This booklet ‘Let them Live, Killing is NOT the Solution’ has been produced by KAR to look at the options and the reasons why neutering, registration and education is the only way forward to reduce the population of unwanted and abandoned dogs on the streets.
KAR representatives will be visiting Government departments, Belediyre offices, Veterinary personnel, animal welfare organisations and those concerned with animal care to discuss this booklet and give assistance where required.
We hope that you will take the time to read this booklet download as follows:- Click here
Kyrenia Animal Rescue have a policy to run a Neuter and Return programme in the Girne area since 2004. The cats and dogs running loose in the community have always been a part of the TRNC and some people think as part of its charm other believe the opposite. Over the years nothing has been done to help control the inevitable growth in the numbers of these animals. After years of experience gained in working and caring for these animals and following research carried by professional animal welfare organisations worldwide KAR decided that the Neuter and Return programme was the only way forward that would make a lasting difference and will eventually benefit the animals and the whole of the community. Read more...
The on going cat neutering campaign sees that feral cats are trapped and taken to the vet to be neutered, once they have recovered from the operation they are returned to their previous habitat. All cats that have been neutered by KAR have a clipped left ear, an internationally recognised sign, making them easily identifiable and Preventing them from being caught a second time.
Restaurants, Hotels and Holiday Complexes are encouraged to set up ‘Cat Feeding Areas’ where food and water can be put down for the cats in the area. This will help stop the cats bothering the diners, jumping on tables or going into guests rooms. If they are being fed regularly in the same area the cats will not be hungry and will not need to beg for food. It is also a place that visitors can feed the cats without upsetting other members of the public who might not like them. With the cats going to a regular place it makes it easier for the KAR cat catching team to be able to collect them for neutering and any other treatment that they may need to keep them healthy. Signs and advice are given to those participating in this worthwhile campaign and an annual award can be given to the Cat Friendly Restaurant /Holiday complex as a reward and an incentive for them to continue the good work.
Myths and truths about neutering your pet
Females should have at least one heat and be allowed to have one litter.
Absolutely not. Going into heat even once is unnecessary for a female dog or cat to mature. Having a litter will not improve her health or permanently change her personality. The best time to spay is before the first heat cycle. This almost eliminates the chance of breast cancer later in life.
Spaying and neutering makes pets fat and lazy.
Too much food and too little exercise make pets fat and lazy, not spaying or neutering. Spayed or neutered pets require fewer calories. Cut down on their meals and make time for walks or play. An aging pet will also require fewer calories.
Children should see the "Miracle of Birth".
There are many ways to teach children about birth that do not result in unwanted animals. A visit to a farm, kennel, or zoo can help parents teach their children about the birth process. Videos, films, and books are good aids as well.
It's unnatural. It's tampering with Nature.
People tampered with nature when they began domesticating dogs and cats thousands of years ago. Nature did not intend for thousands of animals to be born into the world where they would surely not survive. It's kinder to eliminate the compulsion to breed by spaying or neutering. Pets will be healthier, less distracted, and more content.
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We believe that neutering an animal is the most beneficial and humane way of controlling the population of unwanted dogs and cats.
Following yet another rise in Veterinary prices causing a major drain of KAR financial resources a dream began of having our own Veterinary Clinic to be used for the neutering and treatment of the dogs and cats found on the streets of Girne and surrounding areas. This being part of our Neuter and Release programme and KAR’s initiative to control the population of unwanted animals humanely. Read more...
Following a visit from the KAR Education Team to the Bellapais-based English School of Kyrenia, 20 students and 2 of their teaching staff visited the KAR Arapkoy Rescue Centre on Tuesday 19th March. While there they were presented with a plaque thanking them for raising money supporting the new kennels that are in the new enclosures in Doggie Avenue 1. Year 1 students raised 220 TL and Year 12 students raised 180 TL.
During the visit all the students toured the centre and some of the older ones took dogs from Doggie Avenue 1 for a walk. Students also donated food for dogs and cats for which KAR are very grateful. The Charity expressed their thanks for their interest in the work that they do and would like to thank the staff from ESK for arranging the visit to the Rescue Centre.
Year 12 students are currently working in conjunction with the Education Team as part of their CAS programme (Creativitiy, Action and Service), which is an essential part of the IB Diploma Programme. These students raised 180 TL through face-painting and selling their handmade cards and bookmarks at the KAR Christmas Bazaar.
