For: Skiathos Cat Welfare Association
Organizer: Julie [email protected]
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TIME IS RUNNING OUT. URGENT APPEAL! 150+ cats, including kittens and blind cats are losing their home. SAVE US FROM THE STREETS 

Skiathos Cat Welfare Association is facing a huge crisis and we urgently need financial help!

The charity is facing an urgent CRISIS. The cats place of safety is being prepared to be sold. THESE CATS will have NOWHERE to go.

There are around 150+ cats and 30 or more kittens that need shelter, warmth and security. There are also blind cats to consider, who have always had the security of being indoors.Therefore, we have to find a solution to secure the future of the charity and the cats of Skiathos. Not only for now, but for years and hopefully generations to come.

In order to do this, we are looking for funds to secure the future of the charity. Not only for the cats already in our care but also for the Skiathos cats in need that have yet to cross our path.

Unfortunately, renting a property in Skiathos has proven not to be an option with the amount of cats and the legal regulations that are required. This will only leave us with three options: getting land donated, purchasing land or purchasing land with suitable buildings (that conform to Greek law so that it can get the official recognition as a shelter)

However, HUGE funds are needed to secure the future of the charity.

We currently have 3 options

1. Land donated

We have formally asked the municipality to actively seek land that can either be donated or offered at a nominal rent. We would then need to make this land safe with adequate fencing, provide sheltered areas for the cats, separate area for kittens and blind cats water tank, storage, manual labour to install and more. Costings estimated on this is circa €40,000

2. Purchase land

If every avenue has been exhausted to obtain donated land, then a major investment would be needed to purchase land on behalf of the charity. We would again need to make sure this land is safe with adequate fencing, provide sheltered areas for the cats, separate area for kittens and blind cats water tank, storage, manual labour to install and more. Costings estimated on this is circa €140,000

3. Purchase land with building already in situ

This option would need a major investment but would be the best long term solution for the safety and security of the charity and the cats of Skiathos for generations to come. This could provide a quarantine area, kitten nursery, accommodation for volunteers, vet room, laundry room, larger living area for the cats. Legal work and so on This could be anywhere from €200,000 plus

For anyone that has not heard about the fantastic work of the Skiathos Cat Welfare Association, here is a brief summary:

Skiathos Cat welfare has helped the needy cats of Skiathos since 2005, becoming a Greek registered charity in 2011 (registration number 2177/2011)

During this time, the charity has neutered over 6,000 cats, provided food 365 days a year to over 300 cats around the island, plus the 150+ in the charity's care. We also provide medical care to the street cats of Skiathos. All this is paid from donations from tourists visiting the Island, monthly donations from supporters, our online gift sales and auctions and food donations from our online food store. This generosity allows us to function on a month to month basis. We do not receive any Government funding! From October 2016 to October 2017 the charity neutered 646 cats with the kind help of volunteer vets, vet nurse, local and international volunteers and kind donations.

Sharon Hewing has given her time 365 days a year and provided a safe place for the cats and kittens in her own home! As a charity we urgently need to secure a future and provide a place for the cats and kittens. Not just as a short term solution but one that is sustainable for many years to come. Due to changes at the current location the cats now have very little protection against bad weather, making cats and kittens already vulnerable even more so, and they will soon have no place at all.

Please donate anything you can, every single penny/cent counts. We cannot let all the amazing work Sharon has done over the years go to waste. The cats and kittens of Skiathos deserve a chance at happiness, and they deserve to be safe and protected for generations to come.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts x

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 16, 2018


Posted on June 16, 2018

Thanks to 952 donations, 3600 shares of the crowdfunding page, 604 shares of the original Facebook post collectively, cat lovers everywhere have raised an amazing £61,776 in 7 months..
We have looked at lots of land. Plots we can afford to buy now need massive investment, Including, building a road, fencing, land clearing to give a reasonable flat area. Other land we could only access through via other owned plots, imagine the legalities on that. Plots that have road access, reasonable fencing and so on is out of our reach financially.
The cats having no where to go anytime soon, the charity and the future hangs in the balance.
Everyday we wonder has our time run out…And believe me that day will come. We don’t want to be backed into a corner and have no alternative in place, that thought causes so much stress, tears and anxiety. The cats & kittens sadly can’t fight this themselves…They need US, YOU, CAT LOVERS EVERYWHERE.
You caring which is where we are hosting our crowdfunding has been taken over by Gofundme.
You can not transfer the current page, you cannot add offline donations we have to start a new page. This new page allows us to start off with the current amount raised on You Caring.

It would be AMAZING if we could get more shares on Facebook more shares of the new page, more awareness everywhere. Cat lovers united we need you more than ever.
Thank you for the support

Posted on June 12, 2018


Posted on June 12, 2018

Good evening Cat Lovers. Thank you all for your ongoing support. We have looked at land that we could buy with this fantastic support. However its very steep, would need a lot of clearance work, fencing and more importantly it has no road access, at the moment you could only access with a tractor. Other land we saw you would need access through someones else land. Ideal land and location is still out of our current reach. Thank you all for sharing and caring.
You may or may not be aware that You Caring has been taken over by Gofundme. At the end of July we will no longer be able to accept donations via this platform. Gofundme will not transfer this current appeal to their platform, we have to start again..But good news we have found another site that will allow us to imput the total funds raised from here onto their site, we will share the new donation page in a few weeks and put a link of the new page. 
This is one of the reasons we need to secure the future of this charity 
I’m only a baby. I only have one eye. I have sat so long at the garbage bins trying to find food to survive. The bigger stronger cats made it hard for me to get any scraps. I’ve sat so long waiting, I’m skin and bone. My life is so hard. Waiting and waiting, for what ?
Today my wait was over, Skiathos Cat Welfare took me under their wing.

Posted on May 26, 2018


Posted on May 26, 2018

We are in awe of EVERYONE, you are ALL amazing with your kindness and support shown for the Skiathos Stray Cats. Thank you for being part of Team Skiathos. 

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