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Established in 1995, CAWS is a non-profit organisation which is managed by volunteers and supported by the general public’s donations. We aim to bring about sustainable improvements to the welfare of animals on Crete and beyond.

Since 2003 stray dogs are, by law, the responsibility of the municipalities and this has contributed to CAWS’s Mission changing to improve the status and welfare of animals through: 

  • Advocacy – to inspire social change
  • Education – to create an awareness of the interconnection between humans, animals and the environment
  • Projects – that contribute to sustainable change