On this page Argos founder Stella will regularly bring you up to date news on a wide range of subjects concerning the shelters activities and any other information that concerns animal welfare in general. Whatever the news and however it affects the shelter and its mission, our supporters have a right to know.
||Charlie, Leyna, Terry, Nina, Digger,
||Baz, Chalky, Jemima, Massey, Digger,
Fergie, Erika, Falcon, Harvey.
||Rosa, Opal, Sylke, Cassius, Reece.
||Pipa, Lulu, Daisy.
Our German friends and colleagues have once again
arranged for another food delivery of 3 large pallets each
weighing 534kg for the dogs in a concerted effort to help
us sustain them. Not only are they helping us with
food but they are trying very hard to rehome as many dogs
as possible, thereby alleviating some of the pressure from
the many animals at the shelter. Unfortunately
though, as fast as we are trying to rehome the situation
is not getting any better for they are still being
abandoned in droves.
Peter and Karin Wehrlin have been coming to Cyprus for
many years and having a home here, they consider Cyprus
their home away from home. Back in Switzerland they
volunteer for the local dog shelter to walk dogs.
About 3 years ago on one of their trips here they looked
us up and have been walking Argos dogs as well and have
donated money to the shelter each time they visit.
Peter and Karin have informed me that they will visit Cyprus again in October and have asked if we would be interested in having a solar system installation to enable us at least to run a refrigerator, a few lights and the washing machine. Some of the equipment he has had donated from a friend of his in Switzerland and will bring it with him and the remaining items needed for the installation, he will buy in Cyprus as a donation from himself and Karin. Of course we accepted and thanked them very much for their kindness and generosity to help us with such an installation as we are not connected with any power other than generators to carry out other chores and these fuel costs are high. We will give updates and photos of the installation in our October updates.
Anne is another of our long-standing supporters who
follows all our news and updates with interest and has
supported many of our projects financially. Anne has
always surprised us with her sensitivity and generosity.
Last year Anne also came to our Dog Walk and volunteered
on our stalls and generally helped wherever hands were
needed. On many occasions Anne has donated
individual amounts of €1,000 and recently has sponsored
entirely one of the issues of our 2014 Calendar which has
been printed both in desk and wall formats. Photo
attached of our front page Calendar 2014.
Apart from this financial support, Anne also donates items for our charity shops. Many thanks to Anne for her love of animals and her loyal and constant support to their cause.
I cannot actually remember the first time I met Tricia
and Bobby which of course gives you an indication of how
long it has been. The first time was when they
contacted me out of the blue with a huge donation of items
for our charity shops and I believe it was also when they
moved to Cyprus from the UK. Tricia and Bobby
came to the shelter on a weekly basis bringing food and
titbits for the dogs, donating shop items and money.
When we were collecting leftover food from hotels and
restaurants to supplement the food for the animals, Tricia
and Bobby did the same in their town, collecting from two
tavernas and delivering to us.
They have always been generous and have donated on several occasions also individual amounts of €1,000 to support specific causes. They are sensitive and loyal supporters of the animals but now we do not see them so often as Bobby unfortunately is not very well and Tricia is nursing him 24/7. Tricia though never forgets the shelter and is always in contact if we need help. Thank you to Tricia and Bobby for their love and loyalty to the animals.
Mike Johnson is a local and his business in building and
repairing generators is in the Xylotympou Industrial
Estate. We met him about 4 years ago when he and his
wife Fay, visited the shelter. They adopted a dog
and noticing that we had no power supply at the shelter,
he donated a generator to generate water from the borehole
for our cleaning purposes.
At a later stage he also built and donated a larger generator which had the capacity to provide power for the whole shelter. We know that to purchase such a generator would have cost us thousands, money that we did not have and would not have been able to accumulate at any time in the near future for this purpose. It is an invaluable asset as we use it constantly. Thank you Mike and Fay for your generosity and support.
Indeed where would we be if it were not for all those supporters both known and unknown who give generously so that animals will have a chance to live as well but I hope that at least we like to honour them in the best way we can.
No School visits or presentations due to the School Summer holidays
Dear friends and associates,
Cyprus Voice for Animals had a meeting with the new Minister of Justice, Mr Ionas Nicolaou. The only subject discussed was the establishment of an ‘Animal Welfare Police’ which would be dedicated solely to enforcing the provisions of the Animal Protection and Welfare Law and all other laws relating to animals in general (a demand repeatedly put on the table by us for many years).
It is with great regret that we must inform you that
under the current circumstances this force CANNOT be
established, even though what we are talking about is a
mere 10-15 policemen for the whole of Cyprus. The minister
understands the various problems that arise in the
implementation of the Law but believes that these duties
should be undertaken by ‘Community Policing’, in other
words, neighbourhood police officers. Community policing
has not yet been established throughout Cyprus, and the
minister promised that it would soon be expanded
throughout the island. Instructions have been issued
for the neighbourhood police to be specially trained on
animal welfare and protection matters.
For this purpose, Mrs. Mary Anastasi, President of CVA
and lecturer at the Police Academy since 2009 on subjects
related to Raising Awareness on Animal Protection and
Welfare as well as Law 46(Ι), 1994, was invited to prepare
the content of these seminars and proceeded with the
presentation with an attendance of 70 neighbourhood
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the
Cyprus Chief of Police, Mr Michalis Papageorgiou for his
help in organising the seminars and the Police Academy for
Finally, we wish to assure you that despite the current
lack of success, we will not give up and will continuously
work towards the goal of establishing an Animal
Protection Police Unit, however long it takes!
