Effie 2004 - 2013
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The latest news update can be found on the front page of the website, previous updatesed are listed here below.

News Update December 2013 - the last update for this year.

Effie our Mascot Cat

It is with much sadness that we have to inform our friends and supporters that our little Mascot cat Effie, pictured above in the top left corner of the page is no longer with us. She became very ill with kidney failure, but by the time she let us know she was ill she deteriorated very quickly and died on the 22nd of November 2013. She was a very special little girl as she was the little girl that inspired us to start the charity to try to help more of the Corfu cats with the support of the visitors.

We found her in a very poor condition eight years ago on Agni beach and after many problems, poor treatment and illness we decided to take her to the UK where she lived another eight healthy years. She will always be remembered and we will try to carry on and help as many of her fellow felines as we can in her memory. Read her story here on the website - Little Cat's Story

When we found Effie she was very hungry and struggling to get food, that was when we started to help her by going to the beach every day to make sure she had food.
Can we please ask for a few more donations to our food appeal, in memory of Effie, so that more Corfu cats can get food through the winter.

Doukades Neutering Project
We had a very busy time in Corfu this Autumn and neutered many cats. We worked with CDR to neuter some of the stable cats and many others from the village of Doukades, where local people brought their cats for us to neuter. This was a huge step forward in getting Greek people to accept neutering and despite not being able to convince them all it was the right thing to do, many people did take up our offer and many Greek people are now asking us for help to get their cats sterilised.




There were many cats at the stables and in the Doukades area that needed neutering, AAWF did not have enough money to sterilise them all, but thanks to a large donation from "Tierschutzbund Zürich" of Switzerland, for which we thank them and are very grateful, we were able to neuter all the cats we needed to with the exception of a few kittens that were too young. We are returning in the new year to sterilise these kittens with the remaining money. Many thanks to Daggi, Jackie, Roseanne and Judy for all their help, it was hard work doing so many cats in a single session needing lots of boxes, equipment and after care. Around 40 cats were neutered in three sessions.

We managed to neuter another few cats in Kalami but some new guys turned up just before we left so we will be back to do some more there in the new year. If anyone can donate towards sterilising the new guys and end of season kittens it would help us alot and we could get them all done before the season begins.

We have sent several cats to the UK this Autumn, a few abandoned kittens were found and visitors who found them offered them homes, also a few adult cats were lucky and found homes too. It is much easier to send the cats to the UK now that the quarantine has been dropped. A passport is still needed and a rabies injection, if anyone is interested in adopting a Corfu cat do let us know as we can help to get them to the UK and to the other Northern European countries.

This is Tula, she was found in a terrible state by Heather and Yannis with a badly infected eye, it was not possible to save the eye, but Heather and Yannis took her to the vet whilst on holiday and had the eye operated on immediately. She later managed to get in touch with AAWF and we were able to help her get Tula to the Uk where she is now progressing well. Her eye is good (although no sight) and she is a healthy happy little kitten. You can see her cuddling up next to her comanion in her new home.


Tula before her operation

Tula in her new home in the UK

 

This is Bob, a little kitten found alone above Nisaki, too young to take care of himself. Jo who found him sent for him as soon as she arrived home and were able to contact AAWF.
He is now very chilled out!!! - in his home in the UK.


Bob in his halfway house - waiting to go

Very chilled out in his new home!!!


Here are a few more of the lucky little guys that are now in homes in the UK. If anyone would like to give a Corfu cat a home, do contact us for help in getting them there.
We can help with passports and transport and we do our best to keep the cost of getting them there as low as possible but there are costs involved.


Alfie from Kalami - Rehomed in Halifax

Olive from kalami in her UK home

Squeaky from Imerolia

Mythra from Kalami

Temporary Homes Needed
We still require people to help us with cats and kittens in Corfu so please do contact us if you can take in a cat or kitten, even on a temporary basis as often we can get some of them to the UK for re-homing. If anyone can help us with this we would like to hear from you. Taking the animals to the UK is much quicker and easier now that the quarantine laws have been changed but we often need someone to care for them for a few weeks whilst we arrange their transport.

Anyone living in Corfu, if you can take on a kitten as an outdoor cat and ensure that they get food and have shelter and some protection from the bad weather in the wintertime we will sterilise any cat that is taken on and pay for any medication. Please email info@agni-animal-welfare-fund.co.uk if you can help.

This will be our last update of the year so we would like to thank everyone who has supported us, donated for winter food, and helped and fed the cats in Corfu this summer. Thank you to all those that have given cats and kittens homes, that otherwise would have had much shorter lives in Corfu.
Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year.

The AAWF is affiliated to WSPA The World Society for the Protection of Animals.


New Update October 2013

We are back in Corfu now for the Autumn season and to help with neutering and winter feeding for many of the street cats.

The weather is changing and it is feeling a little like winter is well on its way, lets hope its not a bad one especially for all the animals living on the streets. I know there are many people on Corfu helping them and will be feeding them but its not a good time for the street cats and dogs.

