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Lyn and Mark Purden have had a home on the Greek island of Aegina for many years, and it was in the late 1980's they actively started fundraising to help the animals on the island.

The charity was formally registered in the UK in October 2002 and has since expanded considerably and has supported animal welfare groups in many areas of Greece including Aegina, Agistri, Athens, Skiathos, Crete, Thassos, Halkidiki, Trikala, Zakynthos, Arta, Corfu, Rafina and Pyrgos. It is estimated that there is more than half a million stray dogs in Greece and the number of cats is significantly higher.  For this reason it is vital that we continue our work with sterilisation programmes and funding to support shelters in Greece, the lucky few find homes in the UK.

There is no single body in Greece that accepts responsibility for animal welfare, it is very fragmented and, in most areas, non-existent. We are proud to say that no representative of our charity receives any remuneration whatsoever for their work.  Everyone works as a volunteer and our overheads are kept to a minimum.  This ensures that all donations are used for the purpose for which they are intended, to benefit the animals.

Animal Respect has developed a dog shelter which is home to some 130 dogs, all of which are extremely well cared for in every way. The lucky ones find homes mainly as a result of the hard work of the German support group. Street dogs and stray cats are also routinely fed, and veterinary care is given wherever necessary.

Our organisation pays most of the monthly veterinary bills, transport for dogs to the UK, and donations for general upkeep whenever funds permit.

  We also organise veterinary visits, and vets from Dorset, and from South Africa, are regular volunteers.
The charity is happy to fund veterinary flights and offer accommodation to qualified, experienced veterinary surgeons.
Any such person needs to be flexible and confident at 'going back to basics' but will be rewarded with knowing that they will really make a difference to the stray animal situation and, as a result, will alleviate much unnecessary suffering.
Most work is routine sterilisation but some tooth extractions, and grass seed removal are necessary.

Every year, our voluntary vets sterilise around 500 stray animals and carry out numerous other surgical procedures to relieve unnecessary suffering

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