As temperatures soar to
their usual summer highs, Argos animals are
finding their own ways of keeping cool.
cross Bart decided that a spare water bucket would make a
very good plunge pool.
Despite the heat, for the staff and volunteers the work must go
on as Argos continues to burst at the seams with hundreds of animals
looking for a new home and a better life. This summer though we see a
small light at the end of the tunnel as Animal welfare groups push for
Here in a letter to our supporters Stella outlines the current situation.
Dear friends and supporters,
of animal welfare that Argos
strives for; the promotion of animal rights, representing their
are proud in being the voice of the voiceless.
bodies and involves high level
where it advocates for legislation reform and for the implementation of
existing animal welfare laws.
a recent high level meeting, CVA was asked to
proposal for consideration on the possible cooperation of animal
organisations with local authority in the implementation of the Dog
legal responsibility of local authority to provide dog pounds.
authority is aware of their shortcomings in this respect and the burden
provide shelters so far, has fallen on the shoulders of animal welfare
21 days. This is wonderful news for pets and their prospective
families to reunite quicker, with less hassle and military families can
travel with their pets when transferred unexpectedly. We thank
Sweden and the United Kingdom for taking into
consideration their people’s needs and to lessening the suffering of
"New life for Nicos & Lippy"
This is the story of two little kittens that touched the hearts of
two seperate families on vacation in Cyprus earlier this summer.
The Prinz and Kautzner families were both staying at hotels on the
island and like many tourists had begun to feed kittens on the grounds
of the hotel in which they were staying.
As the end of the
holidays drew closer both families realised that they could not simply
walk away from the motherless kittens they had been caring for and
decided that leaving them behind was not an option.
internet research looking for an animal shelter in Famagusta area,
Walfried Prinz found Argos. The Kautzner family also turned to Argos
for help and before long preparations were being made for both kittens
to travel to Austria. The two kittens as the pictures show are
now happy and healthy in the homes of their new adoptive
On returning to Vienna both families decided that they wanted to do
something to improve the future situation regarding "hotel" cats and so
wrote letters showing concern to their hotels to try and ensure a
better future policy on this situation.
So impressed too were the
Prinz family with Argos and so keen to act on the situation that they
invited Argos founders Stella and Ritsa to visit them in their Austrian
home to discuss a program of improvement for the lives of the many
"hotel" cats in the area. Our hope for the future is that the
hotels will take note of the feelings of their guests and work with
Argos to improve the situation facing these cats.
Pearl gets her wheels.
Back in April volunteers
dog dumped at the gates. With matted fur and covered in ticks and
she was a sorry state but closer inspection revealed even worse, the
poodle was in fact totally paralyzed in the back end. After a thorough
and health check from the vet it could be seen that the little dog
which we had
named Pearl had a bullet lodged in her side, the bullet however was not
cause of the paralysis and the vet predicted that on being shot Pearl
terrified into a busy road and been hit by a car.
Over the next few months
Pearls condition improved somewhat but it was clear that she would
again. A happy and brave little dog though she dragged herself around
boarding area enjoying the company of the staff and the love and
was receiving. On hearing the story of Pearl our web master Efi who
across the Atlantic in New York was so touched that she did some
sent us some information that she had seen on a stateside show on how
a small dog chariot that would enable Pearl to get about more easily.
needed now was someone with the skills to engineer such a vehicle. It
this point that Argos supporter Colin decided to
make it his mission to get Pearl
mobile and takes up the story.
“After some research I
contacted Bob Griffiths, he and his wife
Angela run "The Dogmobile
Company in the UK I explained her problem and
was sent a form and was asked to measure and weigh Pearl, according to
dog carriages start off for a medium sized dog at £250".
