This year has been the worst year I have experienced for abandoned and
abused puppies, dogs, kittens and cats since being a part of PARC (Peyia Animal
Rescue Club) for the last 8 years.
Over the last few months I have experienced the following:
My neighbour came to the front of the drive gates one Sunday morning,
holding a mop bucket, in it were three tiny, dirty, sticky eyed, flea and worm
ridden hungry kittens, approximately 4 weeks old. She had seen the bucket in
front of the PARC van which was parked across the road on a car park at 6am when
she was taking her dogs for a walk, and thought nothing of it. Then around 10 am
her dogs started barking, she approached the bucket to find the 3 kittens.
I immediately rang the vet to see if they could be examined and treated. As
the small facility we have for abandoned, sick kittens was full, my colleague
offered to take them so we set up a large dog cage with food, water, bedding and
litter tray. They were homed, two together and the other separately 3 weeks
One morning I was going to sort out the kittens in the Pens when I noticed
a card board box with holes in it and taped up by the gates of our drive. I
gingerly approached the box, not sure what I was going to find inside. I picked
up the box and placed it on a table and carefully undid the tape to find inside
two tiny kittens approximately 6 weeks old. It was a Bank Holiday and so I rang
the vet to see if they would examine the kittens. On examination one was very
very sick with the flu virus, the vet gave it an antibiotic injection and an
Interferon injection and said if it was still alive in two days time to return
for another injection. The other one had a broken leg. As it was so young there
was no treatment as it would heal itself. It was healthy otherwise. I managed to
rear both of them and they were homed together 2 weeks later.
The next incident was when someone had 'stolen' a kitten from a family who
had a child who thought it was funny to throw the kitten into the swimming pool,
jump in and hold the kitten under water to see if it could swim!! Apparently it
had already drowned the family puppy doing the same thing!. They were reported to the
Government vet who paid them a visit. The kitten was rescued, bought to PARC who
managed to home it 2 weeks later.
Some tourists from New York were here on holiday, when one evening they saw
a tiny 5-6 week old kitten in the middle of the road next to it's mother who had
been run over. They stopped the car and got out to hear two Cypriot men talking
and suggesting they also run the kitten over to put it out of it's misery!
took the kitten home and weaned it onto solid food and rang me to take it. I am
now awaiting instruction to arrange for the kitten to be exported to New
The next incidents are rather disturbing:
I received a phone call from a man who lives about 2-3 metres from one of
our feeding stations in upper Peyia. He had rang me to say that what he had just
seen he could not believe with his own eyes. A pickup had pulled up and out of
it climbed a man of the cloth carrying a shopping bag. He approached the feeding
station and emptied something out of his bag, hastily got in his pickup and
drove off! He went to investigate and saw a kitten approximately 8 weeks old
trying to clamber up the bank, but he was unable to pick it up.He rang to
inform me of what he had seen, so I rang one of our volunteers to go and
investigate. She did and found the kitten sitting on top of the embankment very
frightened. She picked it up and rang me to say the kitten had very sticky eyes,
so I asked her to take it to the vet and get it treated then bring it to me to
put in the Pens. She did this and when she brought it to me she said it was
blind! This was due to non treatment of the strain of flu virus which affects
the eyes.After lots of TLC a home was found for her in Scotland!
( Do you remember Akti the dark tabby cat article ' I'm looking for someone
to take care of me' Cyprus Living June 2014? Well she went to Scotland with the
Five weeks later, at the same feeding station another kitten was 'dumped'
and yes you guessed it, it was also blind! It was the same age as the previous
one so was highly likely it was her sister, both having the consequences of the
As you have read this article, all kittens have had a happy ending to their
experiences except one. That is the second blind kitten. She, a beautiful
tortoishell, is looking for a forever home. She is fully vaccinated and is now
approximately four months old. She needs a danger free home where someone will
look after her and her special needs, she is so friendly and absolutely
adorable. If you feel you can give her a loving home please contact me on
99059068. We also have other kittens looking for a forever home.