Skiathos Cat Welfare Association (SCWA) was formed in 2007 but Sharon Hewing has been helping cats in Skiathos since 2005. We became a Greek Registered charity in 2011. Our registration number is 2177/2011 although we are a Greek registered charity we rely totally on donations via our website, Facebook, tourists, and various small scale fundraising events.
Skiathos has a very short tourist season May- Early October so if you are visiting the Island during this time, please look out for our donation boxes located in various locations around the Island, along with a number of food banks outside some supermarkets, and also information of how you can help.
Skiathos Cat Welfare is not a cat shelter or indeed a sanctuary the charity is based at the home of Sharon Hewing where there is currently 100+ plus free roaming cats, cats with disabilities for instance blindness who could not survive on the streets. Our greatest wish is to relocate the charity and its cats to a suitable area in Skiathos, with is safe and secure. Sadly this will take a huge amount of funds to buy land, funds which sadly we do not have but in the near future we hope to be able to raise the profile of the charity and encourage large scale donations to move forward to a secure future for the stray cats.
In the meantime neutering is our NO 1 priority. Around the Island various volunteers feed in excess of 300 cats, that’s a huge amount of food which takes up the majority of our regular donations. These strays are also treated for any medical needs We actively seek donations towards neutering and in 2014 the highly respected Brigit Bardot Foundation granted us a donation to neuter 200 cats over the summer period. Neutering has to be a continual large scale process if we are to stabilise the stray cat population. In 2015 with the help of volunteer vets and help from the resident vets Skiathos Cat Welfare achieved the fantastic figure of 5000 cats neutered since 2005, just think how many unwanted kittens have been prevented from being born into a life of hardship.
Through our continued work the local community is now very receptive to making a difference, there is still a long way to go but through continuing to seek neutering help and in conjunction with education we will get there.
Our Facebook page is updated regularly with photos, news, fundraising events (on and off the island), Adoptions, Life-Time Sponsorships, Tourist information about how you can help and much more. https://www.facebook.com/Skiathos-Cat-Welfare-Association-362237590458992/
Please also look through our website for ways in which you can help and please get in touch if you would like to know more about the work we do. Together we can make a difference.