Events

Animal Action in Amorgos

On June 13 and 14, a total of 54 equines—31 donkeys, 9 mules and 14 horses—were seen and cared for by the Animal Action team in the following areas on Amorgos: Vroutsi,  Kolofana, Langada, Tholaria,  Potamos, Chora and Katapola.

The team also spoke and distributed leaflets for the inhumane and illegal habit of keeping the animals' legs tied together. This practice is severe and can permanently damage the legs. Instead, the team offered advice about a better way to tie a horse, mule or donkey, by using a halter and collar. The residents of Amorgos have embraced the program and they eagerly await the annual visit of the Animal Action team.

During the days of the program one of our lovely donkeys at our equine shelter, Daisy, who was already very old became seriously ill. She could not stand upright so euthanasia was deemed necessary. Daisy was a very social donkey who became the mascot of our shelter. We already miss her a lot.

We want to thank Animal Action for sending their team: Kleopatra Triantafilou, a veterinarian specializing in equines, the farrier Gianni Mprastiano, our volunteers Lea Voegeli and Giorgos Zafiriou who offer us much help, and Panagiotis Psychogios (the Pensione Panos) who hosted the vet. A big round of thank yous also go to the owners of the many animals who participated in the program.

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Announcement: Animal Action

In collaboration with Animal Zone International, the Equine Care team of ANIMAL ACTION  will return to our island this June in order to offer its services to working animals (donkeys, horses, mules) of residents of the island for two days: Wednesday, June 13th and Thursday June 14th. 

To anyone who has donkeys, mules, or horses who need care, please contact Animal Zone International by phone: 22850-71716 and 6974990045 or simply bring the animal to the designated points.

Both a veterinarian specializing in horses and the farrier from ANIMAL ACTION will deworm animals and will take care of hooves and animal teeth for FREE.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 13
AEGIALI
Time: 10:00 a.m. Over Parking Langada
Time: 12:00 p.m. Parking of Tholaria
Time: 13:30 p.m. Parking Ormos Aegiali (next to Lucky Hotel)
Time: 14:15 p.m. Parking of Potamos (Chodrolia)

CHORA
Time: 17:00 p.m. Parking of Chora (to the Health Center)

KATO MERIA
Time: 19:00 p.m. Vroutsi (parking of restaurant Georgalinis)
Time: 20:00 p.m. Kolofana (Agia Paraskevi)

THURSDAY JUNE 14
KATAPOLA
Time: 10:30 a.m. Agrokipio (Next to Exarchopoulos)

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Announcing a Vet Visit for June 2 & 3

ANNOUNCEMENT

Veterinarian Dimitrios Vasalakis will be in Amorgos on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 of June.

He will perform examinations at Animal Zone International's veterinary clinic at Pera Rachidi of Katapola.

Those who care for stray cats please contact us.

For more information, please contact either the veterinarian at telephone number +30 694 4278947 or AZI's program coordinator at telephone number +30 697 4990045.

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JOIN US FOR THE INSIDE STORY OF SALVATOR MUNDI!

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JOIN US FOR THE INSIDE STORY OF SALVATOR MUNDI!

Robert Simon, a renowned specialist of old Master paintings and board member of AZI, was a key player in the rediscovery and verification of the ‘last da Vinci,’ the painting now known as Salvator Mundi.

Christie's has called this painting “without question the greatest artistic rediscovery of the 21st century,” and, at auction last November, this masterpiece sold for an historic record of over $450 million.

On the evening of April 12th, Dr. Simon will recount his part in the fascinating story behind the rediscovery of Salvator Mundi, the last Leonardo held in private hands.

Join us at Sky Terrace, on the 54th floor of The Galleria, for an exciting evening of stories and magnificent views of the Manhattan skyline. Wine and Italian specialties by La Villetta will be served.

This event is a benefit for Animal Zone International, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to saving animals, improving the environment, and shaping tomorrow's future for island communities, beginning with the Greek island of Amorgos.

Thursday, April 12 at 8pm
Sky Terrace at The Galleria
117 East 57th Street, 54th Floor
New York, NY 10022

Buy your tickets here: https://salvatormundi.eventbrite.com

It’s kind of scary—I wrapped it in a bin liner and jumped in a taxi with it.
— Robert Simon, 2005

Buy your ticket NOW! Celebrate with us on Wed Nov 15th!

