Welcome to the Symi Animal Welfare website

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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.

SymiThe 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.

KittensSAW 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.

Latest News

Vet Visit

Words can’t describe the last few hectic days on Symi when a visiting Australian vet neutered 74 cats.

Early Winter

The weather is slowly becoming more wintery now and many houses are closed up, their summer residents gone until at least Spring 2015.

Dangly Birds

Early on in the Summer, a keen supporter of Symi Animal Welfare Sue Barron, sent out the first batch of woollen, dangly-legged birds for us to sell to raise essential funds.

Relocating animals

A situation has recently arisen whilst a family from Norway was staying down in the harbour. They noticed an apparently abandoned dog, hanging around restaurants & bars begging for food-scraps.

mid-July report

Great news……………..our collection box at the famous animal-friendly bar in Chorio, the Sunrise kafeneion, was emptied earlier today.

Urgent appeal

As more and more summer visitors arrive on the island, we are receiving almost daily telephone calls concerning kittens.


Symi Animal Welfare

Relies on donations to fund their work on Symi.

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