Stop the closure of our Cyprus animal shelter!

Dear Care2 Friends

Argos animal shelter in Cyprus provides refuge to abused, abandoned and neglected animals.
Every week animals arrive that have been starved, shot, abused or just left in the street to fend for themselves. At Argos they receive food, veterinary care, shelter and love from the dedicated volunteers who work at Argos.

It is with great sadness that we are forced to announce that unless we receive financial aid the sanctuary which presently shelters over 200 animals will be forced to close down.  
As a charitable organisation Argos depends on the donations of the general public and the small income from its charity shops in order to build shelters for the animals and support their food and veterinary costs.
The Cyprus government has turned its back on its legal obligations towards the stray animals and ignores the fact that this has become an immense social problem. Animal welfare societies have been burdened with this social problem because as responsible citizens they have a duty of care to protect the animals from abuse and suffering they endure from ignorant and irresponsible citizens and local government services.
The Cyprus government taxes Argos Animal Shelter as a business, does not allow us to claim back VAT and has not given any financial assistance. 
The meagre annual government grant of 17,000 euros divided amongst the island's 15 or so animal welfare societies has not been given for 2008 and 2009 and there is no indication as to when this will be forthcoming.
The Cyprus government simply does not care about animal welfare but if you care and want to help us continue our mission in helping these poor animals please donate anything you can at You can also help by POLITELY telling the Cyprus government to start taking responsibility for this huge island wide problem.

Thank you for caring about the animals.
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