During the period May to October, Samos is very busy with visitors and tourists and many people on holiday can often be seen with a bag of cat food! Every local business and tarverns will be open and street cats find it easier to get food and water. Many local people who have summer houses also feed cats.
However, during the wintertime, street cats find it hard to find food and our volunteers in Samos take dry and wet food out to as many locations as possible, as donations allow. We feed where street cats can be found which is often (sadly) next to garbage areas in villages. We call these our “feeding stations”
Ideally, we would like to make these places official feeding places with signs and permanent feeding bowls, but at this time we fear a tiny minority of the local population that may poison street cats. We try to give food in clean dry areas but it is not always possible to provide feeding bowls.
We do not feed privately, near front doors, around houses or sensitive areas that pose a risk to the cats (for example, next to a road where people are driving fast). We are looking for safe feeding places where we can set up feeding stations, preferably in safe places, private area and under the supervision of local people / volunteers who take responsibility for keeping these feeding places clean.
If you live in Samos, visit Samos or are on holiday in Samos during the winter period, please let us know and we will be able to inform you if we have a feeding station in your area.