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Stray dogs get shelter and hope in chilly Troodos (images)

Volunteers set up dog houses in the mountains of Troodos and fill them with food and blankets to help strays survive the winter

Shemaine Bushnell Kyriakides

In a heartwarming display of community spirit, Action for Animals, under the leadership of Anthi Mousouris, a member of the Green Party of Cyprus, has embarked on a mission to provide shelter and sustenance for stray dogs in the chilly Troodos Mountains. The campaign, fueled by citizen support and volunteer dedication, is making a significant impact on the lives of these vulnerable animals.

After a call for assistance in collecting homes for the stray dogs in Troodos, compassionate citizens stepped up with donations of houses and blankets. The coordinator of the animal action group expressed deep gratitude to all who contributed, emphasizing the touching response from fellow citizens.

The volunteers played a crucial role in the success of the initiative, dedicating their time to transport and install the donated houses in various parts of Troodos. The coordinator hopes that these efforts will offer a source of warmth for the stray dogs amidst the snowy landscapes of Troodos.

While celebrating the achievements, the group recognizes that the situation with strays across Cyprus remains tragic. The campaign is committed to continuing its efforts, focusing on other areas that require shelters, blankets, and food. Every small contribution is valued, emphasizing the collective impact that even modest support can have on improving the lives of these animals.

The group has discreetly established seven different houses in Troodos, strategically avoiding publicizing their exact locations due to concerns about potential interference. Unfortunately, some individuals oppose the presence of strays and attempt to remove the provided shelters, which also contain essential food for the dogs. Despite this challenge, the group has informed local authorities about the project and its objectives. The authorities have shown support by replenishing the food supplies in the plastic houses.

When asked about the role of the Animal Police in addressing the stray dog situation, the coordinator expressed concerns about their current limitations. Understaffed and facing a lack of prompt citizen response to reported animal abuse, the Animal Police are unable to function effectively. The group advocates for the establishment of an independent body in each province, staffed by trained individuals passionate about animal welfare, to enforce laws and rescue animals in need.

For further information or to contribute to this compassionate cause, please contact the Action for Animals offices at 22518787. The collective efforts of the community are making a tangible difference in the lives of these four-legged friends, embodying the spirit of kindness and unity.

How You Can Make a Difference:

Donate Dog Houses:

We're in desperate need of dog houses to shield these furry friends from the biting cold. If you have a spare one or can contribute towards purchasing shelters, your generosity can make a world of difference.

Provide Warm Blankets:

Winter is harsh, and every dog deserves a cozy blanket. Your gently used blankets or new donations can provide comfort and protection against the freezing temperatures.

Donate Dog Food:

Food scarcity is a real challenge. Your contributions of dog food will ensure these strays have a warm meal in their bellies, helping them survive the winter months.

Cyprus  |  strays  |  animals

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