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.
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.
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
At: 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.
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 :-D
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!
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!