The Greek Animal Welfare Fund dedicates its efforts to improving the lives of animals in Greece, regardless of what environment the animals come from. As well as providing a ‘Trap, Neuter, Release’ programme for the island’s stray and feral cats, the charity also lobbies the Greek government to adhere to EU guidelines on animal welfare (particularly the now-illegal battery farming processes which are still in practice on Greek farms) and campaigns for better quality of life for animals in Greece. They also lead educational workshops for children and provide veterinary care from animals belonging to families seriously affected by the economic crisis. Their scope is huge and their work is vital to the lives of so many animals.
At present they are drawing to the close of a massive trap-neuter-release project with the target of neutering 700 animals in Athens (mainly cats and dogs). They’re also continuing with their island outreach programs and their ground-breaking theatre workshops for children.
We have donated to the Greek Animal Welfare Fund through our Vote for a Charity competition so we caught up with Lucy, who told us a bit about where the money goes and what they have planned for 2015.
Lucy said: “This year, with the donation from Animal Friends, we are going to start a new trap-neuter-release project and hope to neuter an additional 400 animals in February.”
They are also going to continue with their work tending to injured and overworked horses, donkeys and mules who are used all over Greece as working animals. It’s heartbreaking work, with animals often needing emergency on-the-spot treatment, but GAWF tend to any injury – big or small. Not only that, but they educate the owners to ensure that they can provide better basic levels of care for their own animals.
When asked how our donation helped, Lucy said: “We wouldn’t be able to carry on our work without the generosity of Animal Friends.”
We are proud to be supporters of this hard-working charity and look forward to following their successes in 2015!