• Saving one animal won't change the world.

    But it will change the world for that one animal.

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    Steps for a successful adoption via AWK

    1. Browse through our adoptable pets album and read the captions. Every rescue has a unique story and may have special needs. Email us at Adopt@AnimalWelfareKarpathos.com for specific questions. Please provide the name of the rescue you are referring to.

    2. Did you find your forever friend? Fill out an adoption interest form! The application is available in  Greek or in English

    3. Interview time! A member of our team will contact you after your application has been reviewed. We devote a lot of time for each of our rescues, so we want to make sure that they are the right fit for you, and you are the right fit for them.

    4. Final adoption contract and travel arrangements are made following the above.

    The core volunteers of Animal Welfare Karpathos pride themselves for their years of experience with rescue work and adoptions. AWK is a community of like minded people who help eachother and animals. Should there be any problems with the rescue you have adopted, please email Adopt@AnimalWelfareKarpathos.com.

  • Interested in Adopting?

    Fill out an adoption application!

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    Interested an adopting one of our rescued strays?

    Please fill out this adoption interest form in English!


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    Ενδιαφέρεστε να υιοθετήσετε ένα από τα διασωσμένα μας αδεσποτάκια; 

    Συμπληρώστε την φόρμα υιοθεσίας στα Ελληνικά!

  • Additional information 

    Requirements for the adoption process:

    • Be at least 18 years of age, or have a legal guardian with you.
    • Adopters are responsible for travel expenses of rescues (see below).
    • Have an official form of government ID, Greek Tax number (ΑΦΜ) or passport number.
    • Fill out an adoption form in Greek or in English which asks you to:
      • Agree to spay/neuter your pet prior to adoption or before its first estrus (if it is not neutered when you obtain it)
      • Agree to register the pet’s microchip under your name with your verified information with your local veterinarian
      • Review the needs of your pet’s needs in order to assure that you are able to provide the training and lifetime medical care that (s)he may need.


    If you are a visitor to Karpathos, and decide to adopt a stray pet, first check with your airline/travel operator for information on traveling with your new dog or cat and what they need you to do.

    • Every carrier is different and requirements are different at different times of the year.
    • For an adoption within Greece: we can typically find transport via plane or ferry, along with working with volunteers to help connect pets with their forever homes.
    • For an adoption outside of Greece: this typically involves a ferry or plane ride from Karpathos to Athens, and then a plane ride to get the animal to their forever home. We often work with our network of volunteers to help connect pets with their forever home.
    • The easiest and best option is for those visiting Κarpathos to take the animals with them on their way home.
    • Please contact us at adopt@animalwelfarekarpathos.com to make arrangements and for more information!

    Veterinary Medical Care of Rescues

    Animal Welfare Karpathos treats all diagnosed diseases of the animals rescued. If they are of appropriate age they are spayed/neutered before they are placed for adoption. If these medical acts have not already been performed by Animal Welfare Karpathos (e.g if a rescue was just found), prior to your departure from the island, - your pet will need to be vaccinated against rabies, micro-chipped, given medications against fleas and endoparasites (worms), and if at a proper age be neutered/spayed. (S)he will be given a pet passport and all relevant documents needed for the country of adoption.


    Additional information:

    • Blood tests can be performed on dogs and cats to ensure that they do not have diseases, such as Leishmaniasis (dogs) or FIV/FeLV (cats).
    • A puppy or kitten has to be 12 weeks old before it can receive its Rabies vaccination. Following that, pets can legally travel 21 days after the vaccination or when the next available transport leaves.
    • If you have found a stray on your own which you would like to adopt, you will be charged vet fees for vaccination, microchip and pet passport, and you will also need to buy an IATA-compliant animal carrier. Multiple stores on the island offer those. The cost is between 30-40 euros depending on what you choose. Animal Welfare Karpathos is happy to facilitate the process and guide you through the necessary steps.
    • All of AWK's rescues have received the above, along with any other necessary medical treatments. For this reason, although we do not have an adoption fee, we encourage you to donate to Animal Welfare Karpathos.

     Donations help us save more animals!

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    Become a AWK Volunteer!

    It will take all of us together to create the change we want to see on the island.
    We are always in need for more volunteers!

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    Be a AWK Foster home!

    We are always looking for more foster homes to help our animals as they get ready to go to their forever homes!

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    Join our volunteers and chat with us in our Discord group

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Privacy Policy
Thank you for visiting Animal Welfare Karpathos (AWK). We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting your personal information. The following Privacy Policy applies to information collected at www.animalwelfarekarpathos.comr, AWK-owned or operated online services and mobile apps (jointly “Sites”). By accessing and continuing to use the Sites you acknowledge that you have read and that you agree to the practices described herein.

How we protect your privacy
Personally-Identifiable Information (“Personal Information”)
AWK and AWK’s service providers only collect Personal Information when you voluntarily submit such information, for example by signing up for the AWK newsletter or to donate. Depending on the service you choose, the Personal Information collected may include your name, email address, address, phone number, payment details, organizational affiliation and similar information.
AWK uses the following tools to collect Personal Information, which are stored by AWK internally:
Strikingly, G-Suite products, Papaki.gr, PayPal and/or Stripe are used to store Personal Information voluntarily provided when visitors donate or sign-up for email on our Sites, in addition to the pathway through which the visitor accessed the sign-up or donation form.
AWK uses Google Analytics to provide more rigorous statistical analyses of data maintained internally by AWK in G-Suite.

