Sadly PAWS does not have the resources to run a rescue or re-homing centre and the situation of abandoned dogs continues to be very distressing for both PAWS vet teams and for tourists. We urge everyone on Paxos to take advantage of the Dog Neutering Voucher Scheme and please take their dogs to the Paxos vet clinic of the Fontana vet clinic to be neutered, so as to prevent the continuation of this desperate state of affairs.
2019 update on Stray Dogs
Further to the problems caused by stray dogs in 2018, the municipality agreed to build some rescue kennels in the garden of the PAWS clinic over the winter. Lindsay, the Director of PAWS with the help of Dogs Trust UK organised a Dog catching workshop for May 2019 and in January sent out a box of necessary equipment to Paxos.
In March, a Greek dog trainer Yannis Arachovitis came to Paxos for 5 days to give advice and help catch some of the stray dogs. Five dogs were caught and 13 puppies found in the bushes and all were taken to the PAWS clinic. The adult dogs have been neutered by Nefeli and given a thorough health check. The dogs and puppies are being looked after by volunteers and it is hoped that new homes will be found for all of them.
As stated above, Lindsay hosted Brian Faulkner, a dog catching expert from the UK who gave talks at the Gaios library and assisted with further dog catching. Two more adults were caught and neutered at the PAWS clinic. Homes for nearly all these strays have been found in Greece and the UK.
Although it is not ideal re-homing in the UK, it is almost impossible to find homes for all of the abandoned dogs on Paxos. Lindsay has once again urged the mayor to support responsible dog ownership, promote neutering and appoint an animal welfare officer. Negotiations are on-going.
We have arranged for Kelly Craig from the Dogs Trust to give educational workshops at the Paxos schools in September 2019. We also plan to publish leaflets about animal welfare and the benefits of neutering as clearly this situation can not continue.
Sadly many kittens are also illegally dumped at PAWS feeding stations. Once again we urge owners to behave responsibly and have their cats neutered so as to maintain a happy and healthy cat population on the island.
Below are some of the PAWS rescue stories with happy endings:
Homes have been found for 5 adults and 13 puppies in Greece and the UK. We are very grateful to Cheryl from Corfu Care who has been a great help with re-homing.
December 2018/January 2019:
5 puppies that Lindsay found dumped at the rubbish tip in October were brought to the PAWS clinic and looked after by volunteers. Homes were found for two on Paxos, one in Corfu and two in the UK.
Jennifer McBeath a regular visitor to Paxos and loyal supporter of PAWS found a bedraggled white kitten at one of the PAWS feeding stations whilst holidaying on Paxos in September. Determined to save the kitten Jennifer took her to the PAWS clinic for treatment and with the help of her family lovingly looked after the kitten for the rest of their holiday. The transformation was amazing and Jennifer decided to adopt the kitten which she had called Olive and took her back to the UK. Olive is now living a wonderful life with Jennifer and her other 5 cats!
Freddie: July 2017
Emily Hughes contacted PAWS earlier this year about volunteering at the PAWS clinic in Paxos during the summer holidays. A week of work experience was arranged at the clinic from July 11th – 15th working with Nefeli Damigou and volunteer vet nurse Kim Pearce. Emily was very hard working and caring and was a great asset to the team.
During her stay several puppies were abandoned near a rubbish dump and the PAWS team went to their rescue. Emily fell in love with 'Freddie' and he is now living happily back in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales with Emily and her family.
Good News for Bella: March 2017
Bella, a white Labrador cross was found in a pitiful state and rescued in December 2016 by PAWS. She was cared for at the clinic in Magazia for 4 months by volunteers and blossomed into a loving and affectionate dog. She was brought back to the UK by one of the PAWS vets, Andrea Rhodes and has been adopted by a close friend. PAWS is delighted that there is a happy ending for Bella.
A beautiful dog now called Spithas was chained up in the summer of 2016 and then abandoned at the clinic in December. He is now living in Yorkshire with Victoria & Ken . He is greatly loved and has a wonderful life. Victoria and Ken regularly send updates and photos and boy is he a handsome dog! See the Spithas file in the photo gallery.
