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New cat sanctuary pleads for help after flooding

The devastation at the sanctuary

Friends of Larnaca Cats is calling on the public to donate and volunteer their time to help the construction of their new sanctuary, which was badly damaged during rainstorms on Thursday, setting their work back several months, Elias Demetriou the chairman told the Cyprus Mail on Saturday.

The new sanctuary, Sandy’s Sanctuary, is located in the hills of Alethriko, just outside Larnaca, and is already the home to approximately 150 cats, which were moved there from a colony that lived outside the Hala Sultan Tekke mosque.

The brunt of the damage sustained by the sanctuary happened when the rainstorm hit the area and caused mudslides and flooding. None of the animals were hurt, an official from the organisation said, as the volunteers managed to rescue the cats from the flood waters.

“I would estimate it has set us back at least two months and around seven thousand euro,” the chairman said.

Sandy’s Sanctuary is being built to house the cats, that lived at Hala Sultan Tekke for nine years, after an incident at the mosque left 16 cats dead.

A police complaint was filed at the time, and investigations are ongoing, but the Friends of Larnaca Cats hopes that the new home will be a safe place for the animals, and will give some a chance for adoption.

The organisation expects to finish the new sanctuary in approximately two months and has called on the public to volunteer and donate, in hopes of meeting their deadline.

People interested in contacting the Friends of Larnaca Cats to help, can visit

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