Symi Animal Welfare is a non-profit organisation of animal lovers based on the small beautiful Greek island of Symi in the southern Dodecanese, just north of Rhodes.
The organisation was founded in 1997 and whilst our membership has changed over the years as people relocate or return to their home countries our prime concern remains the same: monitoring and protecting the welfare of the island's street cats and dogs.
The overall situation has greatly improved over recent years and local residents are more aware and interested in the animals living on the streets. The cat population is more controlled, the animals are healthier and happier.
SAW relies almost entirely upon donations and we would like to extend our deep gratitude for the continuing support and generosity of our donors. Your kindness and genuine concern for animals enables our dedicated team of volunteers to continue our work for twelve months of the year.
You will find more information about SAW, who we are and what we do on the About pages. Regularly updated news of our activities is posted on the News pages with the most recent accessible from the headlines on the right hand side of this page.
We would love to hear from you if you have any questions or comments about our work. All our contact details can be found on the Contact page.
It's Spring time on Symi, with glorious sunny days and calm seas. The island has emerged from its usual winter 'hibernation' and the port is suddenly a hive of activity as the locals prepare for the new season.
On our small island the festive season was celebrated fairly quietly but we can be sure that the street cats did enjoy some tasty leftovers from Xmas dinners and the traditional New Year feasts!
After more than a year without any vet visit to Symi, we are very pleased to report on a recent visit by a vet from Rodos for 3 days here.
After a very long hot summer the cooler days are now most welcome on our island and the Symi cats can be seen out and about enjoying the Autumn sunshine.
On Symi the heatwave has been relentless since early June and in these high temperatures the island cats prefer to find a shady place to sleep during the day, venturing out after the sun goes down, around 8.00pm
Relies on donations to fund their work on Symi.
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