Christina Kaloudi, President of the Santorini Animal Welfare Association, has a wish list for Christmas and the New Year. The Santorini Animal Welfare Association (SAWA) is an animal shelter and donkey sanctuary located on the island of Santorini, Greece, in the Mediterranean. (Should tourists ride the donkeys of Santorini? Examiner, October 2010). She has the following message for holidays.
“Before adding a pet into your family, make sure that you are ready to undertake the duties of a responsible owner. Don’t forget that your pet has no voice to tell you or ask for what it needs!”
She goes on to ask, “If you are in the Christmas spirit and would like to help, here are some gifts that the shelter dogs and refuge donkeys in Karterados would love to receive:
- Bread, vegetables, fruit or hay
- Dry or canned dog food
- Dog and horse biscuits or treats
- Flee sprays/ampoules
- De-worming pills
- Dog collars/leashes (new or used)
- Dog toys (new or used)
- Humane volunteers for petting, hugging, grooming or heavy duty!”
SAWA would like to thank The Nomikos Foundation for buying a donkey statue from the Donkey Republic Auction and then offering it SAWA to use as a money box. The statue will be placed by the Cable Car and the Boatsmen Union that built beautiful spacious wooden homes for the shelter dogs of Karterados.
To find out more information, call (0030) 697-432-1784 or visit their website. People can also visit their Facebook page.
SAWA has been operating for over 15 years on the Greek Isle of Santorini. Their goal is to mitigate the living and health conditions of stray animals, owned pets and working animals. Although many things have changed for the better, SAWA says they still has a long way to go, especially in educating the public into becoming responsible owners.