The Paxos Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) was founded by Lindsay Geddes and Linda Parker, who together with the mayor, wanted to improve animal welfare on the island. This beautiful but rather isolated corner of Greece had no regular veterinary facilities but a large population of domestic and feral cats. It was also agreed that winter feeding arrangements should be enhanced and education on animal care was essential.
Since 2005 PAWS is delighted to report that it has treated over 5000 animals and neutered over 3000 cats. Regular teams of vets and nurses visit during the year. Since 2015, PAWS has had the added assistance of a wonderful Greek vet called Nefeli Damigou who works at the clinic every month according to the needs of the island.
In September 2013 we moved into permanent premises in Magazia. This was a great step forward for animal welfare on the island. Thanks to our many supporters, we raised enough funds to buy anaesthetic equipment. This has enabled us to expand our services to include neutering and other operations on dogs, whose numbers are becoming an increasing problem.
Winter feeding continues to be successful and food is donated by PAWS, residents and tourists and distributed by volunteers living on the island. In 2014 two new feeding stations were erected in Gaios and Magazia and cared for by local volunteers. Several more feeding stations were put up in 2015 and 2016.
Sadly in 2011, Linda decided to retire from PAWS. She was very enthusiastic and worked extremely hard for five years ensuring the success of the charity. Lindsay and Linda have many fond memories of bouncing ideas off each other and discussing problems after a day's work, often over a nice glass of wine or Amaretto. Linda is passionate about animals and is now working for Cat Protection in the UK. Lindsay is hoping at a later stage she may be able to persuade Linda to collaborate with her again to write a book about their experiences!