The Animals Welfare Association of Chania «The protection of Animals» was founded in March, 2007.
From the beginning our basic goal was the promotion of love for animals and their protection through continuous information and updating by lectures, seminars, printings and articles as well as informative campaigns in schools through our County with the contribution of specialists.
Our Association is involved with all animals’ welfare and that is why it organizes and presents activities as concerns the laboratory experiments on animals, circus animals, fur animals and generally every species of animals, which is tortured by human actions.
Our Association conceived and materialized the idea for the creation of the Panhellenic Coordination Committee of Animals Welfare Societies and succeeded to unite 108 Animals Welfare Associations in Greece, who’s main goal is the systematic pressure on the state and the authorities to apply and improve the relatives laws and so to change the tragic situation that the animals in our country are in.
At the same time on a local level, it cooperates with and presses the municipalities of our County to accept their responsibilities, as concerns their duties in accordance with the standing laws.
It has materialized neutering programs of stray animals, while on a daily basis it deals with complaints and accusations as concerns animal’s maltreatments and has pressed a lot of charges to succeed the paradigmatic punishment of the responsible persons.
Wittingly the Association does not maintain shelter for stray animals but it feeds a lot of stray animals and supports their medical care when injured, while at the same time it proceeds with controlled adoptions.
We clear the way to a dynamic animal’s care and to a perspective of the solution of the problem and not to a plain static care, as it used to be until recently.
The animal’s care creates standards of living, capable to fight off the «culture» of violence, which plagues the modern era.
That is why, be a volunteer yourself and help us in any way you can ….

22 09, 2017

Truth and lies about the dog in Platanias….A simple case which evolved into a…performance

By | Σεπτέμβριος 22nd, 2017|English, English|0 Comments

Last week we received a phonecall from a foreign tourist that there is a big-sized,injured dog in Platanias,who happens to be a privately-owned dog,that being of the owner of a petrol station.We urged her to speak with him for the purpose of the dog to be transported to a vet.Later on,possibly the same tourist,contacted Mrs.Elizabeth [...]

5 11, 2014

The Panhellenic Animal Welfare and Environment Federation addressed to the European Commission for the abuse of animals in Greece.

By | Νοεμβρίου 5th, 2014|English|0 Comments

To:EUROPEAN COMMISSIONHEALTH AND CONSUMERS DIRECTORATE-GENERALDirectorate G – Veterinary and International Affairs Animal Welfare Attention: Mr. Andrea GavinelliHead of Unit Subject: Update Mr. Andrea Gavinelli, Head of the Animal Welfare Unit of the European Commission on the developments regarding the animal abuse in Greece, on the imperative need to reform the Greek Constitution on animal rights and on the urgent need for measures to manage the stray overpopulation on a integrated EU level […]

27 09, 2014


By | Σεπτέμβριος 27th, 2014|English|0 Comments

On the morning of 29-09-14, at 12:00, at the courthouse Dikastiria in Chania, the trial of an illegal dog breeder will take place. Our Association was trying for seven years to collect data and evidence for his illegal actions, which led to the maltreatment and the death of many animals. The first complaint was sent to the Vet Directorate of Chania in February 2008.Since then many other unsuccessful attempts have been made, because he was always managing to escape.In the meantime the complaints were multiplied, but nobody wanted to testify. Everybody knew of his actions but they «did not want to get involved». […]

22 09, 2014

The dog beach party in Chania, first time in Greece

By | Σεπτέμβριος 22nd, 2014|English|0 Comments

The first dog beach party took place successfully yesterday at 12:00 in Chania. The turnout of people was exceptionally big and contributed to the success of the celebration. The party was an animal celebration, with which we wanted to emphasize symbolically that the animals do not pollute the beaches, since the Ministry of Navigation delays unduly to answer to the documented request of the Panhellenic Animal Welfare and Environment Federation for the withdrawal of the ban-prohibition of the animals’ entrance to the sea – when all the law preconditions are obeyed. […]

29 07, 2014

You are old? You must die!!!

By | Ιούλιος 29th, 2014|English|0 Comments

Zina, a mixed breed shepherd of 10 years found randomly in January 2014 by volunteers at Frieze area of Heraklion, in a miserable condition, tied to a heavy chain, in a log cabin in a field across from the luxurious house owner. You see, the economic prosperity enjoyed by the family, concerned only with bipedal creatures that lived in the area. One dog, especially «aging», spoils the aesthetics of the area and had to disappear, not to be seen.She was malnourished, her body had wounds and hardly any hair from her illness, and smelled of rotten meat and was covered with flies. She did not even to sit as stone ground hurt her little body .. […]

29 07, 2014


By | Ιούλιος 29th, 2014|English|0 Comments

An unbelievable practice, unfortunately common in Crete, causes a «rain» of complaints by the visitors of the island every year. Barrel-dogs, the poor animals whose home is a rotten barrel, remain tied to it with a short chain, under the hot sun in the summer and in winter when it rains, as if they were tools or materials. The complaints of tourists about barrel-dogs daily reach the organization «zophoros» of Heraklion as well as the Panhellenic Animal Welfare and Environment Federation. Only the day before yesterday the organization «zophoros» received three complaints (two per email and one per telephone) for the areas Agriana Hersonisos, Amudara and Viannos. […]

23 01, 2013


By | Ιανουάριος 23rd, 2013|English|0 Comments

SHOCKING SCENES IN AGIOI APOSTOLOI AREA CHANIA NEW VULGAR ANIMAL MALTREATMENT The children of the elementary school in Chania were shocked, when during an excursion in Agioi Apostoloi, they saw a dog covered in blood ,cruelly abused by sickly minded people, who tied with chain its genetic organs. The teachers notified the president of  Animals [...]

8 08, 2012

Welfare protocol

By | Αύγουστος 8th, 2012|English|1 Comment

              According to the Law 4039/2012 the following actions are offences. We are listing these actions as a WELFARE PROTOCOL, which consists of all the rules humans have to follow regarding the treatment and protection of animals, so that animals do not suffer and feel pain. In general, the [...]

1 08, 2012

Doomed from the moment they were born

By | Αύγουστος 1st, 2012|English|1 Comment

31 July 2012 To whom it may concern: Anybody who visits Greece, whether an animal lover or not, cannot help but notice there are large numbers of stray dogs and cats everywhere.... in towns, villages and on the islands. I will address mainly the problem of stray dogs but cats are also a huge problem. [...]

16 02, 2012


By | Φεβρουάριος 16th, 2012|English|0 Comments

The variform activity of the Animals Welfare Association of Chania «The Protection of Animals» continued tireless last year. The importance of our Association’s work is that we opened perspectives for the solution of the animals’ issue in our city and we did not restrict our actions only to the nestling, neutering, care and adoption of stray animals. We have achieved to sensitize and inform the public opinion, which to a great extent and mainly in the city, is wondering and thinking about the relation of man-animals. We have also achieved to contribute to the change of the public opinion for the citizens that are involved and take care of the animals and to the change of behavior of the police, judicial and municipal authorities. In summary, in the county of Chania, which is smaller than the other counties within Crete, we have to report the following: […]