we are and why we began
We are a small group of people trying to improve the life of animals
on Corfu, hence, the Agni Animal Welfare Fund has been set up in
order that friends and visitors can make donations to help the islands
2005 we helped several cats with donations received from friends
who visited Agni during the previous summer. The offers of help
came after seeing the little cat that lived around Agni beach. With
her distinctive and attractive looks many people noticed her. I
spoke to one or two of her admirers and mentioned to several people
that she had been spayed the previous winter, which was why she
had no kittens and looked so well compared to the other female cats.
Seeing the difference in this little cat compared to her sister
and female colleagues inspired others to donate money in order for
us to sterilise more female cats.
Earlier that year,
a friend had suggested to myself the possibility of setting up a
charity or fund in order to help Corfu’s stray animals and along
with the offers to help more of the Agni cats, it became apparent
to us that there was support for the animals and that visitors would
be interested in helping and supporting an animal welfare fund.
This inspired us to go ahead with a neutering programme that we
had been discussing for some time and form Agni Animal Welfare Fund.
The charity was started in January 2006 and the ‘Little Cat’ being
our inspiration is the Mascot for the charity.
Our primary objectives
are to neuter as many cats as our funds will allow, male or female.
To help any sick cat or dog and offer medication where necessary
and provide food for street animals to help them survive the winter.
and where we are today
Our primary objective
at the time was to neuter as many female cats as we could afford
and reduce the number of kittens born in the summer. Since our first
year we have received a great deal of support and are now neutering
both males and females as long as our funds allow us to.
As a charity we also try to discourage 'excessive' feeding during
the summer months and ask visitors not to take the cats into their
villas and apartments during their visit as they are thrown out
at the end of the season and then have to struggle through the winter
months on their own.
now have several people helping with out work in other areas of
Corfu enabling us to reach many more
group of the Stable Cats
In areas that we have spayed and neutered cats we provide feeding
areas or someone in that area to feed them. Many people both Greek
and English will put food out for a few cats themselves but
find it impossible to feed 20 or 30 of them. By keeping the numbers
down we are reducing the suffering and helping the existing ones
to survive the winter.
The cats find much of their food themselves in the
summer, and we try to encourage Taverna owners to put scraps
out for them at the back of the Tavernas, they will not then hang
around the tables begging and pestering visitors. Not everyone loves
cats and even those that do, may not want to be pestered by cats
and kittens whilst they are eating at the Tavernas.
As our income and support has increased we have also
been able to help a few dogs, mainly giving medication and providing
food. We will continue to help some of the stray dogs as funds allow,
but our prime objective is to neuter the cats, very few other charities
have a neutering programme as extensive as ours, but other charities
on Corfu are helping and supporting the stray dogs.
The street dog problem proves to be a little different
from that of the cats and whilst we help in emergency situations
the dog rescues also try to re-home street dogs as the dogs find
it more difficult to live in the wild.
AAWF also supports Corfu Donkey Rescue, who are, in return a great
help to us. We give a hand at the stables when time permits
and we also neuter and spay all the barn cats. In return for our
support, Judy who runs the Rescue has taken in many stray street
kittens and cats and has given them shelter and a home. If anyone
wishes to help or learn more about the Donkey Rescue then visit
our webpage Corfu
Donkeys or their own website at www.corfu-donkeys.com