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10th Anniversary Gala Benefit and Auction

Wednesday, November 15 at 7PM

Via Emilia, 47 East 21st Street, New York, NY

Please join us for a very special evening: For ten years, we've supported and rescued cats, dogs and equines throughout Amorgos. With your help, this important work can continue.

Bid on art work, jewelry, luxury vacation stays, tempting household items, training sessions, private concerts in your home, and much more. See our catalog here.

Come enjoy great food, drinks and company with fellow animal lovers and help support our efforts.

Live music by violin virtuoso Stamatis Giannakopoulos from Amorgos with New York composer Jed Disler at the keyboard.

Pay by credit card or PayPal by clicking button below, or send a check payable to Animal Zone International, P.O. Box 1039, Cooper Station, New York, NY 10003.

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Celebrate with us on Wed Nov 15th!

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10th Anniversary Gala Benefit and Auction

Wednesday, November 15 at 7PM

Via Emilia, 47 East 21st Street, New York, NY

Please join us for a very special evening: For ten years, we've supported and rescued cats, dogs and equines throughout Amorgos. With your help, this important work can continue.

Bid on art work, jewelry, luxury vacation stays, tempting household items, training sessions, private concerts in your home, and much more. See our catalog here.

Come enjoy great food, drinks and company with fellow animal lovers and help support our efforts.

Live music by violin virtuoso Stamatis Giannakopoulos from Amorgos with New York composer Jed Disler at the keyboard.

Pay by credit card or PayPal by clicking button below, or send a check payable to Animal Zone International, P.O. Box 1039, Cooper Station, New York, NY 10003.

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Come and Suprise Your Taste Buds!

A great chef prepares his dishes on the basis of what he finds at the market each day. So when we asked Chef William Mattiello which wild greens he will use for the risotto, he answers, Those that I will find at the forager’s. And if asked, the forager will answer in turn, Those that nature will make available on the day of the banquet.

Come and let your taste-buds be surprised! This meal will be a full immersion in unbelievable flavors. Rest assured, however: pine-nuts, mallow, green strawberries, chamomile, wild mint, lamb's quarter, purslane, and wild fennel are more than likely to meet you at the Animal Zone Vegetarian Feast to be held at Via Emilia on Sunday, June 25th at 6pm.

We will keep you posted. You’ll be the first to know what’s boiling in Chef’s Mattiello’s crucible.

A double surprise: behind each wild green there is a legend, a myth, a story you'll be happy to learn. Table food will be accompanied by table talks provided by food historian Luigi Ballerini.

From Weeds to Wisdom

Announcing an exotic dinner of edible wild greens, vegetables, berries, and grains conceived by poet and historian of both literature and food Luigi Ballerini, author of A Feast of Weeds, and prepared by Chef William Mattiello based on recipes of the legendary Pugliese coltivatore and cook Ada De Santis.

This benefit for Animal Zone International will pair inventive and sophisticated vegetarian dishes with literary and historical narratives ranging from Homer to Shakespeare.

Sunday, June 25 at 6pm

Via Emilia Restaurant
47 East 21st Street, New York 10010

Tickets: $300 per person ($250 of which is tax deductible); $500 for two. Space is limited; buy your ticket today!

Click the button above to pay by credit card or PayPal, or send a check to: Animal Zone International, P.O. Box 1039, Cooper Station, New York, NY 10003

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food.
— Genesis 1, 29

Small Island Big Party

Some of our animal friends’ best friends are human friends.

On November 17th, we were happy to be counted among those friends on an evening when Animal Zone International brought us all together at the Via Emilia Restaurant where Chef William Mattiello was waiting with his Modenese specialties and Maestro Jed Distler had gathered a group of musicians to serenade us with great music ranging from classics to fabulous arrangements of their own tunes.

The evening was one of magic for those of us who had come to celebrate another year of working for the health and the healing and the well-being of the animals of the island of Amorgos. At this time of year there are many galas and benefits, glittering bejeweled affairs in honor of charities and foundations, but this was a special one.

The food and the wine and the music was being shared by a group of people who had become devoted to the idea of helping the most vulnerable among us—and artists and photographers had donated remarkable works for us to bid on, which meant that not only could we go home with one of these works, we had the pleasure of knowing that the money being raised would go straight to Amorgos and the stray cats and kittens and barrel dogs and donkeys and abandoned horses and mules who so desperately needed our help.

There were many other things to bid on, weekends in the country, jewelry, hotel stays on the island itself, and it was clear that a great number of people cared about our project.

