The village of Kefalos is located on top of a huge rocky escarpment at the southwest tip of the Greek island of Kos. Together with the community of Kamari Bay they form a very popular destination for tourists from all over Europe.
However, in common with most of the Greek islands, there is a large feral and abandoned cat population. Looking after these strays, particularly in the off-season, is a full time task. Whilst there are some Greek and expatriate residents that help with the task of feeding, all of the medical care and rehabilitation of the resident population is provided all year round by Kittys of Kefalos.
Kittys of Kefalos is the only registered cat charity on the whole island and is run solely by dedicated husband and wife team, Michaela and Kelvin Whaley. It operates a 24 hour, 365 day call out service in aid of sick or injured strays. Aside from the welfare and medical rehabilitation of the cats, one of Kittys highest priorities is the sterilisation of both genders to attempt to at least limit the number of new generations.
To that end Michaela and Kelvin would like to thank GCWS whose support has enabled us to sterilise a further 20 cats.
The ideal situation for Michaela and Kelvin would be to nurse all the animals back to optimal health and find them each a loving forever home. While this does happen regularly with cats finding new homes across Europe, as can be seen in the accompanying photographs, some of their charges unfortunately, are so damaged in one way or another that they will stay in the loving care of Kittys until they eventually cross the Rainbow Bridge.
Currently, with approximately 40 cats, of various ages and infirmities, in their charge it’s hard work for Michaela and Kelvin. Kittys is supported solely by donations from the public, but with everyone across the world suffering because of the economic downturn, income to all Charities are reduced. Working with GCWS will, hopefully amongst other benefits, bring wider exposure to Kittys of Kefalos and help us raise donations particularly during the summer season.
Kelvin and Michaela moved to Kos in 2003. They soon realised there was no one and no place for the sick and needy cats so the couple started to look after the cats themselves.
Eventually, as the caring expanded, they set up Kittys of Kefalos.
Michaela comes from a dog background. Her father was a very well known dog breeder of Springer Spaniels and trained them to the whistle as gun dogs.
Kelvin spent many years with the Plymouth Dog’s and Cat’s home, now known as Gables Farm Dog’s and Cat’s Home, where he started out as a home visitor and eventually became a Governor. He was also a Dog Trainer at the Prince Rock Dog Training.