To see some of our activities please watch videos ....
One minute of animals (1 min)
Dog Shelter in Aradippou(2 mins)
Pets Adoption Day (Oct 2009) (4 mins)
Feeding stray cats in Larnaca (7 mins)
or go to animalscyprus in youtube
The Larnaca-Famagusta Association for the protection of Animals and Birds was created in 1991 with the aim to protect the rights and promote the welfare of animals and birds. It’s a non profit Organisation (NGO) and is supported by the subscriptions, grants and financial help of friends of animals. It organizes various events to implement its cause.
Medium /Long Term aims:
Click on the videos below to find more about the activities of the Larnaca Famagusta Association of Protection of Animals and Birds
Video concerning new homes of adopted dogs Part 2
Raising money for the Welfare of Animals
On the 19/9/09-21/9/2008 and 4-5/10/09 the Association collected money outside of various supermarkets (thank you Carrefour, Metro, Orfanides, Prinos) in Larnaca.
Zoe outside Metro supermarket in Larnaca on world animal day in 2009
some interesting facts about Aradipou Shelter
Until the 25th of September 2009 Aradippou Dog Shelter was run by its owner, the Municipality itself. Dogs were brought in or were dumped in front of the shelter. Dogs were put to sleep within a couple of days. Please note that Cyprus law obliges Municipalities to run a shelter, to cooperate with local Animal Associations but to be put to sleep within 15 days if no owner is found. Due to the lack of adequate cooperation by the Municipality, Larnaca-Famagusta Association of Protection of Animals and Birds after a lot of efforts managed to get the shelter to run under its responsibility.
Various emails were sent to members of the Association as well as other people, asking for help to run it. Helping in a dog shelter involves cleaning the shit from the floor, carrying heavy tanks of water from one side of the shelter to the either, receiving people who come to see the dogs, filling up the adoption forms, taking the dogs for a walk. This is done by those volunteers who are willing to spend some of their time at the shelter instead of their regular activities. Not many people are willing to do that. Since September when we took over the shelter, only a few people volunteered. Which meant all the burden had to pass on the shoulders of the very few. Yes, not being there 24/7 means that the shelter will be in a few hours dirty again. One, two volunteers per day can clean the dogs shit but they will shit again. Yes. There are 20 cages and many more times more the number of dogs. what do you do? Do you say we are full, like many others do? Do you start euthanizing? No. This is not the policy of our Association. Do you close it down because some people say this shelter is not clean? And what would happen if you close it down? DO you think that the government will come and say lets build another shelter with European standards? You are very much mistaken if you think this. What would happen is that things will go back to what they were, but this time, only worse. Because this time we will not have a “say” in how the municipality runs the shelter, if they shelter goes back to the municipality, which means dogs will be constantly euthanized as they enter the shelter. Or, the shelter will be closed down and then more dogs will be out in the streets, hit by cars, abused, poisoned, neglected and then dying or euthanized. At least now they are given a chance to be saved and rehomed. It is easy to start criticizing or accusing the people who work voluntarily. but when it comes to you becoming a volunteer what do you do? People do not help financially nor actively. But yet they are ready to criticize those who spend their lives, sacrifice their time from work, their time, from their personal funds, their personal life, for the sake of these animals. At least support them. Do not fight them. Put your energy in something good. To helping, not destructing. Its bad enough that the State doesn’t care, its bad enough that people don’t care. If the few volunteers too decide to abandon once and for all, what will happen to these creatures.. think about it. Act now. On our side, we are not abandoning them!
Larnaca, 11 May 2010
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