When I sent Pearls
details to him, he said he would make it for
free, I could not believe my eyes. This genuine and loving couple now
touch with me all the time”
We can’t thank Angela and
Bob enough for their kindness and know
they will be as delighted as we are with the progress Pearl is making
with her new wheels. Pearls
new “dogmobile” works by supporting her back end, raising it off the
with a set of wheels. She can then use her front legs and the chest
pull herself along without any of her body dragging and suffering sores
burns. Colin and volunteer Amanda now devote time every day to helping
get used to her new freedom and Amanda has noticed how much happier she
and says that she has been a quick learner.
The fourteen new holding pens that were started with the help of a
grant from The Body Shop foundation have now been completed. Thanks to
the continued hard work of skilled builders Jim and Phil and with help
from Nick and Andrea, the impressive new structure now provides safe
and comfortable accommodation to several dogs. This area is used
for dogs awaiting export, for new comers to the sanctuary and for dogs
recovering from any operations. Each run has a small open area and to
the back a closed warm area for sleeping and being fully tiled means
that they are easier to clean.
The original plans for just 5 runs were expanded to 14 when extra
financial help came from Nicos and Angelos and building materials were
donated by a large building company. Under the supervision of project
managers Leda and Nicos the project developed into what is now a hugely
impressive structure with a central run and complete shade where the
dogs are free to exercise and play.
To take a video tour of our new holding pens , follow
A Royal life for Rex
Our award for luckiest ever dog
has to go to Cyprus poodle Rex.
Rex came to us from Limassol
after his previous owner died. Rex and his doggy friend Mavrika were
living on their own in an old car in the garden of the house and being
fed by a relative
Mavrika was 3 and Rex was 6 years old and had a limp
in his back leg as a result of a car accident.
mistress loved them so much that she made her son promise that when she
died he was to take them to the UK and live with him.
circumstances meant that the son could not keep his promise and so
instead he looked for a shelter that would not euthanize the dogs but
try to rehome them and so both dogs found themselves in the care of
It was about
a year later that Rex was chosen by the Maskell family from the
His owners wishes finally came true yet in her wildest dreams she
could not have wished for a better home.
This week Rex turned 8
and as usual was showered with gifts and love from his adoring family.
The pictures speak for themselves.
Rex will shortly be joined by fellow Argos dog Patch (seen with his
foster family on our video page) Patch you lucky dog!
A dog named Bear!
We get dogs of all shapes and sizes through the gates of the Argos
sanctuary, but few are quite the size of Bear. At over a metre tall
this was one dog that would need a very special and roomy home!
You would think that being a pedigree Great Dane and costing over 400
euros might have made Bears future a little more secure than most dogs,
and yet at 18 months old he found himself estranged from his family who
had returned to the UK.
Bear arrived underweight and became
depressed at the shelter. We were concerned about his well being
because it is common for these breeds to pine for their previous
owners. A Facebook plea generated an amazing 4,000 hits and
before long his story was being talked about by caring animal lovers
not just in Cyprus but in other countries too.
Limassol, who works with a few others alongside a UK animal rescue
saw him and sent details to Great Dane rescue in the UK.
soon a new owner knowledgable in the needs of this breed was found and
Bear is now waiting for his flight in the capable hands of foster mum
We look forward to hearing news of Bear when he
reaches his new home in January - watch this space......
Bear felt sad and confused at the sanctuary, now happy and smiling he
looks forward to a bright future.
So many ways to help.
Argos supporters Mr and Mrs Batchelor found an unusual way to help
Argos when they decided to re locate back to the UK.
ship back some of their belongings they decided to donate them to
Argos, the items included their Jeep and raised a much needed 2,000
euros for the sanctuary.
We would like to thank them and all those who
have helped us out with donations over the past few months.
Mr & Mrs Batchelor donate their Jeep.
Also now lending a much needed hand to Argos are foster parents
Claire and Martin Pawlak from Agios Nikolaos base.
the lead of experienced Argos foster mums Sue, Jan and Maria, Claire
and Martin are helping to care for some of our younger puppies and dogs
needing special attention.
This care not only helps to socialise young
dogs and get them used to home life but is also a wonderful way to
building confidence in nervous dogs scarred by a bad start in life. If
you would like to know more about fostering please get in touch via e