The main purpose of the organisation is a "catch, neuter, and release programme" for the many stray and abandoned dogs and cats in Corfu. By implementing such a programme we hope to reduce, or at least contain, the ever-growing population of stray animals.
Most of these animals come to us as a result of strays being allowed to breed on the streets unchecked or because their owners have simply dumped them. Once caught they are sterilized and treated for parasites, fleas, ticks, worms etc. A record is kept of each animal we treat.
We try our best to re-home these unfortunate animals but it is virtually impossible due to the large number of cats and dogs on the island already looking for homes. With great reluctance we have to return many of them back onto the streets from whence they came. This is very frustrating, as experience has taught us that a number of them will be destined to suffer injury or even die from being poisoned.
The Ark is very lucky to have a major dog food sponsor. This food is supplied to us when available and subsequently distributed amongst the strays on the island by volunteers. Providing this service is very important, particularly during the winter months when the tourists have returned home and there is no one available to feed them.
Responsible dog ownership:
The Ark actively promotes responsible dog ownership, this covers legal requirements as laid out in the Greek legislation number 3170.
The Ark believes that better and more humane treatment for the animals of Corfu will come about as a result of better education. We are pleased to offer a "school visit programme" to improve children's' understanding of animals. These visits are carried out by one of our members and a local veterinary surgeon. Please contact us for further details.
Re-homing of Corfu dogs and cats:
If you wish to adopt a Corfu dog or cat and want to take it back to your home country (including the U.K.) there are certain procedures you need to follow. We are fully aware of these requirements and would be more than happy to offer advice and practical assistance. Please speak to one of our volunteers to learn more.
Sterilisation of females is very important to try to stop the cyrcle of births. It also reduces the chance of cancer for the dog herself. Please help us, so more dogs can be sterilised. (We have a cat trap which is useful for catching stray or feral cats for sterilisation. If anyone would like to borrow it please phone 6979798202.)