FAQs

ADOPTING AND FOSTERING

How much does it cost to adopt?

The minimum donation for a cat is £125 and a dog is between £200-350, depending on the size and breed of the dog.

How long does adoption take?

Our adoption process is quick and simple. First, complete an adoption form and email it back to us. We chat about a suitable dog/cat for you and your family so need as much information from you as possible to match the right pet for your home. A home visit is arranged and, if we’re both happy to go ahead with the adoption, you secure the dog/cat with the minimum adoption fee (this is non-refundable if you change your mind or for any other reason). We prep all our pets with everything they need (a pet passport, vaccinations and microchip), so most are ready to fly on the next available flight we book the animals on (approx. one or 2 flights a month).

I’ve never had a pet before – can I still adopt?

Yes of course you can apply for adoption.

How do I foster an animal?

Fostering is a great way to help an animal if you are unable to offer a forever home – contact us for more details and a Foster Agreement.

Do you check prospective homes before agreeing an adoption?

Yes – we have professional volunteers who will visit you at your home.

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OUR CATS AND DOGS

How old are the animals?

We have cats and dogs of all ages, from newly-born kittens and puppies to older animals.

What breeds do you have?

Pedigree and mixed – what we have depends on the animals with us at the time, of course.

Are the pets vaccinated and neutered?

Yes – all our cats and dogs are spayed (females) or neutered (males) when they are old enough and fully vaccinated, as well as microchipped, worm and flea treated. They are house-trained and also hold a pet passport (allowing them to be flown to anywhere in the EU).

Do the pets have behavioural problems?

Most rescued dogs start their lives badly until we save them;  either kept in  cages, on chains/ropes, starved, abused, neglected and/or abandoned.  Even through all this they still learn to trust, accept love and be a normal family dog.  Some take a bit longer to settle in a home, but as long as you give plenty of time, love, security and patience they will give you so much love and loyalty in return.  All will need training;  house, recall and obedience, although some learn very quick others may take longer.  We have never had an aggressive dog in the 15 years we have been rescuing.  Kittens, saved from the streets because they lost their mummy or are sick are kept as house cats with us until rehomed.  Cats saved from the streets because of injury or illness just need the same love and care as any other pet cat and will give you so much love in return.  Some maybe a little shy and need that extra time to settle but all make great family pets.

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FLIGHTS FOR REHOMING

Which countries can the animals fly to for rehoming?

We can fly pets to any European Union country. We mainly rehome to the UK.

How often do the flights go?

On average, once a month. The pets are normally booked to travel together in groups of five.

Who meets the animals and new owners in the UK?

Volunteers from Cyprus Pride House will welcome new owners in the UK and carry out a final check, handover the relevant documentation and introduce owners to their new forever furry friends. Pets and their new owners are then free to return home the same day. If you have problems getting to the airport to collect your pet, we can help with arranging collection.

Do animals still go into quarantine?

No. Since January 2012, European countries do not require any more quarantine for pets travelling between its countries. The procedure now is simply a rabies vaccination and a microchip, which we organise. Then, just 21 days after the vaccination, the animal can fly into the UK or any other EU country.  This procedure is none as a pet passport.

Why do you have to fly animals overseas to be rehomed?

Cyprus is over-run with stray cats and dogs. Animal lovers here already have too many adopted pets, and the shelters are completely full. There is nowhere for the poor animals to go, so we look to rehoming animals in the UK and other EU countries.

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DONATE AND SUPPORT

How can I donate?

You can donate via PayPal using your debit or credit card (link is in the footer). We also have a monthly YouCaring appeal – see our Facebook page for the link. There are also many other ways you can help!

I can’t afford to donate – can I do something else?

Yes! By simply changing your search engine to EasySearch raises money for us when you browse the internet. You can like our Facebook page and share our posts with your friends and family to help us spread the message. You can distribute our adoption posters to help us find homes and also to help us get the support we need. Here are all the ways you can help!

Can I set up a standing order?

Yes – please contact us for more details.

Can I come and volunteer with you?

Yes, we would be happy for your help. We’ve had volunteers from overseas come and stay with us here in Cyprus many times – read about volunteering.

I’m coming to Cyprus – can I bring items over for you?

Yes please – we always need items. Just contact us beforehand and we’ll let you know what we are most desperate for at that time.

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ABOUT CYPRUS PRIDE HOUSE

Why do cats and dogs need CPH?

Unlike our pets and wildlife in UK, the animals of Cyprus generally have a much harder life and are not cared for like we would expect. Due to the lack of shelters and the influx of stray cats and dogs, there are many that need homes. All the shelters here are full and, sadly, many animals get destroyed on a weekly basis. CPH never destroys an animal unless it is suffering and cannot be saved.

How does CPH end up with the animals?

We find them – be it left on the side of the road, dumped in a dustbin and so on – or we are contacted for help.

Who treats an animal’s sickness/injuries at CPH?

We do, as much as possible. When an injury requires veterinary attention, we take the animal to our local vets. Rehabilitation takes place with us as much as possible.

Where do the animals live at CPH?

In our home – they are our pets until new homes are found. We have cat pens for new cats needing to be quarantined until healthy. We also have dog houses and areas for the dogs to exercise, as well as the surrounding countryside for walks.

Do you rescue other types of animals?

We have rescued hedgehogs, a quail, tortoise and terrapin, but this is rare. We also neuter/spay healthy stray/feral dogs and cats to try and help control the population.

How does CPH pay for everything?

Through donations and our own money. We need to pay for food, vet fees (medication, vaccinations, operations) and things like collars, bedding, bowls and everything else that animals need. We desperately need your help so we can continue to rescue and rehome abandoned, sick and injured cats and dogs – find out how you can help.

How many pets have you rehomed?

Over 1,000! Read some of our pets happy rehoming adventures in our guestbook or view our gallery.

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HELP AND ADVICE

I’ve found a sick or injured animal – what should I do?

Get the animal to a local vet ASAP. You can search the internet for the vet in the town you are staying.

Should I feed strays that I see?

Something is better than nothing – it may give an animal a chance. See our Help and Advice pages for more help.

What about cat colonies?

We do not rescue healthy cat colonies. It is not our aim to take healthy animals out of their familiar environment. We will help any individual sick/injured cat in the colony. We also feed street cats and colonies, keeping an eye on their well-being, and run a “Trap-Neuter-Release” programme, when we have the funds to do so. To help improve the lives of feral cats, please donate to us, so we can better the lives of these independent animals.

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Thank you to everyone for supporting us – and helping us to keep saving lives.