I hate to see and hear this, it’s the same every summer.
Abandoned dogs along with the constant cruelty and poisonings is reported as a weekly occurrence but during August the statistics grow steadily. It’s just far too much trouble for some people to find somewhere to look after them or someone to house sit whilst they are away on their holiday breaks.
Domesticated dogs are reliant upon being fed and watered. You cannot just take that away from them for a couple of weeks and expect them to fend for themselves by throwing them out on the streets. Compare it to going away and leaving a child of no more than 6 years old at home to look after itself. Would you expect it to be able to prepare and cook a meal, go to bed on time and be perfectly happy?
We took our 2 dogs to Happy Valley Kennels for a week the other year. The cost for them both was close on €250. Yes, it’s expensive but we know the area is secure and that Dr Lambros is on hand should there be a problem. Each time we visit the clinic there are always animals coming and going for kenneling, mainly by British owners but there are always Cypriot owners too. When we had just the one dog, we used to leave him at home with a friend coming to visit him twice a day but now we have two big dogs and it’s too much to expect someone to take on so much responsibility plus they are social animals and like to have human company. So – the kennels it is for them.
Let’s be fair on this too…. It’s not only the Cypriot people who abandon their animals as the newspapers often have us believe.
I’m an active member on a number of Cyprus based forums and it’s frightening to read the number of expats who are planning to return to UK who suddenly decided they will either make no consideration to take their animals with them or it’s just not on “the list” of things to do. Often these are pets that they brought with them from UK and other European countries or “rescued” whilst they were living in Cyprus.
Suddenly all these values disappear and quite frankly these are the worst culprits in my mind. They know better and have been brought up with animal shelters and services in their own countries so it’s not like it’s just been forced upon them.
Cyprus has no equivalent of the RSPCA and for the large part of the population they are quite ignorant as to what is entailed in caring and sharing the love and responsibility of owning an animal.
Things have improved though over the years…. We’ve been in Cyprus for over 7 years and almost all of the houses on our street have a domestic pet. We are the only “foreign” couple on our street, the remainder are all Cypriots, so slowly there is some indoctrination going on and all we can hope is it will continue in this way.
Read the article as reported in the Cyprus Mail that made me climb up on my soap box and write this post!
Click the link for a list of animal charities in Cyprus as found on the separate page on this blog.