Fylde Coast Musings vs Cyprus Life – in pictures

Originally from a small mill town in Heywood, Lancashire (United Kingdom) we moved overseas at the beginning of March 2004 and spent the next glorious 12 years in Limassol, Cyprus. Sadly, in 2016 we had to return permanently to UK due to family ill health. We now live on the Fylde coast where the river Wyre meets the Irish sea just across from Fleetwood. More places to discover and capture on camera!

Animal Charities – Cyprus

A subject close to my heart being an animal lover and one time veterinary assistant whilst living in the UK.

Here is a list of Animal Charities in Cyprus:

Cyprus Association for the Protection and Care of Animals is a charity associated with the RSPCA and WSPA. It manages the PAWS Dog Shelter.

  • Cyprus Association for the Protection and Care of Animals (C.A.P.C.A)
    Tel: 99 683775

British Forces Animal Welfare Society (BFAWS) providing refuge and re-homing for dogs and cats. Funded through charity fundraising, donations and the sale of promotional items on their website.

  • British Forces Animal Welfare Society Trust (BFAWS Trust)
    At: Waterloo Road, Dhekelia Garrison, Larnaca
    Tel: 24 744432

BARC (British Forces Animal Rehoming Centre) an animal re-homing organization run by volunteers. Pets available for rehoming can be viewed on the website. It does not take in stray dogs and cats but helps to rehome cats and dogs that have to be left behind when their owners leave Cyprus. Also provides advice on pet travel.

  • BARC (British Forces Animal Rehoming Centre)
    At: Building 720, Norfolk Hill, Episkopi
    Open: Monday to Saturday. 08:00-12:00
    Tel: 2596 3733

Paphiakos & C.C.P. Animal Welfare an independent animal welfare organisation providing many services – dog shelter, boarding and training facilities as well as fund-raising charity shops.

  • Paphiakos & C.C.P. Animal Welfare
    At: 12 Dedalos Building, 8049 Kato Paphos (head office)
    Tel: 26 946461
    Fax: 26 222236
    Clinic: 26 953496 (open 07:00-19:00)
    Animal Rescue – Tel: 26 935018
    Emergencies – Tel: (genuine emergencies only) 99 655 581

Malcolm Cat Protection Society (MCPS) operates a cat sanctuary with cats up for adoption. Volunteers are always welcome. It has an active calendar of fund raising events.

  • Malcolm Cat Protection Society (MCPS)
    At: Near Asomatos and Akrotiri, 10Km west of Limassol, PO Box 53759, 3314 Limassol
    Tel: 25 952622

Catsnip a Limassol based charity that helps to reduce the population of unwanted cats in Cyprus by trapping, neutering and releasing feral and street cats. Funds are raised through car boot sales, book sales at the Old Olive Mill on the first Monday of every month in Kolossi and through cash donations. The donation of goods, books etc is always appreciated.

Animal Responsibility Cyprus (ARC/Kivotos)  visits schools and lobbies the Cyprus government for animal rights.

  • Animal Responsibility Cyprus (ARC/Kivotos)
    At: PO Box 56986, 3311 Limassol

Cyprus Donkey Sanctuary houses over 100 donkeys that were neglected,  abandoned or could no longer be looked after by their owners. The charity manages by visitor donations.

  • Cyprus Donkey Sanctuary
    : 4772 Vouni Village, Limassol District
    Tel: 25 944151 (Administration)
    Tel: 25 945488 (Visitor Centre)
    Fax:  25 942582

Argos Animal Rescue & Protection Association an animal sanctuary in the village of Ormidhia (Eastern side of Cyprus). It rescues stray or unwanted animals, provides medical care, assists low-income families with neutering, investigates animal abuse and re-homes abused animals as well as spaying/neutering feral cats. Funds are raised from two charity shops in Paralimni and Ayia Napa and by numerous charity events during the year.

  • Argos Animal Rescue & Protection Association
    Tel: 99 326 045 / 99 421 102
    Fax: 23 721 580 / 24 722 045

PARC (Peyia Animal Rescue Club) helps with sick or injured homeless animals and has a re-homing programme. There are no boarding facilities, but they do offer the foster of animals in their care to private homes until a “forever” home can be located.

A lovely video story about the devotion and perseverance shown by Ruth, one of the ladies from PARC and the rescue of a tiny kitten, now named Peyia.


The story of our animals and their journey to Cyprus….

When we came to live permanently in Cyprus in 2004 we brought with us our dog (Indie) and 2 cats (Tilly and Bart).




