The Spring Spay/Neuter program ran from 27-31 of March, 2022 and was followed immediately after by a week long education campaign. The campaign targeted elementary school and junior high school students from across the island of Karpathos. AWK is thankful for all the donations and sponsorships received, as without the support of the donors and businesses this program would not have been possible. The total cost covered via the donations AWK receives throughout the year was 3328.23 euros. This amount was used for the purchase of all the necessary medications, anesthetics and medical consumables. The Greek Cat Welfare Society covered the medical/liability license for the UK vet and nurses, whereas individual/business donors (see below) covered other important costs of the program such as airfair etc. It is important to note, that without the generous services provided by restaurants and hotel sponsors (see below), the costs for Animal Welfare Karpathos would have been much higher. For this reason, we are thankful for everyone who joined forces to make this campaign a success.
Giving them the best care possible
As with our previous program 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. Most animals had respiratory illnesses (expected this time of the year, especially in unvaccinated animals) and dental diseases due to their poor nutrition or presence of FIV. Any animals who were not stable enough for surgery were treated for their medical problems and then released back to their colonies (i.e their spay/neuter was postponed).
In addition to the above, each animal had their photo taken and a medical record created. The record includes information such as the name of the surgeon/vet who was on the case, medications administered and medical problems treated or diagnosed. This allows the team to easily access the information should their be any complications with the strays once they are returned back to their colony. All volunteers were instructed to monitor the cat colonies and report any problems to AWK for immediate intervention. AWK's founder, Dr. Katogiritis, has been adamant about maintaining this level of care for all strays who are treated by Animal Welfare Karpathos. It is AWK's belief that because these animals do not have legal human guardians, they deserve the best possible care, attention and love.
Educating youth is key if we wish a more humane future for the animals
The week long education campaign began with an in class lecture to the fourth and fifth grade students of the Second Elementary School of Pigadia (Karpathos). The lecture was given by Dr. Katogiritis, on #WorldStrayAnimal Day. During that experience the students were introduced to what a stray animal is, how we can help stray animals found in the streets, the benefits of spay/neuter programs and what they can do to help.
The following days students from the Aperi Elementary School and the Junior High School visited the clinic in Aperi village. There, AWK's president Sophia Hiras and board member Maria Pavlakou showed them the clinic and the steps taken for a successful spay/neuter program. The students had the opportunity to learn about responsible adoptions, why spay/neuter programs are essential to the welfare of the strays, and how they can volunteer and assist in AWK's mission.
AWK would like to thank school principals: Mrs. Kalliopi Ioannidi, Mr. Ioannis Loupis and Mrs. Athanasia Vdokaki and the teacher Haris Spanomanolis for the collaboration.
Volunteers who go above and beyond make the difference in the world!
Animal Welfare Karpathos relies on volunteers and donations for all of its activities. If it weren't for the dedicated work of kind people, non of the rescue work or programs would be possible. With that said, people across the island came together once again to benefit the strays.
AWK would like to thank all the following volunteers (by alphabetical order):
Trapping and releasing volunteers:
Artemis Antoniou, Irene Fratzeskou, Vanda Galbava, Michal Galbavy, Ragnhild Haraldstad, Kaliroi Amanezi Haniotis, Sofia Houvardas, Petra Huijden, Maria Loizou Ioannidi, Vena Kamaratou, Michalis Kamaratos, Anthi Kritsiotis, Sophia Konstanti, Sophia Konstantinidi, Fani Koulourioti, Fotini Lagonikos, Thalia Litou, Sophia Litou, Alexandra & Dimitri Litos, Maria Likou, Wilma Looye, Sophia Lyristaki, Stavroula Magiafi, George Magiafis, Christina Lehr Makhlouf, Sophia Hiras-Mircros, Father Lazaros Navrozoglou, Georgia Pakaki, Maria Pavlakos, Luisa Ricaldone, Olivia Rossi, Anne Ruud, Anja Van Rossum, Dr. Athanasia Simsiriki, Andreas Tsagkaris, Michalis Tsagkaris, Lucia Viglongo,
Dr. Peter Brown and Dr. Anna Katogiritis
Volunteer licensed veterinary nurses:
James Kilgour and Christine (Chrissie) Robinson
The Animal Welfare Karpathos Spring 2022 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. In addition, Mr. George Pappas, president of Aperi, visited the volunteers in an effort to make sure that their needs were met and he, also, held an informal thank you ceremony at his private residence the last day of the educational campaign. 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
- Family of Mrs Maria Loizou- Ioannidi and Mr. Michalis Ioannidis
- Dr. Anna Katogiritis
- Mrs. Mary Lagonikos
- Family of Dr. Themistoklis Nisyrios
- Mr Niko and Mrs Tessie Tsampounieris
Hotel sponsors who provided free rooms for the volunteers throughout the program were: Gorgona Apartments and Sunrise Hotel.
- Purina- Nestle Hellas: donated 62kg high quality dry cat food for rescues
Sponsored dinners were provided by the following restaurants, local associations, and donors:
- Klimataria Restaurant (Volada): provided a sponsored dinner for the medical team
- Mezaria Restaurant (Othos): provided a sponsored dinner for the medical team
- Vala Restaurant (Pigadia): provided a sponsored lunch/ dinner
- Ellovos Restaurant (Mesochori): treated the medical team to lunch
- Mocha cafe: provided sandwiches and drinks for one day
- Erasmias Souvlaki Restaurant: provided a sponsored lunch
- Apse Svise Souvlaki and Pizza: provided a sponsored pizza lunch
- Mr. Nikos Ioannidis sponsored a dinner at his restaurant "Ellinikon"
- Victoria's Pastries provided free yummy handmade desserts for the volunteers
- Mrs. Sophia Litou provided soft drinks for the volunteers during multiple days
- Mr Manolis Paragios and & Mrs Paragios provided home-cooked delicacies and also covered the costs for the transportation of strays from Mesochori village to the Aperi clinic.
- Mrs. Sophia Hiras: provided daily morning coffee/tea for all the volunteers
- Mrs. Maria Loizou- Ioannidis and Mr. Ioannidis sponsored a dinner at the restaurant Perdika in Menetes village
- Mr. Alekos Mikropandremenos: provided home made delicacies for the volunteers (kopeles/ spinach pies)
- Mrs. Renoula Gergatsoulis: provided snacks for the volunteers
- Mr. George Pappas (president of Aperi): provided a farewell/thank dinner at his private residence at the second week of the program.
- Mrs. Elpida Tsagkari: sponsored lunch for the medical team
- Mrs. Vena Kamaratou: brought fruit and home made delicacies for the volunteers
- Ms. Olga: brought cheese pies 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