Zante Strays is the name given to a group of active people working together with a passion for animals on the island of Zakynthos, Greece. We are all volunteers using our own resources with absolutely no funding from any government sources.
We do raise funds for our cause and have a great number of supporters who believe in what we do. The majority of these supporters are located in the United Kingdom with others in Germany, Holland and other places in Europe. Many of our supporters have visited Greece and have been appalled at the cruelty and neglect of animals there. We are determined to make a difference on our magnificent island and as we have no overheads and pay no salaries (all services are given free by volunteers), so we are able to use every penny collected for the suffering animals in Zakynthos Greece.
Those of you who have visited Greece will no doubt have seen the stray cats and dogs in villages, towns and throughout the countryside. Zante / Zakynthos is no different. It maybe an island and holiday destination but the culture is the same all over Greece. It is heart breaking to see so many of them suffering from malnutrition, dehydration, disease. We get so many emails during the tourist season from traumatised animal lovers who do not want to see this suffering while on holiday. Most of the strays are always crawling with fleas and ticks. Some have to endure the pain of untreated injuries. We see many with fractures that have ‘healed’ leaving the poor animal disabled. Most learn to adapt as they have to in order to survive. We often also see animals with awful wounds. Most people are indifferent to their suffering … Just another stray.....
All our members have the same level of commitment and dedication to the cause. Our objectives are to rescue animals, re home them and to do whatever we can to improve the living conditions of the strays and homed animals of the island.
We educate encouraging neutering of all pet animals and offer half price sterilisations of owned animals to try to hit the problem at source for those owners who simply just cannot afford it.
We rescue and treat abandoned/ injured and sick animals and foster them in our own homes until they are well enough to find their forever homes. Often for the more complicated breaks and fractures we take them to a specialist veterinary practise in Athens.
We find homes for the beautiful loving strays in Europe through our dedicated teams in Germany, Holland and the UK.
We support the sterilise and release of the strays on the island. This is run by an independent motivated individual at present but in time we hope to support this on a more regular basis financially. This together with the Half Price Sterilisation Programme of OWNED animals that we offer is the way forward to a better future of our Zakynthian strays.
Please take a look at the animals we have for adoption on the following pages. These can travel to anywhere in Europe. We do all the preparation and arrange transport after a full home check has taken place. Costs and process can be provided.