Numerous puppies were found on Paxos in 2016. Some were re-homed on Paxos and some were adopted abroad. Helen and Mike who live in the French Alps adopted 3 puppies who have all been named after Greek beers! They will keep Mythos (chocolate colured) and the other two ( Nissos and Fix) when old enough, will travel to the UK and live in Edwinstowe at the edge of Sherwood Forest with Helen's parents. Gina Bastard who spends several months on Paxos every year has adopted Daisy & Pluto (see adjacent photo) and all are happily living together in Devon. Eve Jones who was holidaying in Paxos in July adopted another puppy called Spyros and brought him back to the UK.
Previous successful rescues have included:
In 2015, a lively retriever cross called Nettles who was at the clinic for over 6 weeks has now found a loving home in Cheshire with Debbie Gilbertson (one of our volunteer vet nurses).
Paxi, a beautiful white labrador cross that was involved in a road traffic accident was rescued by an Italian couple Simone and Deborah.
Jim and Maureen Lemin adopted Buddy a gentle black labrador that was found abandoned in a pitiful condition during the summer.
'SHAD' - In September 2015, Yvonne and Youssef adopted a poorly black and white kitten which they befriended whilst staying at Villa Melissa. You will see from his picture in the photo gallery that life in Luxembourg has suited Shad and he has become a very handsome boy!
Two puppies abandoned in July 2014 are now happy in new homes: - One is living in Paxos and the other (Molly) was adopted by John & Sue Sutcliffe who divide their time between Paxos and the UK so Molly has her passport and is bi-lingual.
A beautiful abandoned Setter cross called Rea was adopted by Grahame and Jan Chambers in 2014. In 2016 they adopted 2 puppies called Fred & Ginger, which is now the 3rd time they have come to the rescue as they gave Chuck a home back in 2006.
Saving 'Biscay Bertie'. Normally on a Sunday, the PAWS team plans a day of relaxation but on September 24th 2013 our four legged friends had other ideas! Whilst Russell was planning a possible trip to the beach, he received an emergency call to attend a very sick dog on a boat that had just sailed into Paxos. 'Bertie' a Cavalier King Charles, normally a seasoned sailor, had contracted a terrible bout of colitis and was producing all sorts of ghastly things from both ends. Russell's expertise soon had Bertie back to rude health much to the relief of his worried owners. It appears that Bertie is not just a accomplished yachtsman but also a talented writer. A very amusing blog was written about this Paxos experience which can be found on UHURU/StevePowell.
PAWS is delighted that Bertie fully recovered and we were extremely grateful for all the money he raised for our charity.
Meanwhile on the same day, Lindsay who was out and about changing collection boxes was given a small kitten in a cardboard box. She had been found in the middle of the road near Loggos and was thought to be blind. However on closer examination by Jonathan, her eyes were diagnosed as only infected and responded quickly to treatment. The PAWS team named the kitten 'Maggie' and cared for her at the new clinic for 5 days. She was on display at the opening party and was adopted by Eric & Jackie. PAWS is delighted to report that she has settled in well at her new home.
In September 2013 James and Kathryn Baird rescued a beautiful tabby kitten 'Gatki' from Paxos and took him back to their home in Belfast
- Dave - a beautiful white kitten was rescued by Russell and Zoe when they first worked together on Paxos. He was found next to his dead brother by the road side and became very tame and spent a lot of his time wrapped around Zoe's shoulders. The PAWS team all loved him dearly and managed to find him a lovely home with a chef who worked on Mongonissi.
- Dissy - sadly in 2011, two very small kittens were found in a metal cage in the rubbish tip and brought into our surgery. We only managed to save one but were delighted to find a home for her. She was adopted by Christine and her familiarly from Loggos and has matured into a real beauty, now called Dissy.
- Kiri & Rimini - two beautiful kittens that had been found by the roadside were brought to the PAWS surgery and re-homed with Carol. Subsequently they have visited the surgery for check-ups and sterilisation, and always look healthy and happy. Sadly Kiri had to be put to sleep in 2013 but Rimini is still fit and well.
- Taxx - rescued by Jacqui. Early in 2012, PAWS was asked to treat a rather handsome young dog that had a badly infected tail. Subsequently during the summer the dog was involved in a car accident and was seriously injured. At this point Jacqui Russell-Flint, who lives part of the year in Lakka, stepped in and decided to adopt the dog and take it back to her home in the UK. Taxx has settled in really well back in England and has a beautiful new girlfriend in the shape of a black Labrador called Bustle.
- Photos of all these rescues can be found in the Rescue album in the photo gallery.