Our little Cassie that was featured in our last update has eventually found a permanent home in the UK. She was tested for FIV and proved positive which caused her to lose one home. She then managed to find a foster home for a while with another FIV cat but after a while her fosterers decided they could never part with her and have kept her permanently. If you ever met Cassie you would know why her fosterers kept her,- she is a beautiful loving little girl and deserved a loving home not the streets or Corfu. Many thanks to Clare our very good vet friend and supporter for all her work and efforts to get Cassie well again and a permanent home, without the help of Clare her future looked very bleak.


Cassie in her home


Many animal lovers have been in touch with us after visiting Corfu this summer, I hope you all had good holidays. We have helped as many cats as we can find and reach this year.

This little girl, who lives in a holiday villa in Yaliskari needed medical treatment this summer and was back at the vets again last week. We hope she will be ok now for the winter as we think she had a reaction to the fleas, always a problem with the animals here in the summer months. However this little one had alot of support from the clients at the villa, so thanks to those of you that helped her and paid for her medication.

We have had a few kittens dumped in Kalami this year, not quite as many as last year, but we need food for them for the winter along with the other adult cats that remain in the village during the winter months. Kalami is very quiet in the wintertime and very few people stay for the winter months so our feeder is really necessary to help the cats get through. We need donations to purchase food for the cats, please help if you can.

Food is also needed to feed the Kassiopi cats too, we have areas that we take food to during the winter there too so all donations very welcome. Please help us if you can.

We continue to neuter in the Kassiopi area throughout the wintertime and in Kalami, so anyone who can help financially or physically please contact us or send what you can to help us with our work in these areas.

I apologise to those of you in areas I cannot reach but if you yourselves can help with the neutering we may be able to help you financially.

Temporary Homes Needed
We still require people to help us with cats and kittens in Corfu so please do contact us if you can take in a cat or kitten, even on a temporary basis as often we can get some of them to the UK for re-homing. If anyone can help us with this we would like to hear from you. Taking the animals to the UK is much quicker and easier now that the quarantine laws have been changed but we often need someone to care for them for a few weeks whilst we arrange their transport.

Anyone living in Corfu, if you can take on a kitten as an outdoor cat and ensure that they get food and have shelter and some protection from the bad weather in the wintertime we will sterilise any cat that is taken on and pay for any medication. Please email info@agni-animal-welfare-fund.com if you can help.

The AAWF is now affiliated to WSPA The World Society for the Protection of Animals.


News Update June 2013

Hello to all our supporters and everyone out there. We have visited Corfu this Spring and had quite a successful time. We have had friends visit us, who whilst on their holiday in Corfu, gave up much of their time to help us with the animals. This enabled us to get around 28 more cats neutered and give help to a few sick ones. A special thank you goes to Claire and Simon who support our charity with their help.

We have already met some of our friends and supporters who have been out early this year, it is good to see old friends although it is always a busy time for us in the Spring and Autumn time. It was good to see Jacquie again who has taken two Corfu cats and given them homes. We look forward to seeing more of you in the Summer when we return.

Many more cats seem to have appeared in the Kalami area and were still using the feeder until we left. So we have had to supply food for the cats for several months this year, thank you to everyone who donated to the food appeal for the winter, we hope you will support the cats again with food for the next winter. It really does help them get through the winter and they now rely on the feeder for their main food supply during the closed season months.

Cassie


Unfortunately not all of the cats we help can be returned to their local area from where they are from and one little girl we have been treating for over a year now is little Cassie, from the Kassiopi area who we found with a huge open wound on her neck. We were alerted to Cassie by a tourist last summer staying in a nearby villa to where Cassie was living. There is a nice little group of cats living around the villa, they are all neutered and fed during the winter but do live a ferul live. After treating Cassie, her neck healed fairly well so we returned her to where she was living with her fellow cats. When we return this Spring we found the problem had returned and the neck wound was as bad as ever.

She was taken to see a vet where the wound was cleaned and she had a course of medication and cream for the problem. The neck healed well initially but has slowed down now but is continuing to heal. We could not return Cassie as we knew as soon as she went back that the problem would very likely occurr again, the vet believed it could be an alergy and not a bite. If the neck became infected, and she could not get treatment it would cause her alot of pain and eventually she would die.

So we decided to bring Cassie to the UK with us and try and find her a proper home where she can live a normal life of a cat. Her neck will not be a problem as long as someone can keep an eye on her and if it does return we have been informed that it can be kept under control with a little inexpensive medication.

So we are looking for a home for Cassie here in the UK - can anyone offer her a home??

She is already here so there is no expense involved in taking her on, she is in the UK, neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped. If anyone can help, please contact me on the charity email info@agni-animal-welfare-fund.com or telephone 0115 9726625 (landline) 07919802168 (UK mobile)

Kassiopi
Several cats were treated and neutered in the Kassiopi area last year and we have plans to look into one of the problem areas this winter. Visitors to Kassiopi can now make donations and donate food for the local cats and dogs at the newly opened Beauty shop run by Gabriella. Many of you will remember Debbie who had a similer shop in the area, the new shops is run by Debbie's daughter and can be found very close to the central square. Do pay a visit to the shop, there are some lovely quality items for sale and you can leave your donations for the animals too.