It cost us around £2,000 for them to fly with Cyprus Airways from Heathrow (including the necessary travelling cages/boxes, transport at both ends and of course, the paperwork). We flew a bit later the same day from Manchester on a First Choice charter flight at a cost of around £60pp one way 😀

We were moving into a rented house the morning after our arrival in Cyprus and wanted to make sure it was fully protected for our pets.

We arrived on Wednesday so the cats and the dog were collected by Paphiakos Animal Welfare and transferred to Happy Valley Kennels (a couple of villages away from where we live in Limassol). They stayed there till Saturday lunchtime to give us time to build a fence across the middle of the driveway and to secure all the fencing at the side and back of the house.

Sadly, Tilly died 2 summers ago so is no longer with us 😦

Bart is now 100yrs old (in cat years). Indie leads the life of Riley and now has a new girlfriend, Ruby the Rotty. I found her tied with electric flex to a fence in Kolossi 3 summers ago. She was about 14 weeks old, hot and depressed. We took her to our local vets to check for microchips but – nothing! We also took her to Erimi police station and reported that we had found her, just in case. One of the policeman fell in love with her and told us his rotty bitch had died recently.

This doggy tale ended happily for Ruby. She’s still with us and her and Indie enjoy a loving home in Cyprus at our house!

Guard Dogs. Hmmmm, what do you think?

All our animals have been waifs and strays of some sort.

Bart was an RSPCA stray that was brought into the veterinary centre where I used to work for treatement. He ended up coming home with me as a “test run” on the day he was due to be taken to the cat re-homing centre in Rochdale, Lancs. We already had 2 cats and a rottweiler cross dog (George).

Tilly was a cat that either needed a home or the father of the girl I got her off was planning to drown her!

George, our rotty cross was re-homed from Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary in the Bury/Rochdale area of Lancashire in UK. He died around 12 months before our planned relocation to Cyprus and we decided we wouldn’t get another dog as we just knew we would end up with one not long after we arrived in Cyprus as the animal situation is not good here.

Unfortunately, it was too much to bear not having a dog around the house after 8yrs of owning a dog who thought he was human. So off we went to Manchester Dog’s Home one Sunday morning only to find they had no puppies – a necessity because of the cats already in our house. But, we were informed there were a couple of puppies at Warrington Dog’s Home so off we went.

That’s how we got Indie!

Indie as a puppy.


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  6. Hi
    thank you for this info. I recently holidayed in Cyprus and fell in love with two stray cats at the hotel. One is a kitten only 12 weeks old and the other a black and white about 6 months old. A local vet is looking after the kitten till we can transport him and trying to catch the older boy. He urgently needs an eye operation which were paying for. I’m struggling to get them home without needing a second mortgage as you can’t have animals in the cabin into the uk. Any ideas would be greatly received x

    • Hi Halina, take a look on Facebook – there are loads of animal rescue sites who I’m sure could help you out. It takes time (and money) as each animal has to have a Pet Passport (but no quarantine is needed for UK nowadays) and a rabies vaccination as well as worming and flea treatment. Good luck and well done for even thinking about it ❤

  7. Hi, im just back from a 2 weeks holiday in cyprus , and stayed at a villa in Cape Greko. Of coasre as an animal lover i had stray cats come several times a day to the villa and fed them ect, me and my 2 boys fell in love with one particular kitten, a wee black and white one, and would have loved to take her home but dont know how to go about it. Would love some info on this 🙂

    • Hi Yvonne, you would need to get in touch with one of the animal rehoming groups although they do concentrate quite a lot on dogs as they are most badly treated in Cyprus.
      From there, the cat will need to have a rabies vaccination (it needs 3 weeks time before the next process) and issued with a Pet Passport then be pronounced fit to fly a couple of days at minimum before it can be transported by air (is the quickest method) in a recognised animal cargo cage/box.
      Cyprus Dog Rescue who are based near Xylofagou (they are on Facebook) may be able to put you in contact with someone or may even be able to help you…. but, it’s not a cheap process although it is less cost to fly a cat than a dog.
      We used Cyprus Dog Rescue to fly our 2 dogs (one a very large Rotty of 40kg) back from Cyprus to UK when we relocated at the end of April 2016. We kennelled them with CDR for 2 nights and they took care of all the arrangements except the pet passports which we did ourselves. All in all, it cost us around £1,020 GBP including the collection and transportation at the UK end.
      There are very strict processes in place and the kitten must be free from any illnesses before it can fly and it will need to be looked after during the time from the rabies vaccination up until it’s allowed to fly.
      I hope that helps a bit….

      Link to CDR facebook page here (you will need to request to join the group before you can post)

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