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Offline Trisa

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Corfu Strays
« on: June 25, 2013, 02:29:45 PM »
If you have ever wanted to adopt a stray Corfiot dog or cat, please read on.

Posted on Facebook by Jennifer Gardiner


FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO LIVE IN CORFU!!!
ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO WORK IN TOURISM.

THERE ARE ALWAYS STRAY ANIMALS ON THE ISLAND AND WE KNOW THERE ARE NEVER ENOUGH HOMES. IF YOU EVER MEET SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO ADOPT A DOG OR CAT AND TAKE IT HOME TO THE UK OR GERMANY,PLEASE GET THEM TO CONTACT US. WE WILL HELP THEM TO DO THIS.IT IS A VERY SPEEDY PROCESS NOW. THIS WEEK WE HAVE THREE DOGS THAT HAVE BEEN ADOPTED FROM THE STREETS. THEY WILL SOON BE IN THEIR FOREVER HOMES. PHONE ME ON 6936690630
OR CHERYL ON 6972072155.

EVERY STRAY THAT FINDS A HOME IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE.
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Re: Corfu Strays
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2013, 01:48:39 AM »
Good post Tricia,

There are many Cats and Dogs looking for a new home on the Island.

Steve,  :(
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Re: Corfu Strays
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2013, 03:16:05 PM »
I went to see Jenni this morning and had a nice chat with her. I have purchased her cat and dog 2014 calendars that she sells to raise money. theredo seem to be more cats around this year. Not seen so many dogs; what puzzles me is why do Brits who are returning to UK not take their dogs with them and give them up to CARE? 

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Re: Corfu Strays
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2013, 03:49:03 PM »
finances daveyh and the difficulty of finding animal friendly accommodation at that end, especially if they are renting.  Friends who recently went back hoping to live near Stroud ended up in Swindon as that was the nearest place where they could find rented accommodation that would accept dogs

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Re: Corfu Strays
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2014, 08:42:37 AM »
About 4 years ago May time while staying in Arillas we were feeding some young cats,we think 2 of them might have been the same cats we were feeding as kittens in the previous October(the owner at the Alexandros loved her animals)Mid way through our second week 1 of the cats appeared at our studio with a big hole in its side.Sadly we had no way of transporting the cat to the nearest vet in Roda,so i hired a car for the day and Sally and I drove to the vets without the cat,we explained the situation to her,she sold us a load of stuff,but also she told us there are NO STRAY ANIMALS on corfu we need to find its owner.Sally and I could not believe a vet saying that.
As for the cat even though it should have had stiches we treated it the best we could made sure it was well fed and it did pick up.Sadly the Alexandros was caught up in the Libra scandal and the owners were left to go it alone.They are still struggling on today.
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Re: Corfu Strays
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2014, 09:38:59 AM »
harold,

This is an emotive subject for many and one that has been discussed many times.

I actually tend to agree with the vet. Before everyone gets their whatsits in a twist, I would suggest that they are feral cats - essentially wild. They have never had 'owners' if there is such a thing where cats are concerned.

Cats are essentially working animals in Greece they are here to keep the rodent population down. They are rarely, if ever, allowed in the house. Most Greeks that I know will tell you that cats are dirty and should not be allowed in the house. That is not to say that they are not looked after. They are fed but essentially that ensures that they remain around the property.

Without wishing to upset visitors, I think that those that feed and encourage cats whilst on holiday are not doing the cats any favours. If the cats are kittens, they lose the ability to fend for themselves and once the visitor leaves, they are essentially abandoned.

Part of the problem is that neutering animals is expensive and there are a great many who object to it on perceived religious grounds. (A former clergyman at the Anglican Church in Corfu Town was threatened with legal action after he had a number of local 'strays' neutered.)

Like most, I get upset when I see any animal in distress. Our cat, Adonis, was adopted (or did he adopt us?) when we lived in Vlachatika. He has been with us now for about 11 years and has lived in three houses. Oh yes, and he does live indoors much to the amazement of Greek friends. They just look upon us as nutty English! You should see how they look at us with two dogs also in the house. One is the size of a pit pony and the other a former hunting dog in the style of an English setter!

