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Animals / Pets

Whilst the UK is a nation of animal lovers, one cannot say that about Cyprus.  The majority of Cypriots, both in the North and in the South, have a different attitude to animals.  The subject of abandoned animals is a major problem here, and spaying/neutering is not a widespread practice.  You will often find stray dogs being abandoned near your home, knowing that the ex-pats will take pity and often provide a home for them.

If you find an abandoned animal and do not wish to 'adopt' it, there is a charitable organisation - The Kyrenia Animal Rescue (KAR) that is staffed by volunteers that will do their best to try and find homes for animals. They do rely on charitable donations and have very limited resources, so cannot always help.  Their contact number is 0533-8694098.  Because of the volume of stray dogs KAR are limited in how many they can take. Puppies less than 6 months old will normally be accepted, otherwise if you find an abandoned dog you should contact your local Beledeysi. You must be made aware however that some authorities will simply have the animals put down.

Details of this organisation can be found on www.kyreniaanimalrescue.org

For those of you that wish to bring your pets to the TRNC please visit the KAR website for up to date information.

For those owners that want to return to the UK and bring their pets, there are vaccination requirements and again these are set out on the KAR website together with transportation information and prices.

A major problem in North Cyprus is the poisoning of many pets.  There is no licensing system here so many landowners and farmers can simply purchase lethal pesticides and leave in areas where domestic animals habit. In the past year, a local vet has treated over 100 cases, most of whom die an agonising death.  In response to this a voluntary action group has been setup.

"Stop the Poisoning" is the brainchild of Mark and Sally Miller.  This new group plan to set up phone groups and create a network for speedy notification of areas where poison has been found, or to help in the case of an affected animal. They also aim to gain more accurate information about those putting down poisons, many of whom are known locally, in order to help the police to take action. Up to now, the police have had difficulty in prosecuting suspects unless they are caught "red-handed". It has also hindered the campaign to block the sale of these pesticides.

Anyone is welcome to join the new group and can contact Mark on 0533-8463507 or Tricia on 0533-8469563 for further information.

New Microchip law for Dogs

We are grateful to Kyrenia Animal Rescue who have produced the following information sheet regarding the new Microchip law to help dog owners to understand the new regulations.

TRNC law states that all dogs over the age of six weeks should have a Microchip. All dog’s microchip details have to be registered with the Government Vet Dept and a card issued.

If your dog already HAS a Microchip:-

Visit a private Vet clinic and show your dogs Vet card/Pet Passport with microchip entry. They will complete the Gov Registration form. You pay a Government fee plus the vet’s clinic costs. The private Vet will send the form to the Government's Vet Dept where they will enter the details on their database and issue a card. This card will be returned to your vet for you to collect.

Or you can go to the Gov Vet Dept in Lefkosa who will give you the form to complete and then issue the card.

Note: At this time the Gov Vet Dept in Girne is unable to issue the cards until such times as their computers have been updated.

If your dog does NOT have a Microchip:-

Visit your private Vet clinic who will be able to insert a Microchip, complete the forms to register the microchip with the Gov Vet Dept and return the card when completed. You need to ask your Vet for a list of their charges.

Note: Microchips soon to be available in the TRNC will only be entered on the TRNC database and not an International Database as are those Microchips available through KAR. KAR records our own local Microchips and also updates the International database.

You are required to complete the Microchip registration for each dog only once. This supersedes your annual registration/worming visit to the Gov Vet Dept.

You will only then be required to register annually at your local Belediyesi department. This should be done every January as your registration runs from Jan to Dec each year.

Some owners prefer to register their dogs when their local Belediyre advertises and holds Echinococcus check up days.

If you want to support KAR, either as a "hands-on" volunteer or as a fund raiser, the contact details are:

PO Box 450 , Girne, Mersin 10, Turkey ..Tel +90 (0)533 869 4098 

KAR rely solely on donations for funding, please help us to help the animals of Northern Cyprus . 
Bank Details: HSBC Sort Code: 40-21-02 Account Number: 11364812