Protestors lobby the ministry
On May 23rd over 300 protesters representing the
numerous animal charities on the Island came
together as one to protest outside the ministry of
Agriculture in Cyprus. The C.V.A (Cyprus voice
for animals) organised the protest with two main
issues in mind. Firstly to call for the enforcement
of the law banning the Poison Lanate and secondly to
request the implementation of a special animal
welfare police division.
The poison Lanate that causes such a cruel and
agonising death to animals has been banned since
march 2009 and yet is still in widespread use.
Protester Lynn experienced the devastating effects
of the poison first hand when she was faced with 20
dead or dying cats in Kapparis back in February. The
colony, which was almost all, neutered and kept
healthy by animal loving locals, was almost totally
wiped out by the cowardly and criminal act of
poisoning. Lynn remembers the event with horror.
“There was a look of sheer terror in the
animals eyes. They were bleeding and frothing at
the mouth, fitting, and had lost control of
their bowels. It was the most traumatic
experience of my life, one I don’t think I'll
ever be able to forget”
Raise the roof!
Just in time for the hot weather the new dog run
roof has now been completed. Stretching right across
the 8 runs the roof will provide much needed shade
for both dogs and volunteers alike as temperatures
reach over 30 degrees.
The front section of each dog run is now concreted
making the area more hygienic and easier to clean.
Along with the designated dog shed (kindly donated
by Phil and Sandy Exeley) and some very
roomy new kennels courtesy of Dhekalia Garrison
the dog area is now running smoothly and
In addition to this Argos has almost competed its
Quarantine block. This purpose built area will be
the first stop for all new arrivals where they can
be health checked before being introduced to the
other animals. It will also provide a safe and
peaceful area for any sick animals or nursing
Our resident ‘Jim’ll fix it’ has also begun work on
both the new puppy runs and boarding cattery. The
boarding cattery, which will generate much-needed
funds for Argos, hopes to welcome its first guests
at Christmas time and will initially cater for up to
ten cats and ten dogs.
Dozens of doggy devotees young and old gathered at
Ormidhea in March to raise funds for Argos with a
sponsored walk. The 4km route along the coastal path
gave many Argos dogs an important opportunity to
socialise, some even got a dip in the sea.
On returning to the sanctuary there were bric-a-brac,
bakery and refreshment stalls all manned by wonderful
volunteers also biscuits and water for our four-legged
The walkers too got their reward in the form of
exercise and meeting friends old and new were all
The day raised an fantastic 1400 Euros for
Argos so well done to organizers Norma, Andrea and
all those involved. Argos dogs are all available
to be walked daily if you have a little spare
A beautiful gift
On final completion of the Argos Sanctuary pride of
place will be given to our latest acquisition, a
beautiful Icon pained by renowned Cypriot Artist
Costas [pictured left presenting Argos President
Stella with the Icon] has painted over 300 icons and
his frescoes adorn the walls of over 40 churches.
The stunning icon depicts St. Modestos, St. Neophytos
and St. Francis of Assisi with the following
dedication by Pauline Lyne-Maries in memory of her
beloved cat Timothy who was shot and killed:
“In loving memory of Timothy, that one day the cats
and dogs of Cyprus with the help of Argos, find a life
free of cruelty and full of love”
Pauline’s great love of animals has saved many lives
and yet her local council persecutes her for her
efforts rather than praise her good work.
In appreciation of the support that Argos has shown
her through some difficult times, Pauline her friend
Costas to create an icon for Argos depicting the
saints who protect animals.
The Icon can currently be appreciated at Argos's
Its that time of year again - kitten season. Over the
past month several litters of kittens have been
brought in to the sanctuary without their mothers.
We know very little about their backgrounds, some are
simply dumped by owners who have not taken the
responsibility of spaying their cats; others have lost
mothers to poisoning or road traffic accidents.
Sadly some of them are just too weak to survive
without their mums and despite the hard work of
dedicated Argos volunteers (who work around the clock
to hand rear younger ones in their own homes) we
inevitably have sadly lost some to viruses and other
We are always looking for volunteers to help with
fostering these very young kittens so if this is
something you could do in the future please get in
Making a good impression
In May we were delighted to welcome two visitors from
SUFA; a Swiss Foundation that aims to assist animal
welfare organizations to improve the quality of animal
shelters. Their President Suzy Utzinger and vet, Susi
Hafliger spent an entire weekend vaccinating and
deworming all the cats and deworming and micro
chipping all the dogs.
We are proud to have made a lasting impact on both
these caring professionals who were impressed by the
cleanliness sociability and wellbeing of our animals
and of the sanctuary project itself. Argos was
rewarded with a gift of 1500 from the foundation for
which we are very grateful.
Equally impressed were the WSPA (representatives
World Society for the Protection of Animals) who
visited the sanctuary the very next day on a
fact-finding mission on the animal shelters in Cyprus.
Argos has since been invited to become honorary
members of WSPA, which demands very high standards
from its members. It’s encouraging to know that all
the hard work is not only being noted but praised too.
Bye Bye Betty
Last month we waved goodbye to our lovely Betty as
she headed off to her new life in Germany.
The German charity CYDRA (Cyprus dogs re homing
association) has proved to be a hugely successful link
up for Argos.
Strict German animal welfare laws ensure a safe and
happy future for our dogs and its heartwarming to see
photos of them settling happily into their new homes.
This month Mitzi, Candy and our old friend John all
followed in Betty's paw prints jetting off to new
Betty (now re named Catie), pictured above, has
plenty to smile about.
April saw the opening of another Argos charity shop
in Ormidhea selling a great section of clothes,
books, and household items.
Argos president Stella has been hands- on putting in
shifts whilst we search for more volunteers. Please
get in touch if you can spare a few hours a week.
With special thanks
There are too many of you to mention you all by name,
so a big thank you from all at Argos for your
donations, your time, your unwanted goods and your
support over the past few months. There have been some
unique and original ways of helping us out and each
one makes life a little easier for both the volunteers
and animals alike.
Thanks to lady captain Nancy Cornish and the other
members of the Dhekalia Golf Club whose Easter round
of golf raised around 400 Euros.
Also To Erika Tim and Claire Price who forfeited
their presents and instead requested pet food for
Argos as gifts at their birthday barbecue.
There are so many more and you know who you are, so
once again thank you. With your help, we can help.