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Healing Paws Animal Rescue are raising funds to build a legal animal shelter on the Island of Zakynthos, Greece. Due to new government legislation all rescue shelters must be licensed and no longer able to care for strays from private or rental homes. Healing Paws Animal Rescue have been granted permission from the Municipal to proceed with building the shelter, and have purchased the ideal piece of land in a rural scenic area. We are now fundraising to build a custom built rescue shelter to accommodate all dogs, pups, cats, kittens and other animals in need of rescue and be safe, fed and given necessary veterinary treatment required. The shelter will also be home to the founder and manager of Healing Paws Animal Rescue, Sue Deeth and her son Oli and will have accommodation for volunteers who wish to come and help and be a holistic retreat for mind body and soul. The shelter will also have a fully equipped veterinary centre which will save the long journey to Zante Town, especially in emergencies and a veterinary service for the local community to bring their animals for treatment.
We are an exclusive, family-orientated, animal rescue on the Greek Island of Zakynthos (Zante), dedicated to saving the lives of many abandoned animals on the island.
Healing Paws Animal Rescue was founded by a British expat Sue Deeth. In 2011, Sue started rescuing a few stray dogs and cats on the island and, through her network of friends and supporters across the UK, Holland, and Germany, she was able to find loving homes for these unwanted strays. Since these humble beginnings, the support has grown and, to date, over 2,000 dogs, puppies and cats have found their forever families.
Unfortunately, there is no government funding or authority in Greece that accepts responsibility for animal welfare. The Municipality does not conduct a sterilisation programme, nor do the owners of dogs usually have their dogs neutered. Due to this, Sue and the other charities on the Island have been unable to address the underlying growth of the stray animal population.
Therefore, the suffering of the stray cats and dogs continues. Unwanted puppies and kittens are discarded in plastic bags in rubbish bins and some of the islanders, around the main tourist resorts, use poison to control the stray population.