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.
||Savannah, Polly, Calypso, Echo, Juno,
Geisha, Jason, Josh, Xmas, Scottie, Annie
||Bentley, Ruddy, Tyrone, Pia, Gino,
Brindie, Dobby, Nicos, Megan, Wendy, Louis
||Bentley, Ruddy, Tyrone, Pia, Gino,
Brindie, Dobby, Nicos, Megan, Wendy
|123 +11 – 11 = 123 Total number
of dogs end of December
|121 + 2 - 1 = 122 Total
number of cats end of December
Organised by our handful of volunteers, we had our Xmas
Bazaar with our own stalls selling Xmas gifts, toys, pet
accessories, cakes and refreshments. We had a visit
from Father Simon who blessed the shelter animals and all
those who care for them. It was a wonderful
experience, everybody had fun and we raised €538.
The Paralimni Youth Cultural Club organised its first
event which took place in the centre of Paralimni by the
Agios Georgios Church.
There were a few tables and the young organisers had decided to support local animal welfare organisations by inviting them to take part, bring animals for rehoming and all their takings for the dogs that took part in the dog show, they divided amongst the animal welfare groups present at the event. Volunteers from the Paralimni dog pound were there and also the Nicosia based PAWS, although clearly not local but they wanted to take part.
Although there was a good turnout of people with their dogs the only purchases they made were for foodstuff – a sign of the financially difficult times.
We did sell some of our doggy blankets and together with the Youth Club donation of €20, we raised €33 from our sales of blankets and mugs taking in a total of €53 for the two hours we were there.
Medvets gave vouchers for free spaying/neutering and microchip for all animals adopted from the shelters present plus free microchipping for all those who came to the event with their dogs.
Tasos Kefalas vet offered free microchipping for all animals adopted on the day. Argos rehomed one kitten on the day.
For the first time in our community, the young organisers
invited Argos to take part in their first event which took
place in the centre of Ormidhia village. As one of
the organisers said to me, ‘It is time we acknowledge and
support our local animal shelter by including them in our
organised events.’ It is uplifting to see that the
young generation care about animals and want to support
these groups, maybe not with donations of money, but at
least give them the opportunity to promote their work and
mission within their community.
The event centred on the sale of handmade things like pots, hand painted vases, homemade jams, cookies and cakes but many were also selling toys and bric-a-brac. Again, although many people came to the event they were not shopping for gifts but came to see the show which included traditional and modern dances. We sold a couple of pet blankets and some other small items raising €23.
Jo Bell is a talented fashion photographer with a discerning eye for detail and aesthetics. Working on contract basis for some of the world’s famous fashion houses she gets to travel out on shoots to some of the worlds most exotic and glamorous spots that you and I always wish to visit someday. She has also studied journalism and her articles and write-ups promoting the work of Argos are an attestation of her fluency and mastery of the English language and another talent that she should be rightly proud.
Jo is our marketing manager and even though she has to work hard to earn a living, she still finds time during her breaks from her busy schedule to fundraise for the shelter. Jo has a home in Cyprus and has lived over here for a few years and her first contact with Argos came after a chance meeting at an event with Sandy Exley ( our rehoming coordinator) back in 2007. Sandy mentioned that she was a volunteer for the Argos shelter and invited Jo to come along and see it. That was the beginning that was to change Jo’s life and quoting her own words, ‘Sandy has introduced me to my life’s mission.’
Jo’s work has taken her back to the UK but her passion for animals and her love of the Argos sanctuary has not abated her commitment to the cause and still finds time from over there to fundraise, promote Argos’ work through her contacts, home checks for us and keeps in touch with other groups in the UK who support Argos. Every small break she has from her work, she grabs the opportunity to fly to Cyprus and spend it at the shelter, cleaning and pampering the cats. After having said all this, I still haven’t covered a lot of other things that Jo does for the shelter and much of her hard earned money she spends to help the animals. Jo is one of the few Argos first volunteers who like Sandy Exley and Sue Hannis, devote much of their valuable time on a daily basis coordinating their duties but also much of their income goes to helping the animals and promoting Argos’ mission.
