Our Work - Always on call!
Our Work is broadly divided into six categories
The Cat Cafes
Working with local
businesses, hotels and
villagers to ensure the
wellbeing of the cats in
their local areas.
Trap Neuter Release
Cutting the numbers
of unwanted kittens
and allowing neutered
cats to live more
healthy and peaceful
Via a network of
individual foster carers
and kind animal
Our priority is to
re-home all cats in Crete.
But sometimes we
need to work with our
A vital part of our
work, we do
fundraising in many
ways from "car boots"
to grant applications.
Recovering 2 days later.
This cat will always be in our care.
Emergency call out to a badly injured cat requiring hospitalisation.
This service grew from the needs of visitors to the region who became distraught not knowing what to do when
they discovered animals
in distress. The helpline offers advice and information on what to do and where to go for help or it
will trigger the need to go out
and manage the situation. This is an expensive service as it invariably involves vet bills,
travel costs, volunteer time and of course
emotional stress. It never gets easier to cope with animal suffering and our volunteers have to deal with some of
the most unimaginable situations.
Cats gather for food and fresh water
A well establish Cat Café
Cretan Cat-a-list has developed 'Cat Cafes' as feeding stations around the region from which cats can be fed and
monitored for health problems. Here the volunteers can also identify cats that need neutering; as and when finances are available,
early morning cat trapping takes place!
In areas with well established Cat Cafes, the health and wellbeing of the cats has improved significantly. The most rewarding
locations are where local people have taken over the feeding and monitoring.
We are now working with some of the large hotel chains and local businesses to get them to
manage the cafes on their premises.
Trap Neuter Release - TNR
Neutering feral & stray cats allows them to live healthy and peaceful lives; it saves thousands of
unwanted kittens from being cruelly disposed of and keeps the population under control in a humane way.
Volunteers monitor the cats in a certain area and identify those to be neutered, specially
trained 'cat trappers' arrive at
dawn to catch the selected cats. The cats are transported to the local vet who performs the operation using
dissolvable stitches and dressings. After a minimum 24hr recovery period, fit cats are wormed, de-fleaed and
released. Some cats are treated with antibiotics and kept in recovery for longer periods depending on the
individuals' state of health before release.
All cats are released back to where they live.
Above: Cat trapping in the early hours
Left: Sometimes we get it wrong!
We believe in working with local businesses to disseminate information about the work we do and to
help support the local economy.
If you live nearby and are interested in becoming a fosterer, please do get in touch, needless to say we always need extra help!
The biggest of all thanks goes to those who have the thankless and often heartbreaking task of caring for the cats and kittens.
Cretan Cat-a-list does not have a cattery or kennel, we operate using a network of volunteers who foster
and care for animals in their own homes. Two local catteries donate spare space whenever they can and
also help us by giving us vastly reduced rates for boarding when we are in desperate need of extra accommodation.
Volunteer fosterers often take on the youngest of kittens, bottle feeding, caring and socializing cats in a safe
environment until they can be re-homed. We cover food and vet expenses, but the cats owe their lives to their
Bild settled in his new home in Switzerland.
No comment for these two happy chaps!
Ultimately our aim is to re-home all rescued cats in Crete. At the moment however there are insufficient people or families coming
forward to adopt locally; therefore we work in partnership with a network reputable organisations throughout Europe who assist with
re-homing our most difficult cats. This is extremely costly, but provides the neediest cats with stable and happy futures.
In 2010 we re-homed 5 blind cats in Germany and 3 in Switzerland. A very special thank you to all those organisations who help us.
Without the very hard work of everybody who helps with fundraising we simply would not exist. Volunteers do all the work applying for
grants, running fundraising events and collecting donations. We are supported by several large animal welfare organisations who have
awarded us small grants, food and vetinerery supplies, but the majority of our income comes from fundraising events and individual
donations. From car boot sales to cream tea afternoons in the UK, we are out and about spreading the word of our work and raising
funds. Join us and help by organising an event in your area, for ideas see the 'Ways to help' page. To donate now use
the 'donate' button on the home page.