Cat Sponsorship
We have many more cats now looking for sponsors to enable us to continue with the neutering when we return. Please try and sponsor one of our cats. I will be adding more to the list in a few days time.

Temporary Homes Needed
We still require people to help us with cats and kittens in Corfu so please do contact us if you can take in a cat or kitten, even on a temporary basis as often we can get some of them to the UK for re-homing. If anyone can help us with this we would like to hear from you. Taking the animals to the UK is much quicker and easier now that the quarantine laws have been changed but we often need someone to care for them for a few weeks whilst we arrange their transport.

Anyone living in Corfu, if you can take on a kitten as an outdoor cat and ensure that they get food and have shelter and some protection from the bad weather in the wintertime we will sterilise any cat that is taken on and pay for any medication. Please email info@agni-animal-welfare-fund.com if you can help.

AAWF Facebook Page
Do visit our Facebook page that is run by Clare, who helps many of the Kalami cats both summer and winter. She will pass on any messages to us and post events and news from AAWF.  Many people have their own page on Facebook so do join us and catch up with updates on what is happening in Corfu. Here is the link to our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Agni-Animal-Welfare-Fund/123972760998039

I hope to meet up with some more of our supporters this Summer, so do let us know when you are going to be in Corfu and where you are staying.
Happy Corfu Holidays
to you all from all of us working for AAWF.

The AAWF is now affiliated to WSPA The World Society for the Protection of Animals.


News Update March 2013

We do not have much news to report at this time of year other than to say that our work continues with the cats in Corfu. We shall be a little late returning to Corfu this Spring as a family commitment (and Greek Lessons!!) mean we cannot return quite so early. However our friends and colleagues continue to help and care for the cats on the streets with food, medication and any care they need. I would like to thank those people for their help in keeping things running during the winter months whilst we cannot be there ourselves. 

Thank you everyone who donated to our appeal for food to keep the animals fed during the winter. This year we have had an excellent response with many donations for the purchase of food and many sponsors for neutering etc. we have been able to keep the animals fed and we can continue to neuter on our return.  I would like to make a special mention to everyone who is selling on eBay on our behalf, we are receiving regular donations through eBay for charities. It is an excellent way of contributing to us, so if you sell on eBay then please think of us and nominate us as your chosen charity.

A really big thank you to all of you mentioned above for the work and help you have given us.


Tilly

Remember Tilly, the pretty little girl that Jess raised money for with her Fitbug walk. Tilly turned up at the Monica Hotel in Sidari during the summer, she was later sterilised with the donations from Jess's walk.  At the end of the season a very nice couple living in the south of the island offered a permanent home to Tilly, she went to her new home at the end of October. If anyone can raise money for us with a walk or some kind of sponsorship we would appreciate it very much. Many thanks to Jess for her support and helping Tilly.

In our last update we told about the three little kittens, pictured here who had been hand reared in Corfu after the Mother was killed on the road in Kalami. I cannot thank the lady who fed these kittens for us enough for what she did for them. It was hard work and much time and dedication was needed to hand feed the kittens, something which many people living and working on Corfu would not have the time for.

The three little guys arrived in the UK at the end of November and they have now been re-homed. The last one, Zeus, was collected and taken to his new home on Christmas Eve. The other two having been re-homed only a few days before. I do not have up-to-date photographs of them unfortunately, but I have bee informed that they have gone to very good homes, they were all vet checked by AAWF's very good friend Claire,  who is a vet herself, and found healthy and continue to visit the vets for their vaccinations etc. - so after much worry and concern for the future of these three little guys, we had a very happy ending. A special thanks to Claire for her help with these lovely guys.

Three Little Kittens

November - just before they left for the UK

Temporary Homes Needed
We still require people to help us with cats and kittens so please do contact us if you can take in a cat or kitten, even on a temporary basis as often we can get some of them to the UK for re-homing. If anyone can help us with this we would like to hear from you. Taking the animals to the UK is much quicker and easier now that the quarantine laws have been changed but we often need someone to care for them for a few weeks whilst we arrange their transport.

Anyone living in Corfu, if you can take on a kitten as an outdoor cat and ensure that they get food and have shelter and some protection from the bad weather in the wintertime we will sterilise any cat that is taken on and pay for any medication. Please email info@agni-animal-welfare-fund.com if you can help.

AAWF Facebook Page
Do visit our Facebook page that is run by Clare, who helps many of the Kalami cats both summer and winter. She will pass on any messages to us and post events and news from AAWF.  Many people have their own page on Facebook so do join us and catch up with updates on what is happening in Corfu. Here is the link to our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Agni-Animal-Welfare-Fund/123972760998039

I hope to meet up with some of our supporters this Spring and Summer, so do let us know when you are going to be in Corfu and where you are staying.
Happy Corfu Holidays
to you all from all of us working for AAWF.

The AAWF is now affiliated to WSPA The World Society for the Protection of Animals.