May you all live long and healthy lives so that we can continue our joint mission in helping the many homeless and destitute animals who depend on us to speak for them and help give them a second chance to live happy and contented lives.Stella
||Lucky, Bell, Ssdie, Whitney, Indie,
Treacle, Goldie, Nelson
||Lilly, Rosita, Molly, Stanley, Tango,
Willow, Bobby, Lesley, Symphony, Zena, Lola
||Lilly, Rosita, Molly, Stanley, Tango,
||Zak (blind kitten) Simone (blind in
one eye kitten)
||Christina (blind cat), Dolly
Following the tragic events of Billy’s horrific torture
when he was thrown live into a cardboard crunching machine
at the hotel Anastasia in Protaras and the subsequent
demonstration, the Cyprus Tourist Office met with
representatives of the Cyprus Voice for Animals and the
Green Party to discuss changes in their regulations so
that hotels in Cyprus will become friendlier towards
animals. Director of the Cyprus Tourist Board,
Marios Hannides, stated that the attitude of the public
towards domesticated animals of any country shows culture,
supports tourism but also responds to human values and I
consider that these facts must be supported and WILL be
supported by the Cyprus Tourist Board.
Mr. George Perdikis, Green Party MP stated that there was indeed understanding from the General Director of CTO to our requests for the Cyprus Tourist industry to become hospitable places for companion animals and their owners. Cyprus Voice for Animals President Mary Anastasi, expressed satisfaction to the immediate response of the CTO and added that we want the best for our country and the animals and with the support of the CTO we believe we will make progress. Cyprus Voice for Animals requests immediate implementation of the announcement (photo attached) and Youtube link of the statements (in Greek but explained above).
Mary Anastasi the president of Cyprus Voice for Animals
organised a meeting/ cocktail party at her home for the
members of the neighbourhood police of three districts,
Nicosia, Larnaca and Famagusta areas to meet the members
of the District Animal Welfare Committees of those three
districts. The idea was to find a common ground
between the two parties to work together in solving animal
abuse problems, nuisance complaints and anything else to
do with animal protection and welfare.
The evening was a great success, everyone relaxed and during the course of the evening’s discussions, we heard of the difficulties the neighbourhood police have when dealing with the government veterinary services in that cases they have asked for their assistance to solve have amounted to nothing and the problems continue to persist. It was decided that each district police would meet up with their district animal welfare committee and work towards strategies to solve problems together without involving the government veterinary services (photo attached No.5)
||Lesley, Lucia, Chris, Nicky, Gecko,
Maddie, Boris, Danny, Nelson, Jed, Maisie, Sunshine,
Bentley, Jonjo, Fendi, Shadow, Hale, Lana
||Nicky, Maddie, Treacle, Babs, Tyke,
Milo, Cider, Nancy, Poppy, Venus, Matt
||Babs, Tyke, Milo, Cider, Nancy,
||Lexie, Inca (these 2 dogs could not
be contained in the shelter and kept climbing over
the fence and out of the shelter. They have
been doing this for a long time but always returned
to their home, the shelter. One day they did
||Jake (disabled cat with 3 legs)|
|Total Rehomed|| 4
||Lazlo, Lana, Ross, Clifford
||Lazlo, Lana, Ross, Clifford|
On the 5th February A.F.C.C.P launches with the support of some major players.
The Argos Famagusta Cat Care Project (A.F.C.C.P) is a
project that was first conceived back in 2011 as part of
the various animal welfare activities of the Argos
Organisation in the Famagusta area. The
projects aim was primarily to address the over population
of cat colonies in hotels and to help hoteliers manage
these colonies humanely. For a project of this scale
to get off the ground it requires the dedication of
volunteers and so with the established network of
supporters at the Argos Sanctuary we were delighted that
volunteer Lyn Gandy has taken the initiative to head this
project and steer it forward along with a small team that
include partner Martin Dickerson and fellow animal welfare
campaigners, Julie Souter and Jo Bell.
After several lukewarm responses from hoteliers, we were
delighted when Tracey Steele who represents one of UK’s
largest tour operators sent out an email to her many
contacts asking them to consider the proposal. It
worked and soon we had confirmation emails from many
expressing an interest to participate.
