many people in Greece treat cats very badly. Far too often cats
are not sterilised and when females become pregnant they are simply
taken away and abandoned. Kittens are sometimes given to children
to play with through the summer holidays, then they are left alone on
the street when the family leaves the summer home. Some abandoned
cats and kittens starve to death, a few survive around the street bins,
and some are then poisoned when they become a nuisance to
residents. Only a very small number of lucky ones are rescued and
given new homes.
decided that we wanted to help so we started a new group, Nea Makri Cat
Rescue. Through Facebook we expected to find other local
like-minded people who would want to get involved. That didn't
happen. We also believed that kittens raised to be people-friendly
would easily find new homes. Wrong again!
any of our guests or their friends would like to adopt a Greek cat or
kitten we can arrange everything so that it can be taken out of
Greece. Transportation doesn't have to be very expensive.
For example, Aegean Airlines charges just 40 Euros for a cat to travel
accompanied in the cabin pretty much anywhere but the UK. For the
UK, fly from Athens to Brussels or Paris and arrange to be met and
driven to the UK.
should anyone adopt a Greek cat when there are cats nearer to home that
need homes? Generally someone in other countries will take care of
abandoned cats. Here in Greece they will usually simply suffer and
can find our Facebook cat rescue page at:
few of our rescued kittens have found homes.
3 white brothers and their sister were born on 17 August and they have
since lived inside our house and on our balconies.
They just love human interaction.
has now joined a family nearby here in Nea Makri
is a very friendly but very energetic kitten who needs to live inside but to have space outside to
burn off his excess energy.
has found a new home with a young couple and their other cat in a central
son Max has adopted their sister Xanthi. We don't know if she will
ever go to live with him in the Ukraine so for now she's staying with
older are 2 kittens that were born around 10 July.
After a few problem-filled days on the streets they have also
lived in our house and on our balconies.
They are also very friendly.
is a quiet and friendly kitten who has been spayed.
daughter Karen has adopted her sister Elsa but we're pretty sure that she will
be staying in our care and not travelling to England.
mother Sinefa, who has now been spayed, is also a very friendly
cat. We don't know how old she is but she's very playful so
certainly young at heart.
2 young sisters spent their first 7 months living outside but, since being
spayed, they lived in our house and on our balconies.
Becky had a serious heart problem and she died at just ten months old.
sister Litsa is very shy and quiet but very affectionate once she gets
to know you.
other cats moved into our garden from a neighbour’s house.
Sadly one has since died from a urinary infection.
also feed four others who are
living free near to our home.
are all over and above the nine cats that we have taken in over the last
seven years or so.
are a couple of stories about cats that we rescued in the summer of
On the afternoon
of Tuesday 21st July, somebody abandoned Sinefa and her 5
kittens. The kittens were
around 10 days old and they were left in a box at a place where we were
feeding another abandoned cat twice a day.
We provided them
with a kennel, food and water, and they settled there.
The location is close to roads so we immediately tried to find
somewhere better for them to live, at least temporarily.
We visited to feed them 3 times a day.
From the start Sinefa
was a very friendly cat so she must have had a home before she was thrown out.
She wasn’t eating much and she didn’t seem to have enough milk for
her babies. The kittens very quickly started to eat cat pate and we also
fed them some special milk.
On Saturday 1st
August two things happened. Firstly
Sinefa’s face was damaged with what looks like a burn mark, perhaps from a
car parked next to their temporary home.
The most active of her 5 kittens then disappeared, never to be seen
again. Perhaps a child took it
away, not realising that at around 20 days old it still very much needed its
On Sunday 2nd
they were all missing when we went to feed them around midday.
We then learned from a neighbour that a dog had been causing her
problems. She had taken her
kittens across the coast road, especially busy on a summer Sunday, to find
somewhere safer for them. Whilst
carrying one kitten she was hit by a car.
She ran away and he thought that the kitten died.
couldn’t find them that evening, nor the following morning.
Sinefa then appeared at the place where she had been abandoned so we
were able to feed her. Luckily
she had no apparent injuries. Four
days later a neighbour found one kitten in his garden.
We then found the other three so it seems that one wasn’t killed on
the road. We brought them home
and they were at least safe in our attic.
good news is that two of Sinefa’s kittens have found new homes. The white girl, Aphroditi, has joined another cat with a
lovely family in an Athens apartment. Unfortunately
we found that the white boy, Akis, was deaf but he was lucky enough to be
flown to his new loving home in Cyprus.
two remaining cats are still with us.
These are photos of Elsa and Sophia at around five months old.
Lucky was an older cat that was abandoned
at the Corali seafood taverna, heavily pregnant and with a very badly
damaged ear. We
immediately started to feed her to stop her crossing the road to the
rubbish bins. She settled in the taverna’s storeroom and gave birth to 4
kittens on 7 April.
The vet couldn’t operate on her ear
until her kittens were old enough.
He then removed the ear that was infected with cancer and we
took her home to recover.
She was very happy just relaxing on our
balcony so we didn’t return her to the taverna. We then took her to be sterilised but we found that she had
very quickly become pregnant again.
Unfortunately she still had some cancer around the base of her
ear but she didn’t seem to be in pain.
We decided to let her and her fairly well developed babies
live. On 17 August she gave birth to 5 kittens that lived in a
kennel on our balcony.
We expected them to
be very human friendly by the time they were old enough to leave their
mother so we were hoping we would then be able to find homes for them.
In the end only three were adopted, as described above.
cancer finally beat her when her kittens were around two and a half
Two of her previous
litter continued to live in the taverna store room where we fed than
twice a day.
Despite a lot of effort we couldn’t find them
homes. At seven months
old we took them to be sterilised and they came to live with us.
These are some photos of the six kittens
that Lucky left us.