly has no signs of infections at all, quite docile & still confused at losing her mother with doe like eyes she could be re-homed any-time. Her brother is the most stunning tabby & he will be a big boy when eventually fit & well.

Sadly his right eye has been completely destroyed by infection will need surgical closure at about 12 weeks of age.  His other eye is perfect & he will see & behave as a normal cat but will need to be with us a few months. We will as always assist with neutering and vaccination.

Please contact us if you can offer a home if not as always we also need to raise funds for their treatment & care. If adoption does not happen on Crete we must fund transport to Woodland Nook in the UK.

Christmas Greetings!

A heartfelt thank you to those who have supported our work this year in so many ways; donations that fund our work, our Greek & German vets who treat our sick cats & neuter with such care & skill, & to the foster mothers who nurture our recovering cats & kittens. Also the volunteers who brave often extreme weather to trap our feral cats for the neutering sessions, those who feed & care for their own cat colonies & the colonies we support with food & veterinary care.

Lastly the many who help in an endless variety of ways we could not do this work without you all.

Christmas Appeal
Every year we have a ‘Kitty Krate’ shipped over from the UK full of donated equipment, medicines, food & many other things we need to buy for the cats.

Thanks to the generosity of Nomad International & also Jane & Roger Newbury we have 2 crates this year coming over partially funded. We are asking for donations to make up the remainder of the shipping fees. The contents of the crates easily outweigh the cost of shipping these supplies & are vital to continue our efforts.

Some have asked if they can donate items to the crates and to this end we have made an Equipment list that we are desperately short of, please post to Woodland Nook Rescue Centre  indicating it is for the Cretan Cats.

This was originally the idea of Jane & Paul Lynegar & they have our love & thanks for their efforts in making & delivering the crates, packing them & collecting donated items all year round.

Andreas Liodakis Illegal Dog Breeder in Chania Court

Using fake identities both for himself and the dogs Liodakis allegedly stole then sold the dogs for €150, sometimes stealing them back to sell them to other unsuspecting customers!

The Animal Welfare Association of Chania had been vainly trying to incriminate him for 7 years, many people were aware of his atrocious activities & the terrible conditions he left the animals in, but where unwilling to intervene, fortunately another complaint submitted in August led to his arrest & the rescue of 20 dogs & 7 puppies, sadly due to the total lack of care given to the dogs by Liodakis one of the dogs died on the way to the veterinarian.

Liodakis is due to appear on 8th October 2014

Sources:

Animal Welfare Association of Chania “The Protection of Animals” 27th September 2014

Apokoronas News 1st October 2014