Over the winter months two hotels in Ayia Napa committed to our project, first the Atlantica Sun Garden followed shortly by the Alion Beach Hotel and this has been very successful.
The volunteers trap the cats, take them for sterilisation
and return them to the hotel colony. A feeding
station and shelter has been set up by the volunteers
(funded by the hotel, as is the sterilisation of their cat
colony) within the hotel grounds so that the cats will not
need to wander into the restaurants and kitchens looking
for food. Photos attached of the feeding station in
the Atlantica Sun Garden. We are hopeful that
many more hoteliers will come on board when they see the
advantages of controlling humanely their cat population,
their promotion as such on our social media platforms, on
Trip Advisor and through the press. We also believe
that tourists will show the hotels involved their
support. Attached is a photo of the cat
feeding station at the Atlantica Sun Garden.
An initiative was taken by a group of NGO’s to host a public dialogue and inform all non-profit organisations of the impending Law reforms governing the charities law. Members of the NGO initiative group include, INDEX Research and Dialogue, Terra Cypria, Cyprus Association for Family Programming, BirdLife Cyprus, Association for the Development of Life Skills, NGO Support Centre and PeacePlayers Cyprus. The purpose of the group is to participate in the process review and reform of the existing legal context for the formation of a contemporary legal framework, in harmony with the demands of our time but also in harmony with European and International standards.
The group invited legal specialists from the UK and Romania to analyse for us the proposed amendments and how these amendments would affect us.
As laymen, not understanding the legal jargon, we were
shocked to be made aware of what was in store for us and
words like fascistic connotations ...were heard from
auditorium. Amendments to many of the Clauses
were submitted to the government and we are awaiting for
sight of this revised Law before it goes to parliament for
My wife's name is Rosemary and we come from
Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset UK, and as of today
14/03/2014 we have been married fifty five years. (I
deserve a medal) ha ha.
I met her while I was home on leave from the army in Germany in 1956, she was 15 at that time and I was 18, and here we are 55 yrs later.
We ran a guest house in Weston for ten years, well Rosemary did, before we had to sell it because of her ill health, I used to work as an AA Patrolman for 20yrs before I retired
We have lived here in Frenaros now for eight years, we have three dogs which were all dumped and all are so beautiful. I volunteered to work at Argos about four or five years ago with carpentry repairs, painting and other odd jobs because of my love for animals, and it gives me the feel good factor if I can be of help.
My hobbies are DIY and computers.
We live in Heilbronn in Baden-Württemberg (South of
Germany). Our hobbies are walks and bicycle tours in the
countryside. We love photographing, especially animals and
At the weekends we are often looking with our cameras for birds, squirrels etc. in our garden and the surrounding area. We were living with animals nearly our whole life, Thomas more with dogs and Susanne with cats. We are living with 1 cat (an approx. 12 y old black girl, called Tiger) at our home and 2 - 18 years old boy cats (brothers, called Max and Moritz) at Susanne’s mothers home. We also like to spend time with our family and friends and we enjoy being in our garden.
Whilst on holiday in Cyprus last year, Thomas and Susanne
fell in love with 2 cats that visited the hotel they were
staying in. They fed them daily and kept company
with them for the duration of their holiday. When
they went back home they kept in touch with hotel staff
for updates on ‘their’ cats but when news of them stopped,
Susanne found Argos on the internet and contacted us to
try and locate them. We tried for several days but
they were not in the area.
Susanne and Thomas would not give up so they planned
another trip in February to look for them themselves.
Unfortunately they were not so lucky and as always
happens, when a hotel closes down for any specific time,
many of its resident cats seek food elsewhere.
I met them at their hotel and took them to the shelter
where they spent the best part of the morning taking it
all in. Susanne was overcome with emotion at the
sight of so many unwanted dogs and cats and she cried for
them. Since returning to their home, we have kept in
touch and Susanne is busy fundraising and collecting
donations for Argos shelter. We thank them for
taking interest and making the time to help the shelter
and its mission.