Next year, Animal Zone International will once again create a night in which we can come together to celebrate their incredible work and I will be there, sharing in the joy of knowing that the pleasure of our evening will bring safety and comfort to the members of our beloved animal kingdom.

—from the Diary of an Attendee 

Big Night, Small Island: A Benefit for Amorgos

CELEBRATE THE ANIMALS OF AMORGOS

Join us in NYC on Thursday, November 17th for a spirited private party. 

Celebrate with new-found friends, live music, cocktails, extraordinary pasta (gluten free options available), fine vegetarian dishes and a silent auction featuring art, jewelry, and travel exclusives from Greece. 

Big Night, Small Island: 
A Benefit for Amorgos

Thursday, November 17th  •  7pm

Via Emilia
47 East 21st Street
New York City, NY 10010

Since 2007, AZI has been working with the community of Amorgos and volunteers worldwide to educate children and create a sustainable environment for every person and every animal of the island. Your generosity will help provide food, shelter, medicine for the animals, new educational opportunities for the children and a model of sustainability that can be repeated anywhere.

 

Unable to attend?

When you share your support for the animals, the community thrives. Make a tax-deductible donation or find out new opportunities to volunteeradopt animals, and travel to the island.

 

AZI is a nonprofit tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)3 of the United States Internal Revenue Service code. All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowable under the law.

Preview our auction items here

Equine Care

On the flyer below, translated from Greek, and distributed on Amorgos:

In collaboration with Animal Zone International, the Equine Care team of ANIMAL ACTION – GAWF will return to our island this June in order to offer its services to working animals (donkeys, horses, mules) of residents of the island for three days: Thursday, June 23rd, Friday June 24th and Saturday June 25th. 

Whoever has donkeys, mules, or horses who need care, please contact Animal Zone International or simply bring the animal to the designated points. Both a veterinarian specializing in horses and the farrier from ANIMAL ACTION will deworm animals and will take care of hooves and animal teeth for FREE.
                   
THURSDAY JUNE 23—KATO MERIA
Time: 18:30 p.m. Vroutsi (Georgalini Parking)
Time: 20:00 p.m. Arkesini (Cafe)

FRIDAY JUNE 24—AEGIALI
Time: 10:00 a.m. Over Parking Langada
Time: 13:00 p.m. Parking Tholaria
Time: 15:00 p.m. Parking Ormos Aegiali (next to Lucky Hotel)

FRIDAY JUNE 24—CHORA
Time: 18:00 p.m. Parking of Chora (to the Health Center)
     
SATURDAY JUNE 25—KATAPOLA
Time: 10:30 a.m. Agrokipio (Next to Exarchopoulos)

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Hotel and Spa Vacation Packages to Amorogos!

 Aegiali Hotel

Aegiali Hotel

We are getting excited about our upcoming fundraiser on November 4th! Auction items are coming in; spectacular art and photography including works by Eric Amouyal, Mark Kostabi, Jan Meissner, Kathy Shorr, Charles Traub and William Wegman. Also many vacation packages from hotels in Amorgos such as the Aegiali Hotel and Spa (photo below) and the Hotel Minoa.

Buy tickets at www.azi2015.eventbrite.com. 

See you there!

Equine Care

Equine Care

In collaboration with Animal Zone International & Filozoiki Merimna of Amorgos, the Equine Care Team of ANIMAL ACTION–GAWF will be making its annual visit to Amorgos in order to offer free veterinary, hoof and dental services to working animals—donkeys, horses, mules.

This will take place on Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27th. Anyone with donkeys, mules, horses that are in need of care can contact Animal Zone International at: 22850-71716 or 6974990045.

June Vaccination Program Planned

June Vaccination Program Planned

We are planning a 2-day vaccination program of stray cats on Amorgos for Monday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 9 with the Greek Volunteer Vets. This program is a crucial part of our mission to keep the feral cat population on the island healthy and clear of infectious disease. To AZI Friends and Supporters: please considering making a donation to help fund this program. Thank you!

Sterilization Program

In February, during the week of Feb 9th, AZI conducted another one of our spay/neutering programs on Amorgos. We were hoping to do about a hundred cats but the weather worked against us, with four of the six days being very stormy, full of strong winds, rain and hail.

Catching cats in the rain is a huge challenge as you can imagine, yet we managed to catch and sterilize 68 cats (36 females and 32 males), with only 25 cats coming from Aegiali. That is a success considering the difficult conditions. We'd like to acknowledge Dr. Alice Degleri and Litsa Passari for their the hard work & dedication to the program. Thank you!