Sadly PAWS does not have the resources to run a rescue or re-homing centre and the situation of abandoned dogs and cats is very distressing for PAWS volunteers and for tourists. We urge everyone on Paxos to take advantage of the Dog and Cat Neutering Voucher Scheme and please take their dogs to the Paxos Vet Clinic or the Fontana vet clinic to be neutered, so as to prevent the continuation of this sad state of affairs.
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Stray Dog problem 2019
Due to ongoing problems with stray dogs on Paxos, the municipality agreed to build some rescue kennels in the PAWS clinic garden. Further help came from Greek dog trainer Yannis Arachovitis plus a dog catching workshop paid for by the Dogs Trust UK. 5 dogs and 13 puppies were caught and taken to the PAWS clinic. Homes were found for all of them with the help of Corfu Care.
PAWS was delighted that Paxos was declared stray dog free in 2021.
Below are a few of PAWS rescue stories with happy endings:
Faith being rescued
Faith was spotted at the bottom of the cement pit on August 29th and the PAWS team was called. The dog was rescued by one of our volunteers Andreas being lowered into the pit via the bucket of a JCB digger and bringing Faith to safety. She was immediately washed and then taken to the PAWS clinic for further treatment and recovery. She was given drops for the inflammation in her eyes and stomach medication for the effects of the cement she had swallowed.
Five weeks later, after much love and care Faith was re-homed in the UK with Jules and Graham Lewis. A year later they decided Faith needed a companion so adopted Oscar from Paxos who had been a stray on the island for 2 years. What a success a story, as you can see from the video!
Freddie and Emily
Jennifer McBeath a regular visitor to Paxos and loyal supporter of PAWS found a bedraggled white kitten at one of the PAWS feeding stations and with the help of the PAWS clinic looked after it during her stay. The transformation was amazing and Jennifer decided to adopt the kitten which she had called Olive and took her back to the UK to live with her 5 other cats!
Emily Hughes a volunteer at the PAWS clinic adopted an abandoned puppy found near the rubbish dump. she called it Freddie and it now lives happily in the Yorkshire Dales.
Victoria and Spithas
A beautiful dog now called Spithas was chained up in the summer of 2016 and then abandoned at the PAWS 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!
A lively retriever cross called Nettles who was at the clinic for over 6 weeks was 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.
Takis, a beautiful ginger kitten, was adopted by Sally and now lives happily on the Isle of Wight.
Takis the rescue cat
Molly with John and Sue
Two abandoned puppies were found new homes: - One in Paxos and the other (Molly, pictured) 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.
Maggie the cat
PAWS vet Russell Lyon received an emergency call one Sunday to attend Biscay Bertie, who had just sailed into Paxos and had a terrible bout of colitis. Russell’s treatment soon had Bertie back to rude health much to the relief of his worried owners. Bertie subsequently wrote a very amusing blog about his Paxos experience and raised over £1000 for PAWS.
A bedraggled kitten given to Lindsay in a cardboard box and named Maggie was adopted by Eric & Jackie at the PAWS clinic opening party!
James and Kathryn Baird rescued a beautiful tabby kitten 'Gatki' from Paxos and took him back to their home in Belfast.
Dissy the cat
Kiri & Rimini
A very small kitten found in a metal cage was adopted by Christine and her family from Loggos and named Dissy.
Two other beautiful kittens found by the roadside were re-homed with Carol from Paxos Magic.
A handsome young dog Taxx involved in a car accident was adopted by Jacqui and lived happily in the UK for several years with a beautiful black Labrador as a companion.