KATs on Spicy Stories 26/02/2013

Photo: Katerina Lorenzatos Makris

Small but spunky animal rescue group on Greek island launches push to spay/neuter 100 dogs

by Katerina Lorenzatos Makris (Spicy Stories Save Lives)

San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, a large, spiffy animal shelter in my beautiful home town, is celebrating World Spay Day in a wonderful way by offering 100 free spay/neuter surgeries to cats and dogs of low-income owners. Meanwhile a tiny animal charity group halfway across the globe in Greece, my beautiful home away from home, has taken on a similar goal. But for the smaller group, it’s quite a challenge.

Kefalonia Animal Trust (KATs) operates on a skinny shoestring budget on an island where 30,000 residents are seemingly outnumbered by the constant flood of unwanted dogs and cats, and in a country strangled by one of the worst economic crises in modern history.

Nevertheless KATs founder Pat Dolman is determined to meet her goal. And if there’s anyone you can count on to follow through, it’s Dolman.

I’ve known this petite yet formidable British expatriate, her husband Dave Dolman, and her sister and brother-in-law Julia and Keith Preston—all of them primary forces behind KATs—for more than a decade, during which time they’ve rarely turned me down when I’ve asked for help with my own animal rescuing and fostering here. That’s why KATs is one of the current beneficiaries of 50 percent of all profits from Spicy Stories Save Lives.

Recently Dolman took a few minutes from her daily whirlwind to answer some questions about the new fundraising campaign, which she’s dubbed the 100 Dog Neuter Appeal. In my head before our interview I was calling it the 100 Dog Snip. Thank goodness Pat is much more sensible and I’m not in charge of naming campaigns.

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