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  1. About Us

    Why a Greek Cat Welfare Society?
    Greece and the Greek islands are inundated with stray, abandoned and feral cats. The majority of them are born in the spring and survive through the kindness of tourists who feed them.


    At the end of the summer season the tourists leave, and some cats survive through the kindness of local Greeks. However, many die of starvation or fall foul of cat hating people who poison them or worse. Attitudes to animal welfare can be very different in Greece from those in the UK; cats are often viewed as a nuisance and subjected to considerable cruelty, mass poisonings being particularly common before and after the tourist season, to “clean up”. GCWS exists to help reduce this cruelty.

    What We Do

    Since 1992 we have been promoting the care and welfare of cats in Greece.



    Our main strategy is to support neutering of colonies of stray cats to reduce breeding. Trap, neuter and return (TNR) is now recognised to be the only humane, effective method of reducing a stray cat population. Over time TNR will greatly reduce cat numbers, providing it is carried out on an organised basis several times a year.

    Our TNR work in an area is carried out in one or both of two ways: By organising volunteer vets and nurses to carry out the neutering in most months of the year; and/or by giving financial and material support to local volunteer groups who organise neutering programmes. We are currently supporting over 30 local groups with grants, equipment, supplies and vets/nurses, in areas including Athens, Crete, Rhodes, Samos, Skyros and Thessaloniki.  (Owing to the workload of managing our support for local groups and the limited number of volunteers available to carry it out, we are not currently taking on new projects.)

    Over time, neutering programmes for stray cats steadily reduce the number of stray animals in the area. They also serve as a means to highlight the benefits of neutering, thereby encouraging local pet owners to have their own animals sterilised.

    Having been neutered, stray cats are then released back into their locality. Lower numbers mean the cats become healthier through more adequate supplies of food and less fighting, thereby becoming more acceptable to human populations. This in turn encourages people to care for and feed the cats rather than poison them.


    We ensure the cats’ continuing health and welfare by arranging regular feeding and care, including veterinary treatment by local vets when sick or injured. We are in contact with a large number of people all over Greece who daily feed large numbers of stray cats. Any cat neutered will always be fed and monitored by these kind people. However, we only support feeding where a viable neutering programme is in place.  This is because we believe, supported by veterinary advice, that feeding without neutering only increases stray cat populations, working against the objectives of TNR and making the cats’ suffering worse.

    As well as neutering, the vets also examine the animals and treat any other complaints. These frequently including fractures, skin wounds, eye problems caused by cat flu, parasites and ear cancer caused by the hot sun, especially in white cats. Occasionally they perform amputations, t

  2. 34 minutes ago, 1949threepence said:

    If anybody has visited Istanbul, they'll be aware of the street cats. Thousands of them living independently on the streets and all look in great shape. Nearly all tame and often run up to you meowing for food.

    The locals feed the colonies and many of them have erected cat houses for shelter, in their gardens. There are even vending machines for cat food. 

    Turkey may have its shortcomings , but I love the fact they take such care of their cats in Istanbul.  

    not like the greeks then

  3. 4 hours ago, blakeyboy said:

    About what, exactly?

    Oh you never heard the threats from russia against the uk as in nuking it?

    Remember Ireland is only a short distance away as well and would also be totally destroyed there again whats another 4 300 000 pointless deaths when you have acheaved your objective

  4. On 5/18/2022 at 12:50 AM, Bruce said:

    Good, if they can sell this, more and more of the same must be offered by them in near future.

    Bet you would have a problem finding a worse minger than that ........

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  5. 21 hours ago, 1949threepence said:

    I had a feeling that the situation of a lot of female refugees with kids, being housed with British families, would end in tears for many.

    For one reason or another............. 

    Surpose that if a male imagines hes getting a 19 year old and he ends up with a overweight 55 year old it could have something to do with it

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    A Ukrainian refugee rehomed under a government scheme has claimed she and her teenage son were left homeless after being manipulated by their hosts.

    The woman, 45, who fled Bucha, north of Kyiv, came to north-east England on 16 April but said she was asked for money and told to leave after three weeks.

    "I am fleeing the war and all of a sudden I am on the street," she said.

    The government said Homes for Ukraine had helped more than 33,000 people, with very few unsuccessful cases.

    The mother and her 13-year-old son - whose identities are being protected - are being helped by a Sunderland-based charity and are in temporary accommodation while waiting to be matched with a new family.

    She told BBC Look North she thought her hosts would be kind and caring, but within weeks she "did not feel safe or secure".

    "Our host approached us and said 'I need money'," she said.

    She said the family told her: "We spent so much money on you - look how expensive you are, look how much you have cost us - I want money."

    The hosts set up an online fundraising page purported to be for the benefit of the exiled mum and son - which raised more than £850 - although the woman says she never saw any of the money.

    She added: "All of a sudden I am fleeing the war and all of a sudden I am on the street."

    ReutersCopyright: Reuters

    , according to the latest opinion poll.

    On 2/26/2022 at 9:35 PM, DaveG38 said:



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  7. Just checked up on the lyrics and guess what for the last forty years I thought chicks were chips .

    WHAT A PLONKER as del boy whould have said.

    "That ain't workin', that's the way you do it
    Get your money for nothin', get your chicks for free
    We got to install microwave ovens, custom kitchen deliveries
    We got to move these refrigerators, we gotta move these color TVs"

    Mind you "We will rock you does also sound like freddie is kicking a cat all over the place" not a can" worthy of a west ham player

    And that devil has a sideboard in bohemian rhapsody as well

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  8. 10 minutes ago, jelida said:

    Yes,  at least with the solid blocks of steel the Royal Mint historically used as dies, and to the degree shown on your coin. As to why, we shall never know without evidence. But people certainly do strange things to coins, for fun, as test- pieces, to re-purpose, to defraud , as art-work and as puzzles and many others.

    And the need to restore a coin bent or damaged due to agricultural activity often presents,  in practice many detector found coins benefit from careful conservation to be acceptable to collectors.


    Few coins found with a detector are worth much more than scrap value - a few hoards over the year are always mind blowingly brilliant - but most single coins are in pretty dire straights

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