The 2023 Diafani Spay/Neuter program is dedicated to the memory of Alison McEwan. Alison loved the cats of Diafani, Karpathos and it was her last wish that their health and welfare be looked after. In her memory, her husband Tim Luard made the main donation for that purpose. The program included 4-5 days of spaying/neutering at the heart of Diafani. The entire AWK board participated enthusiastically in the endeavor. Dr. Anna Katogiritis performed the surgeries and with the help of Dr. April Kelly and licensed nurse Naomi Driver, the cats were closely monitored for a smooth and safe recovery after the procedures. 141 cats were carefully treated, 136 were spayed/neutered and 100 cats were vaccinated. Unfortunately, AWK had only purchased 100 vaccines in the beginning- hence why 36 cats did not receive this essential preventative treatment. The AWK team was also able to assist with emergencies during the program, for example, the cat April the cat who had an injured eye and received enucleation surgery. In addition, one cat was found with a fish hook in his mouth which was carefully removed. The hook was deeply embedded in the maxilla and it was causing severe pain to the cat. Many cats had dental problems and they received dental extractions where this was appropriate.
As always, this program would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors and business sponsors. For this program, Animal Welfare Karpathos also partnered with Veterinary Global Aid, a new nonprofit based in the US through which volunteer veterinarians can provide free care to animals in need around the globe.
We invite all of you to review the information below and help us give thanks to everyone who contributed to another successful campaign.
Giving them the best care possible
As with all of AWK's programs, the surgeries followed strict protocols and all animals were kept in the temporary clinic for 24 hours after their surgery and prior to their release to their original colonies. In addition, all animals received anti-parasitic therapy, and any wounds or infections that were visible were treated.
The emergencies that AWK received at the clinic stayed with the team for multiple days. The kitty named April recovered well and will be placed for adoption via AWK's Facebook page soon.
As always, medical records were kept for all animals and their photos were taken. This is an essential part of all of our programs, as it allows the team to review a case should a problem arise.
As we repeat every time: It is AWK's belief that because these animals do not have legal human guardians, they deserve the best possible care, attention, and love.
Animal Welfare Karpathos' programs would not be complete without reaching out to the kids and youth of the areas we visit. We would like to thank the elementary school and junior high school students who attended the last day of the program. The students received information about the spay/neuter program, how the cats are trapped, and how they can help in the future. Already, two of the students- Anna and Vasilis Kanakis have been eagerly volunteering with AWK for the last 3 years.
The entire board of Animal Welfare Karpathos participated in this program. In addition, AWK welcomed new volunteers to the organization such as Evangelia Agapiou from EcoTourism, Kalea Matsakis who traveled from America, and Annet van der Kaag who moved to Karpathos permanently this year. Annet is a past president of the first-ever animal welfare association which was formed on the island years ago.
AWK would like to thank all the following volunteers (by alphabetical order):
Trapping and releasing volunteers:
Evangelia Agapiou, Maria Loizou Ioannidis, Stavroula Magiafi, George Magiafis, Sophia Hiras-Mircros, Annet van der Kaag, Anna Kanaki, Vasilis Kanakis, Nikos Kanakis, George Kourtis, Marina Lentaki, Kalea Matsakis, Georgia Pakaki, Sofianna Piliaris, Maria Pavlakos, Luisa Ricaldone
Dr. Anna Katogiritis
Volunteer licensed veterinary nurse and veterinarian (responsible for the preparation and recovery of animals)
Dr. April Kelly and Naomi Driver
The Animal Welfare Karpathos Spring 2023 Diafani Spay/Neuter & Education campaign would not have been possible without the collaboration of the Municipality of Karpathos: Mayor John Nisyrios, and all members of the City Council who unanimously voted in favor of AWK's program. Moreover, the businesses listed below provided free meals for the medical team during the spay/neuter week.
Private Sponsors (monetary donations towards program costs)
- Ms. Yvonne Deutch (sponsored entire airfare for UK nurse volunteer)
- Ms. Luisa Ricaldone (sponsored part of Dr. Katogiritis' airfare )
- Mrs. Deanne Alexander (sponsored part of Dr. Katogiritis' airfare)
- Family of Mrs. Maria Loizou- Ioannidis and Mr. Michalis Ioannidis (monetary donation towards program costs)
- Sophia Hiras- Micros (monetary donation towards dinner, breakfasts for volunteers)
*Total airfare costs due to flight cost increases this year were: 3410.16 euros
Hotel sponsors who provided free rooms for the volunteers throughout the program were:
Niotis Studios (Diafani), 4 nights for the entire volunteer team
Glaros Hotel (Diafani), 4 nights for the entire volunteer team
Sunshine Studios (Diafani), 4 nights for the entire volunteer team
Atlantis Hotel (Pigadia), 1 night for 1 medical team member
Calypso Bay Studio Apartments (Pigadia), 2 nights for 2 medical team members
Sponsored dinners were provided by the following restaurants, local associations, and donors:
- George Hatzipapas, vice mayor of Olympos: provided a sponsored dinner for the volunteers
- Roula Houvardas Papavasilis: made a home-cooked meal and hosted all the volunteers
- Association of Olympos in Rhodes: sponsored 1 dinner for all the volunteers
- Church of Diafani: sponsored 1 dinner
- Mrs. Marina Lentaki/ Taverna Olympos: cooked meals (lunches) for 2 days for the volunteers
- Mrs. Popi Nikolaidou, Regional Governor: purchased and delivered herself lunch for 1 day for all the volunteers
- Mrs. Sophia Hiras: provided daily morning coffee/tea for all the volunteers and one dinner
- Mrs. Maria Pavlakou: offered breakfast items for the volunteers
Would you like to donate or volunteer during our next program?
Email our team at Donate@AnimalWelfareKarpathos.com and Volunteer@AnimalWelfareKarpathos.com