Animal Welfare for strays on Crete took a giant step forward with the announcement of certification of the Municipal Veterinary Clinic signed on the 28th January 2014 by the Mayor of Rethymnon Mr George C. Marinakis. The clinic premises are situated in Zouridi & were donated, restored & refurbished for veterinary use by the Municipality of Rethymnon.
Arche Noah Kreta president Mr Thomas Busch has been invited to staff the clinic; initially Ms Ines Leeuw DVM will be the resident veterinarian with dedicated veterinary nurses. It will be available to those who work in local Animal Welfare Organisations or volunteers & individuals who care for animals, the prime purpose of the clinic is for neutering strays.
Opening of the clinic is now delayed due to final certification needing to be issued by the Hellenic Veterinary Association (H.V.A.). Let us hope this impasse is resolved quickly so the vital work of treating & reducing the population of stray animals on Crete can begin.
Arche Noah Kreta, Mrs Nellie Zisimopoulou from the Animal Welfare Society of Rethymnon, Mrs Anastasia Bompolaki, President PanHellenic Animal Welfare and Environmental Federation have all been tireless in their pursuit of establishing free veterinary clinics for stray animals on Crete.
Municipality of Chania announces the foundation and establishment of a Municipal Veterinary Clinic for the neutering program, deworming, vaccination, microchipping and feeding stray animals with the participation of seven Chania veterinarians. Under the terms of the building lease it will not be possible to keep animals overnight. Also there are plans to provide information on the service to the public & schools.
The clinic will be on the ground floor of the Municipal Community Water Offices
Veterinarians participating include: Eleni Maroulaki, Irini Kapsonaki, Stavros Xirouchakis, Georg Vizyrakis, Tania Aeriniotakis, Maria Kampoyraki & Leyteris Xatzidakis
The Animal Action and innovative, British natural cosmetics company Lush subsidizes neutering stray cats in Athens.
The sterilization program will be held throughout the month of October and will be a targeted effort to reduce the large stray cat population in Athens. Sterilization is the only humane and scientifically proven method of stray management. One has only to think of an entire or undesexed, stray cat can arise over 5,000 kittens in 5 years! The neutering of stray animals in Greece either by mobile veterinary team either via partner veterinary clinics is a key action for Animal Action. Only then will we achieve the desired result of reducing the large number of strays living in the streets of Greece.