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Charity Trip to Cyprus

our friends Some of the characters at Cyprus Pride

David Cruz

In May 2015 I flew out to Cyprus to volunteer at the Cyprus Pride House animal charity, CVS kindly allowed David to take this as extra paid leave as part of their staff volunterring scheme.


I was accompanied by Kelly, who used to work at Filham Park Veterinary Clinic. Kelly organised this trip as she was aware that this charity was looking for volunteers due to adopting one of their dogs herself, ‘Molly Moo’.
CPH is an animal rescue based in the Troodos Mountains near Limassol, Cyprus. They rescue abandoned, abused and neglected cats and dogs and find forever homes for them in the UK and the rest of the EU. The charity was setup and is run by an English couple called June and Michael.
Unlike our pets and wildlife in UK, the animals of Cyprus generally have a much harder life and are not cared for like we would expect. There is very little funding, so Cyprus Pride House relies on the generally public to help.

Their setup is a mixture of house cats ranging from orphan kittens to groups of adult cats varying in age. Outdoors there was a group of ‘free range’ adult cats, cats in enclosed exercise runs and 4 dogs. These numbers can vary dramatically.
The majority of the cats were domestic shorthaired with a few being longhaired. The 4 dogs were ‘Anna’ a Staffordshire Bull Terrier X, ‘Brass’ a Hungarian Vizla, ‘Jimmy’ a Terrier X and ‘Scooby’ a Pointer X again varying in ages. All animals were in good condition and were awaiting their ‘Forever Homes’. Anna was waiting for a TTA surgery date to repair a cruciate ligament injury.

Our working day started at 7:15am (sometimes earlier) ready to start for 7:30am. We both had different roles, worked in different locations with different animals. My morning shift consisted of feeding and watering, cleaning the animal’s accommodations, 1to1 interaction, medicating and general maintenance. This would take up to 3.5 hours. At midday the animals would get treats and have more interaction time – this would take approximately an hour. The afternoon shift started at 4pm which involved the same duties as the morning apart from general maintenance work. All 4 dogs were walked (a short walk for Scooby due to his age and Anna because of her medical condition and a long walk for Jimmy and Brass) – this would take approximately 2.5 hours. During the evening the 4 dogs would join us in the house, at 10pm the ‘Bedtime shift’ started consisting of feeding and watering, cleaning the animal’s accommodations and 1to1 interaction – this would take just over 1 hour. 
Overnight Anna and Brass were kennelled in their exercise run and Jimmy and Scooby stayed in the house. In between daytime shifts general house/grounds keeping jobs were carried out.

It was really nice to see how loved and well looked after theses animals were by June and Michael. They work extremely hard 365 days of the year not including Michael’s other profession a chef on a military base. Funding is a major issue reliant on donations and charity awareness events held in the UK. The week we were there was one of the quieter times as previously they had had a lot of dogs boarding with them including all the cats!

Volunteers are welcome all year round, some animal knowledge is preferable. No volunteer charity trip is a holiday, you are there to work. If you are interested or would like to know more about this charity please contact June through the CPH website

I would like to say a big thank you to the following people for all their help. Hannah Norton from Royal Canin for donating a very generous amount of cat and dog food products, Helen Bowman from Bayer Animal Health for advising me to contact the WVS, Luke Gamble and James Florence (WVS) for donating much needed flea and worm treatments, Matthew Buckley from Virbac for donating household flea sprays and finally a HUGE thank you to Jonathon Doyle and Claire Russell from Ceva Animal Health for a fantastic donation of Adaptil Collars, Diarsanyl pastes, Logic Gels, Easeflex Chews and Flexivet Tabs June and Michael were so grateful for your donations.

Finally I wish June and Michael the best of luck for the future and hope they are able to continue the great work they do in Cyprus.

   By David Cruz RVN

David and Milly





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