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Re: Corfu Strays
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2015, 03:09:07 PM »
We are planning to move to corfu this year and we would like to adopt a smallish dog once we are settled. Could you tell me where to go for this and anything else we need to know.

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Re: Corfu Strays
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2015, 03:47:26 PM »
So glad you want to adopt a dog once your settled in Corfu.
There are a lot of people who take in strays,,see to their medical needs and then try and re home them.
If I'm allowed to mention " The Corfu Grapevine" on here ,may I suggest you join it as there are  a lot of dedicated people on that site who will be only too wiling to help you find the dog of your dreams ;)

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Re: Corfu Strays
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2015, 05:00:57 PM »
Thanks Maggy, I will look that up. :)

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Re: Corfu Strays
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2015, 05:27:44 PM »
Maggs,

Well done for wanting to take on an abandoned or unwanted dog. There are so many here that some of the charities here export them to Germany and elsewhere in Europe for re-homing.

You can also try CARE or the Ark or one of the many animal charities. The benefit there is that you are more likely to get an insight into the nature of the animals being sheltered.

We have two dogs. One we bought as a puppy for 2 (it is unlucky to give dogs away as puppies in Greece). The other adopted us. She's a gun-dog that is scared of guns!

Be careful when taking on an animal that is being advertised on Facebook or elsewhere. Sadly too many foreigners here assume that as a dog is running loose, it is either lost or a stray. That isn't the case. Greeks often let their dogs run loose as used to be the case 50 - 60 years ago in the UK. When our big dog was young, we took him with us to a taverna run by a friend in Old Peritheia. The first thing our friend did was take him off his lead!
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Re: Corfu Strays
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2015, 11:25:48 AM »
Thanks Bob, Im taking note of these names. Maggs

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Re: Corfu Strays
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2015, 12:39:43 AM »
There is never a problem finding cats or dogs here, they just seem to arrive!
We have thee dogs, (two found as abandoned puppies and one injured by a car and left by the side of the road) and five cats, also found abandoned as kittens.  All have been neutered, expensive but necessary, and cost us a fortune in food and vet's bills, but we love them all. 

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Re: Corfu Strays
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2015, 09:59:08 AM »
meltemian,

Yes there are plenty of softies like us!  ;D
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Re: Corfu Strays
« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2015, 05:13:27 PM »
A German friend of ours who retired to Greece about three years ago took it upon herself to try to feed all the stray cats and dogs in the village. Not only was she spending more on cat/dog food than feeding herself (she isn't well off), it was getting dangerous as all the dogs recognised her car and would chase it through the village. She would be make herself ill worrying about them all and I tried to suggest that maybe she get help one or two because she couldn't save them all. She did adopt a dog (which her landlord let her keep off-season).She had it vacinated, chipped etc and rehomed to Germany. Cost her several hundred .
We have never put food out for the local strays near us, just fresh water in the Summer as I would worry that like our friend it would become a near full time commitment. Through the winter she visits most beaches, most days to put food out for both cats and dogs.
One dog (a bitch) near us was being so badly harassed by some dogs when she was in season that I seriously feared for her health. So much so I put her in my car and took her to the next village (equal opportunities for food/shelter). Three years on friends have often seen her there so looks like I did the right thing.

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Re: Corfu Strays
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2015, 05:32:53 PM »
Last Easter whilst in Kassiopi, our friends fell in love with a dog very similar to an English setter, he is now happily residing in Kent with his new girlfriend Ruby a Dalmation thanks to help from Cheryl at CARE and is named Pano, he was very under weight but gradually getting fatter and is obsessed with chasing birds.
We left Corfu on the 21st April and Pano arrived courtesy of Dave by van on the 4th May after being cared for by Cheryl, such a worthy charity and when I see him it still makes me well up, he's so happy and so are they.
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