Non-Personal Information
For each visitor to this website, our web servers may automatically recognize and collect information that does not identify you personally (“Non-Personal Information”), such as in-bound domain names, your computer’s IP address, the type of browser in use and pages viewed. This data tells us which pages our users visit and what information they volunteer, such as survey information and/or site registrations.
We use Google Analytics, which installs cookies on users’ browsers, to understand the performance of our Sites and content contained within including, but not limited to: number of visits and average time spent either to a single page or the entire site, number of pages viewed per session, or the sequence of pages visited. We may also customize site structure or navigation as well as certain web content based on these data as well as your browser type, bandwidth or other settings to optimize your site experience. Google Analytics also collects information about the devices that are used to access our site, including computer type (Windows or Macintosh), screen resolution, operating system and version, device manufacturer and model, language, and Internet browser type and version. Google uses these data to reports web trends.

We may also use cookies to record past activity on our Web Site in an effort to provide better and faster service upon your return visits to this Web Site, like suppressing a promotional lightbox after it has been closed by the user. We may also customize certain web content based on your browser type, screen dimensions, bandwidth or other settings to optimize your site experience.
We use third-party services that allow us to serve you advertisements while on participating Sites, based on information relating to your time on our site or similar types of sites, which is tracked through a unique cookie on your browser or tracking pixels.
We use Google Adwords to display text ads at the top of Google keyword searches. Anonymized information on specific keywords typed is provided.
We use YouTube to host video content on animalactionkarpathos.org. Analytics for this platform include aggregated and anonymized data on length and location of views, basic demographic details, and engagement rates.

Personal Information
Any Personal Information collected through our Sites is used for the purpose for which it was provided, for example:
•	to periodically alert you to AAK news and events,
•	to respond to inquiries,
•	to contact you about contests you entered through our Sites and to invite you to participate in new contests,
•	to customize your web experience or content you receive via email,
•	to encourage social sharing functionality.

For internal data analysis, for example to identify trends, determine effectiveness of past and current campaigns, enhance current online tools, and plan future digital strategies.
We do not share your Personal Information with any third parties without your consent, except under the following circumstances:
•	to AWK service providers for the purposes set forth above;
•	in response to a subpoena or when we are required to do so by law, for example, in response to a court order or other legal obligation;
•	in response to a law enforcement agency’s request;
•	to protect the security or confidentiality of our records;
•	in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with our rights;

or in the event AWK goes through a reorganization (e.g., a merger into another organization), in which case you will be notified via a prominent notice on the website of any such transfer of your Personal Information.

Non-Personal Information
We may use Non-Personal Information for any purpose, unless restricted by applicable law. In some instances, we may combine Non-Personal Information with Personal Information. If we do, we will treat the combined information as Personal Information as long as it is combined.

Our Sites incorporate reasonable and appropriate safeguards using industry standard technology to heighten the security, accuracy and privacy of any Personal Information collected by AWK.
All online donation transactions are encrypted using the Secure Socket Layers (SSL) protocol. Such transactions are processed through PayPal or Stripe, a PCI DSS compliant gateway provider, and are not stored or processed on AWK's servers. PCI DSS is the payment card industry security requirement for entities that store, process or transmit cardholder data. PCI DSS Compliance gives consumers the confidence they need to know that organizations accepting donations are doing so in a verified, secure, and consistent fashion. Stripe received Level 1 PCI compliance - the highest level validation. These comprehensive standards are intended to help AWK proactively protect your account data — a responsibility we take very seriously. For more information visit Stripe.com.

Our Sites contains links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.

You can control the type of information collected through our Sites, for example by not accepting cookies from AWK, by erasing all AWK cookies from your browser, or by not providing Personal Information when prompted. To opt out of cookies installed by Google Analytics, please see https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Your choice will impact your communications preferences, for example we will not be able to respond to inquiries when you do not share your email address with us.

If you wish to update your Personal Information with us or change your communications preferences or if you no longer wish to receive communications from us, please tell us so by email or written letter. Please include your exact name and contact details so that we can correctly remove you from our mailing list. We can be reached via email at animalactionkarpathos@gmail.com.

We recognize the importance of protecting the privacy of children on the web and will never collect or maintain information at our website from those we actually know are under 13 years old. No part of our website is directed at children under the age of 13, and we do not knowingly collect Personal Information from children under age 13. If we discover that a person under the age of 13 has provided us with any Personal Information, we will delete that information from our systems. We do not reply to information requests from children under the age of 13, if so identified. A parent or guardian must initiate any requests for information from children under the age of 13 on their behalf. We encourage parents to supervise children when they browse the internet.

It is our policy not to disclose any Personal Information we collect to third parties for direct marketing purposes under any circumstances. However, California Civil Code Section 1798.83 requires that all California residents be afforded the option to exercise their choice of whether Personal Information may be shared with third parties for direct marketing purposes or not, as well as to receive information specified in the statute if Personal Information is disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes. Accordingly, if you are a California resident and you wish to inform us whether you permit or refuse the sharing of your personal information with third parties for direct marketing purposes, or if you wish to request certain information if your personal information were to be disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes, please contact us as described in the section “Update Personal Information and Communications Preferences”.

Your Personal Information may be stored and processed in any country where we have facilities or service providers, and by using our Sites or by providing consent to us (where required by law), you agree to the transfer of information to countries outside of your country of residence, including to the United States, which may provide for different data protection rules than in your country.

We reserve the right to modify or supplement this policy at any time. If a material change to this policy is made, we will post a notice on the home page, and any changes to the policy will be posted on this page.

If you have any questions about our privacy statement or the practices of this site, please contact us via our Facebook page.

Effective Date: This privacy policy was last revised August 9, 2020. A registered non-for-profit in Karpathos, Greece | Tax ID #996802452
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