November 2016 AGM Chairman's Report
CHAIRMAN’S REPORT OCTOBER 2016 Polis Animal Rescue Group has had an extremely busy year, only possible with the support of our volunteers and members of the public who come along to our fund raising events.
The number of cats neutered in this area in the last 12 months being 193. This is alomost 4 times the number we normally neuter. Many have been neutered using the Feral neutering scheme set up with Polis Pet Care in Polis. This scheme is for feral cats that are fed by members of the public but are not their pet cats. The customer pays the clinic €30 for a female(€45 if pregnant) and €20 for a male. Leaving the balance of €20 and €15 respectively for the Group to pay. The scheme does not include a vaccination. This is much easier than asking the customer for a donation. We have also paid the full amount for many colony cats, such as the Amarkos Inn in Akourdalia, Amarosa Villas in Latchi, Aristo Complex in Latchi, Aphrodite Hotel Reno’s Apartments in Polis to mention a few. We will always try to help with neutering colonies of cats fed by a member of the public where there are many cats. I feel this is better than leaving the cats to breed indiscriminately. All cats fed and cared for by the Group will be neutered/spayed as in the past and vaccinated. 2 cats were adopted in the uk, one was Cindy a cat from our shelter that was being bullied and was adopted by Helen and Morgan Leecy who had met Cindy whilst on holiday here and came to our shelter. The other was Bob Tate also a shelter cat who was taken in with a permanently damaged foot. He was adopted by Susan and Kevin Goode, who were also holiday makers and visited our shelter. Bob has his own Facebook page!
Many thanks must once again go to Dr Inna Dr Vida and Dr Viktorija at Peyia Veterinary Clinic, and Dr Maria at Polis who continue to neuter vaccinate and treat for parasites, and care for any sick cats for a very reasonable price. All the vets care for our community cats as if they are someone’s special pet and they get the best of care, sometimes having to spend many nights at the clinic in Peyia for treatment. All cats neutered receive a full health check. This means we send our neutered cats back into the wild, healthy and protected. Without people like them we would not be able to operate successfully. Thanks also to Nicky who negotiates the price for the food for us from the suppliers.
We continue to feed the feral cat population in and around Polis and Latchi, currently feeding in excess of 100 cats every day. Many thanks to Wendy, Carol, Lyn, Sue and Colin, Gill & Ron, Dave Carbine, and occasionaly Isla Stenning for tirelessly feeding all these cats. We continue to feed and care for the cats at the Aphrodite Hotel and all that have been caught have been neutered. We still provide food to a colony of cats who live behind the properties opposite the Psaropoulis restaurant, most of which we have had neutered, these are fed by Bambos and his family.
Our safe haven Pallett Palace continues to thrive. We have 52 cats there, 15 of whom have been there since 2011 and 2012, and two who has been there since 2010. Some come and go others who are always there. Sadly our 3 legged Rupert went missing in May, he never went very far but was a very friendly cat, and I would like to think that maybe someone has taken him home. Also missing at the same time was Little Champ who was one of last years kittens who again never went far but was very friendly. Having search all around the area and found no bodies I like to think that maybe he also was taken home with someone. 2 other cats went missing around the same time, one returned after 16 days and one returned after 4 weeks!! Many thanks to Rhona, Jackie Holt, Maria and Jimmy Sinclair, Isla Paul and Sami Stenning, June Kennett, Norma Gibson, Elaine Spencer and Sue and Colin who all have a stint at the shelter, feeding and cuddling the cats.
KITTENS We have treated or taken in 71 cats and kittens in the last 12 months. We have taken in 52 very young kittens this year and managed to home 28, 13 joined our colony at Pallett Palace some were relocated and we still have 7 in foster. Many thanks to Lorraine, Carol, Gill, Lisa and me for fostering them.
We were lucky enough to secure on our committee Lisa Samways who came to Cyprus to help with the TNR of the many homeless cats. She has been an enormous help to us with her experience from working at the RSPCA in the uk. She has just returned to the UK to sort out some family affairs and we are hoping for her return later in the year. She will remain a committee member and be our UK contact in the interim.
DOGS We have helped 22 dogs in the last 12 months, sometimes by paying for vaccinations or operations on stray dogs. 2 of the dogs found by Polis Rescue have been relocated to the uk. One a german pointer went to Jackie Edwards, who used to live her in Cyprus, the other a hunting dog X that went to Susan and Kevin Goode who adopted Bob Tate the cat. Thanks also to Nieske who has recently started a dog rescue in Giolou and kindly takes puppies from us that are abandoned if she has room.
Fund Raising We have held several fund raising events this year. Andrea Morelli and Karen Kendall entertained us at Molos in December. Carol organised a successfyul Beetle Drive at Turtle Tavern and we had a quiz at the Steni Tavern, both were was a lot of fun. We have also been fortunate enough to have been the receivers of part of the proceeds from 3 gigs by the newly formed Droushia 7 Jazz band. Thanks to Colin, and David Locke for supporting us. In June we had a suberb moonlight cruise on the Nasfika II, where we had a separate collection on board the boat to fund an operation to rebuild the leg of a farm dog that had been bitten by a snake, sale of the tickets and the collection raised €400. Without the money raised from these events we would not survive. We had another successful 4th trip to Kyrenia also raising much needed funds.
Another source of regular income is the twice weekly Duckpond Market that Carol diligently attends, with help from Judy and Sue, many thanks to them. They are always looking for things to sell, especially bric-a-brac. If you would like to man the tables once in a while Carol will be eternally grateful.
Donations into my Uk bank account amounted to £1710 + £500 sent from Jacqui Edwards to pay for Dusty the grey cat from the Natura to have his 2 broken legs operated on, when converted to euros was €1940.45!! Total Pay pal Donations this year €2056.
Boule continues to be popular, at the Argaka picnic site. Thanks for your support.
Finally, last but not least, thanks to all the people that continue to support our fundraising events, we try to make them fun and worth your hard earned cash. Thanks to you all!! May we have a successful 7th year. June Griffiths (Chair)