For: Skiathos Cat Welfare Association
Organizer: Julie [email protected]
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URGENT APPEAL! 150+ cats, including kittens and blind cats are losing their home

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

The charity is currently based at the home of Sharon Hewing. Unfortunately, due to a marital breakdown, this property is being prepared for sale. The cats have lost their familiar area and have being allocated a section of the garden while the house is being renovated for sale.

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. The location they have been allocated is only temporary.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 January 19, 2018


Posted on January 19, 2018

Thanks to your kindness and generosity we have reached over an AMAZING £25,000.....EVERY Share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and EVERY mention to anyone you know will really help us REACH our goal...Thanks EVERYONE you are all so kind, 

Posted on January 12, 2018


Posted on January 12, 2018

Happy New Year, Cat Lovers everywhere. WOW we are nearly at £25,000
Your support has been amazing. Thank you for everything you are doing behind the scenes in creating your own fundraising events to boost ours. Lots of great ideas everyone. Please feel free to share your idea in the "comments " box on the fundraising page. 
What we really need is more awareness of our plight. Can you contact the local media in your country ? Cat Magazines or any other media source to share our plight. Do you use Twitter, Instagram of Facebook ? Could you share our appeal ? # any high profile animal lovers anything at all you can think of to raise awareness would be amazing.
Thank you for being so kind and generous, we would not be at this point without you all. 
Lets try and see if we can reach more like minded folk as yourselves.

Posted on December 25, 2017


Posted on December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas everyone. Thank you for your continued support xx

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