During the past two weeks KAR Education Team members Maggie and Pam visited the English School of Kyrenia, based in Bellapais, in order to instruct one hundred students in Year 1 about 'Animals and Us'. Thursday 21st February was presentation day when each student received a Certificate and the students and their teachers donated 220 TL along with a variety of food, bowls and toys for the dogs and cats at the KAR Rescue Centre.
May visit to GAU Prep School
KAR Education Team visited GAU Prep School in May and youngsters in Year 1 learned more about how to look after their pets. The children took part in role-playing activities and had fun learning how to learn what their cats or dogs are saying to them through their posture or sounds. The pupils presented the KAR Education Team, Maggie Smith and Pam Kennedy, with a 'Thank You' book full of drawings and notes about the team's visit to the school. They were also presented with a certificate at their school assembly.
Kyrenia Animal Rescue have always been very concerned about the indiscriminate use of poison to control the population of stray dogs and feral cats. One of the potentially lethal poisons being used is Lannate, an odourless and tasteless organophosthate commonly used by beekeepers against hornets and also laid down by shepherds against foxes, wild dogs and rats which sometimes otherwise shun food in which they smell rat poison. Water melom growers are also said to scatter it around their crops as protection against crows.
Guidelines for Emergency Action in the event of Poisoning
This can be done by administering Charcoal Tablets (named Eucarbon Tablet in local Pharmacy) or by strong salted water, Do not give liquids other than to induce vomiting.
Carry animal, do not try to make it walk. Do not panic as this can stress the animal and make it go into shock.
Telephone to seek veterinary help and get the animal to the vet as quickly as possible.
Symptoms: Foaming at the mouth, body trembling like movement under the skin, spasms, weakness and diarrhoea.
Remember: Always carry your mobile phone with you when walking your dog and make sure that you have all veterinary telephone numbers entered into your phone.
Avoid areas that have been reported as previously know for poison being put down.
It is advisable to muzzle your dog whilst exercising your dog and it is running loose.
If you find anything that looks suspicious like poisoned meat carefully pick it up and report find to KAR.
If your animal picks up poisoned meat return to area as soon as possible and pick up any remains of the poison. Report incident to KAR, Police and local Belediyre or Muhktar.
Petcross Clinic (Bellepais Rd/Dogankoy area) 0542 8826774 (Out of hours - Firdez 0533 8663806 Sibel 0533 8687670)
All Pets (Central Kyrenia) 0392 8161154 (Out of hours - Funda 0533 8692998)
Hospetal (Central Kyrenia) 0392 8153430 (Out of hours - Pertev 0533 8635818)
Restaurants, Hotels and Holiday Complexes are being encouraged to set up ‘Cat Feeding Areas’ where food and water can be put down for the cats in the area. This will help stop the cats bothering the diners, jumping on tables or going into guests rooms. If they are being fed regularly in the same area the cats will not be hungry and will not need to beg for food. It is also a place that visitors can feed the cats without upsetting other members of the public who might not like them. With the cats going to a regular place it makes it easier for the KAR cat catching team to be able to collect them for neutering and any other treatment that they may need to keep them healthy. Signs and advice are given to those participating in this worthwhile campaign and an annual award is given to the Cat Friendly Restaurant /Holiday complex as a reward and an incentive for them to continue the good work.
As from 1st January 2014 a new TRNC law states that all dogs over the age of six weeks should have a Microchip.
All dogs microchip details have to be registered with the Government Vet Dept and a permit issued.
If your dog already HAS a Microchip:-
Visit a private Vet clinic and show your dogs Vet card/Pet Passport with microchip entry. They will complete the Gov Registration form. You pay the Gov fee of 15TL plus the vets clinic costs. The private Vet will send the form to the Gov Vet Dept where they will enter the details on their database and issue a card. This card will be returned to your vet for you to collect.
If your dog does NOT have a Microchip:-
Visit your private Vet clinic who will be able to insert a Microchip, complete the forms to register the microchip with the Gov Vet Dept and return the card when completed. You need to ask your Vet for a list of their charges.
You are required to complete the Microchip registration for each dog only once.
