Cats of Zakynthos
tries to help stray cats by neutering and providing medical treatment to injured and shelter to the ones in need
NO PUBLIC SHELTER
As there is NO public shelter or official action taken on the island regarding the situation of stray cats and dogs all these animals are depending on privately run animal welfare societies.
All volunteers are working at their personal limits and shelter space which is provided on private premises is limited and permanently overcrowded already.
Due to these circumstances please be aware that there is NO chance every cat you see can be saved by this project.
In fact, we are way beyond our capacity right now so only reported emergencies can be taken care of.
Please understand this situation and don’t blame our volunteers for the lack of public responsibility on the island.
If you find an injured animal, we kindly ask you to take immediate action yourself instead of waiting for us. We can’t be everywhere!
There are many cats on Zakynthos and they fit into 3 general groups:
The first group,
the lucky ones, have compassionate owners who care for them and treat them as a member of the family; they are vaccinated, fed well and sterilised so that they do not produce unwanted kittens.
The second group
are not so lucky, they are supposedly owned, are fed mainly scraps and kept outside. They are not properly cared for or sterilised and become victims of cat diseases and give birth to many unwanted kittens, some of which get tied in plastic bags when only days old and dumped as if they were refuse.
The third group
are the loosers, those that live as strays; they survive on their wits and mainly hunt for their food or eat that found in garbage bins. If they live in a holiday resort they may find a kind tourist who will feed them for the duration of their holiday. They have no proper shelter and produce litter after litter of kittens; some live, many many others die …
An unspayed female cat, her mate and their offspring produce an average of 2.8 surviving kittens per litter at a rate of 2 litters per year. This quickly adds up to an unbearable amount of mostly stray cats on the island.
In order to reduce the cat numbers POISON is often used, causing agonising deaths across all THREE groups of cats. The cats fight for hours and hours before they are finally relieved from their suffering.
This situation is not at all acceptable, neither the reproduction, nor the poisonings. Nevertheless … The only way to stop unwanted kittens is to STERILISE AT LEAST THE FEMALE CATS, better even all of them. So … we need to FINANCE our neutering projects following the approach of
TRAP – NEUTER – RETURN
Including monitoring health care afterwards in their habitat.