Be wise……Sterilise

Yipeeeee…….2022 Started with a big bang for the animals from Kos, our numbers of sterilisations have rocketed, saving hundreds of unwanted pets being born sick, abandoned and left to die.
This has only been made possible by the many donations from the general public and the grants from some charitable organisations….Thank you all, keep it coming in, we need your help !!
We are here to help

We run a subsided sterilisation programme in conjunction with our vet for local
people….Easy…..We ask you for a percentage of the cost…All you have to do is to treat your pet for parasites beforehand.
Yes there is a catch,you must pay for your pet to be chipped and registered, which is required by Greek law.
​This is also done on a discounted rate.
Please feel free to contact us for more details on how we can help.
Why Sterilise ?
Unwanted pregnancies
Veterinarians recommend sterilisation to prevent unwanted pregnancies in females. This is especially important for cats, as it is not always possible to tell when she is ‘on call’. In female dogs, sterilisation automatically stops their cycles and the associated bleeding and attention from male dogs.

Undesirable behaviour
Sterilisation helps to control male dominance aggression problems and also reduces their wandering instincts if a female dog in the neighbourhood is on heat.
Tomcats have a tendency to roam and fight with other cats which can lead to other medical implications such as cat bite abscesses and FIV (Feline immunodeficiency virus).

Significant medical reasons
Sterilisation reduces the risk of mammary tumours (which can be life threatening – just like breast cancer in women). Tumours of the ovaries, uterus and cervix and pyometra, a gross infection of the uterus, can also be prevented.
Sterilisation reduces the risk of prostatic disease, perianal tumours, and eliminates the risk of testicular cancers.

Sterilisation may also be recommended in your pet to prevent hereditary diseases being passed on, or for treatment of some diseases such as prostatic hypertrophy or pyometra.

Useful information
“Females should have a litter before being sterilised.”
This is not necessary for your pet’s benefit. Spaying a dog before her first heat will reduce the risk of mammary cancer to nearly zero. Every season/heat a female has, significantly increases her chance of developing mammary cancer.
“Sterilising my pet will make him/her fat.”
By removing organs that produce hormones your pet’s metabolism may be slowed, overfeeding your pet will make it fat.
“Animals become lazy after they are sterilised
There is generally no change in the character of your dog. Young males will be less inclined to mount objects and jump fences in search of a female mate. However, they will still be happy to chase their favourite ball or participate in their favourite activity.
“Sterilising a trained guard dog will reduce his/her ability to guard.”
Guarding results from instinctive territorial behaviour… it is not changed by the removal of testicles.
“I don’t want to sterilise my dog because he will miss it “This is also “humanising” what your pet feels. Dogs are an important part of the family, but remember – they are not human.Sterilising animals at 6 months means they do not have a chance to develop mating behaviours.

Back to the street, the very last resort.
As it is not always possible to bring the animals to the shelter and often they do not fit in the shelter which leaves them very stressed and unhappy, we sometimes have to sterilise it and return it back to where it lived before.

We would only do this if the animal is fit and healthy-is already accustomed to the area – will fed, watered and have adequate shelter and protection from the elements.
Sterilised cats can be identified by the absence of the tip of the left side ear.