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Greek Animal Welfare Fund

On the fifth day of Christmas Animal Friends donated to Greek Animal Welfare Fund (GAWF)


The Greek Animal Welfare Fund (GAWF), operating in Greece and also known as Animal Action Greece, is a charity based in London and Athens that is working to improve the welfare of all animals in Greece.

GAWF was founded in 1959, and works with stray animals, working animals, pet animals, farm animals and pretty much all animals that need help. In addition to practical and veterinary work, which is often life-saving, GAWF campaigns and lobbies the Greek Parliament and the EU Parliament, supports smaller animal welfare groups in Greece, runs an education program and offers training in animal care.


GAWF believes  in working within Greece to find practical solutions to animal welfare problems.

Our fifth 12 Days of Christmas donation is to GAWF for the exciting amount of:


I was absolutely delighted to tell Nestor Rousodimos the great news after we had visited him and the team only a few months ago. GAWF do some truly amazing work and have some really exciting projects lined up next year that we’re glad to know this money will really help towards.

As always, we can’t thank our policy holders enough for continuing to use Animal Friends, as without you we would not be able to make such amazing donations.

If you want to find out more or see what they are up to,  give them a follow on TwitterFacebook or go check out their website.

Merry Christmas GAWF!

Greek Animal Welfare fund (GAWF) address animal welfare problems in Greece, bringing back to health many dogs, Cats, Horses and Donkeys who have encountered cruelty on the streets or in slaughter houses.

Over the past 50 years progression has been made. Practical solutions to the animal welfare problems in Greece have been put into place, helping to provide not only care and treatment but also education and training.

Just the other day, whilst fundraising at Brighton train station, a young man approached me to put some money in my collecting tin and asked ‘why the Greek Animal Welfare Fund, is it really that bad over there?’ Sadly the answer is yes and due to the dire economic situation in Greece right now, GAWF is needed more than ever. Animals have become the latest victims of the financial crisis as they are neglected and sometimes turned out onto the street when people can no longer afford to keep them. Luckily GAWF is there to step in and help. Here’s a little bit about how we started…

The Greek Animal Welfare Fund (GAWF)

Back in 1959, a British woman, Eleanor Close, moved to Greece with her husband and was shocked by the scenes that confronted her. Sick and starving dogs and cats roaming the streets; bony dogs in hospital laboratories waiting their turn to take part in cruel experiments; exhausted horses and donkeys at the end of their working lives – abandoned to fend for themselves because they were no longer useful, and abattoirs using medieval practices in the slaughter of animals. The list goes on. (more…)