Last month we had a very unusual e mail from a caring
cat lover on board an off sure vessel. Albert ship had
been docked in Larnaca on a recent visit but
once back out at sea it seems that there was an
addition member to the crew .Hobbs the cat must have
come aboard and fallen asleep as the ship left
shore When Albert joined the vessel in Haifa he
took care of the stowaway and grew very fond of the
rather bedraggled cat . Albert believes that Hobbs
must have had a home before as he is a friendly and
gentle cat with no fear of humans.
Albert knew though that without his protection, Hobbs may not always be safe and so he turned to Argos for help sending us the following message
" I still have 4 weeks here on the vessel, and am afraid if I leave him (Hobbs) in port on our next port call he might end up on a wrong vessel and be thrown overboard, not everyone is happy with a cat onboard."
So of course we had to respond to such kindness , so on his next shore leave Albert brought Hobbs to Argos where he is now boarding until heading for his new home with Albert and his 2 other cats in Holland.
We can't wait for pictures of a happy Hobbs in his new home with the wonderful Albert.
Hobbs was underweight and pretty messy when Albert found him.
Stowed away in the depths of the ship Albert found a rather grubby Hobbs
All ship shape and ready to go! After a bath and a bit of TLC Hobbs felt much better and was ready for his new temporary home at Argos.
Thankyou fund raisers.
Steve Marr is one of those very generous people who like to show support for local charities in their own quiet way. Although he does not come to the shelter he has always supported ARGOS whenever he can. So far Steve has held 2 supper evenings in his home. Steve pays caterers to do the food and each guest pays 5 euro but he takes no money out of it at all and gives it all (not even to pay the caterers) to ARGOS . He also puts on a couple of party games where people partake at 1 euro a time and the money also goes to ARGOS . He usually buys small prizes like bottles of wine out of his own pocket. A generous man. Recently he held one his very popular supper nights and invited friends and members of the Polygon Hash House Harriers who are a well established running group in the Larnaca area. Steve raised 200 euro for ARGOS on this evening alone and plans more in the future. Thanks for your kindness and generosity Steve.
Another supporter and fund raiser who has, on several occasions, donated money to ARGOS is Anne McCumiskey. Ann is a very talented accordion player and has been entertaining at local venues for some time. She does not charge for the entertainment but always passes a box around the venue for donations which she generously gives to ARGOS . Anns most recent venue was at the UKCA club which is a meeting clubhouse for all residents in Cyprus who originate from the United Kingdom . Ann entertained them with all the old War Time songs so they could join in for a sing along. Over 100 euro’s was collected and passed to ARGOS by Ann. Thanks Ann, your support is much appreciated.
Army Volunteers help out Argos.
[Written by Stella Stylianou]
Once again, the Ayios Nikolaos army volunteers had
devoted a Saturday morning, 23.06.12 to help out with
chores at the shelter. There were eight
volunteers in all, quite a large number all in one go
who gave of their free time to do chores that the
staff and regular volunteers are unable to do due to
the demanding duties they have to execute with 300
animals to feed and clean on a daily basis. The
volunteers came specifically to help out with
difficult tasks and on this particular Saturday, they
cleaned out the rain gulleyways of accumulated debris
and stones which are kicked up by the dogs as they run
up and down the steep slopes exercising. The guys did
the heavy work whilst the ladies helped out with
cleaning in the cat shelter. After this, with
just an hour left before they had to leave, they
levelled our planting soil in readiness for other keen
gardeners willing to offer some time to plant and
pretty up the place. We would like to thank the
group who are: Chris Rahaman, Anthony Xavier,
Nigel Gurney, Ben Kay, John Gardener, Brooke &
Loraine Morgan and Jean Fuller for their
support. I would also like to extend our
gratitude to the British bases who have never stopped
supporting us and continue to do so in many ways,
whether this is in the form of manual labour, putting
up tents for our events and their never ending
generosity in filling up our cash donation containers
which are located at different outlets on the base.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Mahatma Ghandi ‘