Rescue Stories

Little Nano

Little Nano was found on 16 of September. Litsa, our coordinator, heard a kitten crying while walking her dog. But because the kitten was located inside a garden, she left it and returned to next day to check on it. The kitten was still crying so she found the owner of the property and received permission to search the area. Little Nano was found under a plant crying nonstop, no mother around. She appeared to be only a couple weeks old. Back at the AZI center, little Nano received care and nourishment from a baby bottle at first and is she is starting to eat by herself. She is a happy and sweet kitten and she will be available for adoption in 1 month.

Welcoming Anna and Maria

 Anna

Anna

 Maria

Maria

We are pleased to welcome two retired donkeys to our shelter. Both come from Chora and are too old for work. Anna arrived Aug 5th and came from a poor farming family. She carried many loads up the mountains in her lifetime and deserves a happy life in retirement. Maria arrived on August 27th and is still adjusting to her new life at our stable. She worked hard has a young donkey but more recently was not working so she has a bit more energy for her age. We hope she will make friends with the others at the stable and enjoy her retirement.

Two Kittens Arrive from Koufonisi

Last week two 3-week old kittens arrived from the nearby island of Koufonisi. We gave them the names Mick and Esthel--both are girls. They were discovered by one of our most active volunteers, who was spending a few days in Koufonisi. The two kittens were crying nonstop but their mother was no where in sight. After waiting to see if their mother would return (there was no sign of her), the kittens were put on a boat to Amorgos where Litsa, our tireless coordinator, fed them milk by hand.

We suspect that something must have happened to the mother, and so the kittens were left all alone. We are looking for good homes for these two new additions and hope to find some when they are old enough to travel. To help care for these kittens and all the others like them, please consider making a donation to Animal Zone International. Thank you!

An Owl Rescue

When Litsa, our coordinator on Amorgos, heard about a little owl (Athene noctua) with a broken wing outside the gym in Xylokeratidi, she immediately went to get her. But, due to strong winds, ferry service was suspended so the owl had to stay with Litsa for three days.

When the winds subsided and the boat finally came, the injured owl was sent to the Alkioni Wild Bird Rescue Center in Paros where she will receive medical care, including surgery. We hope that she will be able to fly again, though we're told chances are 50-50. We will find out how she does in three weeks, and we hope for the best!  

News from Our New Temporary Cat Shelter in Chora

After being rescued and saved, the cats of AZI need a safe place to stay prior to being adopted. The Monks of the Monastery kindly offered to lend AZI a piece of their land in Chora as a temporary shelter. A sturdy fence and a indoor space were built especially for the cats. It's a beautiful new home...yet please remember, many of these cats are available for adoption and they would love even more to move from a temporary home to a permanent one. Won't you consider adopting one?

Lia and Nia

Our newest arrivals are tiny kittens named Nia and Lia. They were rescued by our former assistant Giota in Aegiali. They are about 3 weeks old, they have incredible appetite for food, and they play a lot. They have just started to eat by themselves but they still need the baby bottle for supplemental nutrition and special care. They are absolutely adorable! When they reach the appropriate age, they will be put up for adoption. Contact us if you are interested!

Angie, a kitten with a hernia

This little kitten was recently diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. She is too young for the surgery, but when she is older it will be completed and she will be available for adoption after that. Angie is an active and playful kitten who has no idea that she has a problem. Please help us help Angie by making a donation today. Another way to help is to sponsor her (or another animal) with monthly payments to support her food and medicine. Thank you.

A Kitten's story

Lilian (microchip #941000016719370) was found on the side of the road in Langada-Aegiali, skinny and sick, and with no appetite. We immediately started her on a treatment and in two days she began to eat with gusto. Now she is a healthy kitten full of energy, cute as can be. She is available for adoption; who can resist those adorable eyes? We estimate her age to be about three months old.

Angie, another survivor

 Angie upon arrival

Angie upon arrival

Being bottle fed
Being bottle fed
Angie today
Angie today

Angie (microchip #941000016719364) is a tiny female kitten, just 1 month old. She was found crying in the street with her brothers when she was only 2 or 3 weeks old. Her mother had disappeared and the kittens were seriously malnourished and in danger. Luckily a kind-hearted girl took them in started to feed them with a syringe. Unfortunately Angie's brothers were too weak and did not survive. The girl brought Angie to us where we continue to give her intensive care. Angie is now beginning to eat on her own and is growing into a very calm, quiet and playful kitten. The best news is that Angie is available for adoption! Please help us find this sweet survivor a loving home.