I am literally copying this email from Symi Animal Welfare directly onto the blog. I am just back from Rhodes, with the family staying, I have half an hour before an appointment and then we’er off out, so this came in in perfect time for me to fill today’s blog with S.A.W. news, and a few photos and save me having to think of something to write. So, Symi Animal Welfare write:
“We would like to thank everyone who kindly made donations throughout the summer, this winter’s feeding programme has already been discussed with our usual suppliers, with such large quantities of biscuits, cans & pasta required, it is vital that we give the supermarkets ample notice.
Everything in life changes from time to time and, due to a variety of circumstances beyond our control, it is now the time when the way Symi Animal Welfare has worked over the years needs to alter. Our treasurer has retired, our vet-visit co-ordinator has been at home in Denmark caring for her sick husband, I too am leaving for the UK shortly for an indefinite period.
Apart from fantastic commitment from our volunteers who are provided with supplies to take food to the street cats at least twice a week, the ‘team’ currently, actually consists of only 2 who are pro-active, one of those is Suzan the other me. This doesn’t mean that caring, animal-loving residents aren’t concerned about either the street cats or those who live with or around them, but aren’t involved with everything else we are called upon to do or investigate. These people will of course, continue looking after their cat-families. We have always done what we can & when we can and I’m sure, most of you will agree that generally, the cats of Symi are in ‘fine shape’?
Unless anyone else can organise & co-ordinate a visit, unfortunately there won’t be a vet-visit/neutering programme for some while. As has been the situation for a number of years, we do however have an arrangement with a vet on Rhodes. Carers can get cats to the vet, Symi Animal Welfare will cover the costs of neutering but not ferry or taxi fares. If, as residents of the island, you are genuinely concerned about the welfare and potential increase in the street-cat population, we ask that you take up this arrangement.
Suzan has already started to put a list together of feeding stations & volunteers who have helped in the past, she has contact details for them. If you haven’t been involved with the winter-feeding before but would like to help this year, please contact her directly. She too will be leaving the island during November and then again next March
Symi Animal Welfare has always been supported so well by visitors, donations have continued year after year, but sadly, it will be virtually impossible to carry on without consistent & active participation of other residents.”