Note: If your pet dies, you move house, change contact details or you transfer ownership it is very important that you contact the Government Vet Dept and ask them to update their records.
You are also required by law to REGISTER ANNUALLY at your local BELEDIYESI department. This should be done every January as your registration runs from Jan to Dec each year.
Take your dog’s Vet card and the card showing the Microchip details to your local Belediye office who will complete the registration. If you have a female dog that is neutered check that it is clearly written in the Vet book and point it out as it makes a big difference to the charges. The costs of Registration (as at 01/09/2011) would be as follows:- Male Dog: 17 TL Female Dog (Neutered): 17 TL Female Dog (Not Neutered) 55 TL
You will be given a receipt and you should be given a numbered tag for your dog to wear. Not all local authorities are giving this identity disc so please ask for one – it is the current law for your dog to wear one!
* Make sure your dog has a Microchip and it is registered with the Government Vet Dept.
* Inform the Government Vet Dept of any changes.
* Register with your local Belediyre every January.
* Make sure your dog is wearing an ID disc.
* Do not allow your dog to cause problems in the community or roam the streets unattended.
Please be a responsible animal lover and follow the rules.
Dog owners - beware of Leishmaniosis
Kyrenia Animal Rescue want to make people aware of a disease that is fast becoming widespread throughout Cyprus. Buying a ‘Paraband’ collar, or a similar anti-sand fly collar, from a local vet or chemist shop can prevent the spread of what can be, if not diagnosed and treated soon enough, a fatal condition for dogs.
Leishmania are little parasites (protozoa) which affect the white blood cells, causing systemic disease, mainly in dogs.
The transmission of Leishmaniosis is by the Sand Fly, a very tiny fly with white wings. The female sand flies suck blood from their victims in order to breed their eggs later. The distribution of the sand fly, and with it, the risk of leishmaniosis infection, is prevalent all over the Mediterranean areas, the South of France, Southern Italy, Southern Spain and Portugal, as well as India and Africa.
The transmission of leishmaniosis occurs as follows: A sand fly bites a dog which is carrying leishmaniosis. Later, the same sand fly bites a healthy dog and injects leishmania with her saliva under the skin of the dog. From the site of infection, the 'chancre', the leishmania start a very difficult development in several steps until they reach the blood and after an incubation period of between 3 weeks and 3 months (sometimes 3 years), depending on the state of the dog's defence system, the first visible symptoms occur.
The sand fly is active between April and November (during the warm season) and disappears in winter. The sand fly hides during the daytime and comes out late afternoon with the highest period of activity occurring at night between 2.00am and 4.00am. Therefore, dogs that live outside are much more exposed to sand fly bites than dogs that live inside - especially if the house is well protected against mosquitoes with nets and chemical products. The month of August is the worst, and this is when the highest amount of sand flies are registered. This is when they are most likely to invade the house where they will hide in dark bathrooms or wardrobes.
The symptoms of leishmaniosis to look for in your dog are: Skin alterations (dry, flaky skin), eye alterations, weight loss, long growth of nails, swollen lymph glands, liver and kidney disease (including kidney failure), alterations in blood coagulation with anaemia, nose bleeding, lameness, chronic diarrhoea etc. The diagnosis of leishmaniosis is mainly by blood test, together with a general clinical check and control of the liver and kidney functions.
Treatment of leishmaniosis in a dog is only effective if begun at an early stage of the infection, better even before they show any symptoms. Therefore, it is very important to make regular blood tests in dogs, once a year and better in the winter months, to find out if the dog was infected during the summer. Early treatment normally avoids symptoms and gives the dog a longer life.
Dogs with mild symptoms can be treated successfully as well, but dogs with serious anaemia or serious alteration of liver/kidney function very often cannot be treated successfully.
Prevention of Leishmaniosis
It is very difficult to prevent leishmaniosis 100%, because sand flies are so very tiny they can even penetrate mosquito netting, but there are 3 key points to help avoid risk of infection.
A. Dogs should be kept inside at night to reduce exposure to sand fly bites.
B. Provide your dog with a special anti-sand fly collar which is proven to be more effective than other insecticides. Start in March with the collar application and maintain it until the end of November, or better still keep the dog collared all year round.
C. A yearly blood test to make sure your dog has not contracted this disease. There is still no vaccination against leishmaniosis, but investigation into this subject is advancing.