Cyprus Mail

Paphiakos appeals for state aid

THE Paphiakos association for the protection of animals is appealing for financial support from authorities as private donations are merely “a drop in the ocean” in their work to care for over 1,000 animals.

With over 50 permanent members of staff and constantly receiving calls about injured, abandoned or dead animals they simply cannot cope. In 2013 alone, they received about 160,000 calls for help, Heracles Christoforou, a spokesman for the group told CNA.

Helping cats, dogs, donkeys, horses and all types of animals in the past 30 years, supported by donations and volunteers they have witnessed some terrible cases of abuse of animals’ rights.

Animal protection is tragically disappointing and a serious point for concern, Christoforou said, adding that an increasing number of animals arrive at the shelter that are sick, abandoned or tortured by their owners.

“If, for example, we need €1 per day for food for each of the 1,000 animals, we need €30,000 each month alone.”

The hunting season is the worst as dogs do not get a microchip Veterinary Services and by the end of the hunts they are abandoned to die or killed by their owners, Christoforou said.

For information to help or volunteer call Paphiakos on 26 946461.


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