We will keep you informed of all developments.
Cyprus Voice for Animals expresses its satisfaction as the Cyprus Parliament voted and passed the various amendments of the law on Animal welfare (46 (I) 94 which are:
1. Ban the use of any animals in circuses
2. The administrative fines (up to 5000 Euros) in cases of violation of the Law for Protection and Welfare of animals or of the Regulations and Orders derived from the Law.
3. The prohibition of surgical operations for the purpose of modifying the appearance of an animal or for other non-curative purposes shall be prohibited and, in particular the docking of tails, the cropping of ears, devocalization, declawing and defanging. Exceptions to these prohibitions shall be permitted only if a veterinarian considers non-curative procedures necessary either for veterinary medical reasons or for the benefit of any particular animal and to prevent reproduction. The owner of the animal must have documentation by the vet verifying the necessity of the surgical operation.
4. The prohibition of the killing of animals for entertainment. The prohibition does not apply to game animals during hunting.
H Φωνή για τα Ζώα της Κύπρου χαιρετίζει την απόφαση της
ολομέλειας της Κυπριακής Βουλής η οποία ψήφισε το
νομοσχέδιο που αφορούσε την τροποποίηση του νόμου περί
ευημερίας και προστασίας των ζώων (46(Ι)94, δηλαδή:
1. Απαγόρευση της χρήσης κάθε είδους ζώου σε τσίρκα.
2. Επιβολή διοικητικών προστίμων (μέχρι 5000 Ευρώ) για παραβίαση διάταξης του περί Προστασίας και Ευημερίας των ζώων Νόμου ή των δυνάμει αυτού εκδιδόμενων Κανονισμών ή Διαταγμάτων.
3. Απαγόρευση κάθε χειρουργικής επέμβασης για τον σκοπό αλλαγής της εξωτερικής εμφάνισης ζώου ή για άλλους μη θεραπευτικούς σκοπούς, και ιδιαίτερα η αποκοπή ουρών και αυτιών και η αφαίρεση των φωνητικών χορδών, των νυχιών και των δοντιών των ζώων, εκτός στις περιπτώσεις που ο κτηνίατρος θεωρεί τις μη θεραπευτικές διαδικασίες αναγκαίες, είτε για κτηνιατρικούς λόγους, είτε προς όφελος οποιουδήποτε συγκεκριμένου ζώου και το τεκμηριώσει γραπτώς και ο ιδιοκτήτης ή/και κάτοχος ζώου έχει στην κατοχή του την εν λόγω τεκμηρίωση.
4. Η απαγόρευση της θανάτωσης ζώου για σκοπούς ψυχαγωγίας ή άλλους ανεπίτρεπτους σκοπούς, συμπεριλαμβανομένης της χρήσης ζώων ως στόχων εξάσκησης. Από την απαγόρευση εξαιρούνται τα θηράματα που θανατώνονται στα πλαίσια κυνηγετικής δραστηριότητας.
Dear friends and supporters,
The new Dog Law Amendments issued by Ministry of Interior were written only in Greek. Cyprus Voice for Animals (CVA) sensing that the thousand of European Citizens,
and not only, living in Cyprus were entitled to read the Dog Law Amendents at least in Enlish, we have asked our devoted supporter and animal lover Ms Rhea Frangofinou, to translate it into English which she gladly did, free of charge.
Thank you very much Rhea.
Please read the ammentments and if you have any comments on the already existing changes or you want to add any other suggestions that you might feel that this law ought to be changed too, please send it directly to firstname.lastname@example.org with a CC to email@example.com so that we can back up your suggestions
(if of course we agree with).
Thank you very much. Dead line for sending your comments is December 28,
Cyprus Voice for Animals
Please click on the link below to open the document.
In 2011 – 2012 we began upgrading the main 8 dog
runs. We extended the concrete floor to give more
room, built a plinth to situate the sleeping kennels off
the ground, built a dividing wall and gutter as
protection against the inclement weather conditions and to
prevent flooding of the sleeping areas.
In September 2010 the Body Shop International invited our
organisation to submit an application for their small
grants sponsorship project in the amount of £3,000.
We submitted our plans for a much needed quarantine building and we were approved receiving the amount of €3,438. This amount covered the costs for 5 kennels and the remaining 9 kennels are open to sponsorships either from individuals, companies or groups.
Argos is active in the Districts of Larnaca &
Famagusta in the implementation of the following
||Xenion High School,
||Klirou 2nd District
Junior - 150 students.
||3rd Primary School,
Makedonitissa, Nicosia – 150 students.
||‘A’ Primary School,
Xylotympou – 60 students.
||‘B’ Primary School,
Ormidhia – 30 students.
Nicosia – 60 students (presentation & workshop).
|Sponsored Dog Walk –
10 April 2011
|Cyprus Voice for
Animals – clinic donation
|Agia Napa Festival –
23, 24 & s5 September
|Argos Open Day 4
|Lithos Bar event 26
|Dog Splash event 26
|Loula Josephides –
|Cyprus Voice for
Animals – spaying/neutering donation
|Simon Brandler –
|Govt. Funding for
|Pet shop / gift shop
||Part of the clinic
|Pet grooming salon
||Plans being drawn
|Boarding facility for
dogs and cats
||Already in operation
|Agility / dog