Cyprus is overrun with unwanted and stray dogs. Shelters are full, and the nightmare of finding the financial support and the volunteers necessary to care for, and rehome these dogs, is a harsh reality that is played out day in day out, year after year.
In Cyprus, many beautiful, healthy dogs are destroyed every day…it’s a heart-breaking situation. Dogs are dumped at the pound, or in the middle of fields with no hope of shelter.
We have rescued dogs who have been tied to trees and abandoned, thrown from cars on the motorway, puppies dumped in bins in plastic bags, hunting dogs abandoned if they can’t hunt, or are thrown out at the end of the hunting season…the list is endless and the dogs just keep coming.
At any given time, there are 120-160 dogs under our care. We receive zero help from the government and municipalities. The legal framework on animal welfare in Cyprus, its weak enforcement and low sensitization of authorities on the issue, make change very slow. In the meantime, lives need to be saved.
Our main goal is to save as many dogs as we can, and prevent their euthanisation. We have a strict non-put to sleep policy, and endeavour to shelter, feed, love and provide veterinary treatment for all dogs that come into our care, until we find them new, loving homes.
Thanks to the generosity of our adopters and supporters, over 2000 dogs have been rescued and rehomed since 2010 and they are now in loving homes across the UK, mainland Europe, Cyprus and beyond.
D.O.G Rescue Cyprus is a small volunteer group, created in 2010, to help the stray dogs being held in Dali Municipality pound in Nicosia, Cyprus.
In Cyprus, we have just 5 main volunteers who take care of all our dogs in the Dali pound and our kennels, and the rescue is registered as a non-profit company.
In the UK we are a registered charity and have a very strong rescue back up team of over a dozen UK volunteers, who help to manage Dali dogs who have flown to the UK.
Your small contribution make a huge difference and encourage us to continue our works of success. You can help us by fostering our dogs, assisting our staff with airport transportations or helping us with maintenance and vaccine costs for our dogs in care.