At a lunchtime press conference, at the Thalassa Municipal Museum in Ayia Napa, a pioneering project was launched aiming to offer sterilisations and care for stray cats and dogs.
The project, by the Municipality of Ayia Napa, is in collaboration with the Animal Party Cyprus(APC) and Animal Responsibility Cyprus (ARC/Kivotos).
The Municipality of Ayia Napa confirmed that an amount of € 5,000 has already been earmarked for the purposes of sterilisation and care for stray animals and that the estimated volume is approximately one hundred and fifty animals (95 females and 55 males) per year.
In his address on Wednesday, Mayor of Ayia Napa Yiannis Karousos stated:
"We want to make known to the general public the launch of a pioneering project - a program of care and sterilisation of abandoned or even stray cats and dogs within the administrative boundaries of our Municipality".
The program aims at effectively tackling the number of strays, ensuring animal health and safeguarding public health.
The Municipality of Ayia Napa, which receives thousands of tourists and visitors every year, aims to put an end to the complaints of both tourists and local community regarding the issues of animal welfare and protection.
To assist in the implementation of the Welfare Plan, the Municipality of Ayia Napa proceeded to sign a contract with the Medvets Veterinary Clinic.
The program provides for the introduction of a voucher system for the sterilisation of stray cats as well as veterinary care for stray animals. Stray animals that need veterinary care will be collected by the Municipal Services and will be presented to the private vet for treatment.
Within the framework of cooperation with the private veterinarian, they will also offer a discount on sterilisation and microchipping. Citizens of Ayia Napa will be eligible to receive the discount by showing proof of residence eg a water bill.
Further details to follow.